2020 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 2020 finalists!

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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.

Dr Swati GuptaDr Swati Gupta

Talk With Me - opening the world of communication to people with autism

Associate Professor Aaron MarshallAssociate Professor Aaron Marshall
University Of Canterbury

Zincovery - extracting value and improving the environment through the treatment of waste from the galvanising industry

Dr Eldon TateDr Eldon Tate
Inhibit Coatings

Antimicrobial coatings keeping people safe in food and healthcare industries

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 licensing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Professor Jim JohnstonProfessor Jim Johnston
Victoria University Of Wellington

A world-renowned inorganic and materials chemist focussed on commercial outcomes

Professor Pierre Quenneville & Dr Pouyan ZarnaniProfessor Pierre Quenneville &
Dr Pouyan Zarnani

Long-term Seismic Protection For Buildings And Liquid Storage Tanks

Professor Jason WargentProfessor Jason Wargent
Massey University & Biolumic

Bringing a next-generation sustainable ag technology to global food production

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.

Dr Ian BoddyDr Ian Boddy
IKB Consulting

Translating complex commercialisation issues into simple actions to get deals done

Brooke MarshallBrooke Marshall

Creating impact from AgResearch’s world class science

Sue MugglestonSue Muggleston
Plant & Food Research

Championing commercialisation of technology through best practice IP management and mentoring

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.

High-Value Dairy GoatsUniversity of Auckland
Dairy Goat Genetic Selection

Genetic Selection of High-Value Dairy Goats - PM-1 Gene Test

FERRI PROMassey University

A partnership to help address the global problem of iron deficiency

Invert RoboticsInvert Robotics - Suction Based Robots For Industrial Inspection

World first technology eliminating height and confined space hazards