Global leaders join the team for biotechnology event
AUCKLAND, 22nd October:
It’s not just rugby that brings heavyweights from around the globe to
New Zealand, as shown by the line-out of speakers confirmed for a top
international agricultural biotechnology conference being held in
Rotorua next year.
Zealand’s biotechnology industry organisation NZBIO is hosting ABIC
(Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference) 2012, with
support from its Australian counterpart AusBiotech.
a year out from the event, keynote speakers are confirmed from some of
the world’s leading research, investment and commercial companies in
the fields of biotechnology, energy, health, nutrition and food.
includes agbiotech corporation, Du Pont Agricultural Biotechnology,
energy crop producer Ceres, Monsanto and investment firm Burrill &
Andrew Kelly, Executive Director of BioPacific Ventures, one of the
world’s largest food and agriculture focused funds, expects the speaker
line-up to get even stronger.
is the right time in history to be focusing on agbiotech. ABIC 2012 is
taking place on a rising tide of concern about food supplies, food
security and the need to invest in biotechnologies that can improve the
efficiency and sustainability of food production.
conference offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get people who
can provide solutions to those issues in one room in a beautiful little
country that people love to visit.”
Speakers confirmed so far include:
Dr John Bedbrook, Vice President for DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology
Dr Richard Flavell, Chief Scientific Officer for Ceres
Prof Robert Reiter, Vice President Biotechnology for Monsanto
Dr Roger Wyse, Managing Director for Burrill & Company
Chief Executive Michelle Sullivan says high calibre speakers from the
United States, Europe and Asia will be joined by the best Australasia
has to offer in the agbiotech field,
the breadth and depth of support promised so far illustrates what a
powerful event ABIC 2012 is going to be,” says Dr Sullivan.
The theme of ABIC 2012 is Adapting to a Changing World.
is attended by industry leaders, researchers and scientists, investors
and policy makers who come together to learn about the latest advances
in agbiotech and discuss how technologies can be applied to global
issues. It will be held in Rotorua from 2- 6 September, 2012.
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first ABIC conference was held in Canada in 1996 and in 1998 the ABIC
Foundation was set up to ensure the continued success of ABIC meetings.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation overseen by a board of
directors with representation from several countries and based in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Its goal is to ensure ongoing opportunities
for continuous learning and networking within the agbiotech community
through the annual Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference.
ABIC conferences are held on a four year rotation in the following
regions: Europe/Africa/Middle East; Asia Pacific; United
States/Canada/Mexico; and South America.
is a vibrant member-based organisation focused on growing New Zealand’s
prosperous bioeconomy. With hundreds of individual and corporate
members from across agbiotech, human health, industrial and
environmental and food bioscience, NZBIO plays a leading role in
providing practical support for companies to grow. NZBIO’s
activities include member events, seminars and conferences, policy
advocacy, national and international outreach and promotion. Our
membership base ranges from start up bioscience companies, to mature
corporates and major multinationals. We also represent New
Zealand research institutes and universities, specialist service
professionals, corporate, institutional, individual and student members
from New Zealand and around the world.
is an important voice of the New Zealand bioscience sector informing
policy makers, enabling collaboration and investment, showcasing New
Zealand’s capability to the world and demonstrating how biosciences can
contribute to societal, economic and environmental challenges.
is Australia's biotechnology industry organisation representing 3,000
members covering the human health, agricultural, medical devices and
diagnostics, food technology, environmental and industrial sectors in
biotechnology.?AusBiotech is dedicated to the development, growth and
prosperity of the Australian biotechnology industry, by providing
initiatives to drive sustainability and growth, outreach and access to
markets, and representation and support for members nationally and
around the world.?Its membership base includes biotechnology companies,
ranging from start-ups to mature multinationals, research institutes
and universities, specialist service professionals, corporate,
institutional, individual and student members from Australia and