The HoneyLab Story

Did you know that bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers and fly over 180,000 kilometres to make 1 kilo of honey? Our client HoneyLab does.

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.

HoneyLab now runs the world’s largest programme of medical research in this field, and has published over 20 medical research studies:

HoneyLab’s product range includes treatments for skin conditions such as rosacea, acne and nappy rash, anti-ageing products and products for treating joint stiffness and muscular discomfort. You can find out more about HoneyLab’s products here:

HoneyLab knows that intellectual property is critical to its success. Its intellectual property portfolio includes patent applications covering both honey and bee venom compositions and uses, its bee venom collection device and an extensive trade mark portfolio. HoneyLab recognises the importance of making calculated commercial decisions in relation to its intellectual property, making sure that its different types of intellectual property are complementary and strategically linked. The HoneyLab founders work closely with Catalyst Intellectual Property to ensure that the best decisions are made at the earliest stages of research and development.

HoneyLab has been a pleasure to work with because it is pro-active and recognises that intellectual property is key to the commercialisation of its products. It’s not just us that thinks that HoneyLab is a great company, HoneyLab’s efforts have been recognised by others and some of its 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)


Former CEO Laurence Greig from HoneyLab says “Having the advice and guidance of Catalyst Intellectual Property as a specialist intellectual property team has been core to our commercial strategy as we could not engage in discussions with our licensees in discussion without a global plan on securing and managing our patents, trade marks and trade secrets. The team at Catalyst Intellectual Property has covered all this and more for us.”

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