The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) has launched a publicly accessible database of projects, technologies and expertise available in New Zealand’s research organisations.
KiwiNet, whose members include six universities and three crown research institutes, aims to bring complementary researchers to one another’s notice and to expose research and expertise to potential funders and industrial companies.
The database will, naturally, be accessible worldwide and is expected to encourage overseas interest in New Zealand research.
“The KiwiNet Innovation Database is designed to jumpstart the transfer of research technology to the marketplace by bringing together science and business,” says KiwiNet director Andrew Turnbull.
“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, through artificial muscle materials which can allow users to power and wear devices, to electrochemical cells which allow cheap and effective removal of contaminants to provide clean drinking water for cattle.
Neville Jordan, executive chairman of private equity and venture capital company Endeavour Capital, says “we applaud KiwiNet’s approach through the innovation database to bring together intellectual property and institutions to encourage a collective wisdom that is hugely more powerful than just providing exposure to IP from individual institutions.”
The database can be accessed here.