Aroa Biosurgery is a soft-tissue regeneration company that develops, manufactures and distributes medical and surgical products to improve healing in complex wounds and soft tissue reconstruction
Founded in 2008, Aroa Biosurgery is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:ARX)
About Aroa Biosurgery
Aroa Biosurgery was founded in 2008, based on the regenerative properties of ruminant forestomach extracellular matrix (ECM) technology initially investigated and developed by Dr. Brian Ward. The company, which was formerly called Mesynthes, initially contracted scientists from Industrial Research Ltd to get started and then rapidly transitioned to its own internal development team to accelerate commercialization. Early in 2014, Aroa Biosurgery relocated and expanded into a new purpose built facility in Auckland, New Zealand.
Endoform™ Dermal Template, our first product for chronic non-healing wounds, was launched in the United States by Hollister Inc. (USA) in 2013 after obtaining U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and breakthrough reimbursement from the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services for an ECM based product allowing widespread access in all sites of care. In 2018, Aroa Biosurgery acquired back Endoform™ Dermal Template and formed a joint venture to continue to deliver this product to our customers.
Our first commercial surgical product, a Reinforced Bioscaffold developed in collaboration with Tela Bio Inc. (USA), was cleared by the FDA in December 2014 and clinical studies were initiated in the United States in May 2015 for use in ventral hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction.
Brian Ward, BVSc MBA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Brian is the founder and chief executive officer of Aroa Biosurgery. He is a resident...Read more
Scott Sherriff, BA MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Scott joined AROA in July 2023. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry,...Read more
James Agnew, BCom LLB
Chief Financial Officer and Joint Company Secretary
James joined Aroa Biosurgery’s management team over 8 years ago. He has over 20 years’...Read more
Barnaby C. H. May, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Barnaby joined Aroa Biosurgery’s management team over 13 years ago. He completed his doctoral thesis...Read more
Brad Adams, MHA
Vice President – Commercial Operations
Brad joined Aroa Biosurgery in November 2019. He has over 20 years of experience in...Read more
Yasmin Winchester, BSc
Vice President – Quality, Regulatory and Sustainability
Yasmin joined AROA in 2014 and has held several roles in the quality space. Her...Read more
Rod Stanley, MSc
Vice President – Manufacturing
Rod Stanley joined Aroa Biosurgery 9 years ago and has 15 years’ experience in medical...Read more
Isaac Mason, BE
Vice President – Product Development
Isaac joined AROA in 2014, and has held several senior Engineering roles, including leading the...Read more
Hernia and Abdominal Wall Repair
We have partnered with Tela Bio Inc., a NASDAQ listed company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania to commercialise OviTex® in the United States and Europe.
Aroa Biosurgery has been certified to ISO 13485:2016, the international standard for medical device quality systems since 2011. In 2018 the company expanded its QMS certification scope under the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) to include the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.
People are everything at AROA. They come to work every day with ideas and passions that fuel our business. And go home at the end of the day knowing they also make a difference in other peoples’ lives and careers.
We value a pioneering spirit; a willingness to pursue new and different directions and to innovate beyond the status quo.
We build enduring relationships with those we encounter, keeping patient outcomes front of mind.
We are true to ourselves through our values and actions.
We work together as one exceptional team.
Our work perks
Flexible Working Options
Internships with AROA
Applications for AROA internships open in August!
These run each year from November until February and are a fantastic learning opportunity.
Work alongside our expert team on challenging projects that develop your practical skills, knowledge and experience, and contribute to our mission of Unlocking regenerative healing for everybody.
Our internships include opportunities in: Product Development, Project Engineering, Scientific Development, Research & Clinical Development What’s in it for you?
12-week paid internship that contributes 400 hours to your practical work experience
Personal Development through experiential learning and coaching in technical and soft skills
Support from our leaders and the team
Opportunity to work on challenging projects that have a real impact on real lives
What we are looking for:
Must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, resident or Australian citizen
In your penultimate year of study for your qualification
Can demonstrate passion, creativity and innovation through extracurricular projects and activities
Possesses a keen interest in healthcare and your chosen field of study