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The Buzz of Business

  Eight years ago, PhD student Sam Yu was inspired by a seminar on entrepreneurship organised by Bill Swallow as part of the Growth Industry Pilot Initiative to build enterprise culture in Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury. “It really made me feel passionate about doing the hands-on aspects of science,” Yu recalls. This […]

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What to do with Chemistry

It was a sense of adventure that led Eva Weatherall to study science at university, rather than law like all her school friends, or medicine like her father. “I wanted to do something where I didn’t quite know where I was going to end up,” she said. Now, three and a half years later, the […]

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A Culture of Commercialisation

In general, I see my role as being to facilitate commercialization activity in the Institute, and to build a culture of commercialisation.  I’m not going to be doing the commercialisation in the sense of starting companies and writing business plans but, hopefully, I can help put structures and networks in place to support people who want […]

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Peering Inside Nanopores

“We make money from invisible holes.  But we can’t afford to be invisible.” Hans van der Voorn, Executive Chairman of nanotechnology start-up firm Izon, spreads out a series of brochures highlighting his company’s brightly-coloured, cheerful-looking devices, each housing its trademark nanopore technology. “We made a conscious decision not to have any grey instruments. It’s a little unusual, […]

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