INTERNATIONAL

NZ bio-scientist nominated for world tech award

14 October 2013

The event has been described as the ultimate global platform to honour visionary contributions in science and technology and Nathan Balasingham joins an exclusive club of global corporations and scientists who are deemed by members of the WTN to be doing the “most innovative work of the greatest likely long term significance”. 

The World Technology Awards have been presented annually since 2000, as a way to honor those in twenty different categories of science and technology, and related fields.  Nominees for the 2013 World Technology Awards were selected by the WTN membership (spread over 60 countries) through an intensive, global process lasting many months. 

Balasingham has spent the last forty years as an entrepreneurial scientist, inventing and making some outstanding contributions to the development of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry. He says that his real focus is on finding urgent, sustainable revolutionary solutions to improve the productivity and nutritional value of food, to avert an impending global food crisis.

From his base at Pukekohe Balasingham said that he was honoured to be elected as an Associate of the World Technology Network, which gives him direct access to the most innovative scientists and technologists around the world. “For the Agrizest and Biozest technology to be peer reviewed and nominated by this global community of people in science and technology is priceless,” he added.

Founder and Chairman of the World Technology Network, James P Clark, said “The World Technology Awards program is not only a very inspiring way to identify and honor the most innovative people and organizations in the technology world, but it also is a truly disciplined way for WTN membership to identify those who will formally join them as part of our global community.   “By working to make useful connections among our members, we look forward to assisting Nathan Balasingham in continuing to help create our collective future and change our world."

The winners of the 2013 World Technology Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the historic Time-Life Building in New York City on the evening of 15 November, at the close of the 12th Annual World Technology Summit, and presented by the WTN in association with TIME magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and others.