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International Search Nets Industry NZ Director

25 March 2002

International Search Nets Industry New Zealand Director, Biotechnology Sector

Industry New Zealand has carried out an international search to appoint its new Director, Biotechnology Sector.

Peter Lennox is currently Director of Biotechnology Networks for Scottish Enterprise – the national economic development agency of Scotland.

Industry NZ Chief Executive Neil Mackay said the organisation was thrilled to have recruited someone of the calibre of Mr Lennox.

“Biotechnology is one of the three key sectors targeted by the Government in its Growth and Innovation Framework as offering huge economic growth potential, both in its own right and as an enabler for other sectors.

“It was therefore important to find a person of international standing for the Sector Director role,” Mr Mackay said.

Mr Lennox says the job brings together all strands of his past experience. “I was originally a scientist, and I have extensive business and marketing skills gained through working with blue chip companies and key government officials in Europe, Asia and the USA.”

Working together with key scientists from research institutes, economic analysts, private sector companies, the media and the Scottish and UK governments, Mr Lennox and his team forged a dynamic biotechnology community. The team raised the profile of Scottish biotechnology worldwide so that it is now recognised to be at the forefront of new scientific discoveries.

“More than that, through our shared vision of doubling the size of Scotland’s biotechnology cluster over four years, we moved science from the research lab into newly created companies,” Mr Lennox said.

Mr Lennox has also held positions as Director North America for Locate in Scotland, aimed at attracting high value projects, and Director of Scottish Trade International, the government export agency, as well as being Director and Chairman of a number of public sector bodies and working in the food and drink industry, moving from scientific research through production to marketing positions.

He takes up the position in early- to mid- July.

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