3 Apr 2012

Conference focuses on getting ideas to marketplace

10:53 pm on 3 April 2012

About 300 innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world are in Auckland for a conference exploring how clever ideas can be used to tackle some of the most urgent global problems such as food security, water shortages and the need for clean energy.

The conference is organised by the Licensing Executive Society, a non-profit organisation concerned with intellectual property rights, technology transfer and commercialising innovation.

Conference chair Simon Rowell says the delegates are looking at the latest developments in areas such as clean technology and the potential of these to change the world.

He told Evening Business on Checkpoint that New Zealand has a high publication rate for research papers but was not so good at getting that research into products in the marketplace and the conference was focusing on how that might be turned around.