Events


Come and join us to celebrate the success of our 2017 cohort of MBioEnt’s students, and learn to “Network with a Purpose”.

Date: Friday, 23rd March, 2018
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: Fale Pasifika

You are welcome to join us for the second Forum this year on March 23rd at 4.30 with sponsorship from ATEED.

Sabre Champagne celebration: BioPacific Partners sponsors the annual Sabre Champagne celebration to recognise the latest cohort of MBioEnt’s who have just submitted their theses.

Baldwin’s prize: Each year the top student for the IP Law Paper is presented the Baldwin’s prize, this year it will be presented by Harriet Tregonning from Baldwins.

Guest Speaker: Ryan Ashton Managing Director, A Few Quiet Yarns

Ryan has been involved in the New Zealand ICT industry for more than a decade.  During this time, he has held various Sales and Marketing Management positions with some of NZ's leading Software and Systems integrators partnering with global vendors including Salesforce, Google and ClickSoftware.  Ryan is runs the successful and well respected “A Few Quiet Yarns” (AFQY) event series and consulting across the Digital ecosystem, with a focus on customer experience.

Ryan is going to discuss how to “Network with a Purpose”.  It’s the start of the year and there are so many networking events ahead of us but do we really know how to network?  Ryan will give you tips to help your journey of connecting with the right people and make your interactions purposeful.   I recommend that the BioScience Enterprise Alumini attend but also this is a great opportunity for businesses to attend to make the most of every interaction you make, as who knows which conversation could be your businesses game changer, so be prepared for that moment.

Howard Moore: Talking about his experiences as an entrepreneur in the biotech sector, 2 March 2018

You are welcome to join us for the first Forum this year on 2nd March 2018 at 4.30pm for the IIB Forum, kindly sponsored by ATEED at the FALE PASIFIKA, The University of Auckland.

This month we welcome biotechnology and agri-tech entrepreneur Howard Moore, CEO Pictor, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur in the Biotech Sector.

Howard Moore graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Food Technology. His early career was in the New Zealand dairy industry with NZ Co-op Dairy Co, Alfa Laval, NZ Dairy Board and Kiwi Dairies. He was a driving force in the New Zealand dairy industry committing to invest $150 million in an ag-biotechnology start-up company; ViaLactia. Howard and the late Professor Ross Clark were co-founders of Tercica, an Auckland start-up company which relocated to the USA, in-licensed and then had IGF-1 approved as a drug and achieved a listing for Tercica on NASDAQ. Howard then returned to New Zealand and became Executive Director for Direct Capital’s $100 million life sciences fund, BioPacificVentures. Howard has also has spent 6 years working in the dairy industry in China. His career has been hallmarked by fund raising, commercialising technology, developing early stage companies, and sales and marketing.

Randy Weaver: Toasting the Success of NZ Wine 4.30 November 28th

We are delighted to invite you to this joint IIB and NZBIO event celebrating the year end to be held on Tuesday 28th November at 4.30 for 5.00 pm start at our new venue: the University FALE PASIFIKA. This event is made possible with sponsorship from ATEED.

This month we welcome guest speaker Randy Weaver speaking on the wine regions and wine varietals of NZ.

Randy graduated from the University of California, Davis in Enology and Viticulture and landed his first wine making job in NZ with Montana in 1973. He pursued an international career moving between NZ and California before and after founding Coopers Creek Vineyard in 1981. This company built a glowing reputation wining a host of awards during Randy’s time there as wine maker. After nearly 20 years back in the USA he became Director of the University of Auckland Wine Science Programme during which time the University was gifted the Goldie Estate, a boutique wine producer on Waiheke serving as a premier location for the University’s wine teaching programme.

Randy has retired from the University but has not lost his passion for fine wines. In his talk he will cover the wine regions of NZ, drivers of the spectacular success of NZ wines and introduce the Goldie wines that will be offered for tasting.

What you need to know

When:
4.30-6.30 pm drinks and canapés (for 5.00 pm presentation), Tuesday 28th November.

Where:

At the Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland. This is on the University Campus on the northern side of the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building (best parking option) at 20 Wynyard Street, Grafton. Just exit the Owen Glenn Building, head past the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium and find the Fale on your right. 

Parking:

The University is well serviced by bus routes, and car parking is available under the University of Auckland Business School (the Owen G Glenn Building) on Grafton Rd. This is close to the Fale Pasifika.

RSVP:

Please RSVP by replying to m.burgess@auckland.ac.nz with YES in the heading and the attendee's name in the body of the email.

Brett Oliver speaking on Technology Incubators

Please RSVP by emailing m.burgess@auckland.ac.nz

We are delighted to invite you on behalf of the IIB and NZBio, to the latest in our series of networking events to be held on Friday 20th October 4.30 for 5.00 pm start at our new venue: the University FALE PASIFIKA. This event is made possible with sponsorship from ATEED.

This month we welcome guest speaker Brett Oliver, CEO of Astrolab speaking on the role of Technology Incubators.

Astrolab was one of the foundation incubators commissioned in 2014 with the support under Callaghan Innovation’s technology incubator funding framework to increase the amount of quality, export-focused ventures arising from highly leverageable technologies born in NZ. It currently has some 14 entities under various stages of incubation.

In his talk Brett Oliver will give an overview of the Government's initiative and the approach being taken to realise the goal of commercialising high class technologies with gloabal prospects.?

Date: 20th October

Time: 4.30-6.30

Venue: Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland

Will Barker Speaking on the formation and technology of Mint Innovation

Date: Friday 29th September
Time: 4.30 for 5.00 pm start
Venue: the University FALE PASIFIKA.
RSVP: By replying "Yes" in the subject line of an email to m.burgess@auckland.ac.nz

This month we welcome guest speaker Will Barker speaking on one of Auckland’s newest biotech companies, Mint Innovation.
Mint Innovation is developing recovery processes that use inexpensive chemicals and proprietary microorganisms to bind and concentrate specific metals under environmentally benign conditions.
Its platform aims to be modular and adaptable for applications such as low-grade ores, tailings and electronic wastes. It may also be tailored to help remediate environments contaminated with toxic metals.
Will is a seasoned start-up executive with a background in IP security, partnership development, building high performance teams and capital raising. He is well known to our community as the immediate past CEO of NZBIO. Prior to that he held a senior executive role at Lanzatech raising transactions in excess of $200M there.?

Adam Podmore on the commercialisation of Objective Acuity

Date: Friday, 28th July, 2017
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: Fale Pasifika
RSVP:
by replying with YES in the subject line to m.burgess@auckland.ac.nz

I am delighted to invite you on behalf of the IIB and NZBio, to the latest in our series of networking events to be held on Friday July 28th 4.30 for 5.00 pm start at our new venue: the University FALE PASIFIKA. This event is made possible with sponsorship from ATEED.

This month we welcome guest speaker Adam Podmore, CEO Objective Acuity speaking on the University of Auckland spin out company Objective Acuity.

Adam Podmore has 14 years’ experience in commercialisation of medical and health technologies. He has previously worked at Auckland UniServices and Investment New Zealand. In these roles, Adam led business planning, capital raises and executed several licensing deals.

Objective Acuity is a breakthrough company developing the next gold standard in vision screening and testing that can be used to test everyone, including young children.

There are many approaches to the measurement of vision but all rely on a cooperative subject and are intrinsically subjective. Through novel eye tracking approaches, Objective Acuity is developing the first automated and objective visual acuity screen and test.

In his talk Adam will discuss the technology, support from UniServices and the near term objectives of the company.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday, 3rd March, 2017
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: Fale Pasifika

You are welcome to join us for the first Forum this year on March 3rd at 4.30 with sponsorship from ATEED in a new University Venue: the FALE PASIFIKA.

Guest Speaker: This month we welcome Hartley Atkinson, founder and CEO of AFT Pharmaceuticals speaking on the AFT story and the commercialisation of Maxigesic. We will also be presenting the Baldwin’s prize to the top student for the IP law paper.

New venue below. Please RSVP by responding “Yes” in the subject line.

Hartley Atkinson founded AFT in 1997 since when the company has grown rapidly to revenues $64m post listing on the NZX in 2015. Its best known product is Maxigesic now licensed in 111 countries with further agreements expected. Research and development has always been a key driver with AFT being the first NZ company to register a patented drug in Europe. It has conducted many clinical studies published in high impact journals. New developments include a novel patented drug delivery device and one key orphan drug development.

RSVP
Please reply YES in the subject line by email

Date and time
4.30-6.30 pm drinks and canapés (for 5.00 pm presentation), March 3rd

Venue
Fale Pasifika is on the University Campus on the northern side of the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building (best parking option) at 20 Wynyard Street, Grafton. Just exit the Owen Glenn Building, head past the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium and find the Fale on your right.

Parking
University is well serviced by bus routes, and car parking is available under the University of Auckland Business School (the Owen G Glenn Building) on Grafton Rd. This is close to the Fale Pasifika.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Tuesday, 6th December, 2016
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: Fale Pasifika
Guest Speaker:  

You are welcome to join us at 4.30 pm on Tuesday December 6th at the Fale Pasifika for the public launch of the UniServices Inventors’ Fund featuring:

Andy Shenk, CEO UniServices, who will describe the purpose and scope of the Fund. Andy joined Auckland UniServices as CEO in 2013. For the first ten years of his career he was an academic at the University of Delaware, Yale University and U.C. Irvine before joining New Zealand company Genesis Research and Development Corporation Ltd. After seven years in research and senior management positions at Genesis, Andy moved to Fonterra where he held a variety of senior positions in research strategy, venture investment and most recently as Chief Scientist.
His talk will be supplemented by two presentations by winners from the University 2017 Velocity Programme which could be supported by the new Fund:
Jennifer Barnes on Spot Check a point of care diagnostic for infectious disease.
Neil Birrell on Hexacycle, technology for the conversion of food waste to stock or fish food.

This event is sponsored by ATEED. Venue below.

RSVP
Please reply YES in the subject line by email.

Date and time
4.30-6.30 pm drinks and canapés (for 5.00 pm presentation), Tuesday December 6th

Venue
Fale Pasifika is on the University Campus on the northern side of the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building (best parking option) at 20 Wynyard Street, Grafton. Just exit the Owen Glenn Building, head past the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium and find the Fale on your right.

Parking
University is well serviced by bus routes, and car parking is available under the University of Auckland Business School (the Owen G Glenn Building) on Grafton Rd. This is close to the Fale Pasifika.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Wednesday, 9th November, 2016
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: Fale Pasifika
Guest Speaker:  This month we welcome Duncan Mackintosh speaking on two biopolymer start-ups, Aduro Biopolymers and Ligar; From Lab to Market

Both these companies are strongly connected with the primary sector:

• Aduro make Novatein, a biodegradable biopolymer from the red meat industry designed for eco-friendly applications at reasonable prices.

• Ligar offer a platform technology but an example application is the highly selective filtration of wine to remove smoke taint or crop chemicals.

Duncan Mackintosh has been the New Zealand Investment Manager for Brandon Capital Partners since May 2016.

Before this Duncan was the Chief Executive of WaikatoLink Ltd the commercialisation company of the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. In addition to commercialisation experience, Duncan has led a range of initiatives including the development of seed funds, an international internship programme, and collaborations, including KiwiNet - a consortium of 15 New Zealand research organisations to facilitate commercialisation. Duncan has a particular interest in the agritech and life science sectors, is founder of a number of start-up ventures and has held Directorships with Aduro Biopolymers, Ligar Polymers, Aldera Animal Health, PA Therapeutics and Auramer Bio. Prior to joining WaikatoLink, he held roles in commercialisation and technology incubator development and management.

Duncan has a BVSc from Massey University and spent 5 years in clinical practice, including leadership roles during the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak in the UK.

New venue below. Please RSVP by responding “Yes” in the subject line

RSVP
Please reply YES in the subject line by email

Date and time
4.30-6.30 pm drinks and canapés (for 5.00 pm presentation), Wednesday 9th November

Venue
Fale Pasifika which is on the University Campus on the northern side of the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building (best parking option) at 20 Wynyard Street, Grafton. Just exit the Owen Glenn Building, head past the Fisher and Paykel Auditorium and find the Fale on your right.

Parking
University is well serviced by bus routes, and car parking is available under the University of Auckland Business School (the Owen G Glenn Building) on Grafton Rd. This is close to the Fale Pasifika.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Wednesday, 14th September, 2016
Time:
9:00am - 5:00pm.
Venue:
Aotea Centre, Auckland
2016 New Zealand Bioactives Symposium

Our September Forum will be combined with the NZBio Bioactives Symposium where we will be sponsoring the networking event at the end of the day. To register for this event please click here.

Proudly brought to you by NZBIO, ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) and Natural Products New Zealand, the NZ Bioactives Symposium is being hosted at the Aotea Centre in Auckland on 14 September. New Zealand’s competitive advantage across the value chain has enabled a vibrant bioactives sector with solid underlying fundamentals that provide a strong platform for future growth. The symposium features a number of high profile speakers exploring the opportunities and challenges of creating value from New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. The strong symposium style educational program will appeal to anyone with an interest in bioactive compounds derived from our diverse and exciting natural world.

Registration for the full day symposium is $230 (plus GST). Save 50% if you are also attending the NZBIO Conference 2016: registration cost: $115 (plus GST). When you register, please tick the box for 'Attending NZBIO Conference'

Click here to register for the NZBIO 2016 Conference