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World changing Kiwis win innovations awards

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Auckland – ARANZ Medical won the Bayer Supreme New Zealand prize at the annual New Zealand Innovation awards in Auckland last night.

ARANZ Medical’s advanced scanning technology, silhouette, measures wound healing and ensures the right treatment is being used to promote faster healing and more accurate diagnosis. Their scanning technology has also been applied to creating and developing FastSCAN, a 3D scanning system that helps custom-fit orthotics and prosthetics for increased comfort.

More than 700 entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and business people attended the awards event at the Sky City Convention Centre. A total of 21 winners and 19 highly commended awards were announced.

New Zealand Innovation Council chief executive Louise Webster says the awards event demonstrated that as a country Kiwi innovation had come of age.

“We are moving away from the no.8 wire culture of old, to a new world where resources, partnerships and funding are seen as essential in helping Kiwi companies launch on a world stage and commercialise their innovations globally.”

“Among the winners was a wide range of innovation with technologies from Farmshed Labs with Flashmate, a breeding detector, to 90 Seconds a cloud based video production platform. There are several winners that contribute to making the world a better place such as the Manaiakalani programme, an innovative digital learning approach and framework for schools to increase learning success, and Ogo Technology with their personal mobility device which uses intuitive movement to aid mobility of its users.

Bayer New Zealand managing director Derek Bartlett says it was amazing to see the length and breadth of innovation in New Zealand.

“Clearly, innovation is alive and well in New Zealand when you look at how big these awards have become.”

See all the 2016 New Zealand Innovation Award winners:

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