Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Zealand medical research receives boost

New Zealand medical research receives boost

Industry and Regional Development Minister Jim Anderton today announced that Wellington firm, P3 Research Ltd, will receive a grant to assist it in its efforts to win international contracts in the field of medical research.

The Sector Initiative Fund grant of $70,000 is to assist the training of staff in the field of clinical trials and will both boost the capability of P3 Research, and that of New Zealand, in this highly specialised area of medical research.

An important part of the grant is the objective of increasing the ability of New Zealand firms to win international medical research contracts.

GlaxoSmithKline and other international firms currently place early phase asthma and other respiratory clinical trials with P3 Research, where Dr Shaun Holt and MRINZ Professor Richard Beasley have world leading reputations.

The grant will allow P3 Research to build the critical mass and capability of skills to allow more early phase trials to be undertaken in New Zealand, the Progressive leader said.

“Broadening New Zealand’s clinical trials expertise is an important part of developing the pharmaceutical dimensions of the biotechnology sector in this country. The expertise gained by P3 Research will increase the overall capacity of New Zealand firms to bid for international contracts and will be a significant addition to the currently limited New Zealand capability in the field of early phase clinical trial procedures.

“The grant will also provide international pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms with further confirmation of the Government’s interest and support for biotechnology related development projects," Jim Anderton said.

The grant will pay part of the training costs for P3 Research personnel so as to build specific knowledge, skills and experience for the New Zealand staff.

The grant is another boost to efforts to develop New Zealand’s international profile and capabilities in the developing biotechnology sector.


The Sector Initiative Fund aims to support industry-based projects that are consistent with government economic, social and environmental objectives but cannot be funded through other government programmes. A key element is that projects contribute to the implementation of sector strategies developed in partnership with industry through New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Ministry of Economic Development.

P3 Research Ltd. is 50% owned by Wakefield Hospital Limited.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election