New Zealand Committee

Melissa Wong

Business Development Coordinator, Lincoln Agritech, Lincoln

Melissa works alongside Lincoln Agritech researchers and external clients from central and local government, Māori iwi and businesses to build meaningful relationships to deliver “tomorrow’s solutions for today’s problems”. She is involved across the company’s commercialisation pipeline from drafting proposals, coordinating contracts, performing IP novelty searches, through to commercialising technologies into successful applications and products. A recent area of focus includes working with Lincoln Agritech’s freshwater quality Environmental Group and the marketing of HydroMetrics nitrate sensors (www.hydrometrics.co.nz).

In her free time, Melissa is involved in various not-for-profit organisations at both national and regional governance level. She is a Trustee of the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust (a position she was appointed to by the New Zealand Ethnic Communities Minister), Area Director of Toastmasters NZ, and co-founder of Future Dragonz, a nationwide young professionals network. She is also a member of the Asia NZ Leadership Network.

 

 

   Wilson Huang
 

Business Development Manger, Plant and Food Research, Auckland


Wilson’s mandate is to assess, prioritise, and commercialise Plant & Food Research's intellectual property portfolio. He regularly engages with stakeholders within the New Zealand and international innovation ecosystem and develops and maintains connectivity with relevant industries.

Previously, he held various positions at two technology transfer offices - one being the largest in Australasia and another being part of the fastest growing New Zealand university. These positions varied from analyst to technology transfer manager. Accomplishments include creating and implementing a commercialisation process based on the stage-gate approach, assessed over 140 technology projects across multiple research areas from medical science to software engineering, and progressed high-value technology projects to IP license or spin-offs.

Outside work, he provides consultation to early-stage startups on product-market fit, IP protection and valuation, MVP development, and capital raising. Business aside, you can sometimes find Wilson volunteering at SPCA Auckland, walking Miso his Japanese Spitz on the streets of Auckland, or in the gym weightlifting.

 

 

 

   Katie Wei
 

Patent Executive, AJ Park Law, Wellington

Katie assists clients in patent matters in New Zealand, Australia and overseas. She is passionate about solving problems in creative ways.

At AJ Park, Katie specialises in the areas of life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and environmental chemistry. She has experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and providing advice on patent validity and infringement.

Katie’s previous experience includes working on innovation and entrepreneurship policy in the public sector and on intellectual property litigation and patent/trademark prosecution in the private sector in Canada. She also worked at a multinational agrochemical company in Germany in the computer modeling of agrochemicals in the environment and in technology intelligence and evaluation.

Katie brings a wealth of experience to the NZ regional committee and was previously the LES Chair of Education in Ottawa, Canada.

A recent migrant to New Zealand, Katie enjoys exploring the great New Zealand outdoors.

  Dr Christine Egan

 
Special Counsel, AJ Park Law, Wellington


A patent expert at AJ Park since 1997, Christine is a member of the firm’s chembio patents team, working with clients in the chemical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, dairy and food industries. Her specialist areas include nutrition, animal vaccines and nutraceuticals.

Christine’s role sees her involved in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications for her clients. She also advises on validity and infringement issues as well patent filing strategy. Among her New Zealand clients are Crown Research Institutes, universities, biotech firms and food companies, while her overseas clients include major pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

A registered patent attorney, as well as a barrister and solicitor, Christine has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland, and gained her law degree from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has held post-doctoral research positions at both the Institute of Cellular Pathology at the University of Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, and at the Biochemistry department of the University of Liverpool.

In her downtime, Christine loves getting out into nature, tramping and going camping with her husband and two boxer dogs in their retro caravan.

 

 

  Dr Roslyn Murray

IP Manager for WaikatoLink Ltd, Technology Transfer Office for Waikato University, Hamilton

Roslyn has a Ph.D in Materials Science from Waikato University, and is a registered Patent Attorney in both New Zealand and Australia. Roslyn oversees WaikatoLink’s Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and liaises with internal and external stakeholders to both prosecute and maintain the portfolio. She also works closely with the Commercialisation Managers and University Researchers to help commercialise the innovations that come out of the University. Roslyn has been with Waikatolink since late 2014, and prior to that worked for a high-tech start-up company before training to become a patent attorney at one of New Zealand’s leading IP firms. 

Outside of work, Roslyn is a mother to three active teenagers who are all immersed in the world of high performance rowing.