2019 Awards Finalists

The KiwiNet Awards celebrate heroes in research commercialisation — those individuals and organisations whose best practice approach is changing the innovation landscape in New Zealand. We congratulate the 2018 finalists!

View the press release and finalists below

Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Finalists

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Andrea Bubendorfer & Andrew BestAndrew Best & Andrea Bubendorfer

MicroMaker: a new 3D printing technology for high value miniaturisation

Dr Brendan DarbyDr Brendan Darby

Revolutionising analytical spectroscopy by enabling analysis of cloudy liquids

Dr Shalen KumarDr Shalen Kumar

Precision diagnostics made faster, cheaper, and mobile

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Finalists

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

Distinguished Professor Dame Margaret BrimbleDistinguished Professor Dame Margaret Brimble

Pioneering drug discovery and development

Professor Bruce MacDonaldProfessor Bruce MacDonald

Revolutionising horticulture and healthcare with cutting edge robotic technologies

Dr Leonardo NegronDr Leonardo Negron

Bio-material research into innovative and unique products for the health sector

Commercialisation Professional Finalists

This award recognises a commercialisation professional working within a New Zealand research organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to the commercialisation of publicly-funded research.

Will CharlesWill Charles, Auckland UniServices and University of Auckland

Supercharging the commercialisation activities of the University of Auckland

Mark CleaverMark Cleaver, Massey Ventures and Massey University

Leading teams to transform New Zealand’s great food and agritech research capability

Geoff ToddGeoff Todd, Viclink and Victoria University of Wellington

Commercialisation pioneer who has shaped the way scientific research is commercialised in New Zealand

PwC Commercial Impact Finalists

The commercial impact award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

Mussel FoodSanford, Cawthron and SPATnz

Transforming mussel aquaculture through hatchery technology and selective breeding

Fruit SortingPlant & Food Research and Compac Sorting Equipment

World-leading fruit grading and sorting technologies


Next generation earthquake protection

Momentum Student Entrepreneur Finalists

The award recognises highly motivated New Zealand university students who have made significant progress developing an idea that can change the world.

These students are making outstanding contributions to commercialisation and innovation or has created an innovative business in New Zealand through technology licensing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support innovation.

Connor TalbotConnor Talbot
University of Auckland

ProstheteX - personalised 3D printed socket designs for amputees

Cynthia HunefeldCynthia Hunefeld
Victoria University of Wellington

HerbScience: Back to the future

Christopher WalkerChristopher Walker
University of Auckland

Electroclear – removing underwater biofouling for marinas, boaties and aqua farmers