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“Our partnership demonstrates the value of University seed funds that can invest early and quickly to rapidly make inventions ready for further follow-on investment and partnering.” Will Charles

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“By developing a wholly foreign owned entity in Hangzhou, China, we are enhancing our position in the world innovation ecosystem,” says Lisbeth Jacobs, UniServices General Manager International. “It will enable a safe pathway for international clients who have a desire to undertake research in China with the University of Auckland.”

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“In the same way, we at UniServices believe that Soul Machines also demonstrates the unique power that comes from the combination of world-class research at the University of Auckland and the commercialisation expertise that we have built over almost 30 years," Dr Shenk says.

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“We are delighted to see the Partnership launched as it represents a powerful integration of industry, healthcare providers and leading researchers to provide new tools for improving health outcomes.” Professor Jim Metson

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A realistic pilot training simulation for operating room staff designed to test and improve teamwork skills, has found many positive improvements resu...

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A major breakthrough in detecting eyesight problems in very young children has been made with revolutionary eye technology invented at the University of Auckland.

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A vaccine developed against meningococcal disease has been discovered to give about 30 percent protection against gonorrhoea.

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“We are committed to fostering this entrepreneurial culture within the University, driving the growth of new high-value business, and strengthening our traditional industries through innovation,” Professor Metson.

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“We are really excited to see this development as it puts NZ technology on the map and will bring commercial benefits to the University through our partnership with Qualcomm, and represents another milestone in the relationship we have had with Qualcomm since 2011.” comments Mr Charles

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“We would like to congratulate Cather on this significant achievement. Her work is truly ground breaking and we are very proud to have supported and invested in Cather and her team to ensure her research meets its commercial potential.” Andy Shenk, CEO UniServices

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“This increase will enable research organisations to undertake more and larger commercialisation projects,” Mr Joyce says.

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Engender Technologies uses photonics to give dairy farmers the ability to reliably, cost-effectively choose their calves’ sex, and thereby enhance productivity and dramatically reduce numbers of unwanted bobby calves.

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The country’s first mock MRI scanner that enables children or adults to experience a test run MRI, opened for bookings at the University of Auckland recently.

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It will take radical, fresh ideas and new technology to break some New Zealanders of their smoking habit and for smoking prevalence to be less than the Government’s goal of five percent in NZ by 2025.

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Commercialisation projects and systems developed by Auckland UniServices Ltd are being embedded in a top Thai research university under a memorandum of understanding signed this month.

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New Zealand leads the world in improvements in vaccination rates in large part due to the research and service work undertaken by Nikki and her team at IMAC, the Immunisation Advisory Centre.

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The Commercialisation Medal was awarded for Iain’s significant contribution over a period of time to commercialisation of research in its broadest sense, including commercial and societal contributions to the application of research to benefit the community.

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The purpose of the Medals is to reward and recognise the impact of sponsored research and commercialisation activities and their contribution beyond academia to either industry or the broader society.

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Technologies to deliver better health care and treatment for New Zealanders is the focus of a new multi-million dollar research partnership involving Orion Health, government, the health sector and the University of Auckland.
“This has come about because of outstanding people within our private and public organisations and I’m proud we’ve been able to achieve something on this scale in New Zealand.” Arron Judson

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Researchers from the Growing Up in New Zealand study have developed the first ever Samoan and Tongan language inventories to formally gauge the language skills of New Zealand toddlers speaking Samoan or Tongan as their first language.

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Aiming immunisation campaigns specifically at fathers-to-be could be a promising new approach to get more New Zealand children immunised on time suggests new research by the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

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“The partnership between Auckland UniServices and ACC enables the delivery of world-leading Multidisciplinary Operating Room Simulation training to every District Health Board in New Zealand,” says UniServices CEO Andy Shenk. “This exemplifies translational research working to benefit patients receiving care in New Zealand’s hospitals.

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A joint centre for medical research established between China and New Zealand is the first of its kind and will focus on leading-edge medical science to seek new treatments for diseases such as cancer.

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PreSeed investment has shown good returns to New Zealand taxpayers and in many cases it has made the difference between interesting research and successful commercialisation.

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Negative messages about immunisation have a far greater impact on parents’ decision to delay vaccinations than encouraging information has on vaccinating children on time, reveals a new policy brief released today by the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

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UniServices is supporting the transfer and continued development of University of Auckland IP in cutting edge technology. The licencing of wireless power transfer technology to Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) is contributing to the new Official Qualcomm Safety Car - the BMW i8 sporting an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system.

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Threshold Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Tarloxotinib Bromide* (TH-4000) in Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck or Skin. UniServices is proud to have licensed the compound "tarloxotinib" (TH-4000) to Threshold Pharmaceuticals.

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One in eight New Zealand women suffer from depression symptoms while pregnant, with Pacific and Asian women twice as likely to be affected, reveals new research from Growing Up in New Zealand.

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The overall proportion of people who had gambled on any activity in the past 12 months had significantly decreased with each wave of the NZHS.

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Around 30 percent of colon cancer patients in New Zealand (NZ) first learned they had the disease when they presented acutely to hospital. In the UK, around 20 percent of people are detected in this way.

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The use of te reo Māori is on the rise. More parents are speaking te reo to their infants, in comparison to their own childhood. The number of toddlers of Māori descent who understand te reo has also increased. This information is revealed in a new policy brief from the Growing Up in New Zealand study that follows the lives of almost 7000 children from before birth into adulthood.

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Only one in five families whose toddlers were considered most at risk of vulnerability from birth accessed social support services in their first 1000 days of life, according to a new report on early childhood vulnerability, released today by the Growing Up in New Zealand study. These include services such as Child, Youth and Family; Whānau Ora; or well-established programmes such as Family Start; and Parents as First Teachers.

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Investors are being sought for US$8 million of funding to commercialise an anti-cancer vaccine using immunotherapy technology developed by a team led by Maurice Wilkins Centre director Rod Dunbar and Margaret Brimble, director of Auckland University’s medicinal chemistry programme.

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More than 2000 New Zealand deaths a year could be prevented through taxes on fat and salt, and subsidies on fruit and vegetables, new research has found.

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The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment has confirmed a further three years of funding to support the Return On Science national commercialisation programme.

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“Simple changes can lead to dramatic change for the patient experience. Support, primarily through better, more tailored communication and stage-specific information should be available to partners and family so they are better equipped to support their loved-one.”

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Idealog Magazine - ...by far and away the most important building block is Auckland’s tech-transfer office UniServices.


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In September 2014, Threshold licensed exclusive worldwide rights to a clinical development program based on TH-4000 from Auckland UniServices.

The co-inventors of the compound TH-4000, Dr Adam Patterson and Dr Jeff Smaill, Investigators from the Maurice Wilkins Centre and senior academics from the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, have collaborated with a NASDAQ-listed American bio-technology company, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, to advance the compound to this stage.

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"This is the most confident I've felt yet that a vaccine is now within reach...

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Over half of healthy New Zealand pre-school children are carriers of Staphylococcus aureus, and one in six hosts Streptococcus pyogenes in their nostrils, throat or crook of the arm, according to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand.

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As life expectancy increases, sarcopenia is becoming ever more prevalent. Sarcopenia is characterised by the loss of muscle mass and function due to age, often leading to falls and loss of independence in the elderly population.

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“We’re delighted to see the achievement of this important milestone for ACSRC and TB Alliance. The ACSRC has an amazing track record of their novel drugs reaching the clinical trial stage and it’s fantastic to see that trend continue,” says Andrew Palairet, Business Development Manager at UniServices.

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The Youth Adolescent Group (AHRG) and visiting Professor Robert Blum interviewed on TV3 News.

Professor Blum is visiting New Zealand as a guest of the Auckland University Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG). He is familiar with the New Zealand social context having been a mentor and advisor to the AHRG and the wider youth health sector in New Zealand for more than 10 years.

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UniServices, is launching a patented platform technology for hi-tech manufacturing that provides an alternative to current environmentally-unfriendly coatings, and the spun-out firm expects to start raising capital next year.

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The UniServices/Yashili collaboration agreement will see foodstuffs company Yashili contract UniServices to conduct strategic industry research via post-graduate and post-doctorate projects. Yashili is also considering co-locating its New Zealand-based research and development function at the University of Auckland’s specially purposed Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology.

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Danish, Norwegian and Australian schools are adopting professional leadership courses developed in New Zealand by the University of Auckland’s Centre for Educational Leadership (UACEL).

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This year’s prestigious Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems was awarded to Dr Koray Atalag from the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health.

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Earlier this year, ROS was announced as the latest strategic international partner for the Asia IP Exchange (AsiaIPEX), the region’s largest free online platform for international intellectual property (IP) trading.

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A trans-Tasman research coalition between New Zealand and Australia is undertaking a unique global project to accelerate the development of a vaccine for rheumatic fever, which disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific Islanders, Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

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The University of Auckland has again been ranked as the leading university in New Zealand following the publication of the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

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The National Influenza Immunisation Campaign, which saw a record number of New Zealanders immunised against influenza in 2013, won a 2014 TVNZ Marketing Award in Auckland last night (Thursday). The campaign took out top prize in the healthcare category.

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The University of Auckland has been identified as one of the top five ‘emerging leaders in entrepreneurship’ from around the world expected to become major international entrepreneurial and innovation powerhouses in the decades ahead.

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As the number of older Maori grows, evidence is emerging that resourceful and resilient Māori patients and their whānau are increasingly finding pathways through the numerous obstacles they face in order to access palliative care.

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Director of the University of Auckland- based Immunisation Advisory Centre, Associate Professor Dr Nikki Turner, will serve a three year term with the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunisation.

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When it comes to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, Maori men emerge worse in most or all statistics and there is significant variation in screening between GP practices, with Maori and rural men less likely to be screened.

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The latest report from Growing Up in New Zealand, ‘Now We Are Two: Describing our first 1000 days’ provides new insight into the lives of two-year-olds in New Zealand.

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A report on youth gambling using data from the Youth’12 Health and Wellbeing Survey has been published by the University of Auckland and UniServices. The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to explore the impacts of gambling and problematic gambling amongst youth in New Zealand and to identify risk and protective measures.

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The Vice-Chancellor's Sponsored Research and Commercialisation Medal 2014 were presented by Science and Innovation Minister Hon. Steven Joyce, who opened his speech by saying "UniServices is the most successful university commercialisation company of its kind".

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Professor McCutcheon and Dr Shenk say SPARX highlights world-leading innovative capability within the University of Auckland. “Our researchers can develop innovations to respond to our own domestic health issues and then find they are so innovative that they can be sold overseas.”

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Booktrack Classroom gives students and teachers free access to soundtracked eBooks...

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Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Auckland UniServices and the Indonesian Geothermal Association in Jakarta to develop specialised geothermal training courses held in New Zealand and Indonesia.

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Posted in: Research
Malaysia’s geothermal energy industry in Tawau is to be developed in a partnership with the University of Auckland's world renowned Institute for Earth Sciences and Engineering.

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UniServices' licensee and partner, StretchSense, is advancing emotionally-aware computing technology.

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PowerbyProxi, a venture-backed company spun out of the University of Auckland and an internationally-recognised leader in wireless power innovation, has signed a technology licensing agreement with global semiconductor company Texas Instruments (TI).

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Posted in: Research
Māori youth are disengaging from drug and alcohol use and dangerous driving, according to the Youth12 Māori findings from the launch at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health today.

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A memorandum of understanding has been signed between ICEHOUSE and the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology at the University of Auckland this week.

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The Growing up in New Zealand study welcomes New Zealand’s first monitor of child poverty report and is looking forward to contributing the “why” information, and to finding solutions for New Zealand whanau.

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An inventive New Zealand education strategy which uses students’ personal interests in learning and close connections with families and communities to spur children’s achievement has attracted attention from OECD delegates from Australia and France.

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UniServices’ General Manager Research and Consulting Mark Burgess will be taking up the role of Director of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (IIB), which is part of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Science and located within the School of Biological Sciences. This will begin in January 2014.

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AgriTech and AgBio is the focus for a new national investment committee under the umbrella of Return On Science launched earlier this month at the University of Auckland.

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UniServices' General Manager Technology Development Will Charles will share insights and opportunities around commercialisation and innovation in New Zealand today to a Finnish delegation headed by Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexander Stubb.

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Former Auckland UniServices Ltd CEO, Dr Peter Lee, has been acknowledged by the Royal Society of New Zealand for his outstanding contribution to commercialisation of scientific research in New Zealand.

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Men’s role in building safer communities by ending violence against women is the crux of an issues paper released today by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse.

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The Government’s Health Committee report released this week includes 12 key recommendations for building a better future for New Zealand children and much of the research needed is already underway in the ground-breaking Growing Up in New Zealand study.

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A mathematics project driven by the Ministry of Education (Cook Islands) in conjunction with Auckland UniServices Ltd and the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education is set to inspire its one-hundredth teacher as the 2014 academic year begins.

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Two University of Auckland professors, who were continually told that their idea for transferring electricity without cables was both impossible and crazy, have won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

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An Auckland scientist who is converting his cutting edge research into a high-technology start-up business has won the 2013 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

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New Zealand women who have experienced partner violence are more likely to contemplate suicide according to New Zealand findings published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health last week.

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The University of Auckland is hosting the second Auckland-Fraunhofer workshop that involves researchers from the the University’s Faculty of Engineering and UniServices, from Callaghan Innovation, and from German research institutes - the Fraunhofer IPA and the University of Stuttgart’s ISW.

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Fledgling high-tech engineering company StretchSense has been announced “Emerging New Zealand Innovator”

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A teacher aide project, encouraging student learning in ‘first languages’, is making an impact

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A study exploring the positive effects of dairy products on human muscle is in search of healthy men.

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A new research programme encompassing product design and new, advanced manufacturing technology will grow

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Android devices have become the top target for malicious code according to Dr Giovanni Russello from the University of Auckland. So what about Android security?

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Investments made by Auckland UniServices Ltd and Return on Science in Induction Power Technology has again paid off following the announcement by Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation (SVIC) to inject $4m

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Geothermal giant PT Pertamina has been working with UniServices to up-skill their scientists and engineers as a part of a regional capacity building.

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Check out our latest UniServices' promotional video.

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Auckland UniServices Ltd took home the top award for “Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property in International Business” at the New Zealand International Business Awards ceremony in Auckland last night.

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A new company specialising in making artificial muscle sensors which measure human movement has emerged

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World leading wireless charging technology commercialised by Auckland UniServices Ltd and licensed by Qualcomm Europe, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has now found its way into the motorsports world

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Bespoke education programmes from Auckland UniServices Ltd which help international clients effectively engage with the English-speaking world are among the unique range of solutions produced by the 29 finalists in this year’s 2013 New Zealand International Business Awards.

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Growth and innovation across New Zealand will be strengthened through a partnership announced today.
Auckland UniServices Ltd, the R&D consultancy company of The University of Auckland, and three other research organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Callaghan Innovation. The collaboration is expected to speed up the process of turning ideas from New Zealand businesses into new products and services.

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A revolutionary smartphone app was launched this week which will help New Zealanders to make healthier food choices in their shopping ventures.
Users of the new “FoodSwitch” app can scan barcodes from packaged goods to receive immediate advice about levels of fat, sugar and salt, at the point of purchase.

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New Zealand’s most comprehensive youth survey has been launched in Parliament today.
“The Health and Wellbeing of New Zealand Secondary School Students” report, published by The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd, is the third in the Youth 2000 Survey Series

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The Prime Minister’s visit to South Korea this week to advance a free trade deal included an unusual meeting. John Key’s official engagements included a meet-and-greet with one of UniServices’ iRobi healthbots.

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Auckland UniServices Ltd CEO, Andy Shenk, has joined the board of The ICEHOUSE, a company that is focussed on helping Kiwi businesses grow.
ICEHOUSE Chairman Chris Quinn says Mr Shenk makes an excellent addition to the Board.
“He brings global experience in R&D and commercialising innovation projects – which complements the objectives of The ICEHOUSE. Increasing the breadth and experience on our board demonstrates our commitment to collaboration across the Kiwi business growth segment to help our companies grow.”

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Assistive learning software to help autistic children recognise emotions from facial expressions recently won one of the four UniServices prizes in the annual Spark Ideas Challenge.

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Auckland UniServices Ltd has successfully secured funding of nearly $4 million for a “quit smoking” initiative to be rolled out nationally.

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The awards were presented by Science and Innovation Minister Hon. Steven Joyce, who said: “Celebrating commercialisation and research excellence is crucially important, not just for this University but also for the city and the country...

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A long-term study on the health and wellbeing of New Zealand children now has $6.4 million government funding confirmed for the next two years. UniServices is proud to be part of and support this project.

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Wireless power company PowerbyProxi has sealed a partnership with listed American electronics company TE Connectivity and closed a $5 million funding round.

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"We can now grow skin that is exactly the same in terms of its cellular content as the patient's normal skin which means that it does not get rejected," explains Professor Dunbar.
Watch the feature story on Campbell Live.

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A team at The University of Auckland programmed the robots to help care for the elderly in their own homes.

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Spark was key. “It gave us the opportunity of putting our [engineering] knowledge and expertise into a commercial business plan and entity. And the mentorship we got, having access to people at the top of their game, was invaluable.”

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Results from a random trial show it increased physical activity in people with cardiovascular disease.

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Discussions included future concrete collaboration actions and funding opportunities, in such fields as food processing, food safety, protein interaction, biofilm fractioning, sustainable agriculture, regulatory frameworks and gut health.

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SPARX, an e-therapy for adolescent depression, has won an international digital award from UNESCO’s Netexplo, a ‘global observatory on digital society’.

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Cancer patients in New Zealand can look forward to individualised genetic screening to enable targeted drug treatment in future.

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Indonesia’s largest energy company, PT Pertamina (Persoro) has signed agreements with UniServices providing professional development programmes for its geothermal engineers.

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Peter Lee, chief executive at UniServices, is leaving the company in March after eight years at its helm, steering The University of Auckland-owned research and development firm through thick and thin.

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News articles: TV3 News interview, 22/11/2012 NZHerald article, 22/11/2012 Radio NZ interview, 22/11/2012    The University of Au...

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Academy Award winner Dr Mark Sagar is creating “living technology” that is taking computer animation to a new level.  Interactive si...

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Media links NBR article, Monday 12/11/2012, Caleb Allison  NewstalkZB article, Monday 12/11/2012 Voxy article, Monday 12/11/2012

Imagine a future where petrol stations are redundant and electric cars are recharged on the move using a “green” source of energy like win...

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Imagine a world where a simple jog through the park in special shoes could self-charge your cellphone or ipod; where your excess energy could help you...

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Since there’s no way of “seeing” beneath the surface of the earth, the traditional ways of gaining information are by drilling holes...

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TV3 - Auckland company takes wireless charging to the world Power by Proxi Secures Exclusive Rights To the University of Auckland’s Wireless ...

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will be given a special glimpse into some of the University’s cutting edge research when he visits the Ci...

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PRESS RELEASE BY NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT AT 11:21AM, 30 OCT 2012  Health Minister Tony Ryall welcomed today’s announcement by the Healt...

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A New Zealand-designed compound that shows promise against treatment-resistance tuberculosis (TB) has been selected as a drug candidate by internation...

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What do a good night’s sleep, consumers’ supermarket shopping choices, Northland pāua and pohutukawa in the Hauraki Gulf and have in common?

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Alarm over teens' risky weight-loss tactics, NZH, 29 August 2012 Drawing on a survey of about 9000 New Zealand high school students, University of Au...

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The Statistical Consulting Centre (SCC) is a service of The University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics, available to businesses, research...

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval for PR610, an anticancer “stealth” drug invented in New Zealand, to move fo...

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Sunday Insight: Volatile volcanoes, NZH 14 August 2012 Our Institute for Earth Science and Engineering and their agency DEVORA (DEterminig VOlcanic R...

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'Green jobs' that stand on their own two feet, NBR 8 June 2012 The University of Auckland appears to have found a business formula that is good for t...

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Research can be found at http://youth2000.ac.nz/ UniServices The Youth Studies past and present continue to be successfully managed by UniServices...

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Commercialisation Medals to reward and recognise the commercialisation of university research were awarded at a special ceremony at The University of ...

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The delegation has four strands including food and beverage, education, and aviation and tourism but there is a strong representation from companies a...

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Congratulations to Peter Lee, Ben O'Brien, Greg Cross, Ralf Muller and Stuart McKenzie who were invited to present their companies at CleanEquity Mona...

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