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Surgical Design Studio Granted Breakthrough Device Designation by US FDA

Surgical Design Studio (SDS), a provider of innovative products for gastrointestinal diseases, today announces its medical devices have been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Surgical Design Studio (SDS), a provider of innovative products for gastrointestinal diseases, today announces its medical devices ha…

New Vice-Chancellor announced

Professor Freshwater brings considerable global experience in the higher education sector. Her academic background and leadership will form a foundation for the University's continuing improvement in research and teaching, as well as our social contribution to the wider community.

Professor Dawn Freshwater is the current Vice-Chancellor and previous Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia. UWA is one of the Group of Eight - regarded as Australia’…

Will Charles - finalist for the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards

Twelve outstanding finalists have been selected for the seventh annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations.
 

Twelve outstanding finalists have been selected for the seventh annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisa…

Recognising award winning research

Each year UniServices celebrates the impact of world-leading research on society by awarding the Commercialisation Medal to individual researchers and teams who have consistently excelled at delivering the societal and/or economic benefits of research in some tangible way.  Overall, the University of Auckland excels at impact and we have been recognised for that impact in the inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, where our University was ranked number one.

At UniServices, our role is to help nurture the researchers and visionaries at the University of Auckland who create the opportunity for great things and then to help them turn those opportu…

NZ universities a ‘hot-bed’ of entrepreneurial talent

New Zealand universities and research institutions are a ‘hot-bed’ of entrepreneurial talent.  Innovative sci-tech ideas are coming through so fast that a student-led investment committee programme is expanding nationally to cope with demand.

The Momentum Programme was the first of its kind in New Zealand when it was conceived and launched with the formation of a student-led investment committee by the University of Auckland’s UniServic…

New research released on nutrition of Kiwi infants

New University of Auckland research has examined whether Kiwi families are meeting national food and nutrition guidelines when feeding their babies.

The research, from the university’s Centre for Longitudinal Research at the School of Population Health, looked at data from more than 6,500 of the children participating in the Growing Up in New Z…

Help closer to home for teachers with struggling readers

Teachers in West Auckland will have easier access to specialist training to help struggling readers once Colwill School’s Reading Recovery Subcentre opens today.

“We welcome the opportunity to host this resource for the district’s education community and give teachers an additional centre for training,” says Colwill principal Rob Taylor. “It i…

Kiwi sperm selection company acquired by global corporate

A cell-sorting startup with considerable significance for the trillion-dollar global livestock market has been bought by a global corporate that already has significant existing operations in New Zealand.

A cell-sorting startup with considerable significance for the trillion-dollar global livestock market has been bought by a global corporate that already has significant existing operations in New Z…

Showcasing Innovations for Health in China

World-leading health research and cutting edge medical innovations from the University of Auckland were showcased at a special medical technology and health commercialisation conference co-hosted by UniServices in HEDA this month.

UniServices invests US$2m into its world leading AI company Soul Machines

UniServices has followed Mercedes Benz’s investment into Soul Machines with its own commitment of US$2m to a US$15m+ funding round announced recently by the company.  UniServices, which owns 15% of the company, made the investment through its $20m University of Auckland Inventors Fund.  Soul Machines was spun out of the University of Auckland in July 2016 with a Series A investment round by some of the world’s leading AI investors.
 

The University of Auckland Inventors Fund was formed in 2016, with capital provided from UniServices’ retained earnings from its commercialisation business.  Designed to fill a gap in the market fo…

Kiwi business leaders to support next generation of start-ups

Young Kiwi business leaders such as Veronica Stephenson of Humble Bee and Spindle Fibre Films Ben Dunn of Swibo and Andrew Mayfield of Optimal Workshop have volunteered their expertise to support the next generation of sci-tech start-ups.

Top award for artificial intelligence work

Artificial intelligence trailblazer Associate Professor Mark Sagar is among six New Zealanders who will receive 2018 Kea World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) Awards at a Gala Dinner in Auckland on 21st June.

Dr Sagar is the CEO and co-founder of Soul Machines, and director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI). He is being recognised f…

Text messages provide support for people with diabetes

An innovative University of Auckland trial using text messages has proven a success in getting people to manage their diabetes better.

Academics at the University’s National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, developed a tex…

Rain Therapeutics Closes US$18 Million Financing to Support Cancer Therapy Developed at the University of Auckland

Rain Therapeutics Inc., a privately-held, clinical stage biotechnology company focused on biomarker-driven, small molecule therapeutics for patients with cancer, today announced the closing of a tranched Series A financing of US$18.4 million (NZ$ 26.7million).

The funding will support development of Tarloxotinib (Tarlox), a novel treatment strategy for cancer patients developed by researchers at the University of Auckland.  Tarlox will be initially evalu…

Growing Up in New Zealand welcomes funding announcement

Growing Up in New Zealand has warmly welcomed today’s announcement from the Minister for Social Development, the Honourable Carmel Sepuloni, that will restore funding of more than $1.9 million to the child development study.

Growing Up in New Zealand Research Director, Associate Professor Susan Morton, says the new funding will make it possible to invite every participant family and child to take part in the stu…

University of Auckland launches VentureLab incubator

The University of Auckland is further championing student innovation and entrepreneurship through the initiation of a brand new incubator – VentureLab.  This unprecedented initiative, delivered by the University’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is designed to support students and staff who have a developed venture concept by further developing their capability and giving them the expertise, space and resource to fully ignite their idea.

Over the course of six months, VentureLab participants have access to a wealth of resources including a board of advisors, a $10,000 stipend per team, access to further funds and university resourc…

World-leading ‘life-like’ surgical training programme expands in NZ

A world-leading ‘life-like’ surgical training programme, created by researchers at the University of Auckland, has been so successful it will be expanded across all district health boards (DHBs) this year.

The NetworkZ™ programme, which uses life-like, computerised simulators integrated with surgical models that breathe, bleed, blink…

Centre celebrates enhanced partnership with UniServices Commercialisation

Following the University of Auckland’s recent review of its research and commercialisation functions, UniServices Limited has strengthened its support for developing IP and start-up companies and relaunched the technology development function as UniServices Commercialisation. The unit within UniServices will have a greater emphasis on venture creation and entrepreneur support, Bringing Ideas to Life.

This includes bridging the gap between a developed technology or start up leaving the university and the point at where it all begins – the start of an aspiring innovators entrepreneurial journey.…

New Zealand biomedical discovery set to revolutionise the global pain relief drug market

Government-backed Medical Research Commercialisation Fund makes first New Zealand investment in pharmaceutical company spun-out of the University of Auckland.

The Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF) today announces an investment of NZD$8 million in Series A funding for Kea Therapeutics Ltd., an early stage pharmaceutical company which is devel…

NBR Radar - See who made the list

The University of Auckland partners with the NBR for their RADAR publication, which identifies future wealth creators set to make a significant contribution to NZ’s economic success.  …

New study shows parenting programme for Maori significantly reduces behaviour problems

A culturally-adapted parenting programme for Māori families has increased parents’ confidence, reduced conflict between partners and improved children’s behaviour.

These results followed participation by the families in a four-hour programme. The Ministry of Health funded study was conducted by the University of Auckland and the Ngāti Hine Health Trust in Te…

Promising sci-tech projects gain momentum for commercial success

Momentum, a new Return On Science student-led investment committee which is the first of its kind in New Zealand, has been approved as an official commercialisation partner investment committee by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Momentum, which held its first committee meeting in June, provides expert advice and guidance from its team of thirteen senior student and experienced business advisors to research and technology p…

Double Win for UniServices

Winners of the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes, have been announced.

We are very proud to have won two awards at the recent Kiwinet Awards, to win Deal of the Year and Research and Business Partnership award, demonstrates that our innovative, client…

Meningitis vaccine may also cut risk of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea, study says

Hopes to fight untreatable strains of gonorrhoea have risen after it emerged that a new vaccine against meningitis unexpectedly reduced the risk of people getting the sexually transmitted infection…

University of Auckland in $215 million investment deal for commercialisation

UniServices has signed a multi-million-dollar deal that will allow a significant increase in the number and quality of world class “disruptive” companies spun out of the university’s research and development.

It is part of an agreement that will see Auckland and the Group of Eight (Go8*) Australian universities together receive investment of “at least” NZ$215 million over 10 years to find and develop co…

Innovation institute will connect NZ and China

The University of Auckland’s new Innovation Institute China (UAIIC) will provide unprecedented access to an extensive range of networks, research and funding opportunities in China.

The University of Auckland’s knowledge transfer company, UniServices, has established the institute in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. It is due to formally open in the first quarter of 2017 and will…

New startup to research novel cancer vaccines

UniServices and the University of Auckland are partnering with an American drug development company to launch a biotech start-up that will research novel cancer vaccines.

The new start-up, SapVax was formed by scientists from the University of Auckland and BioMotiv, an accelerator company in Cleveland, Ohio, that is part of a $300 million initiative for advancing me…