Innovation Showcase



Imagine if you couldn't swallow. Founded in 2021, Swallowing Technologies is a start-up from the University of Canterbury's Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery. Swallowing Technologies are developing new technologies for treatment planning and rehabilitation for patients with dysphagia.

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No more hiding when you cough, laugh, run or exercise—now you can train right and feel better with femfit®. Founded in 2018, JUNOFEM is based on over 10 years of research at the University of Auckland's Bioengineering Institute. JUNOFEM developed the femfit, a device for pelvic floor training that can resolve up to 80% of urinary incontinence symptoms in 12 weeks using advanced biofeedback technology.

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At any point in time, one in 10 people worldwide is experiencing the distressing effects of gastric dysfunction. Alimetry is on a mission to revolutionise the gastrointestinal field by decoding the gut. Through their flagship product which is a world-first, non-invasive medical device called Gastric Alimetry, doctors can better help patients understand the root cause of their symptoms. Established 2019.

Improved precision, reduced anxiety .....established in 2005, ARANZ Medical is a healthcare informatics company focused on innovative medical imaging, data-capture devices, and analysis software for wound management.

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Research Groups

12 Labours - Digital Twins

World leading researchers at the University of Auckland's Bioengineering Institute are working on the 12 Labours project - a personalised 'digital twin' that will enable precision treatment and monitoring for individual patients with implantable and wearable devices for medical conditions.

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3D bioprinting

University of Otago is pioneering surgery of the future and researching right at the edge of what is possible in Regenerative Medicine. Housing New Zealand's most advanced biofabrication facility, they develop biomaterials to deliver patients stem cells that are 3D bioprinted to their specific anatomy, allowing repair of damaged cartilage and bone in osteoarthritic hip or knee joints, or to regenerate large tissues sections removed due to cancer.

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Uuna | The Bra Project

Globally, over 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra due to limitations in shape, size and fitting methods. Victoria University of Wellington researchers use 3D knit technology to develop customisable bra's for patients following reconstructive surgery.

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University of Canterbury's LEAPS team are developing a low-cost equitable artificial pancreas system with personalised closed loop control of blood glucose levels.

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