KiwiNet Newsletter - October 2014

Empowering People Who Commercialise Research

Welcome to the Spring edition of the KiwiNet newsletter. It's been a busy few months with the National Commercialisation Forum fast approaching, the establishment of a new 'Project Pipeline' committee, analysis of our annual stakeholder survey, the launch of a new website and a new staff member to boost our bench strength. Thanks for all your support! Best wishes from the KiwiNet team.

KiwiNet 2014 Annual Report

In the last 6 years 244 projects under the KiwiNet Investment Committee received $8.6 million of PreSeed investment resulting in $2.4 million of external investment, 47 commercial deals and $500 million potential export earnings. Download the report highlights here.

National Commercialisation Forum, 22 October, Novotel, Christchurch

The countdown is on to New Zealand's premier event for commercialisation professionals. Three targeted streams are on offer along with ample opportunity to tap into a nation-wide network of experience and inspiration in the tech transfer space...view the full agenda and register to save your place today!

Tech transfer staff share knowledge

A newly formed Project Pipeline Committee, made up of key decision makers within tech transfer offices across the country, met in Wellington last week to share their insights and expertise. Focussed on commercialisation of early stage research projects the meetings are proving an ideal forum for in-depth interaction that is rarely had, even within individual tech transfer teams.

Nidhie Kumar, Commercialisation Manager at WaikatoLink notes, “It’s an open and engaging environment, and a great opportunity to get early discussion underway about the direction of up-and-coming projects.”

The committee meets quarterly and was formed with the aim of providing an open and informal forum. A 'lessons learned' session, where attendees shared key learnings from challenging projects, prompted much discussion and surfaced common themes.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 2015.

New website launched

Our brand new website is now live! Key features include:

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Let's celebrate New Zealand's research commercialisation success!

Put some pep into your day, turn the volume up and enjoy our 2014 KiwiNet Award promo video celebrating taking our collective smarts to the world!

NZ commercialisation success story: Alistair Jerrett - changing the way the world fishes

Alistair Jerrett has a vision of a New Zealand seafood industry that has a national and international reputation for ethically harvested and high quality fish. This vision has underpinned his research programmes over the last 15 years. He has focussed on understanding the properties of New Zealand commercial fish species and applying that knowledge to the development of technologies that can operate at commercial scale to maximise the potential of New Zealand seafood products.

Alistair, from Plant & Food Research, works closely with the Seafood industry to find science and technology based solution for their businesses. His research has delivered a new harvest technology that is able to consistently and selectively land high quality fish - a monumental step forward for New Zealand’s fishing industry with potential to add value in all post-harvest areas, from improving the quality of current products to new and exciting market opportunities.

Alistair won the 'Research Entrepreneur' Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards in June this year. Watch his story here.

About KiwiNet

KiwiNet is a consortium of New Zealand universities and Crown Research Institutes and agencies who are dedicated to creating growth for our country. By working together we aim to better leverage the combined capability of NZ research organisations and increase the scale and impact of scientific and technology based innovation to achieve greater commerical outcomes for New Zealand. KiwiNet's role is to empower those involved in research commercialisation by helping them access the tools, connections, investment and support they need.

Thanks to our Corporate Partners!

Their support and enthusiasm really boosts our endeavours to connect people and create valuable collaboration opportunities.

NZ research organisations rise to Sanford's challenges

Commercial fishing giant, Sanford, has called on NZ's publicly funded research institutions to pitch their best ideas directly to industry and innovation funders at the workshop associated with the AquacultureNZ conference. Sanford sought fresh thinking to solve 5 key challenges:
  • Non-invasive, high speed measuring mussel weight
  • Better method to remove all mussel beards
  • Identifying a commercially viable use for mussel shells
  • Identifying a commercially viable use for old mussel ropes
  • Automated notification of failed navigation lights
A $5,000 prize for Best Idea will be presented at the AquacultureNZ Research Workshop 22nd October... (more)

New team appointment boosts KiwiNet's bench strength

David Claridge of Swiftsure Innovation Ltd has taken up a newly created Commercial Projects Manager role with KiwiNet. David is a Senior Commercialisation expert, specialising in the commercial development of technology-based ideas and ventures. He will play a hands on role, working with our partner organisations and KiwiNet's Commercialisation Managers to surface pipeline opportunities for Pre-Seed funding applications.

Annual Stakeholder Survey results are in

A huge thank-you to the 90 people who completed our survey. We had a wider range or respondents this year compared to 2013, and overall the results are more positive across the range of factors measured.

Full result will be available from the KiwiNet website once we've completed analysis.

Wireless Network Partnership proves a winning combo

Since 2007, Tait Communications and the Wireless Research Centre (WRC) at the University of Canterbury have combined forces in the development of technology in LTE broadband, narrowband mobile radio, coverage extension, enhanced reliability and situational awareness. This partnership has allowed Tait to significantly expand its business and has raised the capability of both organisations. Through $2.2 million in cash and an equal amount in kind contributed from Tait, the WRC has boosted its research and student capability putting graduates in a prime position to take up formal employment at Tait, and delivering a combination of research and commercial expertise that has elevated Tait’s business.

With a further $1.5 million guaranteed from Tait to the WRC over the next 2 years, this relationship is set to deliver on-going value to both New Zealand’s public and private sectors.

This partnership won both the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Research & Business Partnership Award and the BNZ Supreme Award at the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards in June this year. Watch their story here.

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