Events

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

Date: Friday 19th August 2011
Time: Presentation – 4.30pm. Followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: Reception Lounge, Main entrance of Thomas Building, 3 Symonds Street.
Speaker: Sir Graeme Douglas – founder, owner and Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Title: The Generic Guru

The Douglas Pharmaceutical story is one of adaptability, independence, adaptability, business strategy, and adaptability ... and loyal relationships...and excellent technical skills.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sir Graeme Douglas – founder, owner and Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals – as the guest speaker for the next Bioscience Enterprise forum.

According to Sir Graeme, many people vastly underestimate what is involved in the production of generic medicines. He is referring to the necessary combination of planning, technical skill and financial resources. Add to that understanding Douglas Pharmaceuticals’ sought-after specialisation in the production of high containment, high potency and sometimes toxic drugs and you get some insight to this company’s success.

Set up in 1967 as an importer and distributer of pharmaceuticals, Douglas Pharmaceuticals now has an annual turnover of $150 million, derives 60% of its income from exports, employs 460 personnel – and is debt free. This impressive status is due in no small way to Sir Graeme’s response to challenge.

When NZ law restricted pharmacists to only one shop, Graeme set up his own import and distribution company. Introduction of huge tax penalties on imported goods? – Sir Graeme set up his own manufacturing plant (and an association with Sir Ray Avery for quality control). NZ law prevents even the development of drugs pre-patent expiry? - develop an R&D unit off-shore. Pharmac policy leads to huge loss of contracts? – expand the export market – a lot!

Please join us to gain further insight to this inspiring story direct from ‘the horse’s mouth’.

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or phone (09) 373 7599 ext 89625 or 0274 305 758.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE (15 July 2011)

Date: Friday 15th July 2011
Time: Presentation – 4.30pm. Followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: Reception Lounge, Main entrance of Thomas Building, 3 Symonds Street.
Speakers: Professor Lyall Hanton, Head of the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Otago and Hamish Findlay, Commercial Manager, OIL
Title: Winning by a Nose

In the race to commercial success an Otago University Team is looking like a winner.

Driven by the challenge for ENT surgeons dealing with post-operative bleeding and scarring, the U of O chemistry team came up with a unique solution – one that has captured the attention of the US based medical technologies company Medtronic – a company with 38,000 employees, a presence in over 120 companies and a revenue of US$16 billion in 2010/11.

The natural biomedical gel the Otago team developed is based on the polymer chitosan derived from crab shells and squid and then combined with starch. The excellent anti-adhesion and haemostatic properties shown in clinical trials, conducted with the University of Adelaide and Wellington company Squidgel, attracted Medtronic despite the early stage of its development.

Partnering with the University of Adelaide and working with Otago Innovation Ltd, the gel has now been licensed to Medtronic for use in ENT applications. The gel also has potential benefits in many other applications such as in neurosurgery, abdominal and gynaecological surgery. The ongoing research and rights surrounding these applications remains with the research team.

You are warmly invited to hear more about the science behind this gel from Professor Lyall Hanton, Head of the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Otago, and more about the business deal from Hamish Findlay, Commercial Manager, OIL.

Please join us to gain an insight to this exciting early stage deal between a multi-billion $, multinational company and the highly effective ‘down-under’ team of clinicians, chemists and commercialisation specialists.

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or phone (09) 373 7599 ext 89625 or 0274 305 758.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE (17 June 2011)

Date: Friday 17th June 2011
Time: Presentation – 4.30pm. Followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: Reception Lounge, Main entrance of Thomas Building, 3 Symonds Street.
Speaker: Hon. Dr. Wayne Mapp, Minister for Science and Innovation
Title: Mapping A Global Ambition

At this month’s Bioscience Enterprise Forum MTANZ and the Hon. Dr. Wayne Mapp, Minister for Science and Innovation, will launch the medical technology sector’s blueprint – A Global Ambition. This exciting document is the result of a comprehensive survey of all areas of the medical technology industry. The sector blueprint:

  • Investigates the role of the medical technology manufacturers in New Zealand's economy
  • Highlights global trends in the medical device market
  • Discusses key figures regarding the New Zealand-based manufacturers
  • Investigates key initiatives for growth of this sector in the past two years


Offers recommendations for growth of this sector Highlights include:-

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Please join us for an evening of stimulating discussion and networking. All welcome. Please RSVP to Margot Bethell at director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE (13 May 2011)

Date: Friday 13th May 2011
Time: Presentation – 4.30pm. Followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: Reception Lounge, Main entrance of Thomas Building, 3 Symonds Street.
Speaker: Peter Landon-Lane, CEO of Plant & Food Research
Title: CRIs – Where to now?

The Bioscience Enterprise programme and the IIB are delighted to welcome Peter Landon-Lane, CEO of Plant & Food Research as the guest speaker at our next Friday Forum.

Peter Landon-Lane took up the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Plant & Food Research in September 2008 with a background in international business in the food and agri-industries. He had a number of senior positions in the Fonterra and the New Zealand Dairy Board, including heading the businesses in Japan (1998-2004) and Europe (2005-2008) after starting his career at the former Department of Trade and Industry, serving as a trade commissioner in China and the Philippines.

Peter has degrees in science from the University of Otago and in economics from Victoria University of Wellington. He is currently a board director of several Plant & Food Research subsidiaries, joint ventures and research collaborations, including Prevar Limited, Seafood Innovations Limited, the Vital Vegetables Research Partnership and the Riddet Institute.

On this occasion Peter will discuss the new operating environment for CRIs and what it means for research collaborations, for industry and government clients and for employment opportunities.

Peter will also briefly discuss Plant & Food’s interests and activities in two key areas, food and bioactives.

Please join us for this interesting and informative insight into CRIs in general and Plant and Food Research in particular.

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or phone (09) 373 7599 ext 89625 or 0274 305 758

Public car parking is available nearby under the U of A’s Business School, the Owen G Glenn Building, in Grafton Rd. (see attached map). There is also limited parking available in Princes St.

Margot Bethell
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB)
University of Auckland
email: director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz
phone: 373 7599 ext 89625
mobile: +64 274 305 758

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE (15 April 2011)

Date: Friday 15th April 2011
Time: Presentation – 4.30pm. Followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: Reception Lounge, Main entrance of Thomas Building, 3 Symonds Street.
Speaker: Jo Baxter, Kerridge & Partners
Title: Who’s Got Talent?

Who?

What? – What skills – exactly - are actually needed? Does “experienced in ‘x’” cover it?

Where are these people?

How do you identify them? Attract them to you your company? (Attract them to NZ?)

The common wisdom that ‘NZ is great at innovation but does not commercialise well’ is heard so often that it is almost a mantra. NZ has some excellent people – both imported and home grown – who make a significant contribution to the bioeconomy by developing and commercialising the initial research, but we need more. Perhaps we also need to better understand what skills best suit a particular company at a particular stage of development.

Guest speaker, Jo Baxter, from Kerridge and Partners , is committed to developing NZ’s leadership landscape - particularly in the science and technology sectors. Her background in biochemistry and experience both in NZ and internationally in the bioindustry gives her excellent insight when advising CEOs and boards on executive appointments. Jo has worked with many bioscience companies and organisations. Her recent engagements include sourcing senior management for both NZBIO and the Ministry for Science and Innovation.

Please join us for Jo’s challenging presentation on building and retaining the leadership needed to build New Zealand’s bioeconomy.

All welcome. RSVPs to Margot Bethell for organizational purposes would be greatly appreciated. Please email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or phone (09) 373 7599 ext 89625 or 0274 305 758.