Congratulations to Dr William Rolleston (1979) for recognition on the New Year's Honours List

 Dr William Rolleston (1979) has been awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in the New Year’s honours list. After his studies at UC, William went on to study medicine at Otago. After a period of work in UK, he returned to the family farm near Timaru. 

Back in New Zealand, William began to develop blood products for use in cell culture, microbiology and immunology and formed the biotechnology company, South Pacific Sera along with his brother John (1979). John is a current CH board member.

In 2009 William received the Ross Clark Distinguished Biotechnologist of the Year Award. He was the founding Chairman of the Biotechnology Industry Organisation and maintains his passion for science as the chairman of Genomics Aotearoa at Otago University. 

Alongside his work in the biotechnology sector, William continued with the family farm and became a strong voice in the agricultural sector. He has just stepped down after 3 years as president of Federated Farmers and continues on the board of the World Farmers Organisation. 

 William Rolleston

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