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Zahra Champion

Join the biotech conversation

Kia Ora

Welcome to our first newsletter as part of the New Zealand Tech Alliance, which collectively  represents 20 technology associations, working together to create a prosperous digital nation.

Biology and technology touch the lives of millions of people every single day and the impact of biotech is accelerating at an exponential rate.  New Zealand is a small country with a big heart and our members with their passion, science and technology can help solve some of the world’s agricultural, environmental and health issues.

In recent months, BIOTechNZ has been working diligently on our strategic plan to achieve our vision of a healthy, clean and prosperous New Zealand boosted by a better understanding and use of biotechnology.  We have three primary strategic objectives; to connect, promote and advance.

BIOTechNZ is membership organisation and this is your opportunity to connect with others who care about biotechnology, help shape the biotech agenda and promote collaboration across industry and Government.

BIOTechNZ is interested in finding out who will be attending AusBiotech 2018 Conference in Brisbane, please drop me an email

Zahra Champion
Executive Director

News and Events

Join the Royal Society Te Apārangi Gene Editing in Primary Industries workshop on 10 October in Hamilton15 October in Napier and 23 October in Dunedin.  The workshops are part of their project considering the potential uses and implications of Gene Editing in Aotearoa.

Register to attend the 2018 Agritech New Zealand Roadshow on 9 October in Palmerston North, 12 October in Wellington, 15 October in Nelson, 16 October in Lincoln, 19 October in Dunedin, 23 October in Hamilton,24 October in Auckland and 25 October in Tauranga.

AusBiotech 2018 runs from 31 October to 2 November in Brisbane, Australia.  Global biotech trends, breakthroughs, challenges and success stories will feature prominently on the program. Discussion includes regulation, new markets, emerging technologies and clinical trials.  Learn more and register here.  Also join the Australasian Genomic Technologies Conference 4-7 November in Adelaide, Australia.

Attend the LESANZ’s seminar on Intellectual Property Bundling on 8 October in Auckland.  Learn how to strategically bundle Intellectual Property (IP) to create a strong IP portfolio for commercialisation of research and innovation.

Attend the next Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum Turning Industrial Waste Gases into Low-carbon Fuelswith Dr Sean Simpson on 26 October at the University of Auckland.

Read about the boom of healthcare AI.  To help scientists, journalists or anyone else find the data they need, Google has launched Dataset Search.  Meanwhile, IBM has launched a tool aimed at detecting AI bias.  Read Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a Future New Zealand.

Register for the 2019 Sprout Accelerator.  Learn what’s involvedeligibilityhow it works and other FAQs.  TheFlux Accelerator is also currently accepting applications.  Register your internship listing with Summer of Technow.

Early bird tickets are now available for evokeAG , 19-20 February, 2019 in Melbourne.  Conversations include AgData, AI, food provenance, new value chains and more.  Learn more.

Is your company ready to scale up with international growth? Enter the inaugural #TechRocketshipANZAwards.  Categories include clean growth, feeding the nation, tech for change and more.

With over 700 incidents in the last quarter, New Zealand is facing a growing number of cyber incidents as reported in CERT’s latest quarterly update.  CERT’s Cyber Smart Week is 8-12 October.  Check out their new resources and become an official partner.

Make the most of Expo 2020 Dubai, with NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in October.  Discover major trends shaping the Gulf, network and connect with market experts for practical insights.

Save these 2019 event dates; Tech Marketers conferenceon 28 February, AI-Day on 28 March and Techweek 20-26 May.

BIOTechNZ is a membership funded organisation, so if you are not already a member, please consider joining us.

Zahra Champion Zahra is Executive Director of BIOTechNZ and is working to bring together a national community of biotech innovators, investors, researchers, educators and policy makers; and connecting this community to global biotech ecosystems.