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 www.irl.cri.nz/scientist-day or email sfad@irl.cri.nz. 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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