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Accelerate - November 2013

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Callaghan Innovation’s November edition of Accelerate is here! In this edition we take a closer look at the power of partnerships and how clever collaboration set several Kiwi companies apart from their peers.

We also get to grips with the basics of angel investing, the impact of Lean principles, as well as featuring several Kiwi commercialisation successes. Congratulations to our first lucky draw winners, Sandra Vandenburg and Graham Cooper, who both won tickets to see innovation guru Clayton Christensen in Auckland.

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Biotech partnership success

Nelson-based biotech company Supreme Biotechnologies recently announced that it received additional private investment of $500,000 in the company’s Astaxanthin facility.

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Does our nature get in way?

I recently read an article by Dr Loren Stangl from Massey University on SMEs in New Zealand. I found her point of view interesting as she could be considered to have an outsider’s view of Kiwi culture.

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A Welly for Richard Furneaux

Congratulations to Callaghan Innovation’s Dr Richard Furneaux, who won the Science and Technology category at the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards 2013.

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Giving larger craft Sealegs

The recent launch of Sealegs International’s next-generation SLG-100 product means that significantly larger craft than before can now be fitted with the company’s patented amphibious technology.

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High R&D pays for TIN 100

Annual TIN100 Report finds a 16.5% surge in TIN100 ICT revenues in 2013 and a 10% rise in R&D spend contribute to growth in technology export sector.

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Four quick questions

Accelerate recently had the opportunity to ask international Lean expert and esteemed author Richard Schonberger about the business of Lean.

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Kiwis revolutionise skydiving

After around 1000 hours of aerodynamic computation and about 1900 test jumps, Auckland-based parachute company NZ Aerosports has come up with new designs for competitive high-performance parachutists.

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Kiwi innovation gains momentum

There’s a real sense of momentum behind innovation in New Zealand, according to UniServices Chief Executive Dr Andy Shenk.

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Lean initiatives slice timings

A project that would have taken Lower Hutt packaging company Flight Plastics three years to complete has been accomplished in just one year, thanks to the implementation of Better by Lean initiatives.

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Mesynthes poised for growth

Having perfected a foundation for human soft tissue repairs, award-winning Wellington technology firm Mesynthes is now ramping up its proprietary biomaterial, Endoform, to the next growth stage.

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Money talks in 11 languages

Richard Branson believes that the best businesses are born out of frustration, that moment when you go, “screw it, I can do better”.

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The ABCs of angel investing

Ever wondered what angel investing is all about, if it could benefit your business and where to find an angel investor?

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Turning feathers into plastic

Clever University of Waikato research, combined with a sharp commercial focus, has been the secret to success for new biomaterials company Aduro Biopolymers.

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NZ International Awards

Buckley Systems trumped the competition in the Callaghan Innovation-sponsored category of the New Zealand international business awards on 26 September in Auckland.

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Updated:28 October 2016

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