Wellington, New Zealand—2nd May, 2017—Signalling the start of a new year, Chiasma Wellington hosted an annual launch event on Thursday, 23rd of March. The venue – Milk and Honey – was packed to capacity with over 100 attendees, including the six excellent guest speakers of the night: Professor Richard Furneaux (Director, Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington), Jennifer Anderson (Biotechnology Investment Manager, Powerhouse Ventures), Kevin Sheehy (Healthcare Innovation Consultant, and Director, Genulin Interactive), Emily Sullivan (Entrepreneurship and Marketing Manager, Viclink), and Dr. Elf Eldridge (Lecturer, Engineering & Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington).
Each speaker was informative and engaging, affirming the need for industry-savvy young scientists in New Zealand. A panel discussion followed, with the guest speakers welcoming questions from the audience; topics of discussion were centred around networking and its vital role in entrepreneurial success.
Drinks and canapés provided a relaxed forum for students to mingle with industry professionals during the evening. The event set the tone for a successful and exciting year ahead, with Chiasma Wellington seeking to strengthen connections and cultivate a larger student base in 2017.
Chiasma is New Zealand's premiere student-led organisation that fosters connections between science and business, connecting university students to high-tech industries. Started in 2004 by three PhD students at the University of Auckland to contribute to the growth of a knowledge-based economy, Chiasma now has over 3500 student and industry members, and spans three centres in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin.
Chiasma Wellington CEO
Chiasma National Public Relations