dnature diagnostics & research

About us

dnature diagnostics & research Ltd was started in 2009 as a specialist PCR and qPCR business.  While we provide reagents and equipment in this area, we're a little different in that we also have our own testing & research laboratory, distribute our own proprietary kits that we've developed, as well as offering consultancy services.

We are experts in qPCR and high resolution melting analysis (HRMA) and we use these techniques for testing plant pathogens, bee viruses & diseases as well as other primary industry (and some clinical) issues as well.  We provide sequencing for bacteria, yeast and fungi identification and we're continuing to develop test kits to solve industry problems.  By using the products we distribute in our lab means that we know what we sell really well, and if we don't like it, well you won't see it from us.

We also develop research and diagnostic qPCR assays for other laboratories & industries, as well ourselves, using SYBR, hydrolysis probe, HRMA and multiplex designs.  Drop us a line if you want to chat.


John Mackay - Technical Director

John has been working in the PCR area for over 25 years and has been developing and optimising real-time PCR assays for 20 of these. John previously held a range of positions in Applied Science and Molecular Diagnostics for Roche before leaving Auckland to move to Gisborne and work on grapevine virus diagnostics. He brings a strong sales, technical support and laboratory background to dnature. See more


Rebecca Hewett -  Laboratory & Administration

Rebecca has held various positions in the horticultural and biological science sectors. She studied Cell & Molecular Biosciences at Victoria University in Wellington, working at Plant & Food Research one summer, where she was involved in research to understand the mechanism of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum transmission by the tomato/potato psyllid (TPP). Rebecca is responsible for the day to day running of the laboratory as well as managing customer orders and administration.

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Belinda Mackay - General Manager

Prior to establishing dnature with John, Belinda worked in a number of consumer goods marketing roles incuding at Nestle, Tip Top and Ecostore. Upon moving to Gisborne, she worked as a marketing consultant and led a rebrand of the Gisborne District Council. At dnature, Belinda is responsible for the day-to-day operations, marketing and finance

Elise Bal

Elise Bal - Business Development & Sales

Elise has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing, 15 years of which are with Roche Diagnostics in New Zealand after immigrating from the Netherlands.

Her background is in molecular biology and her career started in research, developing a PCR assay for diagnosis of leptospirosis. After moving into the commercial diagnostics business, she worked in several sales, business development and product management roles with a focus in the areas of clinical molecular diagnostics and life science research.

Elise is based in Plimmerton, near Wellington and is responsible for business development for dnature, as well as sales in the lower half of the North Island and the upper part of the South Island, including Christchurch.

Anthony Thrush

Anthony Thrush - Account Manager & Technical Support

Anthony is an experienced life science professional who has worked in a variety of roles in both public and private science and commercial organisations for the last 23 years.

Anthony has worked as a molecular biologist in various research settings, a sales and product specialist in a large multinational corporation and most recently, as business development manager for a NZ Government funded science infrastructure company.

He has a passion for helping people and coupled with his extensive knowledge of the tools and techniques of the modern laboratory environment, looks forward to assisting you with your needs.

Anthony is based in Auckland and is responsible for account management in the upper North Island and the Otago region as well as providing technical support for the dnature range of products and instruments.