IIB and Comvita win at the Kiwinet Research Commercialisation Awards 2015

The Institute for Innovation and Biotechnology and Comvita have won the Kiwinet 2015 Award for the best Research and Business Partnership.

The KiwiNet Awards celebrate heroes in research commercialisation — those individuals and organisations whose best practice approach is changing the innovation landscape in New Zealand.

Mark Burgess, Director of the Institute said "We congratulate all the finalists for this award. For the IIB this is a welcome endorsement of the model illustrating how well a University can create a company R&D environment that accelerates innovation. Comvita is our largest co-locator and has been at the IIB since 2009 but is not the only example: We have a total of nine co-locating companies accessing the rich resources of the University"

Comvita attributes much of its added value export success to the long term relationship with the University and the co-location of its research staff at the IIB. Comvita CTO, Dr Ralf Schlothauer, summarised the power of the partnership saying "Comvita has a rich flow of intellectual property coming out of this relationship. The research we do at the IIB and across the University has made a very substantial contribution to the added value seen in new Comvita products. It sustains our market leadership."

For further information see a summary of the IIB and Comvita Case Study presented to the Award judges and the Kiwinet announcement of the Award here.

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Recipients of the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Research & Business Partnership Award 2015