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BioTechNZ Connect Event: Real stories, real companies!

What makes a successful life sciences investment opportunity? What is mission-driven growth?

How does a new growth strategy pay off? Join us on 20 July and learn more.

Join us for an engaging half-day seminar and networking event featuring real stories from successful companies on their investment journeys. Learn from their mistakes, gain insights from the lessons they’ve learned, and be inspired by their success.

We are showcasing a remarkable lineup of companies that are revolutionising the health industry. They are challenging conventional thinking, fostering a culture of innovation and opening doors for communities beyond the main centres. Speakers include TruScreen‘s Dr Beata Edling, Hawkesbury Partners, John Granger, Volpara Health’s Tana Isaac, Chris Simcock from Leaft Foods, plus a panel of Dunedin startups.

Panel of Dunedin startups

  • Moderator: Elliot Dunn Analyst, Brandon Capital
  • Dr Alexandra Tickle, Director and Chair, Periomedic
  • Anna Campbell, co-founder, Zestt Wellness
  • Dr Sarah Diermeier, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Amaroq Therapeutics

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry leaders, peers and gain valuable knowledge. 

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday 20 July
  • Time: 1.00 – 5.00pm (registration opens at 12.45pm)
  • Location: Main Common Room, University Union Building, University of Otago, 660 Cumberland Street, Dunedin. View campus map.
  • Event Type: In Person
  • Cost: Free for members, $35 for non-Members

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Dr Beata Edling - Chief Executive Officer - TruScreen Group Limited
Experienced healthcare executive Dr Beata Edling has been Chief Executive Officer of NZX- and ASX-listed company TruScreen Group Limited since October 2022. TruScreen Group Limited manufactures an innovative, AI-driven cervical cancer screening medical device sold internationally. Dr Edling stepped in the CEO role after consulting for TruScreen Group Limited for two years prior. During that time, Dr Edling led the Medical Affairs and Market Access of TruScreen into new markets in Eastern Europe and the Balkan nations and inaugurated TruScreen’s International Experts Group, among others.
Tana Isaac - EVP Product and Technology - Volpara Health
Over the last 17 years I have had the privilege and pleasure to work in a variety of Information Technology roles in organisations in NZ, USA and Europe. I've met, worked with, and learned from a lot of amazing people along the way, which I am extremely grateful for.
Chris Simcock - Head of Finance and Strategy - Leaft Foods
Chris is an experienced corporate finance and investment professional with a passion for building companies that solve big problems. As Leaft’s Head of Finance and Strategy, Chris is on a mission to use his skillset and passion for the environment to contribute to building a purpose-led company that can significantly reduce the footprint of our food production systems.


Jul 20
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Type
Is this event run by the Tech Alliance?


University of Otago
362 Leith St, North Dunedin
Dunedin, New Zealand
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