Monthly Archives: March 2011

Professor opts out of probiotic commercialisation route to concentrate on research


In a world in which scientists are often encouraged to commercialise their research findings, there’s something quite noble about Gregor Reid. He’s a professor these days of microbiology and immunology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and director of … Continue reading

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Are there some new products in the pipeline as business manufacturing increases its R&D spend?


Considering that the time period for the R&D survey mostly coincides with the global financial crisis, you’d have to be pretty pleased with the nation’s 13% increase between 2008 and 2010. During the 2010 reference year, Stats NZ reckons the … Continue reading

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Kiwi angel investors pony up with more money in 2010


Angel investors are increasingly seen as the first source of outside money for promising start ups; as with the rest of the world, venture capital funds become ever more difficult to source. And there’s some interesting numbers behind the numbers … Continue reading

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Random points of interest from NZBio, two


A second lot of interesting points – you know, the ‘what did you learn’ answers you give to people. • Photonz Omega-3 EPA production by fermentation of micro algae set to provide second reliable source after fish oil. EPA plus … Continue reading

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Random points of interest from NZBio


Back from NZBio’s annual conference, with a tonne of notes and not sure how to make them all make sense. However, some random points of interest – unthemed.

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NZ V.C. industry needs more money


From what I gather, the NZ Venture Investment Fund needs more capital input to be able to continue backing seed and start up companies. It hasn’t (yet) made enough of a return on its investments to start pumping that money … Continue reading

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Who keeps a real eye on the ‘space’ beyond R&D


Nothing keeps an oversight of the New Zealand innovation ecosystem. Science and R&D gets a good looking to, but beyond this engine of ideas and discoverer of knowledge, the next parts are not as connected as they could be. What … Continue reading

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Americans call it experience, not failure


Americans don’t use the word failure – they call it experience. Now wouldn’t that be a good change of thinking to develop in New Zealand. There’s a suspicion we’re changing in our thinking with regards to ‘failure’, and Don Dodge … Continue reading

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Key’s only sharp arrow – as Minister of S&I


OK, another reason John Key should take up as Minister of Science & Innovation – apart from it being the only sharp arrow in his quiver. This is on the presumption that we want to quickly grow knowledge intensive, value … Continue reading

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New U.S. universities V.C. fund a model for New Zealand?


The roles and abilities of universities to create and maintain start-ups is a challenge all over the world. New Zealand’s no different, and Victoria University’s Viclink looks like it is going to get a make over, with its back office … Continue reading

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