Following the success of Prof Jim Johnston and Dr. Eldon Tate at the 2020 Kiwinet awards, Professor Johan Potgieter (Product Accelerator Research Leader for Sensing and Automation portfolio) is recognised as one of sixteen finalists in the 2021 Kiwinet Awards under the ‘Researcher Entrepreneur’ category. The eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards are designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes and other research organisations.

Prof. Johan Potgieter has developed a significant commercialisation portfolio with a strong drive to improve the New Zealand research and commercialisation landscape through strong business partnerships and end-users:

Remote monitoring substation robotic platform for Transpower Ltd

  • Within the New Zealand Product Accelerator engaging with and providing commercial technology solutions to a variety of companies within New Zealand
  • FMCG product development for Zuru Ltd
  • Developed a confectionary manufacturing process for a $500M revenue product
  • Start-ups – MA Innovations Ltd, ISM Ventures Pty Ltd, Compress Tech Ltd

For more about Johan and the Massey Agrifood Digital Lab, visit

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