Portrait of Dr John Higgins and Professor Richard Archer.

Dr John Higgins (on left in the picture) is Chief Technology Officer at Southern Lights Biomaterials (SLB). The company supplies purified Type I collagen which is used by medical device manufacturers as a foundation for implantable medical devices in applications such as bone regeneration and drug delivery. Other products based on bovine tissue such as cross-linked and/or decellularised pericardium serve applications such as manufacture of bioprosthetic heart valves.

John is responsible for establishment of processes, process facilities and quality systems such that all products comply with rigorous safety standards including ASTM F2212, Standard guide for Characterization of Type I Collagen as starting material for Surgical Implants and Substrates for Tissue-Engineered Medical Products.

SLB’s daily contact with substantial medical device companies in Asia, Europe and North America makes John the ideal contact for researchers seeking to commercialise their developments.

Professor Richard Archer [on the right], who heads the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University, has recognised that many of the skills and processing and measurement techniques used in modern food processing are common to a wider range of bioprocesses. His foresight in facilitating both access to and regulatory approval of the institute’s pilot facilities has been of substantial assistance to the establishment of SLB’s business.

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