Kaiwhakahaere Whakapakihi—Commercialisation Manager
As Commercialisation Manager, Sam is responsible for working with researchers to identify and progress a potentially commercial project or idea. Developing and maintaining relationships across the university and in the investment community, Sam helps to take research from the lab to real-life application.
After completing his BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Otago, Sam stayed on to work on a genome-editing research project, before heading to the University of Auckland to complete a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise. While studying for his thesis, Sam worked with the University’s commercialisation arm—UniServices—on two active projects in the biotechnology sector, one of which has now been spun-out.
He joins Wellington UniVentures after 18 months working in the planning and outcomes department of the Auckland and Waitematā District Health Boards, working primarily with the immunisation programmes manager. A keen rower who has successfully competed at national level, Auckland-born Sam is now adjusting to life in Wellington where the windier conditions make rowing training less of a certainty each week.