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Hon Dr Ayesha VerrallAssociate Minister of Research,
Science and Innovation

The Government is investing in
‘Te Tītoki Mataora’ the MedTech Research Translator, to
deliver new medical tools – and meet both the demands of a
global pandemic and of a growing and aging
population.

“COVID-19 has shown that we need to
build a more resilient, productive, innovative and
economically-sustainable health system,” Associate
Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall
said.

“Te Tītoki Mataora harnesses New Zealand’s
bioengineering and healthcare expertise. It is a new
programme for translating the findings from publicly-funded
research into solutions for unmet clinical
needs.

“This will enable improvements in
personalised care, diagnostics and therapy, and result in
more equitable healthcare outcomes for New
Zealanders.

“The programme will fund expertise and
activities at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, which
aims to get medical technology research off the bench and
into business. It will facilitate the development of
collaborative projects across New Zealand
universities.”

The Government is investing $8.1
million over three years. Each project will have a
researcher, clinician and commercialisation expert on the
team. The programme will accelerate the most promising
projects by providing pre-seed funding to
researchers.

“This fund will also contribute to New
Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19, by supporting the
growth of the medical technology sector,” Ayesha Verrall
said.

The medical technology sector is the
second-largest secondary industry, valued at $1.9 billion in
2019 when health-tech accounted for 11 percent of our top
200 tech businesses.

“This important investment
supports the incredible work our researchers and scientists
do every day. People are central to our scientific
community, and excellent people lead to excellent research
and outcomes.

“Diversity creates the best
competition of ideas and provides wider perspectives that
reflect the needs of our diverse society. We want to ensure
that Te Tītoki Mataora lives up to its name with strong
Māori and Pasifika partnerships underpinning new research –
focusing on co-created technologies that rebalance health
inequities,” Ayesha Verrall
said.

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