NZGL publishes progress report

New Zealand Genomics Limited, established in 2010 to ensure NZ scientists have access to advanced genomics technology onshore, has published its 2013 Impacts & Outcomes Report.

The company is a collaboration involving the University of Auckland, Massey University and the University of Otago, and is supported by the Government (represented by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).

Its report summarises the collaboration’s performance in the 12 months to 30 June. During that period, NZGL worked on 209 projects worth a total of $3.5m.

NZGL chief executive Tony Lough, in a media statement, says the report is positive reading.

“Our clients are happy. They are finding the data quality is of a high standard and they are recommending us to their fellow scientists.”

“We have worked on some significant projects, including commercial research within the sheep and dairy sectors, clarifying the source of the kiwifruit/PSA contamination, discovering key genetic information that will assist in the conservation of native species, and working alongside medical researchers to build knowledge around human diseases.”

In addition to service delivery, NZGL has several other objectives, including nurturing and retaining world-class researchers in New Zealand.

“In the past two years, NZGL has developed the capability of scientists across New Zealand by working alongside 300 principal investigators, 270 postgraduate and undergraduate students, and 30 research staff.”

NZGL chair Graham Crombie says NZGL will continue improving its services to clients, while working alongside other sector organisations to ensure best use is made of scarce resources.

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