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Taking world leading agricultural biotech to world

AgResearch takes world leading agricultural biotechnology to the world

17 June 2008

AgResearch will this week join more than 2,000 companies from around the world to showcase the latest in biotechnology products and services at BIO 2008, the world Biotechnology Industry Organisation’s (BIO) annual International Conference.

Held from the 17th to the 20th of June, the largest biotechnology conference in the world is an opportunity for AgResearch to network with representatives from some of the world’s most influential biotechnology companies.

“BIO 2008 is an unparalleled opportunity for AgResearch to rub shoulders with some of the significant players in the world biotechnology scene,” says Dr Ian Boddy, AgResearch General Manager, Commercial Services.

As an organisation BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centres and related organisations across the United States and in more than 30 other countries. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Themes for this year’s conference include global issues, such as sustainable agriculture, industry stewardship and genetically engineered animals. Other topics to be discussed will include sustainable agriculture in Africa, the role biotech crops are playing in global food production, global stewardship practices, growing solutions to climate challenges: how agricultural biotechnology can help crops flourish with less water.

AgResearch is profiling its expertise in animal health and diagnostics development and in human gut health testing, both areas where AgResearch believes it can offer international companies access to world class technologies.

“We are seeking to establish commercial relationships in these areas while in San Diego,” says Dr Boddy.

Dr Boddy says that New Zealand’s science capability in Agricultural biotechnology gives it the opportunity to take advantage of an increasing global demand for pastorally derived food that is produced in a sustainable manner.

“It is important that as a country we make the most of this opportunity. 2020 Science, AgResearch’s strategy for keeping New Zealand prosperous to the year 2020 and beyond, has a strong international focus. “


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