Mar 22, 2011The Mayor of Auckland Len Brown came for a first-hand look at the new Thomas extension and a briefing on the co-location of biotech companies in the IIB. He highlighted the bio-industry as one of several priority sectors for Auckland and strongly endorsed the clustering of academic and industry groups around shared core facilities. The Mayor’s visit took place in the week of the NZBIO Conference at Sky City where he gave an enthusiastic endorsement for the growing bio-economy in the Auckland region. An Auckland Bioeconomy Development Group has been established to develop a strategy for the growth and promotion of the sector. The group is supported by the Auckland Council Organisation Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.