Performance & Impact

Hangaia te ā mua

Create the future

UniServices is the largest R&D company of its kind in Australasia. We’ve invested in over 65 companies and licensed more than 480 patent families. We’ve also delivered great community impact.
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Hangaia te ā mua

Create the future

UniServices is the largest R&D company of its kind in Australasia. We’ve invested in over 65 companies and licensed more than 480 patent families. We’ve also delivered great community impact.

UniServices by the Numbers

2022 Highlights

Research Impact

Understanding dementia

Auckland researchers working with American researchers published the groundbreaking finding that poor mental health in earlier life is a strong indicator of risk for later dementia. The study followed 1.7 million New Zealanders for 30 years. Another team led by Dr Makarena Dudley embarked on a $1.1 million, three-year study to determine the prevalence of mate wareware (dementia) among Māori.

Prime Minister’s Science Prize

A team led by Distinguished Professor Dame Jane Harding has been nationally honoured for work on blood sugar imbalances that can cause brain damage in newborns. The Neonatal Glucose Studies Team’s finding that sugar gel rubbed inside a baby’s cheek improves low blood-sugar levels has become a first-line treatment around the world.

 

Improving geothermal energy

Geothermal energy has a green reputation – but it’s not zero-carbon because it releases naturally occurring underground gases. With $6 million in funding, a team at the University’s Geothermal Institute aims to turn greenhouses gases into rock, permanently trapping it underground. The technology could be applied to other industries too.

Reviving mīmiro

Researchers led by Professor Anthony Hoete of the School of Architecture and Planning are reviving an ancient Māori construction technique and testing its seismic resilience. The mīmiro technique gave wharenui and other buildings remarkable structural stability, but with perhaps only one remaining whare in Aotearoa built with the method, the knowledge is endangered.

Community Impact

Investment Impact

Better optical communications

Quantifi Photonics, a University of Auckland spin-out, manufactures equipment for photonics testing and measurement in areas such as optical communications. It raised US$15 million in Series C funding to accelerate the development of test solutions for datacom and telecom equipment manufacturers. It also acquired SmarTest Electronics, giving it research and manufacturing facilities in Thailand.

Diagnosing gut disorders

Alimetry is an Auckland based MedTech company that develops advanced wearable medical solutions that improve gastrointestinal care. Founded in 2019, based on a decade of groundbreaking science and engineering out of Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland, Alimetry is striving to develop solutions that are more effective, easier on patients, and more efficient for healthcare providers. In 2022, Alimetry received FDA approval in the US for its flagship Gastric Alimetry device, a non-invasive tool to diagnose disorders of the upper gut, and has raised $16.3 million in Series A funding. 

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Check out our 2022 annual review

Learn what we achieved in advancing and investing in research and delivering services and projects with community impact.