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Callaghan Innovation and Wellington UniVentures warmly invite you to tour the Gracefield Innovation Quarter (GIQ), Lower Hutt, home to GlycoSyn and Te Kāuru – The Ferrier Research Institute.

GIQ houses more than 200 of New Zealand’s leading scientists, researchers and technicians, along with a suite of tenant businesses. The site features state-of-the-art specialist workshops, pilot plants, labs and equipment, and world-class measurement facilities.

Biotechnologies are an important sector within New Zealand’s innovation economy, and we’re excited to show you our capabilities in our new facilities.

Tour will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at 1:30pm -3:00pm (travel time included).

Transport to and from the city is provided but spaces are limited, so please make sure you register early by clicking on 'Get Tickets'. The tour and transport are free of charge.

About Us

Callaghan Innovation’s Biotechnologies group

The Biotechnologies group specialises in helping New Zealand businesses create high-value products from biological resources.

Our wide-ranging expertise enables us to make world-class product and process development support for New Zealand’s many biotech innovators. We deliver tailored R&D services to create new product opportunities in the fields of biotechnology, biological materials and bioprocessing. Our experts have helped businesses develop new food and health products derived from meat, dairy, plant, honey, seafood, and fermentation broths, transforming them into high-value products such as nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and food ingredients.


A $7.7m upgrade of Te Pā Harakeke flexible labs has recently been completed to increase commercialisation and the development of innovation. The central hub presents a prototype for the future co-location of New Zealand researchers, innovators and industry. The new lab building’s modular design can be reconfigured for varied use and intends to create laboratory space that enables scientists, researchers and innovators to more easily collaborate.


GlycoSyn is a world-leading carbohydrate and complex chemistry CRO/CDMO. Our highly experienced team has the specialised knowledge, experience, and access to state-of-the-art facilities to de-risk your drug’s CM&C development program. Our concentrated expertise, quality focus, and regulatory respect mean your products are safe in our hands, and your intellectual property is safe in our care.     

Te Kāuru – The Ferrier Research Institute

The Ferrier Research Institute is a team of carbohydrate, analytical, and bio-chemistry experts working to bring better drugs, materials and technology to the world. Our work includes a broad range of applied research projects and commercial work for clients, as well as postgraduate teaching and supervision for Masters and PhD students.

Wellington UniVentures

Wellington UniVentures is the Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington subsidiary responsible for creating new enterprises and opportunities from university research. We connect researchers with partners, industry and investors to support the development of life changing initiatives focused on solving real-world problems and building stronger societies.

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