New Zealand Pharmaceuticals (NZP) is a bile acid specialist; manufacturing and developing biopharmaceutical products supplied to customers worldwide.


An innovative leader in the New Zealand biotechnology and manufacturing industry


New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd was established in 1971 to extract and purify biochemicals from by-products of the New Zealand meat processing industry. The company’s first products were pharmaceutical intermediates extracted from bovine or ovine bile.

Over the next 15 years NZP’s reputation for quality and service allowed it to become one of the major manufacturers and suppliers of these products to the market. The product range broadened to include a variety of other biochemicals from the meat industry.


Bulk Manufacturing

NZP-Dextra manufactures specialist and niche chemicals:

  • Bile acids and derivatives
  • Complex oligosaccharides and other sugar derivatives
  • Multi-step chemical or enzymatic syntheses
  • Natural product extraction, purification and modification
  • Process development and optimisation
  • Gram to multi-tonne scale
  • cGMP capability

Process Development

Together NZP and Dextra offer a complete solution from proof of concept to full scale commercial cGMP manufacture:

  • Route design
  • Process development and optimisation
  • Full analytical support
  • Process validation
  • Technology transfer
  • cGMP manufacture

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Manufacturing Technologies

  • Chemical and enzymatic syntheses and hydrolyses
  • Natural product extraction and purification from biomass (marine and terrestrial products)
  • Large scale aqueous and organic solvent extraction
  • Ion-exchange purification
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Filtration and centrifugation
  • Freeze and spray drying
  • Milling
  • ISO Class 8 clean rooms

  • Quality


  • Sales


  • Leadership