What it's about
Biotechnology, as defined by the OECD, is "the application of science and technology to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, to alter living or non-living materials for the production of knowledge, goods and services". Biotechnology techniques include those that have been around for centuries such as fermentation, as well as more modern techniques such as nanobiotechnology.
The biotechnology sector can be associated with innovative activity, which is a key factor in sustaining economic growth, and in developing a more flexible New Zealand economy capable of competing successfully on the international stage. This sector is seen as important, due to its high growth potential, and its ability to contribute technologies and services across the economy.
The purpose of the Biotechnology Survey is to collect information on the use, production and uptake of biotechnology in New Zealand. It also measures the size of the biotechnology sector and identifies barriers to biotechnology research and development. Statistics NZ previously collected biotechnology data in 1999 and 2004, and the survey is to be conducted every two years in future. Initial results from the 2005 survey were released in April 2006. This report contains more detailed information from that survey.
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Published in July 2006.
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