Ligar is developing Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) which allow for high-selectivity filtering and extraction, to rebalance compounds in order to improve their quality. The MIPs developed by the company have a wide range of applications, including removing taints from wine, providing decaffeination processes, and allowing cannabinoid extraction, which has drawn global interest.
Originally developed and commercialised through Plant and Food Research, the Waikato Institute of Technology (WinTec), and WaikatoLink, Ligar is based in Hamilton. In addition to working with several 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.