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7 September 2001 News Update


Leading New Zealand biomedical researchers presented their work to international pharmaceutical companies at a meeting in Wellington this week.

"The New Zealand Biomedical R&D Showcase" was sponsored by the Minister for Research, Science and Technology, Pete Hodgson. It was jointly chaired by the Chairman of the Researched Medicines Industry (RMI), Richard Nottage, and Dr Paul Reynolds, Chief Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.

The meeting was an opportunity for New Zealand researchers to inform the international pharmaceutical industry about the scope of their biomedical research. It also provided the platform to explore the potential to develop and grow our biomedical research industry, Dr Reynolds said.

RMI Chairman Richard Nottage said it had taken considerable effort on the part of the pharmaceutical industry to bring together some of their most senior research directors in support of the Government's knowledge economy drive.

"We hope this meeting represents the first of similar, but smaller, commercially-focussed discussions which will need to occur if the New Zealand biotech industry is to grow significantly and to have a viable, long term future," he said.

Presenters included notable figures such as cancer researcher Prof William Denny, Genesis Chief Executive, Dr Jim Watson, Malaghan Institute Director, Professor Graham Le Gros, and Dean of the Auckland Medical School, Professor Peter Gluckman.

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