It is with pleasure we announce that Professor Yi Huai Gao the CEO of Alpha Group was a finalist in the Ernst & Young (EY) 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
This award celebrates varied business leaders and entrepreneurs dedicated to shaping the business landscape of New Zealand and gives recognition for extraordinary entrepreneurship. The list of finalists covers a broad range of industries, with key categories ranging from pharmaceutical to technical, and is for leaders of well-established businesses who have a significant commitment to their venture.
Professor Gao developed advanced extraction methods of beneficial medicinal bio-active ingredients from fungi, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulations. His methods resulted in a successful patent for a low temperature, low pressure extraction technology that isolates actives without altering their structure.
Alpha Group has subsequently expanded from a single retail outlet to a significant multi-national corporation, maintaining 600 employees across New Zealand and South East Asia. With this technology, Alpha Group plans to develop further innovative and effective natural products which can enhance immunity and support well-being.