Agbiotech leaders head to New Zealand
WELLINGTON, 10th September:
The world’s top international agricultural biotechnology conference
will be held in New Zealand in 2012, bringing unprecedented
opportunities to stimulate and showcase Australasia’s agbiotech
which represents New Zealand’s biotechnology industry, has been
announced as host of ABIC 2012 – the annual conference of the
Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference. Support from
AusBiotech, Australia’s biotechnology organisation, was central to New
Zealand winning the bid and the two bodies will work closely to
demonstrate the contribution the region can make to the global
Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI), a major supporter of the
bioscience sector, has also played a key role in bringing ABIC to New
is attended by industry leaders, researchers and scientists, investors
and policy makers. Delegates from around the world, including a big
contingent from Australia, are expected at the conference in Rotorua in
brings industry professionals together to learn about the latest
advances in agbiotech and discuss how technologies can be applied to
global issues such as climate change, sustainability, food production
and health and nutrition.
Chair Maxine Simmons says securing ABIC hosting rights is a significant
achievement which offers huge potential to advance agbiotech in this
part of the world.
Zealand is an acknowledged leader in biological science. The
application of this expertise supports, and adds tremendous value to,
our primary industries. This international conference will put the
spotlight on the breadth and depth of our capabilities and innovation
“As host of ABIC 2012, we can also facilitate robust international debate on important global issues.”
decades of experience in adding value to agricultural products in the
fields of agricultural technology, animal health, food technology and
human health, agricultural biotechnology has become a major contributor
to the New Zealand economy. In the last financial year, agriculture
generated more than NZ$24.5 billion in exports.
NZBIO’s Chief Executive Michelle Sullivan says ABIC 2012 will have both a research and a commercial focus.
New Zealand and Australia are known for ideas, innovation and cutting
edge agbiotech technologies but this is very much a global industry and
that means our companies need the right partnerships and investment to
take their innovations to the world.
“ABIC 2012 will provide a forum to forge collaborations and joint ventures with premium partners.”
conference will feature keynote speeches from global experts and
innovators. The theme of the conference is ‘Adapting to a Changing
World’ including environmental, social, and economic change.
expatriate New Zealander Dr John Bedbrook, vice president DuPont
Agricultural Biotechnology, who leads biotechnology research efforts at
DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred, has already been confirmed as a
speaker. Dr Bedbrook has a PhD from the University of Auckland, was a
Fullbright Scholar to Harvard Medical School, and is at the forefront
of molecular breeding internationally.
Zealand is an exciting hub for agricultural biotechnology given the
quality of research carried out there, the level of entrepreneurship
and its position as a major food producer.
am looking forward to contributing to debate at the conference and
learning more about the ongoing innovation and developments in the New
Zealand and Australian agbiotech industries.”
say Rotorua is an excellent location for the conference given its
sightseeing attractions and proximity to facilities such as crown
research institute Scion, Waikato University and the Waikato Innovation
Hub, AgResearch’s Ruakura facility and the Clean Energy Centre in Taupo.
Responsibility for ABIC 2012 is being handed to New Zealand at the 2011 conference in Johannesburg this week (6 – 9 September).
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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
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