Darja Pavlovic

How I got here

I completed a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise, a post-graduate qualification aimed at scientists who wanted to work in the commercial space. My masters thesis allowed me to focus on IP management with UniServices. It was where I began to develop the necessary skills and expertise in commercialisation and IP analysis. Before starting with PFR, my scientific background and resolve to work in the commercial space was further strengthened with a Masters in Science majoring in neuroscience.

Why I like working at Plant & Food Research

My role at Plant & Food Research gives me the opportunity to be involved with a range of research projects and cool inventions. Combined with this is the feeling that we are doing something truly worthwhile as an organisation that is built around nurturing New Zealanders well into the future.

My personal highlight working at Plant & Food Research

Meeting a range of scientists across the organisation and providing some insight into intellectual property surrounding their projects and how they can harness these commercial tools to help them do their science.

My work has an impact on our industries by

Intellectual property has become essential in providing research programmes with support tools for delivering impacts from science research. My role supports scientists ability to deliver a new technology from the early idea stage to the final commercial optimisation stage. These technologies go on to provide a competitive advantage for New Zealand industry which helps to drive New Zealand economy and reputation globally.

What I love about my job is

My job allows me to work with scientists and science from every corner of PFR. This means that no two projects and no two days are ever the same!

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