YIA 2013 Launch Presentation


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Young Innovator Awards 2013 Programme was launched on 12 March 2013. Who will be the next young innovator in 2013? Leave your mark! Get involved in the YiA Awards this year and be in to win $1,000 cash! Enter online at www.yia.co.nz

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  • David is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Edge Ltd a Dunedin based bio-medical company specializing in the development and commercialisation of novel diagnostic and prognostic tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Prior to Pacific Edge, David was Director of Business Development and Biotechnology, for Rubicon Ltd.

David has had considerable experience developing start-up companies and developing early stage technologies. He has been involved in the entrepreneurial development of nutraceuticals, herbal medicines, biotechnology, forestry and horticulture. His roles have included the development and management of an integrated biotechnology and manufacturing operation that employed up to 100 fulltime and seasonal employees. His role in the building of biotech start-up companies has also involved the management of intellectual property platforms and large patent portfolios. David has degrees from Massey University and Canterbury University and during his career as a scientist and science manager David has led the development and management of the tree breeding and biotechnology program for Fletcher Challenge Ltd. David was actively involved in the development and start-up of ArborGen, a USA based biotechnology joint venture business between Rubicon and two North American forestry giants, International Paper and MeadWestVaco.  One of the key roles for David has been as Science Manager for Rubicon on the ArborGen joint venture.

Pacific Edge has raised in excess of NZD 12 million of shareholder capital and now has four late stage diagnostic and prognostic products in development with the first of these expected to be market ready at the end of 2009.

David has sat on the Board of Directors of a number of companies and enterprises including GEENZ, Tasman Biotechnology, Trees and Technology, CAMCORE (USA), and sits on the Board of Directors of Primepine, Ecotek, Ginzeng, Axel and Prognostic Systems. David is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Research Science and Technology, (FRST) and a Director of Football South.
  • YIA 2013 Launch Presentation

    1. 1. YIA LaunchYear - 2013
    2. 2. Vision“To develop a culture of innovation in theWestern Bay of Plenty region throughinspiring and encouraging young peopleto become true creative innovators.”
    3. 3. Skills for the RegionEnsure that students and young peopleare equipped with the transferable skillscritical to making businesses in our regionmore globally competitive and adaptable.
    4. 4. The Development of the Programme• Established in 2009 by Priority One’s InStep programme;• It has grown in size and scope;• A key future goal is an inspiring, in-depth resource for students and teachers;
    5. 5. Award Sponsors• Junior Secondary - $1000 – Page Macrae• Senior Secondary - $1000 – Priority One• Young Professionals - $2000 – Plus Group Horticulture
    6. 6. ProgrammeOverviewYear - 2013
    7. 7. What’s New in 20131. Teachers Workshop (Done!);2. Young Professionals Category (YIA);3. Revised Templates & Submission Material (Done);4. Areas of Focus (Keeping it Local);5. New Judges (Bring it in);6. Innovation Forum (TBC)
    8. 8. Templates/Entry
    9. 9. (Optional) Areas of Focus• Marine• Horticulture• Medical• Forestry• Tourism
    10. 10. Judges/Speaker/Forum• Keynote: David Darling – CEO Pacific Edge• Four others will be drawn from the areas of focus;• Talking about their experiences;• Innovation Forum (fingers crossed).
    11. 11. CampaignYear - 2013
    12. 12. Campaign YIA 2013
    13. 13. NewWebsite
    14. 14. Newsletter
    15. 15. Facebook 2.0• Bayfair have come to the party again!
    16. 16. Reasons to Enter• Become an Innovator (it’s a great job)• Get engaged in the Bay• Advance your career• $1000 Prize Money for both Junior & Senior Students