Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Science Innovator Recognised

21 October 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Science Innovator Recognised for Career Entrepreneurial Accomplishments

Dr Rod Claycomb, CEO of Quantec, was recognised for his career entrepreneurial accomplishments by winning the award for Science Entrepreneur at this year’s Kudos Award held earlier this month.

Since the start of his career in the late 1990s, Dr Claycomb has always had an entrepreneurial bent and has primarily focused his career in the agricultural industry. 

“The most exciting thing for me is discovering something that no one has ever discovered before and then creating a product out of that discovering and taking it to market.  That’s what really gives me a buzz,” says Dr Claycomb.

Currently with Quantec at Hamilton’s Waikato Innovation Park, Dr Claycomb and his partner, Dr Bragger, are commercialising their patented, naturally derived milk protein-based ingredient, IDPTM that has been proven to have anti-microbial and other immune defense properties.  

“There is strong commercial potential to use our novel ingredient as a non-antibiotic treatment for mastitis in cows as well as an ingredient in oral care and skin care products in humans.  We’re still in the early stages, but excited to announce that we’re launching the product onto the US nutraceutical ingredient market this November,” say Dr Claycomb.

His career started out with a start-up firm in Denver, Colorado – DDx Incorporated – where he worked in a team to commercialise biosensing systems for measuring food-borne pathogens, medical and/or veterinarial analytes, and air-borne biological warfare agents. 

He also worked on developing sensing systems for animal applications.  His most significant entrepreneurial achievement while at DDx was developing a sensor to detect the mounting of cows while in heat which optically alerted farmers when this happened.  His idea was refined by the in-house design team and launched as a successful commercial product in 1999, known as ‘MountCountTM.‘

Dr Claycomb emigrated to New Zealand in 1999, where he began working for DEC International NZ.  He was hired for his expertise and accomplishments in biosensor research and was leading the company’s R&D team.  Within 18 months, the company spun off his milk sensor research unit into a new company, Sensortec, which is located at the Waikato Innovation Park. 

As CEO of Sensortec, he took it from inception to 20+ employees including R&D, Marketing and Manufacturing and managing a $1.5+ million annual budget. 

One of Dr Claycomb’s greatest accomplishments while at Sensortec was leading the research, development and launch of the world’s first online somatic cell count sensor for the detection of mastitis in cows.  This product – CellSenseTM - is now sold in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. 

Also during his time at Sensortec, Dr Claycomb, along with Drs Murray Woolford and Jenny Jago at DairyNZ (then, Dexcel), set up the world’s first robotic milking R&D project for a grazing system – the Greenfield Project. 

Dr Claycomb left Sensortec in 2006 to start his own consulting business to assist companies in linking high-tech research and development ideas or problems to commercial market outcomes.  One of his largest clients was Quantec, where he acted as Managing Director for this business.   In December 2008, Dr Claycomb and Dr Judy Bragger (the Chief Scientist at Quantec) bought the business from DEC International NZ Ltd. 

During his career, Dr Claycomb has been granted six patents, while over 10 others have been filed by teams he has worked with. 

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

DIY Law: Government Exempts Some Home Improvements From Costly Consents

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector ... More>>

ALSO:

Media Awards: The New Zealand Herald Named Newspaper Of The Year, Website Of The Year At Voyager Media Awards

The New Zealand Herald has been labelled a “powerhouse news operation” as it claims the two biggest prizes – Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year – along with many individual awards at the 2020 Voyager Media Awards Website of the ... More>>

ALSO:

ASB Bank: ASB Takes The Lead Again With New Low Home Loan Interest Rate

ASB has moved again to support its customers, cutting a number of home loan rates, including the two-year special rate to a new low of 2.69% p.a. Craig Sims, ASB executive general manager Retail Banking says the reduced rate will be welcome news for many ... More>>

ALSO:

Nathan Hoturoa Gray: The Problems With Testing And Case Statistics For Covid-19

To begin to understand disease transmission in a country requires adequate testing of your population with properly vetted, accurate tests. As the world struggles to find what 'adequate percentage' of the population is necessary, (estimates predict ... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Fletcher Building To Lay Off 1000 Staff In New Zealand

The construction company will cut around 10 percent of its workforce as it struggles with the fallout from Covid-19. More>>

ALSO:

Can Pay, Won't Pay: Cashflow Moves Urged

Government Ministers are asking significant private enterprises to adopt prompt payment practices in line with the state sector, as a way to improve cashflow for small businesses. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Should Legally Protect The Right To Work From Home

For understandable reasons, the media messaging around Level Two has been all about “freedom” and “celebration”, but this is not necessarily going to be a universal experience. When it comes to workplace relations, Level Two is just as likely to ... More>>

ALSO:


Telecoms: Spark Welcomes Spectrum Allocation And Prepares For 5G Rollout Over The Next 12 Months

Spark welcomes spectrum allocation and prepares for 5G rollout over the next 12 months Spark today welcomed the announcement of the direct allocation process of 5G spectrum, with the Company to be offered management rights to 60 MHz of 3.5 GHz ... More>>

ALSO:


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>

ALSO:


Media Blues: Stuff Chief Executive Buys Company For $1

Stuff chief executive Sinead Boucher has purchased Stuff from its Australian owners Nine Entertainment for $1.
The chief executive was returning the company to New Zealand ownership, with the sale is expected to be completed by 31 May.
"Our plan is to transition the ownership of Stuff to give staff a direct stake in the business as shareholders," Boucher said in a statement.... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Bar Reopening Night 'much, Much Quieter'

Pubs and bars are reporting a sluggish first day back after the lockdown, with the fear of going out, or perhaps the joy of staying home, thought to be a reason for the low numbers. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: New Zealand’s Population Passes 5 Million

New Zealand's resident population provisionally reached 5 million in March 2020, Stats NZ said today. More>>

NIWA: Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Milestone In Cash Flow Support To SMEs

A significant package of tax reforms will be pushed through all stages in Parliament today to throw a cash flow lifeline to small businesses. More>>

ALSO:



University Of Canterbury: Astronomers Discover The Science Behind Star Bursts That Light Up The Sky

University of Canterbury (UC) astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times making it look like a new star. For ... More>>

Air NZ: Air New Zealand Adds Business-timed Flights For Regions

Air New Zealand will operate business-timed flights in and out of a number of regional ports from next month.
The flights will allow customers in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill to undertake a day of business in either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch... More>>

ALSO: