Two Callaghan Innovation research teams will join Victoria University early next year as new specialist institutes are established there.
The Ferrier Research Institute, named for Professor of Chemistry, Robin Ferrier, will work with other organisations to understand the roles of complex carbohydrates in disease and human development and develop technologies for treating cancer, microbial infections, and inflammatory illnesses. It will be led by Dr Richard Furneaux.
The Robinson Research Institute, named for Dr Bill Robinson, inventor of the lead rubber bearing seismic isolation device and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Victoria University in 1995, will work with New Zealand manufacturers to engineer new products based on advances in superconductivity and other electromagnetic technologies. It will be led by Dr Bob Buckley.
In a statement, science and innovation minister Steven Joyce said the move would free up Callaghan Innovation to focus on more near-to-market research for New Zealand businesses.
Around 55 Callaghan Innovation staff will transfer to Victoria University although all will continue to be based at Callaghan Innovation’s Gracefield campus in Lower Hutt.