Biohawk was founded by Professor Cliff Hawkins and his family.
Professor Hawkins studied for his Honours Degree in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales’ college at Newcastle and for his PhD in Medical Chemistry from the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra in 1963.
He was awarded a Doctor of Science by ANU in 1980. He has the distinction of being awarded the Mendeleev Medal by the Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences for outstanding work in Chemistry, and the Inorganic Chemistry Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
He has held academic and research appointments at the HC Oersted Institute of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California Berkeley, the University of California Davis, University of Virginia Charlottesville, and the University of Queensland, where he was Professor of Chemistry, Dean of Science and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Biological Sciences) prior to taking the appointment as Principal of the University of New England – Armidale, Australia’s leading rural university.
His work with the cattle industry led to the headquarters of the Beef Cattle Research Centre being named the “CJ Hawkins Homestead”. He has held the Presidency of the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association Inc and the Australian Coral Reef Society Inc.
He left academe in 1994 to work in the medical industry firstly as the CEO of ICT Diagnostics and Austcard International that developed and sold rapid diagnostic tests for a range of important diseases, and to research why members of his own family had life-threatening health conditions and how he could overcome these serious conditions.
His research in this area led to invention of the Biohawk technology and the production of Biohawk’s ginger and pineapple products.