Events

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday, 1 May, 2015
Time: 4:30pm Networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speakers: Professor Peter Shepherd - An Overview of Drug Discovery and Development in New Zealand

I am more than delighted to welcome Professor Peter Shepherd as guest speaker to our Bioscience Enterprise Forum.

Google would have you believe that ‘Peter Shepherd’ is a Transformational Psychologist, British Army Doctor and/or the tetartagonist of the 1995 fantasy film, Jumanji. While Peter embodies all the best attributes of the aforementioned, he comes to us next week in his capacity as Professor of Cell Signalling in the University of Auckland’s Molecular Medicine & Pathology department and Honorary, Academic of the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre.

Peter is an alumni of Massey University. He “postdoc-ed” at Harvard and Cambridge before joining the staff of University College London where he was promoted to Professor in 2003. There he became involved in biotechnology and was named London Young Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.

Since moving back to Auckland in 2004 Peter has continued to focus on research of the signal transduction pathways in the cell and how defects in these lead to the development of cancer and diabetes.

In addition, Peter founded biotechnology company Symansis to develop novel tools for drug discovery, and was co- founder of drug development company Pathway Therapeutics.

Based in Auckland, but engaged in transnational collaborations worldwide, Peter is in a prime position to provide an overview of the translation of science from labs to health outcomes.

We’re very much looking forward to a great function and hope you will join us.

Please RSVP now and we’ll see you on Friday, 1 May.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday, 27 February, 2015
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speakers: Dr Francis Hunter - Old target + Youthful talent = Spark-ling success
For this, our first monthly Forum for the year, we are delighted to welcome Dr Francis Hunter as guest speaker.

Francis is recently qualified for his PhD at the University of Auckland (congrats!), He is now establishing an R&D programme in New Zealand and the United States that may ultimately produce a new drug for pancreatic and other cancers.

Francis is also co-founder of Delaware-listed biopharmaceutical start-up company Mesopharm Therapeutics. Francis has been very active over a number of years in the University of Auckland’s excellent Spark Entrepreneurship Programme. Mesopharm Therapeutics was born out of Spark participation and in the wake of its young team’s stunning success at the inaugural International Breast Cancer Startup Challenge in Washington in March last year.

Francis has very recently returned from San Francisco after attending Onestart 2015’s Silicon Valley bootcamp. Here, Mesopharm execs received extensive mentorship from a top biopharma industry expert – in order to prepare and present business plans and company pitches to potential investors, industry partners and fellow entrepreneurs. Onestart 2015 (and here) is run by a bio-venture company, SR One and the Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable.

Cancel all other plans, RSVP now – and we’ll see you on Friday for a highly enjoyable evening!

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday12th December, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speakers: Quick-fire student presentations (60s max. from next year’s thesis students) and awards (Baldwins!), AND swords and champagne. Don’t miss this!

It’s be a very enjoyable celebration after a full on year. Thanks to all of you for your tremendous support!

As usual, from 4.30 – 6.30 in the Thomas Building. THIS coming Friday, 12 December.
No need to RSVP – just come along on Friday!


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Wednesday 19th November, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Professor Juliet Gerrard - 'Engaging with Callaghan Innovation'
Juliet will speak particularly on her role as Callaghan Innovation’s Industry and Outreach Fellow.

Professor Juliet Gerrard is a highly regarded biochemist and leader in the industrial application of biochemistry in New Zealand. She holds a number of significant positions in recognition of her scientific work. In addition to her University of Auckland and Callaghan Innovation roles, these include Chair of the Marsden Council and Director of NZ Institute of Plant and Food Research.

The Industry and Outreach Fellowship was established by Callaghan Innovation’s predecessor IRL in order strengthen links between the research and high-value manufacturing organisations. Industry and Outreach Fellows are initially appointed for a five-year term and are mandated to resolve industry-related problems while building links between research institutions and business.

When she was appointed to this role, two years ago, Juliet said saw the overall strategic aim of the Industry and Outreach Fellowship programme as boosting collaboration. "There is a lot of research being done in both universities and industry and I’d like to bridge that gap between fundamental and applied work".

Two year’s into the role, we’ll hear how this Fellowship is relevant to the ever-evolving environment of science commercialisation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of New Zealand’s finest!

Please RSVP to Stephanie Tulloch.


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday 17th October, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Francis Hunter: Experiences as an aspiring young scientist-entrepreneur

Francis Hunter is a Ph.D. student in Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, a long-serving contributor to the Spark Entrepreneurship Challenge and Co-Founder of a biopharmaceutical start-up company, where he is also Chief Scientific Officer in his spare time. His academic research investigates new paradigms in the management of cancer, whereby sophisticated novel drugs can be matched to patients whose disease profile greatly enhances the probability of a favourable clinical response.

In this presentation, Francis Hunter will describe his experiences as an early-career scientist-entrepreneur with a vision toward contributing to the establishment of a lucrative biopharmaceutical program in New Zealand. He will offer perspectives on how and why MBIE and other organisations should support aspiring young leaders.


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday 29th August, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: NZBIO CEO, Dr Will Barker - ‘From Breaking Bad to NZBIO’

Dr Will Barker has (very) recently been appointed as CEO of NZBIO.

Prior to joining NZBIO, Will spent 6 years as VP External Affairs at LanzaTech, where he led the global commercialisation activities. Those activities included: implementation of a market dominant patent strategy, negotiation and securing of high value partnerships with global Fortune 500 companies and closing financing transactions in excess of $100M.

Since arriving in NZ in 2000, Will has held Post-Doctoral research positions, investigated methamphetamine laboratories and had time to train as a registered patent attorney. Will’s PhD is in synthetic chemistry from the University of Leicester in the UK.

Come meet Will, next Friday, to hear about his very interesting career to date and aspirations for the future. Don’t miss out on a night of great company and conversation, with drinks and nibbles provided.

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology
Direct Dial +64 9 923 9625
Mobile +64 22 052 8171

Email director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz or s.tulloch@auckland.ac.nz


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday 25th July, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speakers: Robert Feldman, Mike Bickerdike, Clive Seymour, and Helen Teale from Life Science New Zealand.

I am very pleased to announce this month that ATEED is the new Bioscience Enterprise Forum sponsor. ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) is the Auckland Council agency working to improve the economic prosperity of Auckland and, by association, New Zealand.

ATEED's support enables the Bioscience Enterprise programme to continue to offer the Forum to the Auckland bioscience community and we look forward to continuing a close and productive working relationship with ATEED. Many thanks to Mark Burgess, IIB Director, and Zahra Champion, ATEED, for making this happen.

Join the Bioscience Enterprise and ATEED team on Friday (details follow) for stimulating company, witty conversation, lovely food and wine AND a 15-20 minute presentation from:

Life Science New Zealand

Come celebrate the recent establishment of 'Life Science New Zealand', a grouping of four stellar industry professionals: Robert Feldman, Mike Bickerdike, Clive Seymour, and Helen Teale.

Robert, Mike, Clive and Helen bring highly complementary skills and expertise to the life science commercialisation process such that Life Science New Zealand is able to provide invaluable expertise across every stage of a life science venture's development (http://lifescience.co.nz).

Life Science New Zealand will share their story so far and vision for the future with us on Friday. Don't miss out!

I look forward to seeing you next Friday!

Best regards
Stephanie.

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology
University of Auckland


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by ATEED

Date: Friday 13th June, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Dr Andrea Grant: “Bench to Business: One Woman’s Journey”

I am thrilled to announce that our guest speaker is Andrea Grant of Diatranz Otsuka Ltd (DOL) and Living Cell Technologies (LCT). Andi has had a fabulous career to date and is a key figure in the Australasian biotech sector. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet and hear the very-busy and experienced Andrea Grant in person.

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Dr Andrea Grant

Andi Grant has been the CEO of Diatranz Otsuka Limited since April 2014. Dr Grant has been the Acting Chief Science & Medical Officer of Living Cell Technologies Limited since January 2014 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until March 2014. She served as Managing Director of Living Cell Technologies Limited from January 16, 2012 to March 2014. She served as Public Policy and Communications Manager at Roche Products New Zealand Ltd. She was responsible for government and corporate relations. Before immigrating to New Zealand from the UK, she served as Business Development Director and then Managing Director at biotechnology company Galapagos NV, where she was responsible for securing research and licensing partnerships with global pharmaceutical partners. She served as Executive Director of Living Cell Technologies Limited from November 16, 2012 to March 2014. Dr Grant holds PhD in molecular neurobiology from the University of Cambridge.

For more information: http://www.lctglobal.com/

I look forward to seeing you in a week’s time. Please RSVP now!

Stephanie Tulloch
Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme
director@bioscienterprise.ac.nz


An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE

Date: Friday 16th May, 2014
Time: 4:30pm networking, Presentation 5pm followed by drinks and nibbles.
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room), School of Biological Sciences
Guest Speaker: Professor Shaun Hendy

Please join us at the Bioscience Enterprise Forum THIS coming Friday, 16 May, to enjoy a 15-20 minute presentation from esteemed physicist, awarded science communicator and insightful strategic analyst Professor Shaun Hendy. Drinks and nibbles will be provided and stimulating conversations are guaranteed.

Shaun_HendyShaun Hendy is a professor of physics here at the University of Auckland. Shaun joined us recently from his previous posts with IRL and Victoria University. Shaun is a past Deputy Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists. He is an elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and in 2012 he was awarded the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. Shaun appears regularly on Radio New Zealand, he is appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival this Saturday, he blogs, he tweets and, in 2013, published ‘Get Off The Grass: Kickstarting the New Zealand Economy’, (available here, and in bookstores). I’ve just finished reading it and *highly* recommend it!

In addition – Shaun recently led a bid for a new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) and last week his proposal was accepted! Te Punaha Matatini – The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks – will aim to understand complex big data sets for economic, social and environmental benefit. Watch this space.

On Friday Shaun will talk about the role of science (‘bioscience’) and innovation in the economy (‘enterprise’) and will touch on his vision for Te Punaha Matatini.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday and encourage you to RSVP now!
RSVPs to Stephanie Bailey on s.bailey@auckland.ac.nz or (09) 923 87264 for organisational purposes would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards, Stephanie Tulloch, Director Bioscience Enterprise Programme.

An invitation to a University of Auckland Bioscience Enterprise Friday Forum, sponsored by NZTE

Date: Friday 28th February, 2014
Time: Presentation 4:30pm, followed by drinks and nibbles
Venue: SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room)
School of Biological Sciences

Title: “The Challenges of a Market”
Presented by Dr James Watson, Director of Science at Caldera Health

Please join us on 28 February for drinks, food, a terrific speaker and relaxed networking.

As a very active participant in science and industry circles, Dr Watson needs little introduction. Dr Watson is currently Director of Science at Caldera Health. He founded New Zealand’s first-ever listed biotech company, Genesis Research & Development Corporation, and its spinout BioJoule Ltd. Dr Watson is a past professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Auckland Medical School and previous professor at the University of California, Irvine. Always interesting and engaging, Dr Watson will illuminate us on:

“The Challenges of a Market”

Dr Watson: “A start-up company goes through many stages in development in taking an idea to market. The molecular revolution is like a tsunami sweeping through the commercial cancer diagnostic field. I will illustrate this by discussing Caldera’s path in taking a new technology to the market for new diagnostics in prostate cancer. Where are the skills that progress this pathway?”

RSVP required.
All welcome. RSVPs to Stephanie Bailey on s.bailey@auckland.ac.nz or (09) 923 87264(09) 923 87264 for organisational purposes would be greatly appreciated.