2011 Bioscience Enterprise Showcase

Tuesday 15th November; OGGB, University of Auckland

As many of you know, the University of Auckland’s Bioscience Enterprise programme is directed to people who want to see research realise its full value and impact on society by being successfully commercialised. A key element of this programme is the six month placement of interns with a bioscience company to work on a business-science project that forms the basis of their Master’s thesis. It is intended that these projects are of genuine value to the host company – many are currently hosting their 3rd, 4th, or even 5th intern.

We will be presenting the research undertaken by the 5th year of Bioscience Enterprise Master’s students and introducing you to the 2012 interns. This event is for all members of the bioscience industry who see value in the development of NZ’s bioeconomy with personnel who are ‘bilingual’ in both science and business.

The Showcase will allow you to:-

Hear about the science-business research projects that were important to biocompanies this year.

  • Meet the 2011 Master’s of Bioscience Enterprise graduates
  • Meet the 2012 Master’s of Bioscience Enterprise interns
  • Talk to other companies and organisations who are hosting, or have hosted, an MBioEnt intern and/or employed a MBioEnt graduate, as well as academic and programme supervisors
  • Explore the possibilities of the internship programme for your company
  • Be in at the beginning of the process of finding the best possible match between a company, the project and a 2012 internship student

You are warmly invited to attend all or part of the Showcase. Twelve minute presentations of the 2011 MBioEnt projects will run from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm and the Internship Fair will run from 3.00 to 5.00 pm. Posters of the research will be on display throughout the Showcase. The Showcase will be held in the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building/ Business School in Grafton Rd, Auckland.

You are also warmly invited to consider what science-business issues or projects could be of interest to your company or organisation in 2012 that could be researched by an MBioEnt student. I have attached a small sample of the more than 85 topics that have been investigated by these students over the past five years.

In a few weeks time I will send out further information. I will be inviting companies to nominate a project or projects, to register to meet prospective students before making a decision and/or to register to have a company stand.

In the meantime please feel very welcome to contact Margot Bethell with any queries.

Margot Bethell
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB)
University of Auckland
email: director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz
phone: 373 7599 ext 89625mobile: +64 274 305 758