Cawthron named as finalist in 2021 NZ Biosecurity Awards

01 October 2021

Cawthron is proud to have been named a finalist in three ‘Ko Tātou This Is Us’ New Zealand Biosecurity Awards categories in 2021.

Biosecurity Research Team Leader Patrick Cahill has been named a finalist in the AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award category, for his strong leadership with Cawthron and in New Zealand’s wider marine biosecurity sector.

The finalist announcement states:

“His (Patrick’s) team are recognised internationally for pioneering contributions to biosecurity surveillance, response, and management in the marine environment.

Patrick provides leadership ‘from the back’, with a strong strategic mind, attention to detail, and brilliant relationship building abilities. Patrick leads by example, continuing to maintain and grow his own research speciality to develop innovative treatment tools for invasive marine pests.”

Patrick Cahill

Cawthron Institute Biosecurity Research Team Leader, Patrick Cahill.

Cawthron Institute’s Aquatic Animal Health Programme researchers, led by Dr Kate Hutson, we also named as finalists in both the Bioprotection Aotearoa Science Award category and the Mondiale VGL Innovation Award categories.

In the finalist announcement, the Programme was lauded for its contribution to tackling major biosecurity issues facing New Zealand with a focus on supporting the resilience of the aquaculture sector and enabling more informed and proactive farm health management.

“This helps to prevent outbreaks of aquatic disease, which protects New Zealand’s seafood industry, human health, and marine ecosystems. Funded through the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s Endeavour Fund, its objectives are to develop methods for better detection, diagnosis, prediction and management of aquatic health and disease.”

The Biosecurity Awards winners will be announced at an awards dinner at the Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington on Wednesday 16 February 2022.

Kate Hutson

Cawthron Aquatic Animal Health Research Programme Leader, Dr Kate Hutson.

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