When you’re passionate about biotech you’ve got to keep your ear to the ground for new developments. What better way to do that then by attending Australia and Asia-Pacific’s largest annual gathering of biotechnology experts? The AusBiotech national conference kicks off today with the theme ‘Life Science = Future. Jobs. Exports.’ In attendance from BioPacific Partners are Executive…

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At BioPacific we know that understanding our region’s innovation ecosystem is core to our business.  So not only do we work with it, we also study it to try to make it better.  We recently published two papers about the venture capital ecosystem based on work by Sujit Kalidas during his internship with BioPacific and…

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Innovators and angels

Last week saw the advent of two of New Zealand’s biggest tech innovation events – the New Zealand Angel Investment Showcase and the NZ Innovators Awards. Networks were made, ideas were pitched, innovations were celebrated, and a great night of cheer and wine was had by all. The Angel Showcase gave 14 emerging kiwi companies a chance…

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Innovation is increasingly recognised as essential to developing a dynamic and successful business. However, despite achievements in corporate R&D labs, it’s not always easy for large companies to remain nimble and innovative as they grow. VC backed start-up companies are a great alternative source of entrepreneurial inventions, although the 10-year exit timeframe can limit options…

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New Zealand dairy co-operative Tatua has reported an annual 27% increase in earnings – a personal best per kg of milksolids for Tatua, and likely a record for the industry. In a discussion with APNZ, chief executive Paul McGilvary noted that “the key difference with Tatua is that we don’t make milk powder at all,…

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The international corporate venturing organisation, Global Corporate Venturing, reported recently on BioPacific Partners’ new regional venturing model as a brand new approach to linking global markets to local innovators.

Agriculture and robotics are developing in tandem in New Zealand with the help of Callaghan Innovation. Robotics researchers at this leading science research institute are developing specialist sensor technology for pasture care, monitoring, and crop harvesting. In the future, the collation of data from sensor systems such as these will allow identification of patterns, helping farms and businesses increase their efficiency,…

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Singapore research trip

One of our team members, Emma Armitage, is completing a Masters thesis on life science innovation in SE Asia. As part of this, she recently completed a trip to Singapore, where she interviewed key industry professionals about resources for start-ups and the innovation ecosystem in Singapore. Keep an eye on our news page for more updates as her project…

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Technology Transfer Summit

Our two principals, Margot Bethell & Andrew Kelly, attended the Technology Transfer Summit in Adelaide, Australia on 2-3 September, joining around 100 tech transfer professionals from research institutions across Australia & New Zealand.  This is ‘family’ for BioPacific and one of many ways we keep in touch with our innovation community.