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BioTechNZ’s big year end sprint

In this issue

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

Insights from the Executive Director

This year just keeps on giving the goods for biotech! I would like to congratulate Associate Professor Cather Simpson on winning the Commercialisation Icon Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. In addition to the six category awards, the Commercialisation Icon is awarded as KiwiNet’s highest honour to a champion of our community who has made an outstanding impact in the ecosystem. We have just over two and a half months until the end of the year, and BioTechNZ is packing in plenty of activities. Check out what’s happening around the country and across the ditch. 

BioTechNZ news

BioTechNZ has now passed 100 members! Please check our members page regularly to stay updated with our biotech community. 

Welcoming our new leadership 

Thank you to everyone who put their name forward or was nominated by others. Voting results were announced at our recent Annual Meeting. Welcome to our new BioTechNZ Executive Council.  

What’s happening here and across the ditch?


AusBiotech 2022
Australia’s largest Life Sciences Conference, 
26-28 October 2022 in Perth, Western Australia

If you’re attending AusBiotech and haven’t already been in touch, please contact me, so we can arrange a get together. Read more.


Impactful Innovation for a Better Future
Bridging the innovators of Wharewaka Centre in Pōneke  
Wellington | 6-8 November

The Impact Innovation Conference brings global innovation leaders to New Zealand to share their views and insights into deep tech, and what the future holds for New Zealand’s thriving deep tech sector. Learn more.

The best of BioTechNZ’s networking
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson and Wellington 

As the end of year draws closer we are determined to make our networking time as efficient as possible. Join our Biotech & Beer Happy Hours next month in Nelson on 9 November (new venue) and Dunedin on 24 November

In Wellington, Bridgewest are hosting Impactful Innovation for a Brighter Future (so no Biotech & Beers this month) and we encourage you to join the event too.  

Please join us at our Connect Event on 15 November in Christchurch to celebrate the opening of Marken in New Zealand. Plus, join our Auckland Connect Event on 17 November where we will discuss closing the gender gap and how we can better support women in biotech. View all our events here.   


Celebrating 2022!

Join us on 8 December. You’re invited to join our end of year festivities in collaboration with the BioScience Enterprise Programme, The University of Auckland. Register here.

Ngā mihi
Zahra Champion
Executive Director

PS:  Don’t forget to share your news and success stories with us and we can celebrate together!

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