Check out the new Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland. Note – facility itself is yet to be built.
The Co-Location concept that this facility boasts allows private companies to ‘spin in’ giving them access to the latest equipment and an army of staff students on contract research basis or in a jointly owned intellectual property agreement (both managed by UniServices).
It is like an incubator for biotech companies much like that of the AgBio Waikato Bio-Innovation Park. It is great to see opportunities promoting the merging of industry and universities emerging. I personally believe the countries universities are the most valuable resource in NZ generating a thriving biotech industry. To date this is evident through the numerous companies spun out from the university several of whom have therapeutics in clinical trials – CoDa, Neuren,Protemix, Androgenix, Lactopharma, Proacta, Symansis, Biomatters, Brainz, Telemetry, Nerian. Access to a huge pool of resources make starting up a fresh biotech considerably easier than going at it alone.
It will be interesting to see what companies take up this offer and which other/ if any universities are stimulated to follow suit.
http://www.biotech.co.nz/ – great domain name