dnature was started in 2009 to provide consulting services for those developing PCR and real-time qPCR assays. In 2010 the company expanded to include the distribution of products in these fields.
dnature diagnostics & research Ltd is a little different to other suppliers in that we also operate our own testing and research laboratory.
Yes - using qPCR and high resolution melting (HRM) to test for plant pathogens and other primary industry issues, as well as sequencing for bacteria and fungi.
We use many of the products and instruments we distribute - indeed, a number of our products in our range have come about from our own laboratory PCR requirements.
To contact staff, please use <first name>@dnature.co.nz or use our contact page
Belinda Mackay, marketing manager
Prior to dnature, Belinda was involved in consumer goods marketing for a variety of well-known brands including
Goodman Fielder, Nestle and TipTop Ice Cream. She was also involved in the development of the Fonterra brand,
the branding of the V energy drink as well as being the marketing manager for ecostore. Belinda takes pains to
note she is not a scientist (she leaves that to John and the team) but understands the importance of good
communication with customers and is responsible for the day-to-day running and logistics for dnature.
Gretchen Morrison, laboratory & administration
Gretchen has extensive laboratory experience (microbiology and food chemistry) and runs much of the testing
available at dnature. She is also involved with assay optimisation together with John and provides administration
support also. Prior to dnature, she was a technical manager at Cedenco where she oversaw both the analytical
and QC laboratories as well as managing the IANZ accreditation.
Rachel Bennett, sales & marketing
Rachel will be known to many people in her former sales roles with several life science companies. Based in Hamilton, Rachel manages the Waikato/Rotorua region and assists with marketing. Prior to her roles in life science, she spent 3 years in forensic chemistry at ESR and is returning to work after maternity leave.
John Mackay, technical director
John has been working in the PCR area for over 20 years and has been developing and optimising real-time PCR
assays for nearly 15 of these. John previously held a range of positions in Applied Science and Molecular
Diagnostics for Roche before leaving Auckland to move to Gisborne and work on grapevine virus diagnostics.
Thus he brings a strong sales, technical support and laboratory background to dnature.