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: 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.

Q: Who owns NZHIH?

The New Zealand Health Innovation Hub is owned by Canterbury DHB, and has its own board and management structure. We are also supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Health

Q: What is the policy on ownership of Intellectual Property?

Every case is different and should be discussed. Generally, intellectual property (IP) generated during the course of employment belongs to the employer. However, many profit sharing models exist and some DHBs have an IP Policy which we follow.

The Introduction to Intellectual Property page provides basic information on IP.

Q: Does the NZHIH have access to funding?

NZHIH is a pooling member in MBIE’s KiwiNet PreSeed Accelerator Fund programme. Strict criteria apply but that can be discussed with one of our team.

NZHIH has the ability to co-fund eligible projects and also works with other agencies like Callaghan Innovation and NZTE.

Q: Does the NZHIH have private funding connections?

We can provide advice and assist innovators in accessing funds. We also work with venture capital funds.

Q: Can other DHBs access the services of NZHIH?

Yes – all DHBs are eligible and encouraged to engage with NZHIH.

Q: How do I contact you to discuss my idea?

Email us at enquiries@innovation.health.nz or use our contact form to discuss.