Story: Knowledge-based industries

Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Professor Robin Smith, of the University of Otago Chemistry Department, is one of the inventers of the biotechnology-based drug MitoQ, the first major drug to be developed in New Zealand. MitoQ has been developed over more than 10 years by Antipodean Pharmaceuticals. Trials in April 2008 showed that it may be a very effective treatment for people with liver disease.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 26 May 2006, p. 4
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Mark Derby, 'Knowledge-based industries - Biotechnology research', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 5 Dec 2017