Category Archives: Early stage science

A picture’s worth a thousand words…or not in our case


I’m a sucker for a good diagram – a picture’s worth a thousand words and all that jazz. So I thought I’d see what, if anything, came up in a search about New Zealand’s science and innovation system; diagram-wise. The … Continue reading

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Re-arranging science funding’s deck chairs


Well, I guess you can’t have too many science funding bodies… An alert colleague pointed out a GETS call for applications for – Capability in Independent Research Organisations Funding. (GETS Reference: 41196) This fund is aimed at non-Crown Research Institutes, … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation’s evolution gets curiouser and curiouser


The analogy of Alice in Wonderland, and curiouser and curiouser comes to mind with Callaghan Innovation. That and a type of ennui as the 14-months-in-existence Crown Agent struggles to come into life. Firstly, rumour has it (from a number of … Continue reading

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KiwiNet and the sell of commercialisation


There’s always something to learn at commercialisation workshops. KiwiNet, the group-hug of university and CRI commercialisation units held a Wellington-based forum around understanding customers. So, here’s couple of interesting bits and pieces from the day – of which I was … Continue reading

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Plenty of traps along the way for pest eradicators


No one ever said that creating and perfecting a resetting, toxin free pest trap was going to be easy. The guys at Goodnature would be the first to agree, but, 12,000 or so sold traps later, the Wellington company that … Continue reading

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You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs – or, how to spot a good idea


Engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and raconteur Neville Jordan reckons he needs to kiss about 99 frogs before he’ll find an idea worth investing in. Speaking as the IPENZ 2013 William Pickering Fellow at a Wellington lecture (part of the body’s … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation’s own goal?


Let’s call it an own goal eh. How else can we describe Callaghan Innovation Research Ltd’s (CIRL), effectively the old Industrial Research as subsumed into the new-ish entity, failure to obtain millions of dollars’ worth of research funding from the … Continue reading

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Who is accountable for this mess?


If there was even half a thought that Callaghan Innovation’s actions had a modicum of common sense, then there would be no worry. But, as has to be the case when a year-long-in-the-making strategy is being made up on the … Continue reading

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Callaghan Innovation taxis to the start(up) of the commercialisation runway


At last we have something concrete on what Callaghan Innovation may look like. Here it is folks, CI’s Statement of Intent. It’s been a long time coming, but, moving forward, what’s the vehicle to be created? CI has a mission … Continue reading

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“Gene Patents”: What’s the Fuss?


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun Patent attorneys operate in a netherworld between science and law. We find it challenging to try to explain the law to scientists and the science to lawyers; and even more challenging to try to explain … Continue reading

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