Every idea, no matter how brilliant, faces hurdles on the path to becoming a reality. We’re here to help — by putting the problem-solving expertise of over 200 top scientists and engineers, and our world-class R&D facilities at your disposal. No matter what technical challenges you’re faced with, our specialist advice and proficiency in product development will help you tackle them and get from concept to world-beating, market-ready product and beyond.
Why work with us?
No two projects are alike – and neither are our solutions. By collaborating closely with you, we tailor-design a solution and deliver to your commercial timeframes.
Our unique interdisciplinary services and breadth of knowledge allow us to approach challenges from multiple angles and combine expertise from different fields to provide innovative solutions.
We operate strict confidentiality and non-compete agreements with clients, so you can trust us with sensitive projects and proprietary information.
We can provide guidance on the regulatory landscape and mandated standards applicable to your industry, backed by deep technical knowledge.
Our comprehensive range of contract R&D services spans all parts of the development process, from the smallest seed of an idea, to the final take-to-market touches.
Access cutting edge equipment you won't find elsewhere, expertly operated by some of the brightest scientific and technical minds in Aotearoa.
The Advanced Materials team helped us find an alternative material to replace one we were using in the manufacture of our fuel sensor. The new material is much cheaper and it’s easier to source. We’ve been able to manufacture 1000 new units at a quarter of the price of the original material, and with more certainty around the supply chain."
We’ve worked with a number of Callaghan Innovation’s scientists and been very impressed with the experts’ capabilities. The ability to work with them, and to access Callaghan Innovation funding in the early days, has enabled us to progress quickly and to the stage we’re at now, where we’re a serious contender in the plant protein space."
Callaghan Innovation’s assistance has been absolutely immense."
We help you to make engineering decisions and material choices confidently, accelerating your design and development process.
Achieve competitive advantage through robotics and process automation
Helping to create better communications technologies and cutting-edge wireless solutions, for a wide range of applications.
Harness the capabilities of AI and Machine Learning to extract maximum value from your data and enhance business efficiency.
Access leading expertise for sensing, detection, characterisation, and fabrication technologies.
Your one-stop-shop for specialist expertise and equipment for fermentation, bioprocessing and microbiology.
Launch your innovative food and health products faster, while improving sustainability and quality.
Understand the true value of your product with this one-stop-shop for lipid analysis, conducted by Aotearoa’s leading scientists.
Implement a new bioprocess or optimise an existing process to deliver breakthrough products and services.
Meet our experts
I am Callaghan Innovation's Chief Science Officer. I love that we take society’s hardest challenges and create solutions to develop a better future for the country.Read more
I work as the Group Manager for the Biotechnologies team. Since 2004 I have managed a number of research teams at Industrial Research Ltd and Callaghan Innovation including the Photonics Team, the Advanced Materials Group and the Advanced Manufacturing Cluster.Read more
I work as a Principal Research Scientist in the Protein Science and Engineering team at Callaghan Innovation. My research field is recombinant protein production using various expression systems, including bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells.Read more
I am a Team Leader in the Biotechnologies division specialising in Bioprocessing and Fermentation. My role mainly involves providing leadership in fermentation process development and facilitating the transfer of technology to companies for the commercialisation of R&D.Read more
I work as both a Team Leader, Principal Scientist and NMR Facility Manager within the Lipids and Natural Products Biotechnology team. Renowned as a quantitative NMR spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) expert, I have initiated and managed cutting-edge magnetic resonance facilities across both Canada and New Zealand.Read more
I'm currently the Team Leader and Principal Research Scientist in the Proteins and Enzymes team within the Biotechnologies group. I have deep experience and expertise in the field of biochemistry around biotransformation, protein extraction, glycoenzymes and bioassays.Read more
I'm the Team Leader and Principal Chemical Engineer in the Process Engineering team at Callaghan Innovation. My expertise lies in the field of Biotechnologies, specifically focusing on Industrial processing of natural products, solvent extraction, and supercritical fluid processing.Read more
I am an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of leading cross-disciplinary R&D teams. My technical background spans the disciplines of physics and engineering, with a focus on materials science, and sensor systems development and prototyping.Read more
I lead the Advanced Engineering & Materials team, one of five teams in our Applied Technologies group. I joined Callaghan Innovation in 2014 after completing a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Canterbury. Since joining I have delivered a wide range of projects for our customers.Read more
I am the Acting Team Leader and a Principal Research Scientist in the Data Vision Team. My expertise lies in the exciting fields of AI, machine learning, data science, image processing, and computer vision.Read more
I am the Team Leader for the Advanced Mechatronics team where I work on manufacturing process optimisation and implementing innovations to drive efficiency and productivity. My expertise in Industry 4.Read more
Meet our scientists
Digitally disrupting the $1.9 trillion auto parts market sounds tough. But Partly, with support from Callaghan Innovation, is doing just that with their global platform for replacement parts.
Spurred by realising the pollution caused by marine engines, ZeroJet - with support from Callaghan Innovation - developed electric jet propulsion systems for small boats.
Neocrete: Redefining concrete and cementing an eco-friendly future for construction. Combining a father’s invention, Callaghan Innovation supported R&D, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Neocrete has redefined concrete, with its mix reducing CO2 emissions from concrete production up to 40 per cent.
From bread to beer and back again. Citizen, with the help of Callaghan Innovation, is using food waste and upcycling it into new food and drink products.
Beekeepers can now more efficiently monitor their hives, and from afar, with innovative software and sensing technology from BuzzTech, developed alongside Callaghan Innovation.
Kiwi innovation, and collaboration, is turning global aviation logistics on its head, finally giving airlines the ability to track cargo in real time.
Marine supplier Oceanmax knew it had a world-class product that could also save customers money. It called in Callaghan Innovation to prove it.
With huge growth potential, Mauka Bioscience - alongside Callaghan Innovation - is developing and testing using mānuka oil to more effectively treat skin infections.