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HortResearch launches summer studentship programme 2008/09

Following its inaugural summer studentship programme which employed 17 University of Auckland students over the summer 2007/08 - HortResearch announced the second edition of its successful programme at a recent launch function in the School of Biological Sciences. Through its partnership in the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology, HortResearch is again offering up to 20 summer studentships with the aim to increase graduate student numbers and develop a strong workforce in the plant sciences. The summer studentship programme extends ongoing collaborations in research and teaching thereby gradually developing a continuous plant sciences campus between HortResearch in Mt Albert and the School of Biological Sciences in the city.

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise pledges continued support for Bioscience Enterprise programme

Through its long standing partnership with the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology NZTE has renewed its sponsorship for the Master in Bioscience Enterprise programme and the Bioscience Enterprise Forum series. NZTE considers the strong relationship with the MBE programme as a critical part of building the Auckland region as a centre of biotech excellence, innovation, and business expertise. The programme was jointly developed by the University of Auckland and NZTE and has achieved widespread collaboration with the biotech sector which provides lecturers and internships.

AgResearch Structure Laboratory at the University of Auckland extended to 2012

AgResearch and the University of Auckland have signed an agreement to continue collaborations in structural biology for a further five years, to 2012. As a partner in the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology, New Zealand's largest Crown Research Institute operates the AgResearch Structure Laboratory in the School of Biological Sciences, thereby gaining full access to the School's academic expertise and research infrastructure. Projects focus on a variety of agriculturally important proteins and are directed by AgResearch Senior Lecturer/Scientist Dr Shaun Lott, who is jointly funded by each partner organisation.

Invitrogen supports biotech teaching and research

Invitrogen has become a partner in the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology to facilitate workforce development through its support of laboratory teaching and the biotech student network Chiasma. Collaboration with Invitrogen ensures that biotech teaching is cutting-edge and helps Chiasma run entrepreneurship challenges and career events for biotech students.

Biomatters Ltd renews bioinformatics support at the University of Auckland

Biomatters Ltd has become a partner in the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology and will support bioinformatics research and teaching through the donation of licenses for its award winning Geneious Pro software. This new partnership continues the longstanding association of Biomatters Ltd with the University of Auckland and its Bioinformatics Institute. The company develops unique and easy-to-use software for scientific solutions in the areas of disease research, human health and environmental issues. It has won numerous awards for its innovative solutions in bioinformatics and computational biology.

ViaLactia Biosciences Chief Scientist appointed as Adjunct Professor

Dr Russell Snell, Founder Chief Scientist (Bovine) at ViaLactia Biosciences, has been appointed as Adjunct Professor in Molecular Genetics in the School of Biological Sciences and the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology. The appointment highlights Dr Snell's international track record in academic research and particularly his contributions to the agricultural sector in the area of bovine genomics. ViaLactia Biosciences and the University have been working closely together in genomics and proteomics over many years and have plans to expand these collaborations further in the near future.

Strategic partnership between LabPLUS and the University through joint appointment

Dr Don Love has been appointed as Director of Diagnostic Genetics at LabPLUS (Auckland City Hospital) while continuing in a part-time role as Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics in the School of Biological Sciences. This partnership brings together the clinical expertise and clinical samples of New Zealand's largest tertiary referral medical Laboratory, and the advanced expertise in genetics technology offered by the University of Auckland. Joint research projects aim at increasing the resolution of cytogenetic analysis towards better diagnostic advice for patients.

Androgenix Ltd becomes a partner

Androgenix is a new start-up biotech company that applies genomic technology for the development of products with application in the world-wide livestock industry. The company has become a partner of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology and co-located its research activities in the School of Biological Sciences. Through this relationship Androgenix gains full access to the School's research infrastructure and expertise.