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

Date: Friday 17 May, 2013
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)

Title: It's not a frog .......
Presented by General Manager of the Riddet Insititute, Mark Ward

.. but it is a New Zealand native. The Riddet Institute is New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence in an area that is increasingly credited with having one of the greatest potential impacts on NZ’s economy – the area where food meets health.

General Manager of the Riddet Insititute, Mark Ward, is the guest speaker at the next Bioscience Enterprise forum. He is passionate about now being the opportunity for many disciplines to converge – nutrition, agritech, food processing and health – to position New Zealand as the food nation for the future. ‘Future foods’, incorporating functional foods, targeted ingredients and ‘I’ (personalised) - foods, will be the key vehicle for health and wellness.

Mark’s presentation will relate global trends and demand to New Zealand’s attributes and expertise.

The Riddet Institute - bringing together leading scientists from Massey, Otago and Auckland Universities as well as Plant & Food and AgResearch – plays a pivotal role in fortifying the New Zealand food industry with scientific excellence. With more than 50 scientists plus another 50 PhDs, Riddet provides world-class competency in the areas of biomaterials science and digestive physiology relating to nutrient absorption and metabolism. Riddet’s six major areas of research range from gastrointestinal biology to modeling and engineering to innovative food solutions.

Riddet works closely with the food industry, both within NZ and internationally. Their wide-range of R&D projects have involved engaging with Fonterra, ZESPRI, Beef and Lamb NZ, PepsiCo, BASF, Yashili and DSM.

Please join us to discuss Mark Ward’s vision for the future for NZ where the bioscience disciplines converge to increase the whole value chain for health and wellness.

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or phone (09) 923 9625 or 0274 305 758