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  • Starve a fever

    Malaria mosquito
    19 March, 2012

    An anti-malarial compound first synthesised at IRL, BCX4945, has successfully passed the first stage of a pre-clinical efficacy study, raising the hope of a new weapon in the war against the deadly disease.

  • Client Q&A: Manuka Health

    Kerry Paul, Manuka Health
    19 March, 2012

    Kerry Paul is the CEO of Manuka Health New Zealand. With a strong focus on adding value to New Zealand natural health products, Manuka Health has been working with IRL on the technology transfer of a new innovation, CycloPower™. We asked Kerry to tell us more.

  • Tiny titans

    Titanium metal alloy
    19 March, 2012

    New titanium metal alloy open-pore materials (seen below at various magnifications) currently being developed at IRL could offer high-value contributions to the biomedical sector.

  • Awards for IRL scientists

    17 November, 2011

    IRL Principal Scientists, Drs Gary Evans and Jeff Tallon were recognised by the Royal Society of New Zealand at its annual awards evening last night to celebrate this country’s top researchers.

  • The world’s fastest Kiwi

    16 November, 2011

    IRL’s engineering brainpower is helping to fuel a drive to continue New Zealand’s legacy of innovation with a challenge to the world land speed record.

  • Freeze frame

    Platinum nanoparticle
    16 November, 2011

    IRL research into controlling crystal growth and shape has important implications for the food industry and energy technology.

  • Ray of hope

    Fibre-optic dosimeter
    16 November, 2011

    IRL is collaborating to develop new medical technology to ensure the precise delivery of powerful new radiation therapies being adopted by Wellington Regional Hospital.

  • Brain gain

    Dr Sunil Vather
    16 November, 2011

    Im-Able is taking New Zealand stroke rehabilitation innovation to the world. CEO Dr Sunil Vather comments..

  • Game theory

    Rugby and physics
    16 November, 2011

    IRL's Dr Geoff willmott, who has played and refereed rugby for 25 years, explores the interplay between his two passions – physics and our national sport.

  • Raising the temperature

    HTS levitating magnet
    15 November, 2011

    The international profile of New Zealand’s emerging high temperature superconductivity (HTS[?]) industry gained a boost recently when IRL and some of its commercialisation partners showcased HTS capabilities at several high-profile events in Europe.