As an analyst, Sam is responsible for screening Victoria University of Wellington researchers’ ideas and inventions in order to identify early-stage research with commercial potential.
After completing his Bachelor of Science 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 Viclink 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.