Developed over the past 50 years, the National Poisons Centre’s database, TOXINZ, has been widely used by New Zealand clinicians. Now it is gaining the respect of the international medical profession as well.
The TOXINZ database, developed at the University of Otago, today contains more than 190,000 documents with comprehensive and up-to-date information on poisonous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plants and animals. It is fully referenced, providing treatment pathways, brand names and combination products, removing the need for clinicians to identify individual ingredients and chemicals. It is also easily navigated and contains images to help with the identification of hazardous plants and animals. TOXINZ’s content is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by poisons information staff, with updates made in real time as new information becomes available.
TOXINZ is a world-class, gold standard database with commercial potential. Benefit to New Zealand and worldwide has been demonstrated through subscriptions to TOXINZ currently being sold to Poison Centres, Hospitals, state governments and Health boards. Otago Innovation has leveraged this niche specialised information and to create significant international returns.
TOXINZ was the winner of the Commercial Deal Award at the 2013 KiwiNet Awards. Watch their story.