2020 Awards Programme

AWARDS FINALIST'S PRESENTATIONS DAY

Thursday 15 October, 2020 Aotea Centre 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
Shannon Scown

Master of Ceremonies: Shannon Scown

Shannon is an independent member of the NZ Science and Innovation system, enjoying working with a variety of organisations across New Zealand such as the Dodd Walls Centre, University of Auckland, and Unitec. An energetic and vocal member of our science system, Shannon has an interest in strategy and governance, and is an advocate for the value of diversity of thought in leadership and strategy planning.

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:

  • Dr Swati Gupta, Inclusys
  • Associate Professor Aaron Marshall, Zincovery - University of Canterbury
  • Dr Eldon Tate, Inhibit Coatings – Victoria University of Wellington
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:

  • Dr Ian Boddy - IKBConsulting
  • Brooke Marshall - AgResearch
  • Sue Muggleston – Plant & Food Research
12:40 pm
Audience judges this category and activity time
12:50 pm
Lunch and networking
1:50 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:

  • Professor Jim Johnston - Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Pouyan Zarnani & Prof Pierre Quenneville, Tectonus - AUT and University of Auckland
  • Professor Jason Wargent, Biolumic - Massey University
2:35 pm

Judging time and activity for the audience

2:45 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:

  • Genetic selection of high value dairy goats creating industry impact - University of Auckland
  • FERRI PRO IP sale targeting iron deficiency - Massey University
  • Invert Robotics – University of Canterbury
3:35 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

Thursday 15 October, 2020 Aotea Centre 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
6:50 pm
Guests seated – shared platters served to tables
7:00 pm

Mihi whakatau

7:05 pm
Hayley Sproull

Opening of Event by Master of Ceremonies - Hayley Sproull

Hayley Sproull is a New Zealand comedian, actor, scriptwriter and television show host. She has hosted The Great Kiwi Bake Off and the New Zealand edition of Have You Been Paying Attention, a news-based gameshow based on the Australian show of the same name.

Sproull has won Best Newcomer at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer in 2013 and Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2017. She was also nominated for a New Zealand Film Award in 2014 for her part in the short film School Night, as well as winning the Peter Vere-Jones Award for Outstanding Performance at the 2007 Shakespeare's Globe Centre NZ University of Otago Sheila Winn Shakespeare Festival, for her portrayal of the titular character in Richard III.

7:10 pm
Dr Megan Woods

INVITED: 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.

7:15 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.

7:23 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.

7:25 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.

7:32 pm
Erika Cheung

Guest presentation – live from the USA – Erika Cheung - Ethics in Entrepreneurship

Erika Cheung graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and Linguistics. Her first career experience was at Theranos. She became one of the key whistleblowers in the Theranos scandal and prevented the company from continuing to send out thousands of faulty patients results. The story has been covered in the book Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, 60 minutes, ABC news, and recently the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in the Silicon Valley.

After working for biotechnology companies, she moved to Hong Kong and was the founding team member of a technology accelerator based in Hong Kong, Betatron, where she helped grow entrepreneurial ecosystems across Asia.

She currently runs a non-profit, Ethics in Entrepreneurship an initiative to foster ethical culture & practice across startup ecosystems. EIE acts as the connective tissue between tools, resources, and experts to implement ethics into the core of their businesses.

7:50 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.

7:58 pm
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
  • investors and entrepreneurs
  • industry connectivity and engagement
  • top-tier expert panel advice
8:00 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.

8:10 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.

8:12 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.

8:15 pm
End of formalities
8:15 pm
Networking time – drinks and shared platters served
9:30 pm
Close of Event