2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Award winners announced

Friday 14th July 2017

Winners of the fifth 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 night. Baldwins is proud to be a major partner of KiwiNet and to support research commercialisation in New Zealand.


The 2017 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards winners are:

Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award

  • Dr Geoff Rodgers, University of Canterbury: Seismic damping for buildings and joint implant diagnostics

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

  • Prof Richard Furneaux, Victoria University of Wellington: Carbohydrate chemistry innovations

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research and Business Partnership Award

  • University of Auckland, Orion Health and Waitemata District Health Board: Precision Driven Health

PwC Commercial Deal Award

  • UniServices: Soul Machines: humanizing the interface between man and machines

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

  • Prof Richard Furneaux, Victoria University of Wellington: Carbohydrate chemistry innovations

 

The annual KiwiNet Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate research commercialisation success. KiwiNet CEO Dr James Hutchinson says, “We've had some really inspirational pitches from finalists today.  They're showing that with some entrepreneurial spark, and the right support and commercial expertise, in New Zealand we can take our cutting edge technology innovations to the world.”

Baldwins extends warm congratulations to winners in all five categories and particularly to Prof Richard Furneaux, who won both the Baldwins Research Entrepreneur Award as well as the BNZ Supreme Award for overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation.

 

Prof Richard Furneaux, Victoria University of Wellington with Tim Jackson, Partner, Baldwins (Image: Sciencelens)

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.  Principal support is also provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

Baldwins has been a major partner of KiwiNet since 2016 and provides free intellectual property advice to KiwiNet members as part of KiwiNet's research commercialisation support intiatives.

Further information on all the KiwiNet Award winners for 2017 can be found here.

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