...Not for a nanosecond in a tall poppy kind of way, but because we champion scientific discoveries and the people who make things happen. That's people like you - researchers, commercialisation professionals, investors. In fact, there's a huge team of passionate, science-obsessed people behind every breakthrough idea that becomes a successful global business.
There was a time when commercialising was a dirty word in academic circles, and for a few, it probably still is. But there are some inescapable facts. Competition has never been more intense and with only so much grant money available, the vast majority of researchers will miss out.
We can show you how you can publish and commercialise, so your breakthrough idea has a genuine impact on the world and your career. Let us champion you!
A collaborative effort from a range of awesome individuals
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 particular focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges. He led a team of highly-knowledgeable programme specialists to develop and implement a programme of science policy, advocacy, networking, conferences, workshops and other initiatives, working in close partnership with the international chemical science community. He is an experienced project leader who has a strong track record of working with government, industry and academia at senior levels.
James is a Junior Policy Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, UK, having authored over 20 pieces of science policy covering strategic reports, government consultation responses and position statements. He led a successful campaign to the UK Government in 2013, on behalf of the broader chemical science community, to protect public investment in science, and has participated in several advisory groups and expert panels to government bodies and NGOs.
Marketing and Events Manager
Natalie is the Marketing and Events Manager for the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) responsible for PR, brand, digital marketing and events management. Natalie’s background includes creating and project managing events for a commercial conference company. She has international experience in a range of marketing roles and a passion for bringing brand to life. Natalie most recently worked at Gallagher Group Ltd as Brand and Online Manager for Gallagher’s Security business.
Glen Beattie provides KiwiNet with commercialisation management services. Glen has a background in a number of sectors, which including consulting, M&A and investment services. Glen was also the founding director of a company that helps start up and early stage companies develop growth strategies, become investment ready, and raise capital. Glen holds a MSc in Earth Science from the University of Waikato.
Seumas joined KiwiNet after working in Wellington as a senior advisor at the Environmental Protection Authority. Seumas has a PhD in Molecular Pathology, and has worked in both small biotechnology and large research organisations here in New Zealand and in the US. He is excited to bring his experience to help advance further connections between researchers and Industry to increase New Zealand ‘s knowledge economy.
Having spent most of her career working in innovation ecosystem, Alexandra brings to KiwiNet significant direct senior-level experience in innovation development, commercialisation, operational management and business administrative areas. She has proven experience for strategic and operational management, oversight of large infrastructure projects (>NZD$24M), large-scale project delivery, integration of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion policies, creating, delivering and inspiring major initiatives, establishing experienced cross-functional teams and putting in place best-practice business processes and systems.
Alexandra has spent the past 5 years working in Canada's innovation ecosystem, playing increasingly important roles with organisations and universities. Key roles included building the BioProducts Institute (BPI) into a globally leading research cluster at University of British Columbia in advanced bio-based materials and chemicals. She spearheaded a major pan-Canada academic network for the Canadian circular bioeconomy, the BioInnovative Renewables Network (BiRNet), which encompasses the agricultural, forestry and marine sectors.
Alexandra has demonstrated success in developing, nurturing and managing commercial partnerships, commercialisation of scientific technologies, research projects and programmes, managing major research grants, managing and organising industry, fundraising (>NZD $55M over the past 3 years), building team cultures, creating an open innovation environment (both internally and externally) and the ability to bring together non-traditional relationships across value chains and sectors.
May helps manage the Investment Committee and Board meetings as well as assisting New Zealand publicly funded research organisations to assess the commercial potential of their technologies and expertise. May also helps maintain KiwiNet’s financial obligations.
May has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Logic and Computation. Prior to starting at KiwiNet, May worked for BDO and PwC with experience in auditing, financial reporting, management accounting and tax compliance.
Commercialisation Engagement Specialist
Rishi is responsible for KiwiNet’s private sector engagement activities, which sees him bridging the gap between the innovative projects coming through the public research organisations and key private sector stakeholders such as corporate partners, commercial mentors and investors.
Rishi holds a BSc majoring in Pharmacology and Exercise Science, and an MSc in Bioscience Enterprise. He is passionate about deep technology and growing the number of New Zealand commercial success stories within this highly innovative space.
Marketing and Communications
Kate joins KiwiNet after a 10-year career running public relations, communications and marketing activities for major international brands in NZ, the UK and Europe.
Her expertise lies in the tech sector, having worked with companies such as Intel, Symantec and Dell EMC, and most recently she managed the global communications for Kiwi software star Vend where she helped take the company from scrappy start-up to international player.
Kate is passionate about working with the amazing people, innovations and products that are changing our lives. She’s excited to get KiwiNet’s stories into the world.