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“Exceptionally surprised, to be perfectly honest,” is how Dunedin scientist Dr Peter Fennessy describes being appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to agricultural science and companies.

Dr Fennessy, who said he was honored with this distinction, has had a broad and distinguished career as a scientist, mentor, consultant and entrepreneur for over 45 years and has held governance and management positions in many small and medium-sized agricultural and biotechnology enterprises. and businesses, including long term involvement with Blis Technologies as a director and chairman.

He was Managing Director of AgResearch Invermay from 1992 to 1997 before entering the private sector and in 2001 founding the successful agribusiness consultancy company AbacusBio.

This was after identifying a gap in the market for the practical application of scientific developments; linking science and business has since been its slogan.

He was “incredibly proud” of what the firm had achieved with staff now in New Zealand, the UK and North America and had an international impact, and he paid tribute to other members of the company as well. who had sustained the vision.

Dr Fennessy got involved in training and education and started an internship program. AbacusBio had given many young people a reason to stay in Dunedin.

Bringing young people into the agribusiness sector was “incredibly important” and some “extraordinary” young people were exposed to the sector, which was very special, he said.

Dr Fennessy’s contributions to agricultural science were recognized internationally and he had been recognized by government and industry research organizations in Australia, UK, Canada and Brunei.