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Unlocking economic benefits

Kia ora,

Today, I’m in Wellington for our second Life Sciences Summit. BioTechNZ’s Summit is hosting hundreds of delegates, more than 50 inspiring speakers and 15 in-depth breakout discussions over two full days. There’s so much happening in the biotech ecosystem! I’m keen to learn more about how genetic technology can unlock massive benefits for the economy and our emissions reductions, plus save lives! 

This morning, it’s been great to see the Hon Judith Collins supporting the sector as the Minister of Science, Innovation and Technology. She says it is full steam ahead with the process of updating New Zealand’s genomics regulations. Last week when we met to discuss climate technology, her message was clear. To paraphrase – Tell me about what is going to bring real money into New Zealand right now, what is the industry going to invest in? Do not tell me what the Government should be spending money on.  

I also met with Hon Simon Watts, Minister of Climate Change who was interested in the role of technology, especially digital, to help address New Zealand’s emissions reduction shortfalls. It was challenging to convey to both Ministers the role of technology as an enabler and the critical importance of more horizontal aspects like skills development and the incubation ecosystem. 

Still, the discussions are underway and this Government has a Minister for Technology, so I am quietly confident there will be increasing interest in tech as an enabler for New Zealand’s economic growth, and the foundations needed to ensure a vibrant growing tech sector.

Ngā mihi nui
Graeme Muller

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