We can help you get where you want to go, faster.

We provide innovative health professionals with advice on product design, market validation and health innovation funding options.

We’ll ask

Does the idea belong to you?

Will it offer health benefits?

Does it have commercial potential?

We’ll meet, provide advice and discuss possibilities. We’ll prepare initial analysis, usually including freedom to operate, review results and discuss appropriate pathways with you.

Depending on the innovation and your goals, we may aim to form a venture around the idea; or perhaps we’ll work to license a technology to an established company. No matter the pathway, the ultimate benefits will be shared fairly and equitably.

We are here to commercialise New Zealand’s public health sector intellectual property, innovations, and initiatives with strategic partners for better health outcomes.

NZHIH is an agent for the MBIE PSAF fund, available for such expenses as researcher’s salaried time, related research consumable and R&D costs, prototype development, market research, IP strategy development and commercialisation partner engagement.

"Ideas are useless unless used."

Theodore LevittAmerican economist and professor at Harvard Business School.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What sort of Ideas are we looking for?

We are looking for ideas that can be widely adopted because they:

  • make a material difference to people’s health, here and in other countries;
  • make clinicians’ jobs easier and more effective, so clinicians will want to adopt them; and
  • reduce the cost of care, so public and private funders will want to fund them.

Q. What services does the NZHIH offer?

We have a simple yet rigorous approach to evaluating your ideas. With clear decision points, from initial review and assessment, through to ultimate commercialisation if your idea shows high potential. We access expert clinical, technical, legal, marketing and commercial advice to help guide decisions.

Q. Will the information I disclose about my idea/invention be confidential?

We assure confidentiality:

  • in all cases we include a discussion about what confidentiality requirements there may be and how these will be applied
  • An explicit confidentiality / non-disclosure agreement can be signed beforehand.