Tagged: Early stage science

Science gets a rap – Tom McFadden - Stick

Peter Kerr Jun 05, 2012

Getting kids interested in science is a bit of a challenge around New Zealand, but transplanted American Tom McFadden’s doing his best to up the excitement. The Californian, a Stanford biology lecturer in a former life, is currently studying a … Continue reading → … Read More

‘Negative know-how’, one way to make money from so-called failure — KiwiNet - Stick

Peter Kerr May 17, 2012

‘Negative know-how’ was a fantastic idea thrown up at the KiwiNet commercialisation forum in Wellington on May 2. Kate Wilson was talking to about 100 people actively trying to kick university or CRI ideas into life. It refers to keeping … Continue reading → … Read More

Aquaflow plays its bargaining chips smartly - Stick

Peter Kerr May 03, 2012

One of the more interesting aspects of Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation’s deal with CRI Catalyst Company of the USA, is having bargaining chips or cards in your hand. Last September Marlborough-based Aquaflow announced a partnership of its wild-algae biofuel generating technology … Continue reading → … Read More

‘Release the hounds’ Mr Joyce — let IRL get on with becoming an ATI - Stick

Peter Kerr May 01, 2012

There’s so many ways to say aagghhh, what the hell is going on, that it is difficult to know where to start. But, it is nearly six months since John Key (no less) announced the high-tech transformation of the science … Continue reading → … Read More

Dear David, please give us more than science and innovation platitudes - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 24, 2012

Dear David (Shearer), I’m afraid, if you’re trying to outflank National on the science and innovation front, you’re going to have to do much better than your speech to the NZ Association of Scientists (see speech here) on April 16. … Continue reading → … Read More

Stop trying to Aucklandise our science and innovation - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 17, 2012

At the risk of displaying a Wellington-residential and Southland upbringing bias, the government’s keenness for an Aucklandisation of our science and innovation strikes me as being stupid. In particular, the push to make (force even) the development of the former … Continue reading → … Read More

Nope, we’re not going to hell in a handcart - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 12, 2012

The refreshingly upbeat Mark Stevenson breezed through Wellington just before Easter, giving his take on why the world’s NOT going to hell in a handcart. The author of ‘An optimist’s tour of the future’, Stevenson’s been accused by some of … Continue reading → … Read More

IP ownership change spurs new wool research - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 10, 2012

As agriculture’s orphan child, laden with centuries of tradition and structure, coarse wool has recently exhibited a refreshing turn of mind to attempt to spin a new future. The realisation that wool industry participants weren’t interested in co-investing in generic … Continue reading → … Read More

ACC and Ministry of Health: winners in patent battle over computerised healthcare information ‘connectivity’ invention - Stick

Peter Kerr Apr 05, 2012

By guest blogger, Doug Calhoun Throughout the debate on the patenting of software, a battle has been quietly percolating under the radar over a NZ patent application (NZ525001) that has touched upon just about every issue in the software patent … Continue reading → … Read More

Optimising autoimmune treatment patent invalid: a ‘Law of Nature’ is not a law passed by Congress - Stick

Peter Kerr Mar 23, 2012

By guest blogger Doug Calhoun On 20 March the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision unanimously allowing an appeal by the Mayo Clinic and declaring invalid two patents that a lower court had found Mayo to … Continue reading → … Read More