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Director Discovery Chemistry

Dr Richard Furneaux is one of New Zealand’s most respected scientists.


His world-renowned team has grown to include 33 research scientists whose achievements include 225 publications, 32 reviews and 13 published patent series. He has been involved with GlycoSyn since its inception, serving as Director Discovery Chemistry. 

Richard, who holds a PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, is a fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. In 2006 he was awarded the Hector Medal from the Royal Society for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of carbohydrate chemistry and for achieving world-wide recognition of chemistry and pharmacology in New Zealand.

Nicknamed ‘Disco Inferno’, Richard likes Indie music and can often be found relaxing in a bar where quality live music is playing.