Mayor of Auckland City turns first sod for construction of IIB bio-incubator

Auckland City Major John Banks launched construction of innovative new research space to enable expansion of the IIB bio-incubator in the University’s School of Biological Sciences. The new $30M building will seamlessly connect to the Thomas Building and expand research space to over 10,000m2. The new Laboratories will allow co-location of academic and industry scientists to accelerate R & D by sharing facilities and expertise. It is expected that up to 12 companies can be allocated space when the building opens in late 2010. Currently research teams of five companies are co-located in the existing Thomas Building. Read more about how the IIB bio-incubator supports the growth of New Zealand biotechnology sector.