Building a community around health innovation in the region was a key aim of the networking event on 25th March; where BCC and MidCentral DHB welcomed Otago University Professor Lyall Hanton to speak about his research and the path to commercialisation.
Hanton, who is a professor of chemistry, has helped develop a wound healing gel used in sinus surgery. He presented at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History to an audience of clinical staff, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. His presentation outlined his journey from idea to research to human trials and commercialisation.
The event was an opportunity to hear first-hand a successful story of health innovation. It was also a chance to hear about some of the challenges that are faced, for example, Professor Hanton’s team first sold their patent to Medtronic in 2011 and then bought back the IP for further development.