Hi-Aspect specialises in developing protein based materials and products for the medical and life science markets. 

The company was founded in 2015 by leading New Zealand biochemist, Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, having invented with her world-class team a  range of revolutionary materials based on protein nanofibril technology. 

Hi-Aspect is now further developing the technology and bringing exciting new products to the skincare and wound healing markets.

Hi-Aspect’s microscopic nanofibrils are derived from natural sources. They form a soft gel in water, which traps bioactive ingredients for controlled release precisely where they are needed. The fibrils also have a range of different physical attachment sites, which can bind and stabilise active ingredients in formulations for controlled release applications.

Professor Juliet Gerrard

Professor Juliet Gerrard


Size and shape

Very long and thin: 9–50 nanometres (nm) across and up to 1000 nm long 

High surface area and surface-to-volume ratio

Form a matrix to stabilise bioactives for controlled release

Present a range of options for attaching active ingredients




Form a soft, stable gel in water and create a moist environment

Varying concentration changes the gel’s viscosity 

Can be formulated as a gel, patch or film

Improved strength and performance over collagen and synthetic polymers

Customisable for new applications

Naturally break down in the environment over time



Made in gentle conditions from a range of proteins

Manufactured using food-grade ingredients. Contact us for more information.


A high surface area, insoluble protein material with applications in personal care care, cosmetics, wound healing and other areas read more.


A safe, natural gel that can replace traditional stabilisers and emulsifiers. It has an appealing silky feel, variable properties and allows controlled release of active ingredients read more.


A protein nanofibril gel that stabilises and tethers bioactive compounds to the site of healing to bring the greatest benefit to patients read more.


Professor Juliet Gerrard and her team at the University of Auckland.

Partners with other innovative health and personal care companies.

Supported by Callaghan Innovation and Powerhouse Ventures.

Works closely with research partners Callaghan Innovation, the University of Auckland and the MacDiarmid Institute.