Andrew West

Andrew West

Managing Director

Email: a.west@synthasebiotech.co.nz
 

Dr West specialises in investing in and governing or managing high technology start-ups, mainly with a green technology specialisation, including Synthase Biotech (as an Executive Director), Inviora Ltd (anaerobic digestion), Ligar Ltd (high value or polluting molecules and heavy metals extraction technology), Aquafortus Technologies Ltd (extremely low energy water and alcohol extraction technology, and zero liquid discharge technology) and Lanaco Ltd (wool-based air-filtration technology). Andrew also chairs ttwo Māori investment companies with a combined balance sheet of $200million and as a General Partner is in the process of raising $5million of capital to establish the Matū Fund to invest in NZ-based high tech start-ups at pre-seed stage.

Andrew is a scientist who holds a PhD in microbial ecology with many international publications. Over 17 years he was Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University (650 staff, $280m assets, $115million revenue), Chief Executive of AgResearch Ltd (1,300 staff, $250m assets, $160million revenue), founding Executive Chairman of the Tertiary Education Commission (350 staff, $30m assets; $2.2billion revenue), Chief Executive of the NZ Qualifications Authority (280 staff, $15m assets, $38million revenue) and Chief Executive of GNS Science; (260 staff, $18m assets, $32million revenue). Previously he led the reform of New Zealand’s public science system and then its tertiary education system.

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