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New Zealand forum focuses on collaboration

By David Schwartz
Published: May 18th, 2011

In an interesting national collaboration, commercialization professionals from around New Zealand met at a recent forum in Wellington to encourage knowledge sharing and network building. The forum, organized by the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) — a newly formed group of six universities and four crown research institutes — aims to facilitate the development of relationships, project collaboration, and best practice across public research organizations countrywide.

KiwiNet’s mission is to facilitate and foster a national innovation ecosystem capable of transforming outputs of public research organizations to maximize economic benefits for New Zealand. Members of the initiative to establish KiwiNet include Industrial Research Limited, Otago Innovation Limited, Plant & Food Research, Lincoln University, AUT Enterprises Limited, AgResearch, University of Canterbury, WaikatoLink, Viclink, and Scion.

Project collaboration was a key objective of the forum, where participants shared details of commercialization projects and identified complementary projects and individual expertise. Breakout sessions enabled sharing of best practice in IP management, investment, licensing, technical development, commercialization, and collaboration. “We’re all working to create commercially viable IP and start-ups from research-based ventures,” says Duncan Mackintosh, chief executive of WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato. “By working with other commercialization organizations across New Zealand we can increase the flow of outcomes from research and increase the impact of New Zealand’s investment in research and innovation. It’s important that relationships between commercial staff are made at all levels to ensure a strong and active network across New Zealand’s commercialization offices.”


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