New Zealand’s bioeconomy is built on a century of world class biological research. The country has a long tradition of applying research to pastoral and arable farming, horticulture, forestry and human healthcare.

New Zealand is now reaping the benefits of improvements in primary production, and from new high-value products. There are also a growing number of companies whose core business is biotechnology. These are high technology companies developing a range of novel products and services for global markets.

Market Facts

  • New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna are essential in the development of life sciences products for the global industry.
  • New Zealand is home to manufacturing facilities for pharmaceuticals, animal health products, animal vaccines and serum production.


NZBIO’s mission is to highlight New Zealand’s achievements and capability in biotechnology to a global audience in order to accelerate industry growth and innovation. NZBIO’s unique value proposition is the one-stop access to enabling biotechnology relevant to a broad range of global partners and expats in health, agriculture, food and industrial products. We exist to connect New Zealand’s bioscience community and promote its capability and achievements locally and globally. NZBIO’s focus on underpinning capability complements other New Zealand organisations with sector-focused missions, notably long-standing collaborators MTANZ, the MedTech CORE, Natural Products NZ, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and Callaghan Innovation.

NZBIO catalyses innovation through a combination of advocacy and targeted networking activities. Advocacy ensures that NZBIO members have a voice to contribute to common issues and long term perspectives, for example the GMO debate and strategic areas for future capability investment. Targeted networking has grown in importance in recent years with the National Statement of Science Investment and the government’s increased investment (in particular through Callaghan Innovation and MBIE) in partnered research to enhance industry innovation. NZBIO designs its networking and conference activities to catalyse connections and collaboration between biotechnology stakeholders in industry and research, both in New Zealand and internationally, a model which has high relevance given the significant sums of funding available through MBIE and Callaghan Innovation.