Gavin Ross

Gavin Ross

Job Title

General Manager, Business Development


Dr Gavin Ross has a deep understanding of biotechnology R&D, particularly in the Crown Research environment. He began his career as a research scientist studying the molecular biology of fruit ripening. In 1988 he joined HortResearch (now Plant & Food Research) as a research scientist and in the late 1990s was central to the establishment of genomics research for major horticultural crops, now integral to the Institute’s scientific programmes. After several years with Genesis R&D Corporation, in 2005 Gavin was appointed as HortResearch’s first Vice President Business Development in the USA. Here he was responsible for building the Institute’s US business and liaising with US-based clients and collaborators. In 2010, Gavin returned to New Zealand and is now the General Manager, Business Development with responsibility for the Institute’s global business effort. He is also the Chair of Plant & Food Research’s internal Investment Committee, which is responsible for investing the Institute’s Core Purpose funding from Government. During his career, Gavin has established an international reputation in plant molecular biology and fruit science, and has a strong network of science and industry contacts across New Zealand and the USA.

  • Business development experience in both New Zealand and International markets
  • Extensive international networks in the Horticulture, Food and Biotechnology Industries
  • Extensive knowledge of the fruit and food industry, through business experience in the United States, and through previous leadership roles in HortResearch
  • Capacity to develop strong and enduring internal and external collaborative relationships
  • Experience in leading and managing groups of researchers and business development managers
  • Strong ability to develop customer focused research, and to communicate research and commercial goals to both scientific or industry audiences
  • Two years experience in a publicly listed biotechnology company with a focus on both plant and health biotechnology
  • Twelve years research experience in molecular biology, leading to an established international reputation in plant molecular biology and fruit science. Focus on science quality