Accelerate - November 2013

Dr Richard Furneaux scoops the Welly for Science and Technology

Congratulations to Callaghan Innovation’s Dr Richard Furneaux, who won the Science and Technology category at the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards 2013.

He leads the Carbohydrate Chemistry group and is one of New Zealand’s leading scientists. His team’s work, which includes creating drugs for treating cancer and inflammatory illnesses, is highly regarded internationally.

“Being born and raised in Wellington, I’m pleased to receive this award, which is a tribute to the work of the whole Carbohydrate Chemistry group. The research we do has real benefits for this country and the world,” Richard says.

Mary Quin says it is marvellous to see the importance of science and innovation recognised at such a high profile event. “I was delighted to be at the Awards dinner and personally see Richard’s contribution to the international science community acknowledged by the Wellington community.”

Richard’s team is currently working on several new product developments in cancer vaccines, anti-cancer drugs and anti-infective agents, in collaboration with the Malaghan Institute and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York).

Updated: 7 September 2015