KiwiNet loves research commercialisation, and what better way to get an inside look into the industry than to talk to the people practising it in our country. In this newsletter we meet Peter Cook. Peter is the Research and Innovation Manager for Lincoln University and is working to support the growth of New Zealand's knowledge transfer sector by advancing research at Lincoln.
How did you get into this area of work and where did you begin your career?
I was a scientist, but found out that I was more interested in using science than doing the work at the bench. There were only so many PCRs that I could take!
Tell us about some exciting projects you have been involved with.
Before moving to New Zealand I was working with a project called Eliminate Dengue that was led through Monash University. This was an international research collaboration working to develop a biological control strategy for dengue. They were doing some really interesting science that may benefit millions of people globally.
I love research commercialisation because….
I'm really excited by how science and technological innovations can benefit society. What’s the point of developing knowledge if we can’t put it towards a positive use?
What one thing could be done to improve commercialisation in New Zealand?
What is your favourite quote?
"Ideas are useless unless used" - Theodore Levitt
What technology would you love to have been involved with over the past 10 years?
Something fun like the Hendo Hoverboard.
What's your favourite thing to do on a night out in Lincoln?
A pizza and a few craft beers at The Laboratory pub.