Lab Innovation & Excellence (Labs) 2019
MEET YOUR CHAIR
Dr Veema Lodhia
Technical Team Lead Exercise Science & School of Psychology
University of Auckland
Veema Lodhia is a technical team lead (TTL) for the Department of Exercise Sciences and the School of Psychology. She manages the technical teams across these two areas and manages the neuroimaging lab facility in the school of Psychology. Prior to her role as TTL, she completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland in 2014, specialising in cognitive neuroscience and developmental disorders (Autism). Her areas of expertise include neuroimaging methods, electroencephalography (EEG) and physiology techniques, developmental disorders, and lab management. Veema is involved in various faculty committees and groups such as Sustainability, Equity, Women in Science, Technical managers, and Health, Safety and Wellbeing
KEYNOTES AT THE CONFERENCE
Prof. Gary Evans
Chief Science Advisor
Prof Gary Evans is a Medicinal Chemist based at Victoria University of Wellington’s Ferrier Research Institute and is seconded for 80% of his time to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as their Chief Science Advisor where he heads the Science Leadership team. His research involves drug development, designing and synthesising enzyme inhibitors for treating and combating disease. He invented the drug Ulodesine, which completed Phase II clinical trials for the treatment of gout. He was also part the team that synthesised Mundesine which has been approved in Japan for the treatment of peripheral T-Cell lymphoma. Prof Evans earned his PhD at Otago University, before accepting a postdoctoral position at Oxford University. He then worked in the biotechnology sector in United Kingdom. He was appointed a Member of NZ Order of Merit in 2014 and has received several prestigious awards, including the 2014 Janssen Best Innovation Award, the 2011 MacDiarmid Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand, and the 2004 Nufarm Prize for Excellence in Industrial and Applied Chemistry.
Director of Infrastructure and Facilities
The Francis Crick Institute
Nick joined the Francis Crick Institute as Director of Building Services in September 2013 with responsibility for all Building Services and Facilities Management. This included overseeing the final stages of construction and commissioning, developing the facilities management strategy, and taking the building into operation in August 2016. He was appointed Director of Facilities and Infrastructure in 2018 with additional responsibility for some science services and programme management. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, with over 25 years' experience leading Engineering and Operations teams in areas such as site facilities, health and safety, maintenance, energy, and environmental services. Nick's experience spans a number of industrial sectors including chemicals, pulp and paper, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals. This has also included several years with Pfizer at Sandwich where he was Director of Engineering, Maintenance and Utilities, with responsibility for the engineering and facilities maintenance of the pharmaceutical research and manufacturing operations at the 400-acre site.
Principal Scientist and Team Leader Molecular Sensing and Microfabrication
Director, Business Development
Intellitech Automation Ltd
Tim Brown is a Director at Intellitech Automation, where his role is focused on business development and growth. Intellitech work with laboratories to develop modular automation systems that deliver greater efficiency while also enhancing quality, repeatability and traceability. After completing a BE in Mechatronics at University of Auckland, Tim’s first five years were spent developing machine control software on an embedded Linux platform, alongside project management and commissioning. Since moving into management, Tim has helped Intellitech expand their offerings and enter new markets both in New Zealand and abroad. Today Intellitech have automation systems in use in laboratories in New Zealand, Europe and Asia, and continue to evolve their offerings and capabilities as the appetite for automation in laboratories grows.
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