In a recent publication, the New Zealand government has expressed a clear description of what it expects of its growing science and innovation system. ‘Excellence’ and ‘Impact’ will be the main criteria for public investment. All science should have a strong line-of-sight of the eventual benefits to businesses and society. The government aims to increase…

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One of our Executive Directors, Dr Andrew Kelly, this month accepted an invitation to join the Board of a $135 million research program on High Value Nutrition, part of the New Zealand National Science Challenge system. The Challenge is a 10-year, mission-led research program where researchers from across multiple Universities and research institutes come together…

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Green-lipped mussels are New Zealand’s leading aquaculture product. In raw product alone, mussel farmers exported 34,000 tons worth NZD 190M in 2012. Green-lipped mussel extract, which is used in supplements and biopharmaceuticals, generates additional revenues of around NZD 40M. Green lipped mussel extract is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties associated with joint pain, arthritis,…

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NZBIO, Wellington NZBIO 2015, held in the ‘southernmost capital city in the world’, Wellington, New Zealand recently, was an excellent conference this year. A change of city, a great venue (our national Museum, Te Papa) and an up-tick on attendances compared to recent years all created a great vibe. And it was excellent for BioPacific…

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