2018 Kiwinet Research Commercialisation Awards Evening

Friday 6th July 2018

The winners of the sixth annual KiwiNet Awards were announced last night, Thursday 5th July 2018. The evening was a celebration of individuals, teams and organisations that have demonstrated excellence in research commercialisation over the last twelve months. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet since 2016 and provides free intellectual property advice to KiwiNet members as part of their research commercialisation support initiatives.

The 2018 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards winners are:

BNZ Supreme Award

  • Dr Andrew Kralicek- Plant and Food Research

Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award

  • Dr Vlatko Materic – Hot Lime Labs

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

  • Associate Professor Taehyun Rhee (TJ), Victoria University of Wellington

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research and Business Partnership Award

  • AUT and the NZ SKA Alliance

PwC Commercial Impact Award

  • Plant & Food Research


Baldwins would like to congratulate the winners across all categories for their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. We would like to acknowledge the winner of the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award, Associate Professor Taehyun Rhee (TJ), Victoria University of Wellington for taking New Zealand’s virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to the world.

The Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.


Associate Professor Taehyun Rhee (TJ) (middle), Victoria University of Wellington with Wes Jones (right), Partner, Baldwins (Image: Sciencelens)


Wes Jones commented that a highlight of the evening was hearing from Emeritus Professor John Boys and Professor Grant Covic of the University of Auckland, winners of the inaugural Kiwinet Awards who spoke about commercialisation of their wireless power transfer technology.  It is wonderful to see them continuing their success in the industry.

The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of 16 universities, Crown Research Institutes, an Independent Research Organisation and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research by helping to transform scientific discoveries into new products and services.

Thank you to Kiwinet and all who contributed to an enjoyable and successful evening.

Further information on all the KiwiNet Award winners for 2018 can be found here.

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