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Zahra Champion

The booming market of bovine-based pharmaceuticals


A pericardium looks more like a cheese slice than high-value biomaterial suitable for repairing human hearts.

This thin, light, white sheet of collagen – sourced from New Zealand cattle – is fast becoming one of the most sought-after products in the increasingly lucrative biomedical industry.

This thin sac sits around the beating heart of every one of New Zealand’s 10.4 million beef and dairy cattle.

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Zahra Champion Zahra is Executive Director of BIOTechNZ and is working to bring together a national community of biotech innovators, investors, researchers, educators and policy makers; and connecting this community to global biotech ecosystems.