Let's get commercial: KiwiNet hosts tech transfer forum

Commercialisation professionals from around the country will be gathering in Wellington next week at the KiwiNet Commercialisation Forum to delve into the hot topic of market-led tech transfer.

Held twice yearly, the forum brings together research commercialisation staff to share networks, knowledge and capability beginning with a session from Regena Mitchell from Mitchell Boock Associates on engaging researchers with industry. Professor Alison Stewart, of Lincoln University, will then share a researcher’s perspective on engaging with industry. Anthony Francis from Flinders Partners will follow with a session on open innovation in practice. Kate Wilson from James & Wells Intellectual Property will lead the afternoon sessions with an IP strategy session and Duncan Ledwith from UniServices and the IceHouse will close with a workshop on market validation.

“Research based organisations generate a wealth of discoveries, but New Zealand only benefits when these discoveries are utilised by industry. There are a wide range of mechanisms for making this transfer happen including licensing to New Zealand companies and the establishment of startups,” says KiwiNet member Plant & Food Research's David Hughes.

The forum will be held on May 2 at the Macs Function Centre in Wellington and is open to commercialisation staff from all universities, Crown Research Institutes, incubators and other similar organisations, and others with an interest in open innovation and market-led technology transfer.

An associated event, The KiwiNet Investor Engagement workshop, is being held the following day, which includes a pitching workshop and the opportunity to present to investors.

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