Homegrown biotech conference signs multi-year deal with Wellington NZ

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New Zealand's biotech industry is worth an estimated $2.7 billion. New Zealand's biotech industry is worth an estimated $2.7 billion. Photo Credit: Business Events Wellington

In a bid to bolster New Zealand’s biotechnology and life sciences reputation, BioTechNZ, WellingtonNZ, and Business Events Wellington have launched a dedicated annual summit. 

The first Life Sciences Summit will take place 22-23 March 2023 at Shed 6, a waterfront venue. From 2024 onwards, the conference will be based at Wellington’s new convention centre, Tākina, with the aim of growing the event year on year to attract wider domestic and international audiences.

“Our objective is to bring New Zealand’s biotechnology and Life Sciences industries together across the sectors, including agricultural, environmental, industrial and human health,” said BioTechNZ executive director Zahra Champion.

“Having this breadth of participants highlights New Zealand’s capability, and promotes research and commercial opportunities to solve the biggest challenges on the planet.” 

New Zealand currently ranks fourth in the world for innovation potential in biotech with 211 companies based in the country.  

WellingtonNZ business & innovation general manager, Rebekah Campbell added: “Biotech is an increasingly important industry in New Zealand for addressing our pressing environmental health, climate, and food challenges. 

“To date, there hasn’t been an event that draws together business, academia, government, and investors across this sector in Aotearoa. The innovation and commercial potential for this sector is immense, and this event will serve as a platform for growth.” 

Wellington’s the home of Callaghan Innovation’s Gracefield Innovation Quarter, which has been earmarked for a new Biotech Hub; The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand's independent biomedical research institute; and some of New Zealand’s best Life Sciences research centres, including Scion, NIWA, AgResearch, GNS, HortResearch and Victoria University, making it a fitting host for the Life Sciences Summit.

“Supporting an event like this meets our objective of retaining and growing conferences and business events in sectors that leave a positive impact for the Wellington region,” Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira said.

“It builds upon our existing life sciences knowledge infrastructure and utilises the city’s networks and proximity to government to showcase our strengths and drive positive change – economically, socially, and environmentally.”

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