2016 Media Releases

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19 Dec 2016  New Chief Executive Appointment for Scion
Chairman of the Scion Board, Tony Nowell, today announced the appointment of Dr Julian Elder as the Crown Research Institute’s incoming Chief Executive.

8 Nov 2016  Automated scanning of wood properties with Scion’s DiscBot
Developed and built in-house, the DiscBot uses a robot to move sawn wood discs past different energy sources to extract information on the wood's chemical makeup, density, spiral grain angle and microfibril angle.

2 Nov 2016  International biofuels think tank meets in Rotorua
Experts in bioenergy from 26 countries are gathering in Rotorua next week to meet on a series of topics convened by the International Energy Association (IEA).

12 Oct 2016  Scion Annual Report highlights science value to customers
Today, Crown research institute Scion released its annual report, which presents a very successful year in creating science impact and financial performance.

16 Sep 2016  Scion CEO to retire in early 2017
Scion CEO Dr Warren Parker is to retire once his replacement is in place at the Rotorua headquartered Crown Research Institute. A search for his replacement is underway.

16 Sep 2016  NZBIO award for new ‘green’ glue for wood products
Scion’s environmentally-friendly bioadhesives technology was awarded Biotechnology of the Year at NZBIO’s annual conference yesterday.

15 Sep 2016  Success in funding round
Three Scion research proposals will receive investment totalling $10.75 million over five years through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 2016 Endeavour Fund.

29 Jul 2016  Soft Pines bulletin published
Publication of The Soft Pines bulletin marks the completion of a 19 part series on introduced forest trees.

6 Jul 2016  Passing on the passion for science
Students from five secondary schools from around Rotorua have been given a hands on tour of Scion labs today, in a move to further spark their growing interest in science.

4 Jul 2016  Scion joins ‘Brilliant’ to showcase its IP globally
Scion can now promote its intellectual property on ‘Brilliant’, an online portal for innovative clean technologies established by Belgium-based, cleantech research organisation VITO.

1 Jul 2016  Scion a winner in the 2016 KiwiNet Awards
Scion and licensing partner Sonae Indústria have won a KiwiNet Award for their partnership to commercialise a new wood reinforced plastic product that could be used in cars, appliances and a range of consumer products.

29 Jun 2016  PreSeed investment increase for Scion
Scion has received a funding boost from the Government’s PreSeed Accelerator Fund (PSAF) announced yesterday by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

20 Jun 2016  Forest portal launched
The New Zealand Planted Forests Portal, www.nzplantedforests.org, was launched at the National Fieldays by Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew.

12 May 2016  Scion selected as a finalist in the 2016 KiwiNet Awards
Scion and licensing partner Sonae Industria are one of twelve finalists in the 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards announced today.

14 Mar 2016  International forest science experts in Rotorua focus on new technologies to boost sector
World leading experts in tree genetics are in Rotorua this week for a conference focused on how new technologies, such as genomics and remote sensing, have the potential to boost productivity in the forestry sector.

10 Mar 2016  Scion Paua biobased solution video wins at international conference
A video produced by Scion featuring paua shells blended with sustainable plastics has won the people’s choice award at the ECO-BIO 2016 conference in the Netherlands.

7 Mar 2016  Huge potential in deal between Scion and Finland research & tech company
A research collaboration agreement signed by Scion and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland gives New Zealand better access to global opportunities in the bioeconomy says Scion CEO Warren Parker.

28 Jan 2016  Students have a hand in biocontrol
For Waikato University science students Elise Peters and Mike Davy their summer holiday job at Scion in Rotorua will probably go down as one of the more memorable.

19 Jan 2016  Scion appoints new forest science leader
Scion has announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Alison Stewart to the role of General Manager Forest Science.