Boutiq News

Nano in the News: Anna on RadioNZ ThisWayUp

Dr. Anna Henning, our sales and product development manager, was on RadioNZ with Simon of ThisWayUp discussing “nano”: where it is and what’s next.

Have a look at RadioNZ website, here

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Congratulations to Dr. Anna Henning on her Kiwinet “Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award” Nomination

Anna has been nominated as a finalist in a yearly round of Kiwinet Awards for her work in helping Boutiq commercialise their nanomaterials.

You can find more information at the Kiwinet page here, or the media release excerpt below.

Anna wishes to thank her team at Boutiq, Boutiq’s parent VicLink for their support in nominating her, and also to indicate her congratulations and support to the other nominees!


Hamilton, NZ, 12 May 2016 – Twelve innovative researchers and cutting edge research commercialisation projects have been selected as finalists for the fourth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate commercialisation success within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes.

The clever high-tech innovations pushing the frontiers of business include, silver nanoparticles to treat and prevent dental disease, wood fibre-reinforced plastic, a method for boosting plant growth and controlling disease, laser sensors for sperm sorting, new honey and propolis based supplements, high value functional vegetables, and healing gels from natural products.

The Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) is a consortium of 15 universities, Crown Research Institutes and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research.

General Manager Dr Bram Smith, says, “Every year the awards uncover more inspirational stories of cutting edge research powering business innovation and economic growth. The awards are a tribute to innovative researchers, working withentrepreneurial businesses and passionate Tech-Transfer professionals across New Zealand. Where others see scientific complexity, they see commercial opportunity.”

The 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards finalists are:

Norman F. Barry Trust Emerging Innovator Award

  • Dr Anna Henning, Victoria University of Wellington: Embracing a Boutiq opportunity – leading nanomaterials from the lab to the world
  • Dr Daniel Holland, University of Canterbury: Mathematics plus measuremenats equals economic benefit
  • Dr Carla Meledandri, University of Otago, The MacDiarmid Institute: Harnessing silver nanoparticles to treat and prevent dental disease

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

  • Dr Robert Hill, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University: Helping key industries to save millions – boosting plant growth and keeping disease under wraps
  • Dr. Stephen Moratti, University of Otago: Healing gels from natural products – an exciting new gel material for post-surgical healing
  • Associate Professor Cather Simpson,  University of Auckland: From sensors to sperm sorting – lighting up NZ’s economy with lasers

Research & Business Partnership Award

  • University of Canterbury and Canterbury Scientific Ltd: Biotechnology research projects to address significant, global diagnostic health problems including diabetes, preeclampsia and hypertension
  • Callaghan Innovation and Manuka Health: CycloPower™ bee product based range of dietary supplements
  • Scion and Sonae: Woodforce – a high performance wood fibre-reinforced plastic

PwC Commercial Deal Award

  • Soft wear by StretchSense:  Unleashing fashion on technology – making wearable tech invisible
  • Plant & Food Research: vitalvegetables® - high value functional vegetables
  • AgResearch: ZeaKal - international spin out helps NZ plant biotechnology gain traction

The BNZ Supreme Award will be presented for overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation.

The KiwiNet Awards judging panel comprises: Dr Andrew Kelly, Executive Director at BioPacific Partners, Dr Ray Thomson, angel investor and MacDiarmid Institute Chairman, Helen Robinson, Executive Chair at Organic Initiative, and Rob Heebink, R&D Executive at Gallagher Group.

Lead judge Dr Andrew Kelly says, “It’s great to see the KiwiNet Awards continue to bring out some excellent examples of the art of commercialisation. It’s a capability New Zealand needs more of and our research institutes – all of them – seem to be getting better year after year.”

The Awards are the pinnacle of KiwiNet activities designed to build awareness and inspire research commercialisation success.  Sponsorship support is provided by BNZ, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, PwC, Baldwins, MBIE and Sciencelens photography.

BNZ director – value chain, Jason Lewthwaite says, “At BNZ we are always keen to support innovative approaches to embracing commercial opportunities. We continue to support these awards as they encourage the next generation of innovators and researchers to explore new possibilities and enable a high achieving New Zealand.”

KiwiNet ( partner organisations include WaikatoLink, Plant & Food Research, Otago Innovation Ltd, Lincoln University, AUT Enterprises, AgResearch, University of Canterbury, Callaghan Innovation, Viclink, Landcare Research, Cawthron Institute, ESR, NIWA, Scion and GNS Science.  Principal support is provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).

Paul Stocks, Deputy Chief Executive of MBIE’s Labour, Science and Enterprise group, says commercialisation of research is an important driver of economic growth, which benefits all New Zealanders. “Through collaboration KiwiNet is helping to create greater commercial outcomes from our publicly-funded research, an approach MBIE supports.”

KiwiNet Awards 2016 finalists will deliver a final presentation to judges on 30 June in Auckland and winners will be announced at a reception that evening.

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It’s a New Year!

Boutiq is moving ahead in leaps and bounds! We’re developing our iron magnetic nanoparticles for use towards medical devices with a variety of partners, in addition to supplying our unique nanoparticles to the research community.

We are currently supplying a variety of nanoparticles for purchase. As our particles are unique to Boutiq and tuned for your application they are typically made to order (see Products page for ideas). However we regularly produce stock of our more popular items, including iron core-iron oxide shell (Fe NP), gold, palladium branched and iron oxide nanoparticles. So contact for availability!

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Iron nanoparticles and new coatings!

Boutiq offer highly magnetic iron core nanoparticles, which we are currently commercialising towards use as a medical device.

We supply particles which are coated in both hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings. As part of our ongoing R&D in this area, in addition to small molecules like DMSA, we now also offer PEGylated products such as our PEG-phosphonate Fe NPs.

Contact for more information!

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Boutiq Advisory Group

We have an expanding group of highly expert individuals helping support our growth.

See new updates on them on the About us page with short descriptions, profiles and news links!

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Updates on the team

Jeremy Jones of VicLink, critical in supporting Boutiq through our Kiwinet funding process, is taking on a Senior Commercialisation Manager role.

See VicLink’s blog and Jeremy’s background here or head on over to our About us page for a brief description.

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TechConnect Successful

We hope all that attended TechConnect enjoyed it and were able to join for Paul’s Innovation Spotlight!
Anna and Paul whom represented Boutiq as part of the NZ delegation (hosted by Callaghan Innovation and Grow Wellington) are very grateful for the ability to be there and the support received. As a group of NZ companies we were able to collectively support our growing network of commercialization partners.

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R. Tilley at UNSW

Richard Tilley, founder and current CSO of Boutiq Science Ltd., has taken up a new position at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

This is a fantastic position and everyone at Boutiq and VicLink congratulate him.

While positioned in Australia Richard is remaining as CSO of Boutiq.

So business as usual at Boutiq, currently based in Wellington NZ, but now with an Australian arm!

To see Richard’s new profile as professor at UNSW and director of the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, visit here.

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TechConnect Innovation Award

Fantastic news!

“Boutiq tailored nanoparticles for emerging technologies” has been recognized as a 2015 TechConnect Innovation Awardee at next month’s TechConnect National Innovation Summit, in Washington, D.C (June 14-17th).

  • The TechConnect Innovation Awards selects the top early-stage innovations from around the world through an industry-review process of the top 20% of annually submitted technologies into the TechConnect National Innovation Summit.
  • As a TechConnect Innovation Awardee, we are listed as an Awardee on TechConnect’s Innovation Awards home-page:
  • Please visit us at TechConnect Showcase booth, 13-17th June!

We also congratulate the other NZ delegate companies who have also won this award! Boutiq are grateful to be one of the 5 NZ companies to receive this, which indicates NZ progress in technological innovation!

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Boutiq evergrowing! Welcome Melanie!

Boutiq is continually growing, both in our product expertise and company. We welcome Melanie Nelson aboard as part of our research and development team.

With a PhD in Chemistry she will help Boutiq in new R&D focusing on medical device technologies.

Visit the team page (About us) for further information about Melanie, or contact her at for discussions about Boutiq R&D that could fit your needs!

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