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Biotechnology focus areas in health include increasing biomedical knowledge and developing medical technologies, including new medicines and genomic discovery.

Examples of biotechnology research include:

  • Identifying the relationships between cell functioning and disease/wellness
  • Using knowledge about genes and cell functioning to develop new medical treatments
  • Understanding immune system functioning in order to develop new treatments for medical conditions like tuberculosis and asthma
  • Manipulating cells, tissues, organs, or whole organisms (e.g. for assisted reproduction and tissue engineering)

New Zealand has strengths in the development of innovative treatments for:

  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • osteoporosis and bone health
  • nerve and brain disorders


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