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Postponed but not cancelled – the show must go on!


My only words of wisdom: back in 2016 not a single person got the answer correct to “where do you see yourself in five years from now?”

Well, maybe someone did.

Congratulations to Brandon Capital. Australia’s first national biotech incubator is to be established using $40m funding from the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and will be run by the Brandon Capital-managed Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).

COVID-19 Updates:

From midnight Tuesday 7 September, it became compulsory for many public-facing businesses to have QR scanning or some other record-keeping system for the use of every person entering their premises. Read more about this requirement here.

Who can get a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payment? Your business needs to meet the eligibility criteria and agree to meet the obligations in the declaration to be able to get a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 payment. It’s available to all New Zealand businesses and self-employed people that meet eligibility criteria. Read more here.

What’s happening around the country?

Marine Biotechnology ANZMBS / Physiomar joint conference 2021
7-9 September (Virtual)
An industry panel session involving representatives from Seafood Innovations Ltd, BiotechNZ, Wakatū Incorporation, VenusShell Systems, AgriSea, Marinova, Tahi Spirulina, Waikaitu, NanoLayr, SRW Laboratories. Register here.

BioTechNZ Annual Meeting
21 September (Virtual)
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for 11am on Tuesday 21 September and is to be held via video conference. Register for the event here. This is a members-only event.

Funding and Capital Raising – Perspectives from the tech sector
30 September (Virtual) Join this special event run by FinTechNZ and WealthTechNZ. Funding options across the technology sector in New Zealand are increasing in number and sophistication. Options start from Angel Investment right through to IPOs on NZX or ASX. Join us for a discussion on the most recent funding developments and features affecting New Zealand companies. There will be a facilitated panel discussion, along with plenty of opportunity for questions and networking. Register Here.

The Inaugural Aotearoa New Zealand Cultured Meat and Seafood Symposium
New date: 2 November

A new date has been announced for this sold-out event. All existing tickets will be automatically transferred to the alternative date. If you cannot attend on 2nd November due to prior commitments, please let us know ASAP so we can offer the ticket to a waiting list participant. Email Olivia at:

MedCan Summit
New Date: February 2022

After much consideration, due to the current circumstances surrounding New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule MedCan Summit 2021 from 12-13 October 2021 to 10-11 February 2022. The summit will still be held at Cordis, Auckland. Register Now.

Have a great September, and stay safe.

Zahra Champion
Executive Director

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