What we do

We convert organic waste, in the form of pre-consumer food waste, into a nutritious and digestable protein, as well as producing a rich, organic fertiliser. What sets us apart from others, is that there is no waste byproduct from our process.

The Team

Neil Birrell

Maggot Wrangler in Chief

Neil investigated the biology of the black soldier fly at the University of Auckland. He founded Hexacycle to help solve environmental problems with insects. Whilst some people might think converting organic waste into a writhing mass of insect larvae is solving a problem with a problem, Neil sees how much potential there is in the growing sector of insect protein. He has also eaten black soldier fly larvae; they taste slightly nutty.

Dave McMahon

Insect Automater

Dave McMahon has made a career of providing automation solutions to industry. Biotech demands precision and repeatability, as well as line-of-sight to the commercial goal. This is Dave's forte, not only in ensuring that today's labs run autonomously, but that the products are true solutions that provide value to customers alongside the environmental vision. When not making healthy, automated homes for insects, Dave can be found relaxing with his fiance and their "little wolf" - Holly the Fox Terrier.

Carey Sizer

Code Wizard

Carey learned to code modding computer games. From this humble beginning he has gone on to create software solutions for global businesses. At Hexacycle he is automating our rearing facilities and providing a networked solution that lets us monitor clients insect facilities remotely.

Who we are?

Hexacycle was started by Neil at the beginning of 2016. It stemmed from an entomology paper at the University of Auckland which inspired Neil to leave his job in local government and setup a sustainable business that brings insect protein into our food chain, whilst reducing organic waste going to landfill.

Since then, Dave, Carey and Matt have joined the team. They are developing technology that makes it easier for black soldier fly farmers to get a consistent, reliable supply of larvae. They have also partnered with poultry producers overseas to divert waste back into the food chain.