HoneyLab are developing medical products from honey, bee venom and other products from bees and their environment. We undertake extensive research to show that our products are as effective as pharmaceutical medicines, despite them being natural products. We have developed products in three areas so far: skin diseases and cosmetics, pain management and nutrition. Being natural they are also of course safer to use than drugs.

Our Story

HoneyLab was founded in 2009 by Dr Shaun Holt and Laurence Greig in order to develop and make available effective medical products from honey and other products from bees and their environment. We are now running the world’s largest programme of medical research in this field, and have published over 20 medical research studies.

Co-founder Dr. Shaun Holt has degrees in both pharmacy and medicine and a background in developing new medicines within the pharmaceutical industry. In HoneyLab, these same principles are being applied to natural products in order to develop products that are natural, safe and above all effective.

We have 10 products already available and many more in development. Products are currently available through the Shop page on our website and the Life and Unichem pharmacy stores in New Zealand. We are also in discussions with partners to make our products available globally.

Bee health is hugely important to us and we invest a significant amount into making sure that we have large and sustainable supplies of high-grade kanuka honey and bee venom for our products.

Not many people know that the global giant GlaxoSmithKline started life as a milk products company near Palmerston North in the lower North Island of New Zealand – HoneyLab are aiming to emulate their success as a global supplier of high quality healthcare products.

Our progress has been recognized by others and some of our awards include:

  • Co-founder Dr Shaun Holt was Runner-up for New Zealander of the Year 2015 Awards, Sanitarium Innovator of the Year category for his work with HoneyLab
  • Winner, Discovering Gold, Wellington Gold Awards (2014)
  • Silver Stevie Award: Best New Product – Health & Pharmaceutical (2015)
  • Finalist, Company of the Year, NZBIO Excellence Awards (2015)
  • Joint Winner, NZBusiness Most Innovative Business, The David Awards (2015)
  • Finalist, NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards (2015)

Why HoneyLab Exists

HoneyLab is not another company selling jars of honey to eat – there are a number of excellent New Zealand companies who are already doing this. Instead, we are a research company with the ambitious goal to develop new, effective, natural medical products, in a sustainable manner.

Our core principles include:

  • medical products should have solid research to show that they are effective and safe
  • the products should be made in a sustainable manner
  • the company contributes to the community

Our research programme is world scale and our published papers can be seen on the research page. In terms of sustainability, bee health is a critical part of our operations, and kanuka is a currently underutilized and fully sustainable source of honey. We contribute to the community improving health with our products, working with local landowners and beekeepers, providing employment and exporting high value products. We even plant kanuka in marginal land to restore the native plantations.

The HoneyLab Team

Anthony Lawler – CEO

Anthony brings a wealth of experience in the natural health, biotech, food and beverage industries. He has a strong track record of driving strong revenue growth and capital raising with leading companies such as A2 Milk, Vital Foods and more recently Good Heath Products.

Anthony has key skills in General Management, Sales, Marketing, Regulatory, Production, Supply Chain and New Product Development. He also brings a large amount of international market experience particularly in China, South Korea, Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia.

Dr Shaun Holt – CSO & Director
Dr Shaun Holt holds Pharmacy and Medicine degrees and lectures at Victoria University of Wellington. He has been the Principal Investigator in over 50 clinical trials and has over 180 publications in the medical literature.

Shaun has been a regular contributor on TV1’s Breakfast programme and often appears on national radio shows. He is the author of 7 books including the bestseller “Natural Remedies That Really Work” and was a runner-up for New Zealander of the Year 2015 Awards, in the Sanitarium Innovator of the Year category.

Julia Ammundsen – Commercial Manager
Julia brings 20 years of finance and retail experience to HoneyLab. As a foreign exchange trader in The National Banks treasury department, she managed the bank’s currency positions during the challenging London and New York time zones.

Julia also owned and ran a successful retail store for 10 years, managing all facets of the business. She holds a BSc from Victoria University and is passionate about proven natural medicines.

Dr Ian Boddy – Chair
Dr Ian Boddy, who has a PhD in organic chemistry, was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and a Senior Research Leader with the large German agrochemicals company, Schering AG.

He is also well-known for his time with the New Zealand Crown Research Institute AgResearch as GM Commercial.

Brendon Barnes – Independent Director
Brendon has been the Investment Manager for Quayside Holdings Limited since late 2015. Brendon comes from an investment banking background and spent 11 years working overseas with the Macquarie Group and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

He holds a BCA (Accounting and Commercial Law) and a Graduate Diploma (Professional Accounting) from Victoria University. Brendon is a member of the Institute of Directors.