About Aroa Biosurgery

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)

Our History

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.

Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team

Brian Ward, BVSc MBA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Brian is the founder and chief executive officer of Aroa Biosurgery. He is a resident of New Zealand and has… 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’ experience in business and finance.… read more

Rod Stanley, MSc

Vice President – Manufacturing

Rod Stanley joined Aroa Biosurgery 9 years ago and has 15 years’ experience in medical device design and manufacturing. Prior… 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 on the design and synthesis… read more

Brad Adams, MHA

Vice President – Commercial Operations

Brad joined Aroa Biosurgery in November 2019. He has over 20 years of experience in the strategic sales and marketing… read more

Our Partner

Our Partner

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.

Quality Assured

Quality Assured

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.


Our magic is our people.

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.

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