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NZBIO welcomes national health innovation hub

NZBIO welcomes the announcement of a national health innovation hub

23 September 2011

NZBIO welcomes the announcement of a national health innovation hub to support innovation in New Zealand’s clinical sector.

CEO Dr Michelle Sullivan stresses the importance of a strong healthcare bioscience industry, which will bring not only better health outcomes to New Zealanders but also an increased number of highly paid, highly skilled jobs to New Zealand with the accompanying downstream benefits to New Zealand society.

NZBIO strongly supports the Hub in its mission to fuel collaboration and support the commercialization of homegrown bioscience innovation. “The creation of a national health innovation hub has the potential to be a real landmark in the development of New Zealand’s healthcare bioscience sector. NZBIO is committed to working with the Innovation Hub as it develops priorities for industry growth” says Sullivan.

New Zealand’s bioeconomy is built on a century of investment in biological research. We have a long tradition of applying research to pastoral and arable farming, horticulture, forestry and human healthcare. There is a growing number of local companies whose core business is bioscience, developing novel, high-tech products and services for global markets, including the global healthcare market.

ABOUT NZBIO

NZBIO is a vibrant member-based organisation focused on growing New Zealand’s prosperous bioeconomy. With hundreds of individual and corporate members from across human health, agbiotech, industrial and environmental and food bioscience, NZBIO plays a leading role in providing practical support for companies to grow. NZBIO’s activities include member events, seminars and conferences, policy advocacy, national and international outreach and promotion. Our membership base ranges from start up bioscience companies, to mature corporates and major multinationals. We also represent New Zealand research institutes and universities, specialist service professionals, corporate, institutional, individual and student members from New Zealand and around the world.

NZBIO is an important voice of the New Zealand bioscience sector informing policy makers, enabling collaboration and investment, showcasing New Zealand’s capability to the world and demonstrating how biosciences can contribute to societal, economic and environmental challenges.

www.nzbio.org.nz

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