LIFE SCIENCES SUMMIT

Programme

Explore our two-day conference programme filled with inspiring keynote presentations, engaging panel discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities in the company of biotech leaders from Aotearoa and around the world.

DAY ONE

A vision for the future

Hear from biotech leaders, government, investors, and sustainability experts on their vision for a better tomorrow enabled by Aotearoa’s life sciences sector.

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DAY TWO

A new frontier

Deep dive into the latest developments in life sciences; from synthetic biology to AI in biotech; from genomics to alternative food production

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Sunday 10th March

BioTechNZ and CreativeHQ have joined forces to bring you this interactive “Only in Wellington” tech company showcase and networking event.

Click here for more info. Limited spaces available 

DAY ONE

A vision for the future

Monday 11th March

Day 1

Monday 11th March

8:30 - Registration

Conference registration, coffee and networking with exhibitors

Mihi Whakatau

Dr Victoria Metcalf, Conference MC

Dr Zahra Champion, Executive Director, BioTechNZ

An update on the government’s future direction for Aotearoa’s biotech and science system

Hon Judith Collins, Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology 

Jon Pilcher, CEO & Managing Director, Neuren Pharmaceuticals

Morning tea and networking with conference attendees, sponsors and exhibitors

Brian Ward, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aroa Biosurgery

  • Exploring the vital role of biotech
  • Defining our essential needs to foster sector growth

Moderated by: Dr Melissa McBurnie, Partner & Head of Impact, Brandon Capital
John Robson, General Manager, Bridgewest
Dr Stefan Korn, CEO , Callaghan Innovation
Professor Dame Juliet Gerrad, New Zealand Chief Science Advisor
Dr Phil Kearney, CEO, Axelia Oncology
Prof Emily J Parker, Associate Dean – Research (Science), Professor of Chemical Biology, Victoria University of Wellington

Lunch and networking with fellow attendees, sponsors and exhibitors

Concurrent breakout stream 1 : Biotech’s role in supporting human health

What is happening in New Zealand and Australia when it comes to RNA development

  • Update on the Aotearoa RNA Platform
  • How to engage with the platform

Moderated by: Manya Sabherwal, National Account Manager, Cytiva
Dr William Rolleston, Director, South Pacific Sera
Professor Kjesten Wiig, Acting Director, RNA Platform
Dr Axel Heiser, Chief Scientific Officer, Agresearch

Concurrent breakout stream 2: Sustainability, climate emissions and biotech: Paving the path to our net zero future

The greatest adventure of humanity.

Discover the challenge of our generation, the global disruptors and the opportunity of a lifetime! Biotech enabled global game-changers are providing hope for the future, we examine how and why. 

Dr Florian Graichen, General Manager Bioproducts and Biomanufacturing, Scion

Concurrent breakout stream 1 : Biotech’s role in supporting human health

Our experience developing medicines in Aotearoa – what works and what doesn’t

Dr Robert G Feldman, Consultants, Lifescience NZ 

Andy Herbert PhD, Consultants, Lifescience NZ 

Helen Teale MSc, Consultants, Lifescience NZ

Concurrent breakout stream 2: Sustainability, climate emissions and biotech: Paving the path to our net zero future

Conversations in Biotechnology: considering the “could” versus the “should”

Vicki Watson, Chief Executive, The Aotearoa Circle

Concurrent breakout stream 1 : Biotech’s role in supporting human health

Biotech’s role in supporting human health

Enhancing Aotearoa New Zealand clinical trials panel :

  • Future of clinical trials
  • Aotearoa opportunity 

 

Moderated by: Dr Adele Hosseini, Consultant 

Dr Tim Benbow, Government Incentives, EY
Jacquie Palmer, Managing Director,  PharmaSols
Dr Robyn Whittaker, Director Evidence, Research & Clinical Trials,Te Whatu Ora
Dr Andi Grant, CEO, BioOra and BioVirus 

Concurrent breakout stream 2: Sustainability, climate emissions and biotech: Paving the path to our net zero future

Microorganisms to the rescue:

Moderated by Dr Natalie Curach, Senior DIrector, Biokingo Works
Dr Louise Brown, Chief Executive Officer, HydGene Renewables 
Dr Tom Williams, CEO and Co-Founder, Number 8 Bio
Dr Alec Foster, Portfolio Leader Bioproducts and Packaging, Scion
Dr Sean Simpson, Co-Founder, LanzaTech

Afternoon Tea and networking with fellow attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors

  • Discussing the complex funding path biotech companies are facing
  • Global and local investment trends


Moderated by:
Stuart Roberts, Co-founder, Pit Street Research
David Allen, Managing Director, Hawkesbury Partners
Melissa Yiannoutsos, Investment Committee Member, Booster
Ian Wisenberg, Managing Director, BioGlobal Consulting Group
Kathryn de Ridder, Senior Portfolio Investment Manager, Bridgewest Venture
Sonya Williams, Co-founder, Co-CEO & Director, Sharesies

Dr Duncan Macintosh, Senior Investment Manager, Brandon Capital 
Dr Tom Overbay, Partner, Expedite Animal Health

Dr Victoria Metcalf, Conference MC

Sponsored by Brandon Capital

Dr Chris Nave, CEO, Brandon Capital

  • Please join us at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre for a delicious Networking Dinner. Enjoy an exceptional culinary journey and networking opportunities
  • Secure an All Access ticket with our Networking Dinner included to make use of  this opportunity to connect with fellow delegates

DAY TWO

A new frontier

Tuesday 12th March

Day 2

Tuesday 12th March

Conference registration, coffee and networking with exhibitors

Dr Victoria Metcalf, Conference MC

Dr Louise Brown, Chief Executive Officer, HydGiene Renewables

What role can next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technologies play in drug discovery and biomarker development? 

Greg Macpherson, Founder, SRW

Morning tea and networking with conference attendees, sponsors and exhibitors

Concurrent breakout stream 1: Transforming food and agriculture

Creation of new sustainable ingredients from lab scale to industrial implementation panel:

Moderated by: Dr Victoria Hatton, CEO, FoodHQ
Angus Brown, CEO, Arepa
Dr Olivia Ogilvie, CEO, Opo 
Hamish Howard, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, NewFish
Nikki Freed, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Daisy Lab

Concurrent breakout stream 1: Transforming food and agriculture

Precision Fermentation 

Dr. Rebecca Edgar, Team Leader Bioprocessing Fermentation, Callaghan Innovation 

Concurrent breakout stream 1: Transforming food and agriculture 

Verifying truth, proving origin and protecting reputations

Concurrent breakout stream 2 : ROUND TABLE

Concurrent breakout stream 1: Transforming food and agriculture

How biotechnology can contribute to sustainable agricultural blue economy sector 

Moderated by: Margot Bethell, Executive Director, Bio Pacific Partners

Michael Lakeman, Principal, Rock Stack

Emma Blott, GM Commercial, LIC

Dr Linda Johnson, Science Group Manager for Resilient Agriculture, AgResearch

Peter Dearden, Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa

Concurrent breakout stream 2 : ROUND TABLE

Lunch and networking with fellow attendees, sponsors and exhibitors

Concurrent breakout stream 1 : Building a successful company leveraging new technology and the ecosystem

Driving change at the frontier of genomic technologies

Dr Emma Ball, Head of Ecosystem Development AMEA, Illumina

Concurrent breakout stream 2: Biosecurity and animal health

A framework for the future: Investing in animal biosecurity and health research 

Dr Axel Heiser, Chief Scientific Officer, Agresearch

Concurrent breakout stream 1 : Building a successful company leveraging new technology and the ecosystem

Cell and gene therapy : creating and investable patent strategy in a crowded market

Cameron Smith, Partner, FB Rice

Concurrent breakout stream 2: Biosecurity and animal health

Future proofing Aotearoa’s animal health innovation system

Moderated by: Dr Duncan Mackintosh, Senior Investment Manager, Brandon Capital

Dr. Shirli Notcovich, Research Leader, Invetus NZ Ltd

Leila de Koster, Chief Executive Officer, Hale Animal Health

Ian Boddy, Principal, IKB Consulting

Dr Tom Overbay, Partner, Expedite Animal Health

Brian Ward, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aroa Biosurgery

BREAKOUT 1: Building a successful company leveraging new technology and the ecosystem

Building Momentum Towards a Blue Economy

Hamish Howard, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, NewFish

Afternoon Tea and networking with fellow attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors

Moderated by: Dr William Rolleston, Director, South Pacific Serum

Mark Piper, Chief Executive Office, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research

Prof Emily J Parker, Associate Dean – Research (Science), Professor of Chemical Biology, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Sean Simpson, Co- Founder, Lanzatech

Dr Jai Denton, Director — Crop Biotechnology Policy, CropLife Australia 

Dr Victoria Metcalf, Conference MC

Wednesday 13th March

Please join us for a guided tour of Callaghan Innovation Gracefield Innovation Quarter (GIQ) and the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.

Limited spaces available. More information here.

Meet in central location and travel to Callaghan Innovation GIQ

Morning tea

Tour of Callaghan Innovation GIQ. This may include Process Engineering, Fermentation, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) Room and opportunity to meet resident businesses

Lunch

Bus to Malaghan Institute

Tour of Malaghan Institute of Medical Research

Return to city

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