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BioTechNZ

BioTechNZ news and highlights plus NZ’s Life Science Summit 2023 – save the date!

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

Everyone reading this who remembers NZBIO, the precursor to BioTechNZ, knows that we had our last conference in 2017, which was a huge success. Up until now we haven’t had the scale to hold another conference. However, together with old and new members, and the desire to showcase the biotech sector to New Zealand, BioTechNZ will be running the Life Science Summit in Wellington, 22-23 March 2023. We’re pleased to officially give advance notice of this must-attend event so that you can save the date in your calendar.

Please register your interest if you are thinking of attending, if you would like to be a potential sponsor or if you have ideas on content or a must-have speaker. Please contact us via the following links.

Register your interest and receive event updates

Sponsorship enquiry

Content enquiry


BioTechNZ news and highlights

With the news from Government this week regarding the Covid-19 Protection Framework (known as the ‘traffic light system’) including masking rules being removed (with certain masking requirements to be retained in some sectors), the good news is that networking events are full steam ahead for the rest of the year. We will continue to hold our very successful BioTech & Beers meetups, plus other in-person events, so watch your inbox for further notifications.

We are all super proud of our very own biotech member and ex-NZBIO CEO Will Barker, who is walking the walk when it comes to game-changing innovation. Mint Innovation has just been in the news: Kiwi cleantech Mint Innovation opens Sydney biorefinery. Hopefully we don’t lose them to Australia because of our archaic gene editing laws. Is it LanzaTech all over again?


2022 Submissions – BioTechNZ 

The Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) is in draft form for consultation. It proposes a vision and actions to transform the forestry and wood processing sector. The aim of this transformation is to maximise the value the sector generates for New Zealand. The consultation closes on 30 September 2022


What’s happening around the country and across the ditch?
Missed out on our Auckland event last month? Then check this out!

Driving the NZ Bioeconomy from the heart of Taranaki!
29 September 2022 | 25 Dawson Street, New Plymouth Central
BioTechNZ and Emerson join forces to bring you this interactive Taranaki networking event. As part of the event we invite you to join us on a tour of Emerson’s facility to explore their cutting edge technology and learn about their capability to create sustainable solutions for their customers. Following the tour we will hear from Dr Trevor Stuthridge, who recently raised $4.5 million to up-scale the startup company Cetogenix. Cetogenix is a New Zealand-based clean technology company focused on developing sustainable solutions to tackle climate change at a global scale.  Register for the event here

AusBiotech 2022 – an in-person event
26-28 October 2022, Perth, Western Australia
Join Australia’s largest Life Sciences Conference, AusBiotech 2022, which highlights the pressing and emerging topics facing the biotech sector. Features keynotes and panel sessions. Come celebrate and connect with the thriving Australian and global biotechnology network.

BioTechNZ Life Sciences Summit 2023
Biotech for a better tomorrow | 22-23 March 2023, Wellington

This inaugural event brought to you by BioTechNZ will unite Aotearoa New Zealand’s life sciences and biotech communities across all sectors, including agriculture, environment, industrial as well as human health. Our objective is to recognise the advantages in life sciences when complemented with biotech. These future partnerships would be on track to start to solve some of the biggest challenges we face on our planet. The summit will showcase both current research and commercialisation opportunities, plus we front up with some of the challenges that New Zealand companies face when going global.

Interested in attending the Life Sciences Summit 2023?
Registrations for the Life Sciences Summit 2023 will open soon. Please fill in this form to register your interest and receive event updates.
Interested in sponsoring the Life Sciences Summit 2023? Sponsorship enquiries here.

BIO USA 2023
BioTechNZ is looking into the possibility of having a stand at BIO USA 2023. If we think this is a viable option, we will be looking for companies, universities and CRI who are interested in financially supporting us and having a presence on the New Zealand stand. 

Success stories
BioTechNZ members, please share your news with us and we can celebrate together: info@biotechnz.org.nz

Zahra Champion
Executive Director

BioTechNZ Our aim is to raise awareness and increase the understanding to enable our nation to embrace the best opportunities biotech offers to us daily, helping us live better, healthier and more productive lives