Astrolab works with ideas from across the country. Its head office in Auckland is in close proximity to the city's universities and central medical research facilities as well as the central business community.

Our ventures vary from initial concepts to fully developed ideas and we provide commercialisation expertise, financial backing, crucial go-to-market contacts, strategy and other business assets essential for success.

Astrolab works with innovators in a range of sectors including ICT, life science, clean-tech, IoT, devices, human performance, media, visualisation/VR/AR, agritech, and care/medical. Approved under Callaghan Innovation’s technology incubator funding framework, Astrolab is mandated by the New Zealand Government.

Our mission is to successfully, globally commercialise high-tech intellectual property from New Zealand.






Brett Oliver

10+ years’ experience in commercialisation & innovation activities. Roles included composite materials engineering, venture capital due-diligence, commercial and property finance, technology auditor and advisor at KPMG, commercialisation manager at NZ’s largest research organisation, and North Island Manager of Commercialisation, NZ national health innovation initiative.


Jeremy Foster
Venture Partner – Operations

Jeremy has over 20 years of driving business and technology innovation in industries that include FMCG, health and construction. He is accomplished in sales, marketing, telecommunications and SaaS. Jeremy brings a global perspective, having worked across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and the US.


Based between San Francisco and Tokyo, Patrick brings substantial expertise in managing collaboration and investment with globally based innovation partners. Secured 100+ partnerships between IP developers and industry matching complex IP to international demand.  Excellent connections with North American, Asian VCs and global corporates.



Provides governance & leadership expertise for the ventures and Astrolab. With 25+ years’ experience in ICT running advanced research facilities for US & EU startups and in senior commercial roles with technology focused multinationals. Director of the Centre for Software Innovation at University of Auckland.  Arron sits on the Return on Science Investment Committee assessing deep IP from NZ public research organisations.


Chris Wigley
Venture Partner

Chris has over 30 years of business experience - in particular in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, capital-raising and strategy - in New Zealand, the UK, Germany and Italy. He has extensive knowledge of most sectors of the economy and has had considerable exposure to technological innovation. Companies he has worked for include The New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra), BZW (now CSFB) and Daimler (has an annual R&D budget of US$ 9 bn and is the parent company of Mercedes Benz).


Christina Houlihan
Senior Commercial Analyst

With a background in intellectual property, Christina has expert knowledge and close ties with several government organisations including the Patents Office and Callaghan Innovation.

Specialising mainly in Biotechnology, she also has a wealth of experience in digital, health and other sectors and has successfully assisted many companies attain funding and ensure their commercial viability.


Ellie Whelan
Commercial Analyst

Ellie has a keen interest in the area of science commercialisation, with strong market research and validation skills to match. Currently completing her Masters in Bioscience Enterprise, Ellie’s previous roles include commercially focused scientific research, as well as working with early stage startups at The Icehouse. She has a strong technical background in the life sciences, specialising in the area of genetics.