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Gut Instinct: The opportunities and challenges of commercialising Kiwi science

BioTechNZ, Aroa Biosurgery and Tech Future Labs have joined forces
to bring you this interactive Auckland networking event.

Come listen to a panel of Kiwi entrepreneurs who are working on and with the gut. That’s not the only thing they have in common – they have all taken an idea and turned it into a commercial product.

The Aroa story: Dr Brian Ward, CEO of Aroa Biosurgery, will give you some insights into his outstanding journey, from conceiving an idea in the lunchroom of a Hawke’s Bay veterinary clinic to cracking the US medical devices market, launching on the ASX, and beyond.

4.30pm – Venue opens – networking starts

5:00pm – Welcome and overview – Zahra Champion (BioTechNZ); Dr Brian Ward, CEO, Aroa Biosurgery

Speaker and Panel Discussion

  • The Insides Company – Garth Sutherland, CEO
  • Alimetry – Greg O’Grady, CEO and Professor of Surgery
  • The Pure Food Co – Maia Royal, Co-Founder and Director
  • Aroa Biosurgery – Brian Ward – CEO

Panel Q&A

6.00pm – 7:00pm – Drinks, finger food and informal networking

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Event Information
COVID-19: We operate in accordance with the Covid Protection Framework. Due to the possibility of ongoing uncertainty around government regulations on mass gatherings in response to COVID-19 at any particular time or region, the organisers may determine to postpone the event or run the event online and On-Demand only. By registering for this event, you acknowledge and accept this possibility. Any paid tickets will be refunded in full if this occurs.



Aug 23
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Tech Futures Lab
99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Auckland, 1023 New Zealand
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