Hamilton NZ, 28 September 2023
Winners of the 11th annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards were celebrated at a gala event in Auckland last night for their success in transforming research into impactful innovations for the world. Winners, chosen from the passionate people and teams commercialising scientific discoveries within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations, represent the best of the research innovation ecosystem. KiwiNet’s Commercialisation Icon was also honoured.
Winners included innovations for reusable framing for sustainable construction and hydrogen production tech, and innovators transforming Aotearoa New Zealand’s clean tech economy, simplifying the manufacture of important biologic pharmaceuticals, and developing natural menstrual care products.
Momentum Student Entrepreneur
Breakthrough Innovator Award
BNZ Researcher Entrepreneur Award
Simpson Grierson Commercialisation Professional Award
PwC Breakthrough Project Award
MAS Commercialisation Impact Award
The Commercialisation Icon is awarded as KiwiNet’s highest honour to a champion of New Zealand’s research commercialisation community who has made an outstanding impact in the ecosystem and advanced the commercialisation of publicly funded research within New Zealand.
KiwiNet CEO Dr James Hutchinson says, “Our 2023 winners are inspirational. They are showing New Zealanders the real possibilities that our public research holds, alongside quality commercialisation leadership, to drive economic prosperity and bring technology solutions into the world to solve some of our greatest challenges. Our research commercialisation sector is using the power of collaboration to achieve important outcomes for Aotearoa, and the time is now for the sector to scale.”
2023 KiwiNet Awards judging panel convenor, Nick Willis says: “It was a real honour to judge the KiwiNet Awards and get to exposed to the brilliant minds driving research and the exceptional expertise and commercialisation capability. Through their passion and commitment, all of the finalists are making significant social, cultural, environmental and financial impacts for Aotearoa. While the judges found it difficult to select the winners, it was a thrill to be able to recognize their current achievements and look forward to their future successes.”
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 joined Nick Willis – Chief Technology Officer of Adminis on the judging panel.
Nic Blakeley, Deputy Secretary Labour, Science, and Enterprise at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, says, “The KiwiNet Awards celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations who are bridging the gap between research and business to the benefit of all New Zealanders. Turning science and research to real-world impact is essential work, transforming our future, which MBIE is proud to support.”
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.
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