The Asia-Pacific region has once again shown its strength in the 2015 Scientific American Worldview Scorecard rankings, holding three of the Top Five spots. Released at this year’s BIO International Convention, the report evaluates countries on key factors that power biotechnology success. Life science innovation potential is measured using seven categories: productivity, IP protection, intensity,…

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New Zealand honey and health products company Comvita and the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB) at the University of Auckland have recently won the KiwiNet Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Research and Business Partnership Award. The citation recognises the IIB as a prime example of the triple helix model of university, industry and government collaboration…

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Australia The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research celebrated its 100th birthday this year. The institute has grown from its initial £2,500 donation to the largest medical research institute in Australia. Its pioneering work includes fostering the hen egg technique to grow viruses (now the gold standard for producing flu vaccines), and developing…

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