Professor of Biotechnology
CEO/CSO KODE Biotech
Professor Steve Henry is an academic with a difference. Like other professors, research is his professional life, but unlike many he believes commercialisation is an integral partner to successful research.
Having trained as a laboratory scientist specialising in transfusion medicine, Steve completed a PhD at the University of Auckland. In 1990 he worked in France and then moved to Sweden where he completed a second PhD.
In 1996 he started the biotechnology company KODE Biotech to commercialise his biosurface engineering technology – KODE technology. As the CEO of KODE Biotech and a director of the AUT’s Biotechnology Research Unit he is fully immersed in the true commercial environment, taking research to product and developing it for the market.
With a range of KODE-based products in use throughout the world, and a significant pipeline of new products, KODE technology has the potential to significantly impact on research methods and diagnostic testing.
It was this blend of business and science that saw him selected as a finalist for the 2008 New Zealand Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the 2011 recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand's prestigious R.J. Scott medal.