Ligar Polymers is commercialising Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) which allow for high-selectivity filtering and extraction, to rebalance compounds to improve their quality. The MIPs developed by the company have a wide range of applications, including removing taints from wine, decaffeination processes, and cannabinoid extraction, which has drawn global interest.
Originally developed at the Waikato Institute of Technology (WinTec) and the University of Waikato, Ligar Polymers is based in Hamilton. In addition to working with a number of major international companies, Ligar continues to explore opportunities to help grow the Aotearoa economy. We have supported Ligar with governance and strategic work, including local initiatives to extract high-value bioactives from horticultural waste streams.