Bart Challis


  • Phone: +64 7 343 5398
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  • Team: Executive Management Team
  • Role: Chief Operating Officer


As Chief Operating Officer, Bart will be responsible for overseeing research infrastructure, operational requirements and ensuring delivery that aligns with Scion’s Statement of Core Purpose and Strategic Objectives.

Originally growing up in Rotorua, Bart completed a genetics-related Ph.D. at the University of Otago before spending 16 years working internationally in Western Europe, North America and Asia. During this time Bart worked in the Biotechnology/Life Sciences industry performing various management and executive roles for multi-nationals QBioGene, Invitrogen Inc and Active Motif Inc. Since returning to New Zealand Bart has worked as an executive at Hill Laboratories, initially managing the Agricultural division, and more recently managing all commercial aspects of the Hills organisation.

As an experienced C-level executive with 20 years technology-related industry experience, Bart has established a proven track record in international technology commercialisation, R&D and operational management, strategic partnering, creating and implementing strategic vision, leading and empowering people and successful multi-party negotiations.