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Key science appointment at Scion

19 December, 2005

Key science appointment at Scion

Crown Research Institute Scion, based in Rotorua, has announced the appointment of Dr Elspeth MacRae as its Group Manager Biomaterials Research.

The GM Biomaterials Research will oversee Scion's three biomaterials science units - Cellwall Biotechnology, Biomaterials Engineering and Eco Smart Technologies.

Scion Chief Executive, Tom Richardson, says Dr MacRae will also oversee science quality and science strategy across the group.

"Dr MacRae has a broad and wide ranging experience in research and commercialisation, as well as a long history in collaborative work with New Zealand and international organisations.

"She brings a range of scientific strengths and new perspectives to our organisation and we look forward to having her on board," says Dr Richardson.

"Our BioMaterials Futures Strategy, announced in 2003, sets our direction in providing research for renewable, plant-based materials and products. Our vision is to be recognised as a leader in plant based biomaterials science and Dr MacRae will help drive us towards that goal."

Dr MacRae is currently the Science Leader-Industrial Biotechnology at HortResearch and she will join Scion in early March.

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