New Zealand start-up InsituGen to supply sport industry with new drug testing technology
New Zealand start-up InsituGen, will be targeting drug cheats in the major sporting codes as early as 2022, with their innovative anabolic drug testing kits developed at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
InsituGen is built on a collaboration comprising deep-tech investor Pacific Channel, and anabolic drug-detection technology created by Professor Alison Heather of the University of Otago. The company will equip established drug screening operators with kits which detect designer anabolics that current technology is not able to identify.
Professor Heather advises “at the moment existing tests only catch cheats who use recognised substances however cheats are able to go un-detected if they use substances that have been chemically altered – the fingerprint of the drug isn’t recognised. Our test quickly identifies any form of anabolic steroid in an athlete’s system, even if it is an unknown compound. No other test can do this.”
InsituGen’s unique testing method has been a focus for Professor Heather at the University of Otago’s Department of Physiology over the last six years. Her concept was advanced by Otago Innovation Limited - a University of Otago company which develops and commercialises intellectual property developed out of the University.
Otago Innovation Chief Executive, David Christensen adds “working alongside Pacific Channel and Professor Heather, we’ve brought her cutting-edge scientific concept to the point where it is ‘commercialisation ready’, and now attracting a number of other investors. It is a very exciting time, and we look forward to the positive influence InsituGen will have in the world of sport.”
InsituGen Chief Executive, Dr Ojas Mahapatra notes “our investors include well-established companies such as New Zealand’s early-stage, deep-tech investment company Pacific Channel, leading financial services company Booster and New Zealand Growth Capital Partners. Together they have invested the $1.6million of start-up funding required to begin commercialising this technology.
“InsituGen’s immediate pathway lies in the horse racing industry, with commercial testing in New Zealand and Australia before supplying official operators come the 2021 autumn and spring carnivals. The technology is then planned to be diversified to a human kit, with potential for InsituGen to be supplying major sporting codes as early as 2022.”
Professor Heather adds “In addition to identifying anabolic drugs used to create an illegal advantage, InsituGen’s kits can provide sporting organisations peace of mind when choosing nutritional supplements. Not only does the technology provide athletes, coaches, trainers and administrators with confidence that what they’re taking is legal and won’t lead to a surprising and potentially career-ending positive result for an anabolic, it provides assurance that they’re not inadvertently taking something that is harmful and unsafe to their body.”
Looking beyond sports, Professor Heather is examining the potential for the technology to be used in a medical application to monitor hormone levels. This could potentially assist the process of regulating dosage of hormone inhibitors used in certain hormone sensitive cancers, including breast cancer.
Image top: Professor Alison Heather in her lab and image above: InsituGen Chief Executive Dr Ojas Mahapatra with Prof Heather
19th November 2019 - Drug Free Sport NZ holds successful first anti-doping conference
9th December 2017 - Drug Free Sport New Zealand starts proceedings against multiple athletes
25th August 2017 - Cycling champion Jack Bobridge charged with drug dealing
30th July 2017 - New Zealand to drug test high school rugby teams
6th July 2017 - Drug Free Sport New Zealand announces new Chief Executive
6th May 2017 - NRL rocked by latest drug scandals
22nd March 2017 - Government commits funding to help sporting groups tackle illegal drugs
14th December 2016 - New Zealand rugby’s new player deal to see testing for recreational drug use
15th April 2016 - Drug Free Sport NZ wins international awards for new learning programme
14th March 2016 - Drug Free Sport launches anti-doping e-learning programme
16th May 2013 - Positive drug tests on the rise among AFL players
27th October 2012 - Conference to explore drugs and alcohol in sport ‘the silent epedemic’
6th November 2011 - Big breakthough in sport drug testing
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
About Priava's Technology - Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…read more
Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…read more
A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…read more
Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…read more
The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!