IRL launches research and development business booster

Issue 28 – June 2011

From 11 May 2011, New Zealand businesses are invited to apply to take part in Industrial Research Ltd's (IRL's) 'Scientist for a Day programme'. IRL is offering the services of some of its world-class scientists and engineers and the programme encourages New Zealand businesses to think about what research and development (R&D) can do for them, and whether their R&D is focused in the right areas.

Between August and 23 December 2011 IRL experts will engage with successful applicants in a hands-on and face-to-face technical interaction that can take place either at their business location or at an IRL laboratory. IRL can follow up with a business potential for innovation report. The visit can focus on anything: an existing problem, analysing and improving a product or process, developing an opportunity, evaluating the potential for innovation, or any other specific, well-defined idea.

IRL Chief Executive Shaun Coffey says 'Scientist for a Day' aims to encourage more New Zealand companies to think about how R&D can improve their productivity and profitability. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly says 'Scientist for a Day' is a golden opportunity for Kiwi firms. 'Partnering science with business to turn ideas into profit is key to helping secure a brighter future for New Zealand and taking us up the OECD rankings', says O'Reilly. 'This is an extremely valuable opportunity for firms and I urge all businesses to investigate. It could unlock untapped potential that makes the difference between a great idea and securing a world-leading market position.'

To find out more about IRL and the programme, and to apply, visit or email For more information call Malcolm Burgess, Communication advisor, Industrial Research Limited, on 04 931 3267.

Summarised from an IRL media release 9 May 2011.

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