Hamilton, New Zealand - 31 August 2023
The 11th annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards celebrates 18 impressive finalists bringing transformative new technologies to the world by commercialising scientific discoveries within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations.
The KiwiNet Awards showcase the passionate people and teams from around Aotearoa New Zealand, creating new technologies and businesses from outstanding research. Research innovations in the spotlight this year include forensic drug analysis tech, reusable framing for sustainable construction, hydrogen production tech, cultivated meat, strawberry birthmark treatment, post-operative bra to support cancer recovery, food science innovations, natural menstrual care products, clean tech superconducting innovations, 3D printed chromatography columns, a reconstructive microsurgery device, natural product innovations, subsurface moisture detection, and deep-tech for transforming drug discovery for Neuromuscular Disorders.
KiwiNet CEO Dr James Hutchinson says, “It’s a genuine privilege to celebrate the success of our talented innovators, entrepreneurs and commercialisation professionals across the country.Our 2023 finalists are leading the charge towards a more prosperous future for Aotearoa New Zealand. I couldn’t be prouder of what they are collectively achieving to bring new technologies into the world.These awards show how our deep-tech sector is getting stronger every year, and it is through telling the stories of our finalists and celebrating their success that we can inspire what is possible and continue growing our commercialisation ecosystem into one that is truly world-class.”
The 2023 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards finalists are:
Momentum Student Entrepreneur
Sprout Breakthrough Innovator Award
BNZ Researcher Entrepreneur Award
Simpson Grierson Commercialisation Professional Award
PwC Breakthrough Project Award
MAS Commercialisation Impact Award
The 2023 KiwiNet Awards judging panel comprises Nick Willis – Chief Technology Officer of Adminis; Hanie Yee - Chief Operating Officer of Alimetry; Dr Sean Simpson - Founder of LanzaTech; Bridget Coates - Executive Director, and Eleanor Chambers – Chair of the Wellington Momentum Investment Committee.
Judging panel convenor, Nick Willis says: Judging panel convenor, Nick Willis says: “These awards are a testament to the boundless diversity and exceptional quality of research that thrives across New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes and Universities. Congratulations to all entrants, finalists and supporterson their contribution. The collective dedication and perseverance of countless individuals who’ve embarked on journeys of discovery, expertly guided by commercialisation professionals, has elevated opportunities to their utmost potential and is shaping a brighter future for us all.”
Nic Blakeley, Deputy Secretary Labour, Science, and Enterprise at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, says, “Turning our excellent science and research into new products and services drives prosperity, creates jobs and grows Aotearoa New Zealand for all. The finalists in this year’s KiwiiNet Research Commercialisation Awards represent innovation with real-world impact, which will set the scene for our future.”
The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of 19 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.
The 2023 KiwiNet Awards are supported by MBIE, Callaghan Innovation, MAS, PwC NZ, Sprout, Simpson Grierson, and BNZ, as well as Return On Science, Momentum, and Matū, the sponsor of the Momentum Student Entrepreneur.
KiwiNet Awards winners for 2023 will be announced at an evening reception on 28 September in Auckland.
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