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

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

Date: Wednesday 19th November, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Professor Juliet Gerrard - 'Engaging with Callaghan Innovation'
Juliet will speak particularly on her role as Callaghan Innovation’s Industry and Outreach Fellow.

Professor Juliet Gerrard is a highly regarded biochemist and leader in the industrial application of biochemistry in New Zealand. She holds a number of significant positions in recognition of her scientific work. In addition to her University of Auckland and Callaghan Innovation roles, these include Chair of the Marsden Council and Director of NZ Institute of Plant and Food Research.

The Industry and Outreach Fellowship was established by Callaghan Innovation’s predecessor IRL in order strengthen links between the research and high-value manufacturing organisations. Industry and Outreach Fellows are initially appointed for a five-year term and are mandated to resolve industry-related problems while building links between research institutions and business.

When she was appointed to this role, two years ago, Juliet said saw the overall strategic aim of the Industry and Outreach Fellowship programme as boosting collaboration. "There is a lot of research being done in both universities and industry and I’d like to bridge that gap between fundamental and applied work".

Two year’s into the role, we’ll hear how this Fellowship is relevant to the ever-evolving environment of science commercialisation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of New Zealand’s finest!

Please RSVP to Stephanie Tulloch.


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

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

Date: Friday 17th October, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Francis Hunter: Experiences as an aspiring young scientist-entrepreneur

Francis Hunter is a Ph.D. student in Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, a long-serving contributor to the Spark Entrepreneurship Challenge and Co-Founder of a biopharmaceutical start-up company, where he is also Chief Scientific Officer in his spare time. His academic research investigates new paradigms in the management of cancer, whereby sophisticated novel drugs can be matched to patients whose disease profile greatly enhances the probability of a favourable clinical response.

In this presentation, Francis Hunter will describe his experiences as an early-career scientist-entrepreneur with a vision toward contributing to the establishment of a lucrative biopharmaceutical program in New Zealand. He will offer perspectives on how and why MBIE and other organisations should support aspiring young leaders.


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

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

Date: Friday 29th August, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: NZBIO CEO, Dr Will Barker - ‘From Breaking Bad to NZBIO’

Dr Will Barker has (very) recently been appointed as CEO of NZBIO.

Prior to joining NZBIO, Will spent 6 years as VP External Affairs at LanzaTech, where he led the global commercialisation activities. Those activities included: implementation of a market dominant patent strategy, negotiation and securing of high value partnerships with global Fortune 500 companies and closing financing transactions in excess of $100M.

Since arriving in NZ in 2000, Will has held Post-Doctoral research positions, investigated methamphetamine laboratories and had time to train as a registered patent attorney. Will’s PhD is in synthetic chemistry from the University of Leicester in the UK.

Come meet Will, next Friday, to hear about his very interesting career to date and aspirations for the future. Don’t miss out on a night of great company and conversation, with drinks and nibbles provided.

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology
Direct Dial +64 9 923 9625
Mobile +64 22 052 8171

Email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or s.tulloch@auckland.ac.nz


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

Date: Friday 25th July, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speakers: Robert Feldman, Mike Bickerdike, Clive Seymour, and Helen Teale from Life Science New Zealand.

I am very pleased to announce this month that ATEED is the new Bioscience Enterprise Forum sponsor. ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) is the Auckland Council agency working to improve the economic prosperity of Auckland and, by association, New Zealand.

ATEED's support enables the Bioscience Enterprise programme to continue to offer the Forum to the Auckland bioscience community and we look forward to continuing a close and productive working relationship with ATEED. Many thanks to Mark Burgess, IIB Director, and Zahra Champion, ATEED, for making this happen.

Join the Bioscience Enterprise and ATEED team on Friday (details follow) for stimulating company, witty conversation, lovely food and wine AND a 15-20 minute presentation from:

Life Science New Zealand

Come celebrate the recent establishment of 'Life Science New Zealand', a grouping of four stellar industry professionals: Robert Feldman, Mike Bickerdike, Clive Seymour, and Helen Teale.

Robert, Mike, Clive and Helen bring highly complementary skills and expertise to the life science commercialisation process such that Life Science New Zealand is able to provide invaluable expertise across every stage of a life science venture's development (http://lifescience.co.nz).

Life Science New Zealand will share their story so far and vision for the future with us on Friday. Don't miss out!

I look forward to seeing you next Friday!

Best regards
Stephanie.

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology
University of Auckland


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

Date: Friday 13th June, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Dr Andrea Grant: “Bench to Business: One Woman’s Journey”

I am thrilled to announce that our guest speaker is Andrea Grant of Diatranz Otsuka Ltd (DOL) and Living Cell Technologies (LCT). Andi has had a fabulous career to date and is a key figure in the Australasian biotech sector. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet and hear the very-busy and experienced Andrea Grant in person.

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Dr Andrea Grant

Andi Grant has been the CEO of Diatranz Otsuka Limited since April 2014. Dr Grant has been the Acting Chief Science & Medical Officer of Living Cell Technologies Limited since January 2014 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until March 2014. She served as Managing Director of Living Cell Technologies Limited from January 16, 2012 to March 2014. She served as Public Policy and Communications Manager at Roche Products New Zealand Ltd. She was responsible for government and corporate relations. Before immigrating to New Zealand from the UK, she served as Business Development Director and then Managing Director at biotechnology company Galapagos NV, where she was responsible for securing research and licensing partnerships with global pharmaceutical partners. She served as Executive Director of Living Cell Technologies Limited from November 16, 2012 to March 2014. Dr Grant holds PhD in molecular neurobiology from the University of Cambridge.

For more information: http://www.lctglobal.com/

I look forward to seeing you in a week’s time. Please RSVP now!

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz


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

Date: Friday 16th May, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Professor Shaun Hendy

Please join us at the Bioscience Enterprise Forum THIS coming Friday, 16 May, to enjoy a 15-20 minute presentation from esteemed physicist, awarded science communicator and insightful strategic analyst Professor Shaun Hendy. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and stimulating conversations are guaranteed.

Shaun_HendyShaun Hendy is a professor of physics here at the University of Auckland. Shaun joined us recently from his previous posts with IRL and Victoria University. Shaun is a past Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists. He is an elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2012 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. Shaun appears regularly on Radio New Zealand, he is appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival this Saturday, he blogs, he tweets and, in 2013, published ‘Get Off The Grass: Kickstarting the New Zealand Economy’, (available here, and in bookstores). I’ve just finished reading it and *highly* recommend it!

In addition – Shaun recently led a bid for a new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) and last week his proposal was accepted! Te Punaha Matatini – The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks – will aim to understand complex big data sets for economic, social and environmental benefit. Watch this space.

On Friday Shaun will talk about the role of science (‘bioscience’) and innovation in the economy (‘enterprise’) and will touch on his vision for Te Punaha Matatini.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday and encourage you to RSVP now!
RSVPs to Stephanie Bailey on s.bailey@auckland.ac.nz or (09) 923 87264 for organisational purposes would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards, Stephanie Tulloch, Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme.

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

Date: Friday 28th February, 2014
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
School of Biological Sciences

Title: “The Challenges of a Market”
Presented by Dr James Watson, Director of Science at Caldera Health

Please join us on 28 February for drinks, food, a terrific speaker and relaxed networking.

As a very active participant in science and industry circles, Dr Watson needs little introduction. Dr Watson is currently Director of Science at Caldera Health. He founded New Zealand’s first-ever listed biotech company, Genesis Research & Development Corporation, and its spinout BioJoule Ltd. Dr Watson is a past professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Auckland Medical School and previous professor at the University of California, Irvine. Always interesting and engaging, Dr Watson will illuminate us on:

“The Challenges of a Market”

Dr Watson: “A start-up company goes through many stages in development in taking an idea to market. The molecular revolution is like a tsunami sweeping through the commercial cancer diagnostic field. I will illustrate this by discussing Caldera’s path in taking a new technology to the market for new diagnostics in prostate cancer. Where are the skills that progress this pathway?”

RSVP required.
All welcome. RSVPs to Stephanie Bailey on s.bailey@auckland.ac.nz or (09) 923 87264(09) 923 87264 for organisational purposes would be greatly appreciated.

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

Date: Friday 13th December, 2013
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
School of Biological Sciences

Title: Success in the City
Presented by Professor Joerg Kistler, Director of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology, University of Auckland

Professor Joerg Kistler has long been passionate about success for the life science sector in both this city and for NZ Inc. Drawing from his experiences as Director of the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences for ten years, (founding) Director of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology for eight years, his involvement in the life sciences industry throughput that time and his research into international best practices, Joerg will give a short presentation entitled “Innovation in the City”.

Joerg will also recognise that, after almost eight years of operation, the IIB and Bioscience Enterprise programme are now well established and it is time to introduce the new team which will take over on 1 January 2014:

  • Mark Burgess, Director IIB (jointly with his role in UniServices)
  • Stephanie Tulloch, Director Bioscience Enterprise programme (previously NZTE and consultancies)
  • Kerry Loomes, Chair Steering Committee Bioscience Enterprise

The IIB/BioEnt team will continue to have the excellent support of Stephanie Bailey who has been Joerg’s PA for the past 13 years.

Please join us for a stimulating exchange about the path to Auckland’s life sciences successful future, to congratulate the MBioEnt 2013 graduates and to welcome the new IIB/BioEnt team.

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

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

Date: Friday 18th October, 2013
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
School of Biological Sciences

Title: Innovation Through Callaghan
Presented by Dr Mary Quin, CEO of Callaghan Innovation and Toby Littin, Acting Regional Manager, Auckland, for Callaghan Innovation

We are confident that this month’s speakers will be of great interest to companies and organisations throughout the bioscience sector. We are delighted to welcome Dr Mary Quin, CEO of Callaghan Innovation and Toby Littin, Acting Regional Manager, Auckland, for Callaghan Innovation.

You have probably realised that Callaghan Innovation is much more than IRL by a different name, but may be unsure as to its actual role and its potential impact on your company and/or research programme. CI’s stated mission is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand and its top ten outcomes include delivering a portfolio of Accelerator Services ….assist firms with identifying the issues constraining their growth …..(assist firms with)developing growth strategies…evaluating firms eligibility for R&D grants and administrating grants provided.

Many of you will be aware that Mary has recently returned to New Zealand to take up the position as CEO of Callaghan Innovation after 20 years working overseas in senior executive roles in NASDAQ-listed companies such as Eastman Kodak Company and Xerox. The role includes the rather daunting challenge to build an integrated and responsive organisation that will ‘unlock the potential of New Zealand’s High Value Manufacturing and Services sector and businesses through increased commercialisation of research including science, engineering, technology and design led innovation’.

At the October forum, Mary will discuss her vision for Callaghan Innovation, including the policies and services that will be provided to facilitate commercialisation success for NZ companies. Her presentation will be followed by Toby who will focus on the allocation of the $141M p.a. in grants that CI will administer over the next three years.

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

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

Date: Friday 13 September, 2013
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
School of Biological Sciences

Title: Revolution Unlimited
Presented by Iain Hosie, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Revolution Fibre

Pause for a moment to consider the possibilities of material produced by Revolution Fibre – a non-woven nanofibre substrate made from a continuous carbon polymer as fine as 1000th the width of a human hair, made without high pressures, without high temperatures …………

Nature, of course, exploits nanofibres to provide features varying from the grip of a gecko’s feet to the five-times-greater- than-steel strength of spider webs. However, attempts to mimic nature have been limited due to low outputs and techniques requiring high levels of heat and/or temperature destroying many potential properties.

Iain Hosie, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Revolution Fibre, will explain how they have overcome these production barriers. He will expand on the significance of the incredibly high surface area, the high porosity and permeability and the optical and electrical properties of the substrate they produce. The resulting material may, indeed, revolutionise many industries!

Revolution Fibre’s proprietary sonic electrospinning technology produces a ‘fabric’ so fine that it is only 0.05 grams – yes, grams – per square metre. The technology can use almost any carbon polymer as a base while also allowing ‘additives’ such as enzymes and plane extracts to retain their functionality. Furthermore, with production of fabric up to two meters wide and at a rate of up to 1000 square metres per hour, Revolution Fibre allows commercially viable scale-up of nanofibre products.

Revolution Fibre’s first products include cosmetic and skin rejuvenation fabrics made from collagen, composite reinforcement materials and biodegradable air filters. Future possibilities in the bioindustry include drug delivery materials, bone regeneration and biomarker detecting membranes.

Please join us as Iain Hosie explains how Revolution Fibre has taken nanofibres out of the laboratory and into the global market.

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.