Scientists are driven by their desire to understand the world around them at the macro and micro scale and in pursuit of this they build up significant intellectual property along the way. As they develop a deeper understanding in their subject area, new opportunities for research materialise.
Real value to society comes when research is transferred from the lab to the outside world.
This symposium aimed to give researchers an overview of the support structures and organisations available to help get their ideas out there, positively impacting people.
Scientists, researchers and commercialisation staff - This event was focused on raising awareness of the support that is readily available to you. This event gave attendees the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people that help make your ideas a reality.
Publicly funded research organisations such as Universities and Crown Research Institutes are actively supporting scientific transfer into industry. They have established Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) to support researchers in the commercialisation process.
TTOs are part of an ecosystem which is designed to provide structured support, expertise and when needed funds to assist with the transfer. The New Zealand science commercialisation collaborative ecosystem comprises of various nationwide team initiatives including KiwiNet, Return on Science, and the MacDiarmid Science Commercialisation Programme.