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High profile product in Countdown contains GMO

In this issue

  • Insights from the Executive Director
  • BioTechNZ news and highlights
  • What’s happening around the country and across the ditch?

Insights from the Executive Director

We all know there are no GMO crops in New Zealand, but we are aware there are products containing GMOs on supermarket shelves. I watch with interest on how the New Zealand public reacts to the popular Californian-made plant-based Impossible Burger patties hitting the shelves of 200 Countdown supermarkets across the country last month, as this product contains the ingredient also referred to as genetically engineered “heme,” soy leghemoglobin.

BioTechNZ news and highlights

Brandon BioCatalyst

Last Month the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF), Australia and New Zealand’s largest life science investment collaboration, was renamed Brandon BioCatalyst.

“The new name better captures the intent, energy and momentum of this truly unique collaboration, which is to leverage and coordinate Australia and New Zealand’s globally competitive biomedical capabilities to catalyse the next generation of biotech companies and create new treatments for patients,” says Dr Chris Nave, CEO of Brandon BioCatalyst, and Managing Partner of life science venture investor Brandon Capital.


ANZCO extends its capacity in the Healthcare industry. One of New Zealand’s leading red meat exporters, ANZCO Foods has entered into an agreement to acquire the globally recognised biotechnology business Moregate Biotech, further strengthening its capacity in the healthcare industry. Read more here.

What’s happening around the country and across the ditch?

Date: 7 April
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar
Date: 7 April
Time: 5.30pm
Location: The Laboratory Brewpub & Kitchen
Date: 7 April
Time: 5.30pm
Location: The Lula Inn

Primary Industries Summit & Awards 
6 July at Cordis, Auckland
The Primary Industries New Zealand Summit Awards rewards successful innovation and is open to individuals, teams and companies working within or supporting the primary sector. It also increases awareness of the important role that the primary sector plays in the economy.

2022 BIO International Convention 
June 13-16, 2022, San Diego, California. 
This year BIO is pleased to extend an early discount on 2022 BIO International Convention registrations to BioTechNZ members. Please contact me for discount details.

BioTechNZ members please send your news to us so we can share your success stories with the biotech community.

Zahra Champion
Executive Director

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