Bioscience Enterprise programme achieves 100 Master theses milestone

The two-year post-graduate programme provides science graduates with the necessary business and commercialisation skills to find employment across a wide spectrum of the life sciences industry. The programme was launched in 2006 and is attracting top graduates from across New Zealand and overseas. At the recent Bioscience Enterprise Forum on 7 December 2012, a special celebration marked the achievement of a major milestone – the submission of the 100th MBioEnt thesis. The traditional sabring of two Veuve Cliquot Champagne bottles was a highlight and watched by a wide industry audience (see photos). The programme continues to be strongly supported by the life sciences sector through the provision of guest lecturers and 6-month internships for the Masters thesis research. A total of 102 internships have been completed: 61 in companies, 30 in CRIs and public organisations in New Zealand; 11 in companies overseas. A partnership and student exchange programme with the Bioentrepreneurship programme at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was signed in January 2012 and two Auckland students did their internships in Swedish companies. Employment data of MBioEnt graduates indicate 72% and 28% employment in New Zealand and overseas, respectively, providing further evidence of the internationalization of the MBioEnt qualification.