The Minister for Research, Science & Technology, the Hon. Dr Wayne Mapp visits the IIB

IMG_0552Dr Wayne Mapp briefed an audience of around 70 representatives from the bio-industry, local government and the University of Auckland, on the Government’s research, science and technology priorities. In reply, Dr Peter Lee, CEO of UniServices, highlighted the University’s success in commercialising academic research including the launch of several new start-up companies. Professor Joerg Kistler, Director of the School of Biological Sciences, gave a progress report on the growth of the IIB bio-incubator and on the construction of the Thomas Building extension which is rapidly moving skywards. The event was held in the Members Lounge of Old Government House providing plenty of networking over afternoon tea.