31 March, 2021
Successful research translation relies on networks, connectedness and relationships. 2020 was therefore particularly challenging for NZ’s research commercialisation sector, often labelled an “ecosystem”. For most, the forced restrictions provided an opportunity to refocus, and R&D was high on the agenda for many.
The MacDiarmid Institute’s commercialisation and industry engagement activities went online, a forced adaptation that will serve us well in a reduced-carbon future. We maintained high standards in our own activities – developing IP and spinouts, delivering an online Interface event alongside many industry engagements, and giving our researchers at all levels a step up towards research commercialisation. The cherry on the top for 2020 was provided by our affiliated spinout Zincovery, winners of the C-Prize.
You can find out more about our marketplace innovations in the following pages from our Annual Report 2020: