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The Otago contingent at the MedTech Innovation Showcase, highlighting the University's contribution and commitment to this flourishing industry. From L-R: Associate Professor Yusuf O Cakmak, Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Jo Nunnerley, Dr Martin Gagnon, Professor J. Haxby Abbott and Dr Carthika Luxmanan.

Article source: Sandra French, University of Otago

Otago researchers took centre stage at the MedTech Innovation Showcase last month, representing the University’s growing contribution to New Zealand’s expanding and lucrative medical technology sector.

Organised by the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT) and Te Tītoki Mataora (TTM), the showcase also featured the launch of MedTech-iQ Aotearoa, a virtual collaborative ecosystem led by CMDT, with four physical hubs - Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Pōneke Wellington, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Ōtepoti Dunedin.

The four innovation hubs bring together five universities, Callaghan Innovation and three Te Whatu Ora hospitals, with other government health providers, the technology industry, investors, and communities. Each hub will contribute its areas of research and business strength and collaborate nationally.

At NZ$2 billion and growing, the New Zealand MedTech sector has more than doubled in size in ten years says Otago’s Dr Carthika Luxmanan, Business Development Manager, Research & Enterprise and CMDT Steering Committee member.

“With our presence in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington, the University can contribute to the work in three hubs and be a leading industry voice in the South Island.”


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