The Brain Health Research Centre is one of the pre‐eminent neuroscience centres in NZ. It consists of more than 40 research groups (academic & clinical), plus their research staff and students across a number of schools and campuses in the Divisions of Health Sciences and Sciences at the University of Otago. The mission of the Brain Health Research Centre (BHRC) is to support excellent, international quality research at the University of Otago, aimed at understanding the mechanisms of brain health, disease and repair, including the development of new treatments for neurological disorders.
The Heart Research Institute (HRI) is an internationally recognised research institute that performs cutting-edge cardiovascular research. The main focus of this research is to gain an understanding of the development and progression of atherosclerosis, the dominant cause of cardiovascular disease.View
The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology.View
Through the internship it was fantastic to understand what Brandon are looking for in the projects they fund. The learnings from the internship program will be applied to the new projects we develop, both in reviewing the opportunity and developing a solid business plan that will increase the commercial success.
The internship was a valuable experience that filled a critical gap in my knowledge of how early-stage life science technologies are commercialised. Up to this point, my experience was from a technology development perspective, and I did not have a full understanding of what investors were seeking in potential investments. The internship experience is immeasurable and will pay dividends well into the future.
The internship was an excellent learning and development opportunity. I greatly improved my understanding of the venture capital financing model and elements such as valuation, due diligence, market analysis and drug development. The MRCF internship program also enabled me to expand my national commercialisation networks and work alongside experienced biotech investors.