Research Commercialisation trailblazers recognised at KiwiNet awards

Friday 13th June 2014

The KiwiNet awards in their second year celebrated the best research commercialisation partnerships between the academic and the commercial world. 

KiwiNet is a key part of the government’s innovation strategy to increase collaboration between research centres and commercial entities.  The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of Universities and Crown Research Institutes & Entities which are dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. The consortium consists of Plant and Food Research, Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch, Otago Innovation, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Viclink, WaikatoLink, AUT Enterprises Ltd and Environmental Science & Research.

Congratulations go to all the finalists and especially to the winners below:
Commercial deal award  - Kifunensine serendipity (GlycoSyn and Callaghan Innovation)
GlycoSyn developed kifunensine which has become a crucial ingredient in the manufacture of an enzyme replacement therapies for the treatment of a rare genetic disorder.
Commercialisation collaboration award - Titanium Technologies New Zealand
TiTENZ is a world leader in the development of titanium powder metallurgy and has become a manufacturing base for advanced technology products. The TiTENZ team involves a collaboration between the University of Waikato, Callaghan Innovation, GNS Science, Auckland University, the Titanium Industry Development Association (TIDA) and a number of industry partners. 
Researcher entrepreneur award - Alistair Jerrett
In a close-run result, Alistair Jerrett beat Iain Anderson to take this award.  In a collaboration between Plant & Food Research and Sanford Limited, Sealord Limited, Aotearoa Fisheries Limited and the Ministry for Primary Industries, Alistair has delivered a new harvest technology that is able to consistently and selectively land high quality fish - a monumental step forward for New Zealand’s fishing industry with potential to add value in all post-harvest areas.
An honourable mention was given to Iain Anderson who has overseen a collaboration between start-up Stretchsense Limited and Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland. Iain’s research focuses on dielectric elastomer artificial muscles for applications such as wearable sensors and power generators.
Research and business partnership award - Tait Communications and the Wireless Research Center (WRC) at the University of Canterbury
Tait and the WRC have combined forces to develop world-class communications systems technologies in LTE broadband, narrowband mobile radio, coverage extension, enhanced reliability and situational awareness.
People’s choice award  - Plant and Food and Precision Seafood Harvesting
Alistair Jerrett and his team returned to claim this award for their world-class research into sustainable seafood harvesting methods which retain maximum value by improving fish treatment.
Supreme award-Tait Communications and the Wireless Research Center (WRC) at the University of Canterbury
Tait and the WRC returned to collect the supreme award for their ground-breaking research and development of wireless technologies used for mission critical communications applications worldwide.
More info on the awards, finalists and winners here.  Baldwins IP sees the KiwiNet Consortium as a great step forward in bringing together great minds from the academic and commercial realms to facilitate world-class innovation for the good of New Zealand as a whole. 

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