2016 KiwiNet Awards finalists announced

2016 KiwiNet Awards finalists announced
Twelve innovative researchers and research commercialisation projects have been selected as finalists for the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, celebrating commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes.

The 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards finalists are:

Norman F Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award

  • Dr Anna Henning, Victoria University of Wellington: Embracing a Boutiq opportunity - leading nanomaterials from the lab to the world
  • Dr Daniel Holland, University of Canterbury: Mathematics plus measurements equals economic benefit
  • Dr Carla Meledandri (pictured), University of Otago, The MacDiarmid Institute: Harnessing silver nanoparticles to treat and prevent dental disease

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

  • Dr Robert Hill, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University: Helping key industries to save millions - boosting plant growth and keeping disease under wraps
  • Dr. Stephen Moratti, University of Otago: Healing gels from natural products - an exciting new gel material for post-surgical healing
  • Associate Professor Cather Simpson,  University of Auckland: From sensors to sperm sorting - lighting up NZ’s economy with lasers

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Research & Business Partnership Award

  • University of Canterbury and Canterbury Scientific Ltd: Biotechnology research projects to address significant, global diagnostic health problems including diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension
  • Callaghan Innovation and Manuka Health: CycloPower™ bee product based range of dietary supplements
  • Scion and Sonae: Woodforce - a high performance wood fibre-reinforced plastic

PwC Commercial Deal Award

  • Soft wear by StretchSense:  Unleashing fashion on technology - making wearable tech invisible
  • Plant & Food Research: vitalvegetables® - high value functional vegetables
  • AgResearch: ZeaKal - international spin out helps NZ plant biotechnology gain traction

The BNZ Supreme Award will be presented for overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation.

The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of 15 universities, Crown Research Institutes and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research.

Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive of MBIE's Labour, Science and Enterprise group, says commercialisation of research is an important driver of economic growth, which benefits all New Zealanders. “Through collaboration KiwiNet is helping to create greater commercial outcomes from our publicly-funded research, an approach MBIE supports.”

KiwiNet Awards 2016 finalists will deliver a final presentation to judges on 30 June in Auckland and winners will be announced at a reception that evening.