RespiratorNZ

RespiratorNZ’s ventilator adapts milking machine technology to help fight the global Covid-19 battle. Jeff Sharp was keen for his plastics company to support New Zealand’s pandemic preparedness. Teaming up with his neighbours – both doctors – he settled on a challenging but vital piece of equipment: the ventilator. Starting with an old but effective mechanical…

PharmaNZ

PharmaNZ has transformed a disused meatworks coolstore into a world-class pharmaceutical success story. From sausages to supplements in 18 months: the old Hutton’s coolstore in Frankton is now New Zealand’s only one-stop-shop for natural health and dietary supplement development. Capable of taking products from concept to shelf, from small runs for start-ups to bulk manufacture…

Radix Nutrition

Radix Nutrition uses superior technology and ingredients to give nutritionally-designed meals a major makeover. At its state-of-the-art factory in Horotiu, Radix Nutrition gathers top-quality ingredients and applies the latest scientific nutritional research to create convenience meals that not only taste great but enhance cognitive and physical performance. Fuelling Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship athletes,…

Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics

DairyNZ’s Improving Dairy Fertility Genetics Project has discovered new markers to help boost dairy herd fertility. Breeding Values (BV) estimate a cow or bull’s genetic merit for particular traits to help farmers increase desirable features in their herd. This DairyNZ project focused on the Fertility BV. Less than 5% of the measures in the existing…

Dr. Ruth Martis

Better health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies is a passion for Dr Ruth Martis.  Dr Martis has been involved in research on breastfeeding, teenage pregnancy, fetal heart-rate monitoring and movement in labour and most recently gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). High blood sugar levels during pregnancy pose risks to both the mother and her…

Dr. Julia Mullarney

The ebb and flow of the ocean holds a particular fascination for Dr Julia Mullarney. Dr Mullarney creatively combines lab experiments, numerical modelling and field research to understand the dynamics shaping our coastal environments. She has shown international research leadership in her studies of mangrove zones, making important discoveries about the factors influencing sediment movement…

Midland Trauma Research Centre (MTRC)

Through clinical research, quality improvement initiatives and education, the Midland Trauma Research Centre (MTRC) aims to reduce the incidence and impact of traumatic injury. The MTRC team has published numerous important papers on cycling, workplace and on-farm injuries; equity and ethnicity; trauma in the elderly and the experience/impact of trauma on patients and whaanau/family. The…

The Waikato Data Portal

The Waikato Data Portal team has broken down silos to better leverage and improve access to data generated by our region’s councils. There are 12 councils in the Waikato, all collecting information to support their legislated activities. People wanting to access this data have previously had to approach councils individually to get what they need.…

Raewyn Keene

In day-to-day lab management and as a champion for her profession, Raewyn Keene goes the extra mile. Described by colleagues as an unsung hero, Raewyn is a vital cog in the St Paul’s Collegiate science faculty, where she is sole-charge Science Technician supporting a faculty of 16 teaching staff across six departments. Raewyn came to…

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson’s technical career demonstrates an appetite for challenge. Aside from a two-year spell overseas, Karen Thompson has worked at NIWA since 2001, and is now manager of its Ecotoxicology and Chemistry Group. She has proved her skills in some demanding situations, from conducting assays on long oceanic voyages, to devising experimental setups for fish…