Winners Announced: New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015

Kode Biotech and their game-changing anti-cancer treatment has been crowned New Zealand’s most innovative organisation at the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2015, held at the Cloud in Auckland on Wednesday night (October 21). Kode Biotech have developed a base platform that can cure cancer using the human bodies auto immune responses.

New Zealand Innovation Council CEO and Awards convener Louise Webster says the winners of the 2015 awards demonstrate innovation and commercialisation is thriving across many industry sectors: “It is at the intersection between these sectors where truly disruptive, innovative products and business ventures are created.

“These awards bring together incredible innovators, entrepreneurs, organisations and investors from all industries across New Zealand to collaborate and celebrate. The 2015 entrants give a real sense that Kiwi innovation is moving into the main stream, demonstrating world leading approaches to innovation with many businesses going global from day one. We really are a country of world-class innovators.”

Awards partners Bayer New Zealand and Idealog are excited about the growth of the programme and the positive impact this is having on the business community.

Steve Henry, CEO and Chief Science Officer of Kode Biotech, and Professor of Biotech Innovation at AUT accepted the Supreme New Zealand Innovator Award in front of more than 700 people who attended the awards ceremony and event celebrations.

Kode Biotech also won the Innovation in Health and Science Award. NZIA evaluators praised Kode Technology for having developed a licensing model that provides a flexible and profitable commercialisation pathway for their product. Kode’s technology will be incorporated by Agalimmune into its novel cancer immunotherapy molecules, creating a game-changing advance in cancer treatment. While early days, the potential of the technology is both important and massive.

Many other category winners were announced on the night and reflect the depth and talent of New Zealand’s innovators and organisations. For the full list of winners visit here.