Comvita launches PhD scholarship in natural health

University of Auckland doctoral student Swapna Gannabathula has been named the inaugural recipient of the Claude Alexander Stratford Research Scholarship.

Sponsored by New Zealand natural health product company Comvita, and established in association with The University of Auckland, the scholarship provides three years of funding for a doctoral student based at the university and studying a topic related to natural health products.

Comvita’s founder Claude Stratford marked his 100th birthday earlier this week and the announcement of the scholarship was part of his birthday celebrations held at Comvita’s headquarters in Paengaroa on Friday 20 August.

Comvita is one of several biotechnology companies co-located at the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology. The institute is New Zealand’s leading bio-incubator, providing biotechnology companies with access to the university’s expertise and resources in order to accelerate their research and development.

Director of the Institute, Professor Joerg Kistler, says that the scholarship demonstrates the commitment of Comvita to the development of innovative natural health products backed by credible scientific research, and that it is a vital part of the partnership between the company and the university.

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Jonathan Stephens, Ralf Schothauer, Swapna Gannabathula, Brett Hewlett, Joerg Kistler, Geoff Krissansen