dnature diagnostics & research Ltd 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 is a little different to other suppliers in that we also operate our own testing and research laboratory.
Yes, we use qPCR and high resolution melting analysis (HRMA) to test for plant pathogens, bee viruses and other primary industry issues, as well as sequencing for bacteria and fungi identification. We also develop research and diagnostic qPCR assays for other laboratories as well ourselves - SYBR, hydrolysis probe, HRMA and multiplex designs.
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.
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.
Tammy Waters, laboratory & administration
Tammy is a Gisborne local who studied microbiology at the University of Waikato. She focused on microbial diversity of the geothermal lakes in Rotorua, and after graduating worked in both administrative and laboratory roles in Hamilton. She has now returned to Gisborne and handles some of the administration in addition to testing work at dnature.
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.