Ideas to Life

“The Innovation Institute provides unprecedented access to an extensive range of networks, research and funding opportunities in China,” says Dr Lisbeth Jacobs, GM International

Exclusive access

The University of Auckland Innovation Institute provides exclusive access to the University’s capabilities and IP, working alongside world-class academics to identify, protect and develop discoveries with commercial potential, find business partners and commercialise IP.

What we do

We pull together the three key ingredients for innovation success - IP identification and protection, market knowledge and connectivity - with best practice proof of concept and pre-seed investment management to transfer IP to the private sector as fast and efficiently as possible.

Through the International team at UniSerivces you can access the extensive portfolio of new technologies available for commercial licensing, and
spin-out companies for investment, based on over 400 new inventions and hundreds of new patents lodged in the last five years alone.

Our International team

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Dr Lisbeth Jacobs

General Manager- International

Lisbeth leads the international team and a portfolio of international activities and contracts in the areas of health, science, engineering and education. She brings a wealth of experience in corporate strategy, Research & Development and academia. Lisbeth is also the Honorary Consul of Belgium.


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Dr Mark Dorreen

Director, Light Metals Research Centre

Mark oversees all of the Centre’s research and commercial consulting activities in the field of aluminium smelting and related primary aluminium production industries.


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Julie Haskell

Director- English Language Academy

Julie has overall responsibility for the operational performance of the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA).  The ELA provides English language programmes for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as customised group and teacher-training courses. 


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Kelvin Keh

Director Business Development – Health

Kelvin has been with UniServices since 2008 in various roles. He has extensive international business experience across a number of sectors including biotech, pharma and nutrition. Kelvin is passionate about translating New Zealand research excellence into real world outcomes that can improve people’s lives.


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Cara Calvert

Director – International Operations (Education)

Cara is responsible for the offshore delivery of projects, collaborating with international Government and University clients in the education sector. Successful past collaborations have been undertaken in the Middle East, Malaysia and Mexico. Cara also works with international government education providers and University of Auckland academics to develop initiatives for customised international professional development and training programmes for delivery offshore or in New Zealand.


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Bryan Read

Director International Business Development - Education

Bryan is responsible for marketing education and training products and services in South East Asia and the Middle East. He has a specialist knowledge of English pathway, Schooling Improvement and Foundation Studies programmes.


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Dr Judith Hammond

Programme Manager-International

Judith currently manages a bio-medical programme based at the Liggins Institute which aims to accelerate the discovery and translation of knowledge to make a positive impact on long-term maternal and off-spring health. She travels to China on a regular basis and welcomes the opportunity to explore opportunities for research collaboration and commercial opportunities for pre-clinical and clinical research.


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Dr Pretesh Patel

Business Development Manager – Engineering and Science

Pretesh connects University expertise in Engineering and Science with international partners (industry, academia, governments and funders) who are seeking to add value through innovative research and development.


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Dr Pau Medrano-Gracia

Business Development Manager- Science and Engineering

Pau connects the capabilities and expertise in Science and Engineering with international clients. With over 10 years’ experience in R&D, and an honorary member of the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging, he understands both Academia and Industry. Pau welcomes queries in English, Spanish, French or Catalan.


Kevin Moody

Kevin Moody

Business Development Manager- Health

Kevin is responsible for developing opportunities in pre-clinical research.  His priority research areas are in oncology around immune modulators, checkpoint inhibitors, antibody drug conjugates, hypoxia-activated prodrugs, PI3K inhibitors and peptide and organic chemistry from drug discovery through to candidate selection for clinical trials.


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Shauna O’Malley

Programme Manager-China Entity

Shauna oversees projects which develop and profile the University of Auckland Innovation Institute China.