2019 Awards Programme

AWARDS FINALIST’S PRESENTATIONS DAY

Wednesday 7th August 2019, Shed 10, Auckland

9:45 am
Registration – refreshments on arrival
10:30 am

Mihi

10:35 am
James Hutchinson

Opening Address — James Hutchinson, CEO, KiwiNet

James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better.

James has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges.

10:40 am
Imche Fourie

Master of Ceremonies: Imche Fourie, GM, Level Two

Imche is passionate about accelerating New Zealand’s deep technology industries and bringing our science and tech to the world stage. She works with start-ups as General Manager of LevelTwo, New Zealand’s home for deep tech ventures, and is an advocate for investing in technologies that solve global problems. LevelTwo has been the launchpad for deep tech companies for two decades, with alumni which have gone on to forge new industries.

Imche believes in the importance of teaching soft skills and commercial know-how to hard science students and does so as CEO of education-focused charity, Chiasma. She is supporter of all facets of deep technology and has a background and particular interest in biotechnology ventures. She sits on a number of investment committees and is a mentor to several young entrepreneurs.

10:45 am
The Norman Barry Foundation

Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award — Finalists' Presentations

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.

Presentations from:

  • Andrew Best and Andrea Bubendorfer - MicroMaker, Callaghan Innovation
  • Dr Brendan Darby - Marama Labs Ltd
  • Shalen Kumar - AuramerBio Ltd
11:40 am

Judging time and networking activity for the audience

11:50 am
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Commercialisation Professional Award — Finalists’ Presentations

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.

Presentations from:

  • Will Charles, Auckland UniServices – nominated by Auckland UniServices, University of Auckland
  • Mark Cleaver, Massey Ventures - nominated by Massey University
  • Geoff Todd, Viclink - nominated by Viclink, Victoria University of Wellington
12:40 pm
Audience judges this category and activity time
12:50 pm
Lunch and networking
1:45 pm
Baldwins

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award — Finalists’ Presentations

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.

Presentations from:

  • Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland
  • Professor Bruce MacDonald, University of Auckland
  • Dr Leonardo Negron, Callaghan Innovation
2:45 pm

Judging time and activity for the audience

3:05 pm
PwC

PwC Commercial Impact Award - Finalists Presentations

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

Presentations from:

  • Cawthron, Sanford, SpatNZ Selective Mussel Breeding - nominated by SpatNZ
  • Compac Sorting Equipment and Plant & Food Research, Spectrim™ and Inspectra2™ - nominated by Plant & Food Research
  • Tectonus next generation seismic technology from University of Auckland - nominated by AUT
3:55 pm

Insights from the Frontline of Commercialisation

Hear insights from the Awards finalists about their best and worst experiences of commercialising research and what they learned from them.

4:30 pm

Close of the day event - Free time till 6pm, if you’re staying on for the evening.

At the end of the day everyone will be invited to leave the venue so that we can set up for the evening.


PLEASE NOTE: Drinks and canapés only will be served during the Evening Reception, so it’s recommended that finalists and delegates take this opportunity to have a drink / bite to eat (at their own cost) at the local restaurants or bars.

AWARDS EVENING RECEPTION

Wednesday 7th August 2019, Shed 10, Auckland

The KiwiNet Awards bring together the innovation community to celebrate today’s heroes in research commercialisation and inspire more science that underpins economic growth. These awards recognise that innovation is as much about clever people and an entrepreneurial culture as it is about exciting new technologies.

Dress code for the Evening Reception: Business wear

6:00 pm
Networking drinks and canapés served – networking time
7:00 pm
Tim Wilson

Opening of Event by Master of Ceremonies - Tim Wilson

As TVNZ’s first US Correspondent, a post Tim held for seven years, he travelled from the ridiculous to the momentous, sometimes on the same day. He was the first New Zealand journalist into a Hurricane Katrina-battered New Orleans. He was live in Grant Park Chicago as Barack Obama spoke as the first black president of the US. He has had to bail out his cameraman, who was arrested during the Occupy Wall Street riots.

Back on NZ News and Current Affairs, he’s mostly known for making fun of weird videos from the internet on Breakfast, and walking up to complete strangers with a camera, and asking, ‘Will you take me home?’ People do.

Tim’s first love is literature. His novel, ‘Their Faces Were Shining’ written about the end of the world, was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards.

Tim Wilson appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management.

7:10 pm
Ngaio Merrick

Welcome – Ngaio Merrick, Chair KiwiNet Board

Ngaio manages Sir David Levene's investment portfolio and represents the invested funds on the boards of several high tech, early stage start-ups. An early career in science, sales and management of technologically advanced organisations combined with later leadership and development roles provides a wide perspective on success in its many forms. Ngaio has a real passion for relationship management and her key strengths lie in relationships, strategic thinking and innovation.

7:15 pm
Dr Megan Woods

Keynote Address – Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation

Hon Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.

7:25 pm
The Norman Barry Foundation

Presentation of the Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award

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.

7:35 pm
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Presentation of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Commercialisation Professional Award

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.

7:45 pm
David Downs

Guest presentation – David Downs - General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise & cancer survivor thanks to CAR-T cell therapy, similar to that which the Malaghan Institute will be trialling in NZ.

Over 2 years ago, I was told I had an aggressive, rare form of the blood cancer called Lymphoma, and the fact that I am still here is a testament to incredible innovation and the amazing medical care I have received. I am lucky. I got the 'happily ever after' version. Here’s why I think research commercialisation rocks!

8:05 pm

Intermission — light refreshments served

8:45 pm

Entertainment segment / winner of audience competition announced

8:55 pm
Baldwins

Presentation of the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

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.

9:05 pm
PwC

Presentation of the PwC Commercial Impact Award

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

9:15 pm
James Hutchinson

James Hutchinson, CEO, KiwiNet

James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better.

James has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges.

Graham Scown

Graham Scown, Programme & Commercialisation Director, Return On Science at Auckland UniServices Limited

Graham is programme director for Return On Science, which focuses on bringing new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies. Return on Science services include:

  • a full commercialisation programme, including the Momentum national IP and technology programme and investment committees
  • investors and entrepreneurs
  • industry connectivity and engagement
  • top-tier expert panel advice
9:25 pm
Momentum

Presentation of the Momentum Student Entrepreneur Award

The award recognises a highly motivated New Zealand university student who has made significant progress developing an idea that can change the world. This student is 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.

9:35 pm
BNZ

Presentation of the BNZ Supreme Award

This award celebrates the supreme entry which demonstrates overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation.

9:45 pm

Close of Event - Tim Wilson