Victorias Victor

He’ll tell you that he’s ‘just a scientist’, but in truth, the successful combination of Professor Richard Furneaux’s scientific nous and entrepreneurial spirit has not only generated tens of millions of dollars of economic activity for New Zealand over the past 25 years, it has also now won him the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award and the BNZ Supreme Award at the 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

Richard—who is the Director of the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington— started his career as a synthetic chemist. Today, he leads a team of 40 scientists whose innovative medical drug compounds have been licensed to international pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies, and an exciting new start up.

Read more

Ausbiotech News

Australia stamps its presence on the global stage at BIO 2017

Australia’s reputation as a leading hub for biotechnology was strengthened at BIO 2017, standing strong among ten of the largest delegations and drawing a huge crowd for its traditional networking event, the Australian wine tasting event.

AusBiotech was delighted to lead the delegation of over 300 Australian and New Zealand delegates.

AusBiotech gratefully acknowledges the Federal, Queensland and Victorian government’s. Notably the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme providing support for medical technology and pharmaceutical businesses, researchers and entrepreneurs to help innovate, grow and be competitive.

Read more

Get Top Tips for R&D and Funding

We have some amazing insights to share with you from some great kiwi innovators; Shama Lee from Sunfed Meats, Lisa Johnston from Volpara and Nigel Slaughter from Ligar. All three have been through mammoth R&D processes and have had to raise capital to keep on trucking. We hope that their practical tips and tricks will provide you with some guidance for your own journey. Enjoy!

View media here

All about the woman fighting for gender equality, one female CEO at a time

Biotechnology consultant Topaz Conway, here as part of the Vogue Codes series, writes about how women can make their mark in the entrepreneurial world.

Tales of paths travelled always deliver enduring anticipation, where the expectation is for triumph to reign and the pioneers to reap the benefits of their journey. The battleground of gender diversity has been fought by fearless trailblazers to create equal opportunity, where women are recognised for their contribution and efforts to business and economic development. And it’s the work of Springboard Enterprises Australia, along with its parent affiliate in the US, co-founded in 2000 by prominent American businesswoman and visionary Kay Koplovitz, that has created an opportunity for entrepreneurial women, an avenue to turn their dreams and ideas into reality.

Read more

From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agriculture

Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before — but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they’re going to keep up. But luckily, there’s a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this series, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world.

Corn isn’t the sexiest crop but it’s one of the most important. It’s the most abundant grain on Earth, used as food and biofuel around the globe. In ancient times, Mesoamericans thrived on it, waged wars over it. Their myths claimed corn was the matter from which gods created mankind itself.

Read more

Naveen Jain’s biotech startup Viome raises millions for personal wellness monitoring

Viome, the wellness monitoring service founded by Seattle-area tech entrepreneur Naveen Jain, has raised $15 million this month in an investment round, according to documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The equity sale boosts the first commercial venture brought to life by Jain’s BlueDot innovation factory.

Jain deferred comment on the details of the investment today, but in an April interview, he said Viome was just the kind of technological moonshot BlueDot was designed to foster.

Read more

How did biotech become a Hollywood supervillain?

Family movie night can be fraught in biotech households.

Earlier this month, John Crowley, CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, cued up “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” as a refresher before the debut of its blockbuster sequel. Soon his living room played host to a man with roughly his job, working at a firm not unlike his, but whose greed and moral depravity made him the movie’s villain.

“Here we go, dad,” Crowley recalled the teenage John Jr. saying. “Another evil biotech company ruining the world.”

Read more

Those Who Ignore and Deny Climate Change, Lab-Grown Meat and All of This Week’s Green Technology News

Fighting climate change is one thing; doing so while people in power actively deny and ignore it makes the challenge nearly impossible. Just this week, Trump nominated non-scientist Sam Clovis, a climate change-denying conservative, as the USDA’s top scientist. He also has no background in agriculture, food or any type of policy making. He has said he will not prioritize climate change at the USDA, calling climate change “junk science” and “not proven.”

This obvious war on science is not new. Oil and gas lobbyists have paid scientists and blocked climate change policies for years, corrupting those who should be standing up for the planet (and the people). This anti-climate stance has trickled down to people as well. Take for instance some of the comments on last week’s green digest; one commenter linked to the financial right-wing conspiracy ZeroHedge’s article of the “climate change hoax,”’ one directed readers to a misinformation site called ClimateDepot and another referred to climate change as pseudoscience.

Read more

Lab-grown food: ‘the goal is to remove the animal from meat production’

At first, IndieBio’s offices look like another San Francisco workspace, complete with young people in hoodies slurping coffee and gazing at their laptops. But in the basement, is a laboratory where scientists are advancing some remarkable technology.

IndieBio is the world’s biggest biotech accelerator, providing early stage businesses with $250,000 (£192,000) funding, mentoring and rapid business development. It only backs the most ambitious of enterprises. “Either you need to make a lot of money, or blow people’s minds. Anything that falls in between – forget about it,” says IndieBio’s co-founder, Ryan Bethencourt.

Read more