NZBio, an organisation representing New Zealand’s biotechnology sector has morphed into BIOTechNZ becoming one of 18 members of the NZTech Alliance, a disparate collection of organisations affiliated with NZTech.
According to the new website, BIOTechNZ’s vision is “to maximise New Zealand's bioscience + technology capably to create a strong New Zealand bio economy.”
BIOTechNZ describes itself as “a purpose driven, membership funded organisation …[with] a diverse range of members who share a passion for the opportunities that BIOTech can help [to] address many of the world’s agricultural, environmental and health problems.”
BIOTechNZ say it “connects innovators, investors, regulators, researchers, social entrepreneurs and interested public [and] also helps raise awareness and increase understanding of Biotechnology.’
NZTech CEO, Graeme Muller is its interim chair and Zara Champion its executive director.
Champion described joining the alliance as “a natural fit” saying “New Zealand is fragmented across all sectors with a large number of industry bodies across all sectors. We are seeing the blurring of the lines between bioscience and technology.”
She said the biotech industry offered high-paying jobs and innovative ideas and encompassed a huge diversity of applications. “Being part of the NZTech Alliance will enable us to maximise New Zealand’s’ bio-base technology capability to create a strong and prosperous New Zealand bio economy.”
Muller added: "As biotechnology, high-tech manufacturing and ICT such as artificial intelligence begin to cross over, the New Zealand tech ecosystem is now well placed to identify and support future growth companies through this coming together of NZBio and NZTech.”