Ko Awatea were very proud sponsors of this year’s NZ Innovators Award for the Health and Science.category. Dr. Lynne Maher- Director for Innovation was a judge and commented on the high calibre and range of submissions.
The awards event was held at the Auckland Museum last Thursday evening. The Health and Science category winner was CxBladder ; a new gene test to detect and manage bladder cancer which only needs a small sample of the patients urine rather than the more extensive need for a cyctoscopy . Bladder cancer incurs one of the highest total costs per patient for cancer so this will not only improve the patient experience but will also contribute to reducing cost. CxBladder was also chosen out of entrants from all 13 categories to win the Supreme Innovator award. Click here for more
The Ko Awatea sponsorship enabled five people to join Lynne at the Awards ceremony, they were:
- Mataroria Lyndon – Clinical Fellow – CMH
- Ashish Taneja – Innovation Fellow – CMH
- Willem Fourie – Dean of Nursing at MIT
- Devika Kumar – Student Chapter participant – B Health Sciences (Health Systems)/ B Commerce (Supply Chain and Operations Management), University of Auckland
- Irene Yap – Student Chapter participant- Master of Speech Language Therapy (Practice), University of Auckland.
Ko Awatea was well represented by members of our ‘Student Chapter’ who were inspired by NZs top innovators. In addition Irene and Devika were able to discuss their studies, roles and ideas about health services with a number of people from other industries including the NZ Defence Force. They reflected that we are in a world where innovation has massive potential to provide ‘excellent health for all’ and where Walt Disney’s quote truly stands “If you can dream it, you can do it”
The evening provided an opportunity to network and cross pollinate ideas and examples from one sector to another. The connections made by the Ko Awatea team will provide opportunities for further collaboration in the future.
Can you dream it and do it? Why don’t you enter your innovation next year? To find out more, click here.