Dr Cather Simpson wins Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award at the 2016 KiwiNet Awards

Tuesday 5th July 2016

Winners of the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, were announced at a reception in Auckland last week. Baldwins are proud to partner with KiwiNet and to bring the 'Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur' category to the Awards in 2016. 

Dr. Cather Simpson was this year’s recipient of Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award – her entrepreneurial spirit has seen her research lead to significant commercial outcomes, notably her work into using photonic technology to sort sperm by sex for the dairy industry. In addition to being a category winner, Dr. Simpson also took home the BNZ Supreme Award for overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation. 
 

Baldwins' partner Chris Way with Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award winner, Dr. Cather Simpson

The 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards winners are:

Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award: Joint winners:

  • Dr Daniel Holland, University of Canterbury: Mathematics plus measurements equals economic benefit
  • Dr Carla Meledandri, University of Otago and The MacDiarmid Institute: Harnessing silver nanoparticles to treat and prevent dental disease

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award:

  • Associate Professor Cather Simpson, University of Auckland and The MacDiarmid Institute: From sensors to sperm sorting - lighting up NZ’s economy with lasers

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award:

  • Scion and Sonae: Woodforce - a high performance wood fibre-reinforced plastic

PwC Commercial Deal Award:

  • AgResearch: ZeaKal - international spin out helps NZ plant biotechnology gain traction


BNZ Supreme Award – for overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation:

  • Associate Professor Cather Simpson, University of Auckland and The MacDiarmid Institute: From sensors to sperm sorting - lighting up NZ’s economy with lasers

 

Lead KiwiNet Awards judge and KiwiNet Investment Committee member Dr Andrew Kelly, Executive Director at BioPacific Partners says, “Yet again the standard of entries for the KiwiNet Awards continued to rise.  It was notable that more sophisticated commercialisation processes are being used; such as public private partnerships and long term research business collaborations. The sheer level of entrepreneurial talent was also impressive.”

The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) (www.kiwinet.org.nz ) is a consortium of 16 universities, Crown Research Institutes and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research.  Effective IP protection strategies are a key component of realising value from innovation. As the official IP partner of KiwiNet, Baldwins helps to ensure that the IP being generated by New Zealand’s science researchers is captured and is able to be effectively commercialised.

For more information on the KiwiNet Awards and all the winners see https://kiwinet.org.nz/Awards/Awards2016

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