Deal gives Quayside a significant stake in the rapidly-growing BoP healthcare company.
Quayside Holdings, has today announced that they have taken a major stake in the Bay of Plenty-based healthcare company HoneyLab. The investment, facilitated by Northington Partners, allows HoneyLab to rapidly grow its R&D and commercialisation programmes.
HoneyLab CEO Laurence Greig said that after considering its options in relation to capital raising, including both local and overseas investors, HoneyLab felt that Quayside Holdings were the perfect partner. “Quayside present us with an investor that adds so much more than just capital”, he said. “Their understanding and support for our strategy of developing licensable IP was instant”.
Scott Hamilton, the Chief Executive of Quayside Holdings, said that “we are excited by the potential for HoneyLab and were drawn to the company by its focus on innovation”.
HoneyLab are a Bay of Plenty-based healthcare company developing products for skin conditions, pain, nutrition and even the common cold. The company is well advanced in discussions with global consumer healthcare pharmaceutical companies on licensing its patented technology. HoneyLab products are in demand after a series of strongly positive clinical trial results which have shown them to be effective for conditions including acne, rosacea and cold sores. CEO Laurence Greig said that as well as having more than 10 products currently in market, HoneyLab had a large pipeline of products undergoing research and development and that the investment from Quayside would accelerate their development and readiness for commercial release.
Quayside CEO Scott Hamilton sees the investment as complimentary to its existing portfolio with considerable growth potential. Similar to recent direct investments, HoneyLab provides a significant value-add opportunity in the agribusiness sector as identified in the Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Growth Study.
About Quayside Holdings (www.quaysideholdings.co.nz)
- Quayside is the investment arm of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council established in 1991. It is, via a subsidiary, the majority shareholder of the Port of Tauranga Limited and an issuer of securities on the New Zealand Exchange.
- Quayside has a diversified investment portfolio which includes property, shares and Kiwifruit orchards (via its Rangiuru Business Park site). Quayside continues to seek opportunities for regional growth via investment to further diversify its income base.