2018 Awards Programme

AWARDS FINALIST’S PRESENTATIONS DAY

Driving Prosperity from Science & Innovation

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9:45 am
Registration – refreshments on arrival
10:30 am
James Hutchinson

Opening Address — James Hutchinson, CEO, KiwiNet

James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better.

James has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges.

10:35 am
Cather Simpson

Master of Ceremonies: Professor Cather Simpson
- Engender Technologies Ltd, The Photon Factory, MacDiarmid Institute, University of Auckland


2016 Winner of the KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur and Supreme Awards

Cather Simpson is a physicist and chemist at the University of Auckland, with specific expertise in lasers and photonics. While photonics can be a very high-tech domain requiring a formidable understanding of fundamental science, Cather also has a deeply entrepreneurial streak that has led to significant commercial outcomes over the past 6 years. This was recognised when Cather won both the Researcher Entrepreneur and the Supreme Awards categories in the 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

In 2010 she founded the Photon Factory, which has attracted over $3m of commercial contracts. This has more recently led to the formation of two new startup ventures; Orbis Diagnostics Ltd, which has attracted investment and Engender Technologies Ltd, which employs 6 staff and has attracted significant private investment. Orbis Diagnostics Ltd is developing exciting new technology for the dairy industry – to carry out "point of cow" analyses of milk composition in the milking shed.

Engender Technologies Ltd is a spin-off company commercialising the use of microfluidic and photonic technology to improve sorting of sperm by sex for the dairy industry. It was co-founded by the University of Auckland and seed investment company Pacific Channel. Cather is the founding scientist and chief science officer. In 2016 Engender signed a $1m deal with Asia's largest animal genetics company. In 2017 Engender was named as one of the '5 Most Innovative International Startups at Series A and Beyond' by Agfunder, an equity crowdfunding site based in San Francisco.

10:40 am
Norman Barry Foundation

Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award — Finalists' Presentations

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

11:35 am

Judging time

11:55 am
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

12:40 pm
Judging time and networking activity for the audience
1:00 pm
Lunch and networking
2:00 pm
Baldwins

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

2:55 pm

Judging time

3:05 pm
PwC

PwC Commercial Impact Award - Finalists Presentations

The Commercial Impact award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

4:00 pm

Insights from the Frontline of Commercialisation

Hear insights from the Awards finalists about their best and worst experiences of commercialising research and what they learned from them.

4:20 pm
BNZ

Vote for the winner of the BNZ Supreme Award

Recognises the presenter/s voted by their peers for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

You’ve seen the presentations and heard their stories - now’s your chance to vote for your favourite!

4:30 pm

Close of the day event - Free time till 6pm, if you’re staying on for the evening.

AWARDS EVENING RECEPTION

Driving Prosperity from Science & Innovation

The KiwiNet Awards bring together the innovation community to celebrate today’s heroes in research commercialisation and inspire more science that underpins economic growth. These awards recognise that innovation is as much about clever people and an entrepreneurial culture as it is about exciting new technologies.

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6:00 pm
Networking drinks and canapés served – networking time
7:00 pm
Tim Wilson

Opening of Event by Master of Ceremonies - Tim Wilson

As TVNZ’s first US Correspondent, a post Tim held for seven years, he travelled from the ridiculous to the momentous, sometimes on the same day. He was the first New Zealand journalist into a Hurricane Katrina-battered New Orleans. He was live in Grant Park Chicago as Barack Obama spoke as the first black president of the US. He has had to bail out his cameraman, who was arrested during the Occupy Wall Street riots.

Back on NZ News and Current Affairs, he’s mostly known for making fun of weird videos from the internet on Breakfast, and walking up to complete strangers with a camera, and asking, ‘Will you take me home?’ People do.

Tim’s first love is literature. His novel, ‘Their Faces Were Shining’ written about the end of the world, was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards.

Tim Wilson appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management.

7:06 pm
Hon Ruth Richardson

Opening Address – Hon Ruth Richardson, KiwiNet Board Chairman

The Honourable Ruth Richardson, the former New Zealand Minister of Finance, has considerable involvement in the local and international business community chairing SYFT Technologies Ltd, Kula Fund II (Pacific) and NZ Merino Company Ltd. Ruth is also a director of Synlait Milk Ltd, Ruth Richardson (New Zealand) Limited, and Bank of China (New Zealand).

Ngaio Merrick

Welcome – Ngaio Merrick, KiwiNet Chair Elect

An early career in science, sales and management of technologically advanced organisations combined with later leadership and development roles provides a wide perspective on success in its many forms. Ngaio has a real passion for relationship management and her key strengths lie in relationships, strategic thinking and innovation..

7:15 pm
Megan Woods

Keynote address – Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation

Hon Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.

7:25 pm
Norman Barry Foundation

Presentation of the Norman Barry Foundation Breakthrough Innovator Award

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

7:35 pm
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Presentation of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

7:45 pm
Dr Vivienne Ming

Guest presentation Dr Vivienne Ming – Theoretical Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur, and Author

Named one of '10 Women to Watch in Tech' by Inc. Magazine, Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos, her fourth company, where she combines machine learning, cognitive neuroscience, and economics to maximize life outcomes in education and the workplace.

Vivienne is also a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, where she pursues her research in neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has developed a predictive model of diabetes to better manage the glucose levels of her diabetic son and systems to predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers.

She sits on the boards of StartOut, The Palm Center, Emozia, and the Bay Area Rainbow Daycamp, and is an advisor to Credit Suisse, Cornerstone Capital, and BayesImpact.

8:00 pm

Intermission — light refreshments served

8:30 pm

‘Back to the Future’ - Tim Wilson interviews Professors Grant Covic and Emeritus Professor John Boys, 2013 Winners of the KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur Awards

It’s been 6 years since Grant and John won the inaugural KiwiNet Awards AND the Prime Minister's Science Prize. A lot has happened since! As pioneers in wireless or inductive power transfer technology and they are behind the IP of many successful University of Auckland technologies and spinouts. With such an impressive track record of commercial engagement, Grant and John will share their thoughts on using cutting edge science to power business innovation and grow the economy.

8:40 pm
Baldwins

Presentation of the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

8:50 pm
James Hutchinson

James Hutchinson, CEO, KiwiNet

James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better.

James has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges.

Graham Scown

Graham Scown, Programme & Commercialisation Director, Return On Science at Auckland UniServices Limited

Graham is programme director for Return On Science, which focuses on bringing new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies. Return on Science services include:

  • a full commercialisation programme
  • investors and entrepreneurs
  • industry connectivity and engagement
  • top-tier expert panel advice
9:00 pm
PwC

Presentation of the PwC Commercial Impact Award

The Commercial Impact award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

9:15 pm
BNZ

Presentation of the BNZ Supreme Award

This award celebrates the supreme entry which demonstrates overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation. It recognises the presenter/s, as voted by their peers and the Awards Judges, for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

9:30 pm

Close of Event - Tim Wilson

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