Image: Medtech-iQ Co-Leads Peter Hunter and Diana Siew
Medtech-iQ Aotearoa is a national collaboration of innovation with the purpose of accelerating the success of the New Zealand MedTech sector. It is a virtual national innovation hub that is linked to a backbone of four physical regional hubs in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Poneke Wellington, Otautahi Christchurch and Otepoti Dunedin. According to a recent Deloitte report, Medtech-iQ Aotearoa is a “world-first” initiative that aims to capitalise on the global medical device and digital health market estimated to have a value of US$815 billion. A strategic, coordinated approach helps leverage a significant opportunity for New Zealand, which will have a positive impact on the economic and physical health outcomes of all New Zealanders.
The University of Auckland, via its Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), has been foundational in the development of Medtech-iQ Aotearoa, which builds on the 2012 establishment of the Consortium for Medical Device Technologies hosted by the ABI. The University of Auckland hosts both the national entity and the Tamaki Makaurau Auckland regional hub.