Part one of our four-part spotlight on Australia. In this series of short articles, we profile Australia and three of its main cities for life sciences innovation: Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney. The latest Scientific American Worldview Scorecard 2015 ranked Australia number four in biotechnology in the world. Significantly, Scientific American commented that if ranking was…

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Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia have been named as the world’s first, fourth, and fifteenth most attractive foreign investment nations by a US economic think tank. The Milken Institute recently released its annual Global Opportunity Index, which ranks countries within a framework of costs and conditions of doing business. It is particularly policy focused but…

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Food innovations developed in New Zealand have a high degree of diversity and sustainability that can be directly attributed to the unique and deep natural resources offered by the country’s geographical remoteness and mild climate. High quality meat, dairy, fruit, wine, seafood, and a wide range of natural product ingredients have made New Zealand a…

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With dairy a major component of New Zealand’s economy, it should come as little surprise that our researchers are internationally recognised for their work to add value in this space. One of the key universities in this industry is Massey University. In keeping with its high international regard, Massey’s Professor Hajinder Singh has been awarded the 2015 International Dairy…

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In an interview with BiotechDispatch following his address to the Parliamentary Friends of Medicines event in Canberra, Ken Frazier, President and CEO of US-based Merck, one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies and biggest investors in R&D, predicted human biology would be the next great driver of health innovation. According to Frazier, there is an…

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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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The global flavours and fragrances market is estimated at USD25 billion and growing about 5% per annum. Four companies dominate this market: Givaudan 20%, Firmenich 14%, IFF 13%, and Symrise 11%. Flavours are the prevailing category, holding a 54% market share with the biggest end-users being the beverage sector (34%) and dairy (13%). While the…

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