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  • IRL and Mosaic Innovation Network match ICT sector with world-class R&D

    16 August, 2012

    New Zealand’s growing Information Communication and Technology (ICT[?]) sector is set to benefit from the involvement of Industrial Research Limited (IRL) in the Mosaic Innovation Network, a nationwide endeavour matching the needs of small business with world-class, cutting-edge research.

  • IRL and partners in moves to grow high-tech workforce

    1 August, 2012

    Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) is establishing a Joint Graduate School in Innovative Manufacturing and Materials with the University of Auckland, and throwing its weight behind Chiasma, a nationwide organisation that links highly skilled students with high-tech industry, as part of a series of initiatives designed to grow New Zealand’s high value manufacturing sector.

  • Advanced Technology Institute announced

    12 July, 2012

    The government has announced the creation of a new Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), to be launched on December 1 2012. 

  • IRL scientists add 'leap second' to kiwi clocks

    MSL atomic clock
    29 June, 2012

    New Zealand’s Measurement Standards Laboratory (MSL[?]) is coordinating the insertion of a ‘leap second’ into the atomic time scale at noon July 1, New Zealand Standard Time, to ensure the smooth running of industrial and scientific applications around the country, says MSL Director Dr Tim Armstrong.

  • Sweet success in hunt for honey's healing factor

    Comvita manuka honey
    27 March, 2012

    Comvita, the New Zealand-based global exporter of natural health and beauty products, and collaborators have identified key compounds in honey that stimulate the immune system, paving the way for a range of new wound-healing products.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan "leaves immense legacy"

    Sir Paul Callaghan
    26 March, 2012

    “New Zealand is has lost one of its great scientists, thinkers and leaders” IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey said today, after the passing of Professor Sir Paul Callaghan on Saturday.

  • Renowned Scientist receives IRL Industry and Outreach Fellowship

    Professor Juliet Gerrard
    7 March, 2012

    IRL has appointed Professor Juliet Gerrard, a biochemist and leader in the industrial application of biochemistry in New Zealand as its second Industry and Outreach Fellow.

  • New Zealand malaria drug passes first stage trials

    17 February, 2012

    An anti-malarial compound first synthesized at IRL, BCX4945, has successfully passed the first stage of a preclinical efficacy study.

  • Fruitful study into health benefits of golden kiwifruit

    Gold Kiwifruit
    9 December, 2011

    Carbohydrate chemists from crown research institute IRL have uncovered the secrets behind the cell wall of Zespri’s patented variety of gold kiwifruit, opening the door to new understandings about the fruit’s digestive benefits.

  • Engineering innovator recognised for use-inspired approach

    Marcus King
    1 December, 2011

    Christchurch engineer Marcus King has been named the New Zealand Engineering Innovator of the Year 2011 by the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ.)