Well here we are in 2020, and while we have seen plenty of impressive technological advances, we’re not quite in the world of human feet becoming just one big toe, we’re not living in flying houses and c, x and q are still part of the alphabet as previously predicted.
2020 is going to be a big year for BioTechNZ with a number of major projects and events already on the calendar.
BioTechNZ Market Insights Report – Innovating for a Sustainable Future
It is critical to be able to measure and track the economic performance and growth of the NZ bioeconomy. In order to do this, BioTechNZ has received investment from the Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures fund (Ministry of Primary Industries) to lead a comprehensive study into the current state and future opportunities for biotechnology to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth and diversification.
The last time a report of this type was completed was in 2008, and Stats New Zealand has not published data on the biotech sector since 2011.
The study will be used to identify opportunities, help develop policy and raise the profile of biotech in New Zealand, and New Zealand biotech internationally.
Next week you will receive an invitation to fill out a survey for the BioTechNZ Marketing Insights Report. We would love as many organisations as possible to complete the survey in order to give us a comprehensive overview of the state of the NZ biotech sector. All information collected in the survey will be anonymised in the report, which will be released in the middle of the year.
BioTechNZ Networking Event, Auckland
Join us for our first networking event of 2020 at 4:45pm on Friday 28 February at Otago House in Auckland. Come and network and hear about new areas in patient-centric supply chain solutions for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.
This event is free for BioTechNZ members, $23 for Tech Alliance and members and $46 for non-members to attend.
These events can not happen without our sponsors, thank you to the University of Otago and Marken for their support.
Early bird pricing extended for MedCan Summit 2020
Thirty subject experts, including international and Kiwi scientists, medical experts, clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers will present at MedCan 2020, New Zealand’s first medicinal cannabis summit, 18-19 March in Auckland.
Early bird pricing has been extended to Monday 10 February, so take advantage of this price by registering now. BioTechNZ members qualify for the super early bird pricing, so please email us for your discount code.
BIO 2020: 8-11 June 2020, San Diego, California
We are in the process of completing arrangements for New Zealand participation at BIO2020. There is a real opportunity to promote New Zealand as a destination for biotechnology R&D, clinical trials and scientific research.
If you are interested in having a presence at the NZ pavilion and have not let me know, please email me.
News and Events
Late last month BioTechNZ, along with Federated Farmers, Life Sciences Network, Scion and LIC presented submissions to the Waikato District Council to oppose the introduction of GMO controls into the Waikato District Plan.
BioTechNZ member Brandon Capital Partners has been selected as one of four tech incubators as part of a new Technology Incubator programme being run by Callaghan Innovation.
Save the date for 2020 Natural Health Products NZ Summit: 25-27 March in Marlborough.
Early bird tickets are available now for AusMedtech 2020, 20-21 May in Melbourne.
Check out the Tech Alliance Connect events which have been scheduled for the first quarter of the year. More are being added all the time, and BioTechNZ members often qualify for discounted tickets.
Techweek2020, New Zealand’s biggest festival of tech, will take place from 18 to 24 May. Mark the dates in your diary so that you can take part in the hundreds of events across the country. Event submissions are now open.
Attend Future Government 2020 on 25 March in Wellington for a discussion on serving New Zealand through a digital public service.
Entries are now open for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards, with the winners being announced at the Gala Dinner on 22 May in Wellington.
Entries for the2020 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards close 28 February.
Submit your application now for the 2020 National Fieldays Innovations Awards.