KiwiNet launches innovation database to promote new technologies and research internationally
Hamilton, New Zealand - 31 January 2012 –
The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) launched its online innovation database today, enabling businesses, entrepreneurs
and investors worldwide to view a diverse range of technologies and expertise in New Zealand’s research organisations.
The KiwiNet Innovation Database aims to facilitate collaborations between complementary technologies and increase
investor and industry connections by showcasing the commercialisation capability and distinctive portfolio of
innovations New Zealand has to offer.
KiwiNet, a consortium of New Zealand research organisations dedicated to taking a collaborative approach to research
commercialisation, designed the database to act as a shop window to view up-to-date research projects, inventions and
patents from across New Zealand.
Andrew Turnbull, a KiwiNet director says, “The KiwiNet Innovation Database is designed to jumpstart the transfer of
research technology to the marketplace by bringing together science and business. We have a wealth of innovations in our
universities and research institutes and by opening up access and working together we can unlock great value.”
Examples of projects seeking investors or industry involvement range from biopesticides and biologically based growth
promotants, to artificial muscle materials which can allow users to power and wear devices, to unique electrochemical
cells which allow cheap and effective removal of contaminants to provide clean drinking water for cattle.
Neville Jordan, Executive Chairman of Endeavour Capital, one of New Zealand’s leading private equity and venture capital
companies says, “We applaud KiwiNet’s approach through the innovation database to bring together IP and institutions to
encourage a collective wisdom that is hugely more powerful than just providing exposure to IP from individual
Endeavour Capital has already made several investments through KiwiNet members WaikatoLink, University of Canterbury and
Otago Innovation and IRL is spearheading a major export initiative with several other institutions from KiwiNet. Mr
Jordan says this collective approach to innovation, a global network and easy access for funders increases the chance of
success for ventures.
KiwiNet, which receives support from the Ministry of Science and Innovation as part of its commitment to
commercialisation, will leverage the database through international portals to provide heightened exposure and
visibility for New Zealand research.
Dr Gavin Ross, General Manager Business Development, Plant & Food Research, a KiwiNet member says, “Visibility and connectedness are vital to successful technology transfer.
KiwiNet’s national innovation portfolio approach creates greater scale and credibility which will help us promote our
technologies on the international stage. By working collaboratively we can also identify opportunities to combine
complementary technologies to create more investable propositions.”
The first release of the database contains innovations from many of New Zealand’s research organisations including
KiwiNet members, Plant & Food Research, Otago Innovation Ltd the commercial arm of the University of Otago, Lincoln University, AUT Enterprises
the commercial arm of AUT University of Technology, WaikatoLink the commercial arm of the University of Waikato,
AgResearch, University of Canterbury, Industrial Research Ltd and Viclink the commercial arm of the University of
Victoria along with projects from, Scion, UniServices and Landcare.
Peter Lee, CEO, UniServices says, “It makes good sense for us to form a national portfolio of innovation, opening up the
research network in New Zealand in order to boost commercialisation. By showcasing our technologies and capabilities in
an easy to access portal like this we can have a greater impact internationally.”
KiwiNet will be working with users of the database to continuously refine the structure and content to best meet
personal needs and preferences. The KiwiNet Innovation Database currently hosts over 70 innovations as well as profiles
on the organisations, commercial and research groups, and experts who can provide valuable expert advice on technical,
commercial and market issues relating to the technology. KiwiNet aims to further develop the database into a more
comprehensive national innovation database.
To access the KiwiNet Innovation Database visit