Spin-out Companies - Commercialisation - Research & Innovation - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Success Stories

Research & Innovation has been involved in the incorporation of a number of companies operating both within New Zealand and internationally, and has licensed out cutting edge technologies to existing companies. The following are some of our success stories:

Spin-out Companies

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Virtual-i Presenter

Virtual-i Presenter (ViP) is a software program developed by Tom Cochrane of the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering that can be used to record both video and presentation slides simultaneously. They can then be viewed side-by-side allowing the user to critique their performance, or share with your peers for feedback. It can be used to evaluate a large group of presentations, or converted into single video file for easy sharing.
Visit the Virtual-i Presenter website.

SYFT Technologies

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Syft's Voice200® SIFT-MS instrument

Syft Technologies is an award winning technology company that emerged from the University of Canterbury’s Chemistry department. The company has developed a number of products that have applications based on the detection of volatile organic compounds.

Applications of this technology include:

  • The detection of living organisms
  • The detection of biological and chemical hazards
  • The detection of diseases
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Blood screening (for bacteria)
  • Breath analysis

Syft Technologies have been able to move very rapidly towards their goal of being the first company to successfully commercialise this technology. It has grown into a company that is able to compete on an international scale, opening an office in the United Kingdom to boost sales in the European market. The company has successfully managed to generate international sales of its high-end products within three short years of being spun out. The technology has won several awards and accolades for Syft including most innovative product at the 2004 NZ Hi Tech awards and Regional Emerging Exporter of the year 2005.
Visit the SYFT Technologies website.

Veritide Limited

Vertide Detector The Veritide "Ceeker"

Veritide Limited is a recent spinout company committed to the development of biological identification and detection solutions. After securing investment from venture capital firm Endeavour Capital, Research & Innovation led the creation of Veritide Limited. One of the technologies that Veritide has developed is a handheld anthrax detector. The portable detector can detect anthrax and other bacterial spores within minutes making it suitable for a wide range of applications that include:
• Determining whether a white powder incident is anthrax or a harmless substance, significantly decreasing the down-time of white powder related shut downs.
• Testing the quality of milk powder - currently it can take up to 3 days to test milk powder for bacterial spores. The use of this technology provides results in minutes.
Veritide is developing a number of other technologies with applications ranging from biohazard detection to medical diagnosis.

ArcActive Limited

ArcActive Image ArcActive Limited has just been spun out by Research & Innovation to commercialise diverse applications of a unique carbon nanotube-laden substrate developed using a continuous, novel and inexpensive method of depositing carbon nanotubes on conducting substrates. The continuous production of carbon nanotubes and the ability to deposit them on various substrates has been a major bottleneck in advancing nanotube applications and bringing them to market, but with the advent of the novel approach developed by ArcActive, the manufacturing and technical hurdles have been circumvented. The implication of this is that carbon nanotube based devices that were previously seen as being not commercially viable are now able to be made. ArcActive patented technologies have applications in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Electrodes for Supercapacitors and Batteries
  • Cathodes for Backlights and Lamps
  • Cathodes for CNT TV, gas ionisation sensors and X-ray tubes

Licensed IP

SpringFree™ Trampoline

Springfree Image A SpringFree™ Trampoline

The Springfree™ trampoline was commercialised as a joint venture with international investors. The trampoline was developed by an academic from the University of Canterbury’s Mechanical Engineering department, bringing together ideas of safety, technology and design. It is a soft-edged trampoline that has no steel frame on the mat edge. It has also revolutionised the way a trampoline is designed by employing flexible fiberglass rods instead of metal springs and a strong FlexiNet™ enclosure to ensure jumper safety. Springfree™ Trampoline has received a number of international industry awards. Selling globally, the Springfree™ Trampoline is an excellent example of the diversity of inventions from the University of Canterbury.

Visit the SpringFree™ Trampoline website.  

Environmental Prediction Systems

EPS ImageEnvironmental Prediction Systems (EPS) is an advanced meteorological wind modelling system that was developed at the Centre for Atmospheric Research at the University of Canterbury. EPS significantly reduces the cost and time requirements of assessing a wind resource by minimising the need for onsite monitoring. EPS technology is used by almost all of New Zealand’s energy companies for the identification of suitable wind farm sites and is a prime example of the cutting edge technology that is being developed at the University of Canterbury. The Innovation Team at Research & Innovation has successfully licensed EPS technology to Connell Wagner, an international, multi-disciplinary engineering consulting company.  Connell Wagner are offering their services using EPS across Australia and are currently breaking into the lucrative European and American markets.

Fibre Imprinting Technology

Fibre Imprinting Image All Blacks captain Richie McCaw with Professor Richard Blaikie of the MacDiarmid Institute

Fibre Imprinting Technology is a technique that can be used to print text onto fibres on a micro and nano scale. This technology was licensed for use in a recent All Blacks campaign where the names of fans were printed onto a fibre, and then this fibre was sewn into the Silver Fern of each team member’s jersey.

Technology for Fire Engineers Fire Engineers Image

Allows the transfer of architectural electronic building information to fire engineering software. This technology was non-exclusively licensed to a US Engineering firm in 2008 for the identification of building elements in electronic data files and mapping to similar representations used in fire modeling software.



For related awards, please refer to our KiwiNet Awards and UC Innovation Medal webpages.