Hamilton, NZ, 15 October 2020
Winners of the eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations, were announced at a reception in Auckland tonight.
Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award
Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award
MinterEllisonRuddWatts Commercialisation Professional Award
PwC Commercial Impact Award
BNZ Supreme Award
KiwiNet Awards lead judge Rob Heebink, R&D Executive at Gallagher Group, says: “The quality of entrants this year was incredibly high – it was difficult to select the finalists let alone the category winners. Over the years we have seen a number of shifts occurring in research organisations, such an increase in commercialisation capability and more engagement with industry. This has resulted in global impact with significant benefits for New Zealand. The future is bright – we have much more technology coming out of our research organisations that we can fund.”
Mr Heebink was joined on the judging panel by Bridget Coates the Chair of White Cloud Dairy Innovation, Kendall Flutey the Co-Founder and CEO of Banqer, and Debra Hall an investor, director and Chair of KiwiNet Investment Committee.
KiwiNet CEO Dr James Hutchinson, says: “New Zealand needs technology innovation now more than ever, to help rebuild a more diverse post-COVID economy and bring into the world new solutions the big global challenges we face. Our awards finalists are doing just that. They are leading the charge in the creating a better, brighter and prosperous Aotearoa New Zealand for our tamariki to inherit.”
The annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards are supported by sponsors BNZ, MinterEllisonRuddWatts, PwC, Baldwins, MBIE, Norman Barry Foundation and K1W1, as well as, key partner Return On Science.
BNZ’s Tim Wixon, Head of Technology Industry, and Charlie Mear, Business Development Manager, added their congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 KiwiNet Awards. “We are always delighted to see and hear about those individuals, teams and organisations who have created successful businesses built on interesting ideas and scientific research. Each year we enjoy taking the time to acknowledge, congratulate and celebrate some of New Zealand’s leading commercialisation talent.”
Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, says “The quality of the submissions and the outstanding achievements of this year’s KiwiNet Awards winners are a testament to the talent we have in New Zealand. MBIE is proud to support research commercialisation and especially during challenging times the sector’s work must continue to be celebrated.”
The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of 18 universities, Crown Research Institutes, an Independent Research Organisation and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research by helping to transform scientific discoveries into new products and services.
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2020 KiwiNet Awards Winners
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Since its inception, the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) and the wider Commercialisation Partner Network have demonstrated the power of bringing together diverse players across the science and innovation ecosystem to work towards a collective vision for New Zealand: a globally-competitive technology sector that delivers significant economic growth and prosperity. KiwiNet partners are dedicated to creating growth for our country through a collaborative approach to research commercialisation. By leveraging the combined capability of NZ’s research organisations and increasing the scale and impact of scientific and technology based innovation, KiwiNet is achieving greater commercial outcomes for New Zealand. KiwiNet members are Plant & Food Research, Callaghan Innovation, AgResearch, Otago Innovation, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Lincoln University, University of Canterbury, Wellington UniVentures, WaikatoLink, AUT Ventures Ltd, Cawthron Institute, Environmental Science & Research, NIWA, Scion, GNS Science, Malaghan Institute, Massey Ventures Ltd and Health Innovation Hub. Principal support is also provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).