Dr Andrew Kralicek – Plant & Food Research
Insect Receptor Sensors: Harnessing insects’ amazing powers of smell to revolutionize commercial sensing
Dr Andrew Kralicek, Team Leader of the Molecular Sensing Team at Plant & Food Research, has spent the last decade working out how to harness insects’ amazing sense of smell to revolutionise the world of electronic sensors. His technological breakthrough led to the development of a proof of principle prototype showing that insect odorant receptors can be used for the detection of miniscule amounts of volatile compounds. Possible commercial applications range from human health, pest and disease detection, food quality and defence technologies.
Over the past three years, Dr Kralicek’s passion has been the commercialisation of his innovative new technology as a platform technology. These efforts, backed by PreSeed accelerator investment, have seen Dr Kralicek engage with potential customers, collaborators, funders and advisers to better understand the commercial opportunities that could be captured by this novel device. Andrew was the first researcher selected for the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme in 2015 for his 'biological electronic nose' sensor technology.