Events

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.