Collaboration win for major meat industry project

OAL's Richard McColl (left) and Callaghan Innovation's Geoff Bates present their  entry. Photo Gerry le Roux, Sciencelens.

OAL’s Richard McColl (left) and Callaghan Innovation’s Geoff Bates presenting their entry earlier in the day. Photo Gerry le Roux, Sciencelens.

Collaboration is the winner for a major meat industry commercialisation project.

Congratulations to Callaghan Innovation – Ovine Automation Consortium Ltd (OAL), the inaugural winner of the Commercialisation Collaboration Award in the new Kiwinet Research Commercialisation awards.

The Callaghan Innovation – OALentry fought off stiff competition from two other finalists WaikatoLink – Aldera Health which is developing an animal and plant corridor in New Zealand and Plant & Food Research who were looking at land-use change and intensification. 

The judges included Dr Andrew Kelly of BioPacific ventures, Bill Day who owns and is managing director of a maritime service business, Ray Thompson a professional director and independent director and technology specialist Helen Robinson.

The judging panel commented that OAL embodies research partners and industry in a unique collaboration. At its inception, the open forum discussion, with members of nine different meat companies, two research partners, two research organisation advisors with support from MIRINZ Inc – jointly owned by the Meat Industry Association and Beef + Lamb NZ Ltd – all contributing to a common goal, was a new approach for an industry that had recently begun to see the value of research collaboration. The research partners are Callaghan Innovation and Milmeq Limited with input from both AgResearch and the University of Auckland. Its success is testament to excellent leadership with focus, vision and the ability to keep a very diverse group on track, the judges commented.

Aduro Biopolymers, which is working on producing a range of bioplastic products from blood-meal, was a finalist in the commercial deal category of the awards. The company has received investment from Wallace Corporation Ltd.

Winners of the inaugural KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards were announced at an awards reception in Auckland on 20 June. Around 150 guests attended the awards, designed to bring together and celebrate the people and technologies changing the research commercialisation landscape in New Zealand.

Read more about Kiwinet and the awards at www.kiwinet.org.nz.