Biotech features in IT awards

Former Microsoft employee -- and asthma sufferer -- Garth Sutherland has gone from selling software to applying IT to biotechnology. Sutherland's new venture is Nexus6, a finalist in the biotechnology category of the Computerworld Excellence Awards.

Former Microsoft employee -- and asthma sufferer -- Garth Sutherland has gone from selling software to applying IT to biotechnology.

Sutherland’s new venture is Nexus6, a company which has developed an electronic device for administering asthma medication.

He hopes to license the Smarthaler, which interfaces with a PC for management of asthma sufferers’ treatment regimes.

"The system has been designed and developed to encourage asthmatics to administer their medication properly," says Sutherland, who adds that two-thirds of those with the affliction suffer poor health because they don’t take their drugs properly.

Nexus6 is a finalist in the biotechnology category of the Computerworld Excellence Awards. This year’s awards feature three new categories. The others are for use of IT for a mobile workforce and use of IT in small and medium-sized organisations.

Finalists in 14 categories were named in Auckland and Wellington last week, ahead of the awards presentation in Auckland on July 25.

This year’s finalists are:

CIO of the Year -- sponsored by Symantec

  • Kevin Drinkwater, Mainfreight, Auckland
  • Iain Graham, Contact Energy, Wellington
  • Carol Silva, UBD/Wises, Auckland
  • Tony West, LTSA, Wellington

e-Business of the Year

  • Air New Zealand, Auckland
  • OnTap Information, Auckland
  • Progressive Enterprises, Auckland
  • Warehouse Stationery, Auckland
Excellence in the Use of IT in Biotechnology -- sponsored by SolNet/Sun Microsystems
  • Nexus6 for SmartHaler
  • Uniservices Auckland for CIM
  • ViaLactia for its bioinformatics portal
Excellence in the Use of IT for Business Intelligence
  • ASB Bank, Auckland
  • Fonterra, Hamilton for its operations data warehouse
  • Simpson Grierson, Auckland
Excellence in the Use of IT for Customer Service -- sponsored by EDS
  • Air New Zealand for Express Check
  • Auckland Art Gallery for its collection management and access programme
  • Onesource for Project M-Power
  • Pets on the Net, Auckland for www.petsonthenet.co.nz
Excellence in the Use of IT in Education: Primary and Secondary Schools -- sponsored by Apple/Renaissance
  • Kerikeri High School
  • Nayland College, Nelson
  • Selwyn Ridge School, Tauranga
Excellence in the Use of IT in Education: Tertiary, Community and Commercial
  • (e)-vision Digital Media Centre, Wellington
  • 2020 Communications Trust Wellington, for Computers in Homes
  • Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Uniservices Auckland for Project asTTle
Excellence in the Use of IT in Government -- sponsored by Unisys
  • e-Government Unit for the All-of-Government Portal
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt for GeoNet
  • Ministry of Economic Development for Personal Properties Securities Register
  • Ministry of Education for Te Kete Ipurangi - The Online Learning Centre
Excellence in the Use of IT for a Mobile Workforce -- sponsored by Telecom Mobile
  • OneSource
  • Turuki Healthcare, Auckland
  • Falgoon Confectionery, Lower Hutt
Excellence in the Use of IT in a Small to Medium Enterprise -- sponsored by Microsoft
  • Falgoon Confectionery, Lower Hutt
  • Gidas Trust, Hamilton
Most Significant Contribution to IT
  • Citylink, Wellington
  • ICT Taskforce, Wellington
  • TUANZ, Auckland
Most Successful Project Implementation of the Year -- sponsored by BearingPoint
  • Fonterra Corporation, Auckland for Project Mia
  • Ministry of Economic Development for personal properties securities register
  • Waitemata District Health Board for the Te Whiripapa Project
Overall Excellence in the Use of IT -- sponsored by IBM
  • Counties Manukau District Health Board for electronic prescribing
  • HarvestPro, Rotorua for forest extraction software
  • Ministry of Economic Development for the personal property securities register
  • New Zealand Post for the letters international supply chain optimisation
Technology Innovator of the Year
  • Plato Health Systems, Auckland for PLATOcode
  • Nexus 6 Ltd, Auckland for Smart Haler
  • SentryBay Corporation, Auckland for Viralock
  • Progressive Enterprises, Auckland for iPro

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