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Building Kaitiaki for Intergenerational Deeptech Impact

Collaborative technology disruptors from across the science and technology sector brought together with R&D intensive companies

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Date and time:

Thu 19 May 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thu 19 May 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Ōtautahi Christchurch

The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall

Free Free (Please register for evening session)

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Building Kaitiaki for Intergenerational Deeptech Impact

We are showcasing the value of science-based commercial activity to enhance New Zealand’s economic performance including via research and development at start-up and mature company levels.

We are focussing on rangatahi as the future of both science and industry performance and will include a range of dynamic speakers in a brief speaker line-up for the evening.

The collaborators hosting the event are:

· MacDiarmid Institute

· Dodd Walls Centre

· New Zealand Product Accelerator

· University of Canterbury Biomolecular Interaction Centre

· Momentum Committees


· MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA)


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Nick Jackson

CTO Pyper Vision

Nick Jackson is the CTO at Pyper Vision, he joined Pyper Vision in 2018 through his final year project at Canterbury University. In Nick’s role he manages all of Pyper Vision’s research and development, health and safety, outdoor trials and regulatory compliance.

Nick is an engineering graduate from UC with a BE(Hons) and ME in Chemical and Process Engineering. Outside of Pyper Vision, Nick loves the outdoors whether it be snowboarding, hiking or ultramathron running and also works with the sustainability focussed start-up Spout Alternatives.

Matt Cowan

Matt Cowan

Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering

I’m Matthew Cowan is a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury. I have worked in the USA and France on industrial‑academic collaborations with companies including TOTAL, 3M, and Solvent Rescue. My main research focus is increasing the energy-efficiency of gas purification processes and technologies. Interesting side project include developing ultra-lightweight bullet-resistant composites, recycling processes for treating stockpiles of industrial chloroform waste, and developing safety-related board games to improve organizational culture. Non-academic projects include authoring the children’s book Because I Cleaned My Room and the sci-fi/fantasy novel Rogha.

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Maryam Shojaei

MacDiarmid Alumna

Originally from Iran, Maryam moved to New Zealand in 2017 to pursue a PhD in Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Maryam's passion involves using science to bring visions to life. During her 5 years living in New Zealand, she has conducted research in academic, industrial and start-up environments. She was part of the Research and Development team at Resene Paint Ltd helping to develop coating formulations for innovative applications such as antibacterial paints and impregnating wood stains. Afterwards, she joined the University of Canterbury as a researcher to investigate innovative approaches in carbon-felt production. In the meantime, she became a member of the Three Waters team at the Christchurch City Council.


Alyce Lysaght

Water Engineer and member of Physical Sciences Investment Committee

Alyce is a graduate Water Engineer based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington. Alyce completed her Bachelor (Honours) of Engineering specialising in Natural Resources degree at te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury in 2021. Alyce is also a member of the Physical Sciences Investment Committee through the UniServices’ Return on Sciences kaupapa. In her professional and personal capacity, she aims to utilise different functions of technology to provide better outcomes for future generations to come. In her spare time she hosts the podcast series titled 'Māori in Engineering', an accessible platform to learn about the stories of Māori in the engineering world. 

Precision Chroma

Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Precision Chroma

Biological based products are becoming more common for use as pharmaceutical drugs, such as insulin (protein), Pfizer’s Covid19 vaccine (mRNA) and immunotherapy drugs (anti-bodies). These important products have complex manufacturing processes that start from cells grown in a bioreactor. This is followed by many process steps to isolate the wanted product from a soup of unwanted contaminates.  After years of research and development and a heap of inspiration from nature, our team of world-class scientists have developed a unique method of separating biological products that eliminates several of these processing steps. We are 3D printing a separation medium that can quickly isolate your wanted biologic (protein, virus, or DNA) from unwanted contaminates such as cells, organelles, and cell debris. Our technology can passage the larger contaminates such as cells freely through its structure, unlike our competitors’ products which require the cells to be removed first in an additional step (or two). Precision Chroma is planning to revolutionise the bio-separations industry, to reduce the number of process steps and therefore the manufacturing costs for these important drugs. 

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Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Pyper Vision

Pyper Vision is a Christchurch based start-up that over the last five years has developed a solution to disperse fog at and around aerodromes. Using their intelligent dispersal system, they bring fog to the ground, clearing the skies for take-off. The system is specifically designed for use at airports, preventing disruption to commercial operations on foggy days. Taking fog out of the equation creates a safer flying experience, and more efficient, resilient aerodrome operations.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Zincovery is developing an efficient and sustainable zinc recycling technology. This has the potential disrupt the current coal-based zinc recycling industry. Founded by University Canterbury researchers Prof. Aaron Marshall and Jonathan Ring, Zincovery was spun out of the university in 2020. Since then, Zincovery has raised their first private investment, signed their first customer, and proven the technology at laboratory scale. Then team is now working towards scaling to a 1 tonne p.a. Pilot Plant and raising their second capital round.

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Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Science Alive Mātauranga

Science Alive Mātauranga is a unique partnership between Science Alive Charitable Trust and Education Perfect. Together, under the same vision, content is being developed that aims to inspire young learners to develop 21st century skills that will equip them for the jobs of the future with a Mātauranga Māori lens. We believe that the youth today need to be prepared for a different future of jobs and work, and that the skill sets that are needed involve innovation and problem solving. We hope to empower children to design their own futures and realise just how much potential they have when looking outside the box. Science Alive Mātauranga has been developed as a koha (gift) to all children of Aotearoa.

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Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Aspiring Materials

Aspiring Materials has developed a simple process that converts (olivine) rock – found around the world – into silica, iron ore and magnesium hydroxide. We have demonstrated that our magnesium hydroxide can sequester point source CO2, and can correct ocean acidification. Uniquely, this process is carbon negative, provides a pathway for stable long-term sequestration of CO2, whilst also producing a range of emission reducing products needed in our day-to-day lives.

Liquium v2

Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Liquium’s aim is to trade ammonia by building and selling new, efficient, green, decentralized ammonia plants to align with renewable energy and support the maritime sector as the next clean liquid fuel.

Ammonia is the zero-carbon fuel of the future to support heavy industry, where ease of storage and a high energy is essential to power container ships, international flights, and immediate high energy power generation. However, the way we currently make ammonia is too expensive if done in a zero-carbon process via renewable energy. Therefore Liquium’s new catalyst materials drastically lower the capital and operational costs of ammonia production to help enable a clean energy future.

Further exhibitors to be announced


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