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Sonar6 founders win prestigious innovation award

BAYER INNOVATOR AWARDS

Media Release - 15 August 2008


Sonar6 founders win prestigious innovation award

Auckland entrepreneurs Mike Carden and Mark Hellier were picked from a strong field of ten finalists to win a Bayer Innovators Award for their human resources management software tool.

The awards ceremony was held in Auckland at the Hyatt Hotel last week (August 5).

Sonar6 won the information communication technology category of the Bayer Innovators Awards, one of six categories encompassing a wide range of industries and sectors.

The software was recognised by the judges as having widespread market acceptance as the world’s only graphics-based employment management system, which is clearly in a strong position to increase its business on a global basis.

More than a hundred people representing 60 finalists across six categories attended the Awards.

Hans-Dieter Hausner, Senior Country Representative Bayer Australia and New Zealand said that as a global company with a proud history of research and development, Bayer recognised the link between innovation and business success.

“At any one time Bayer is involved in up to 100 research trials in New Zealand, whether it’s a new cancer treatment, a new crop protection product or a new cattle drench, said Hans-Dieter Hausner.

Last year Bayer spent more than NZ$5 billion on research and development.

“Innovation is the key to future business success, which is why we support the Bayer Innovators Awards in association with the National Business Review.”

The six category award winners in the Bayer Innovators Awards were:

1. Agriculture and environment: Johan Verbeek, University of Waikato & Novatein, Waikato.
2. Design and Engineering: Chris Mardon and Tom Mackenzie, Energy Mad, Christchurch.
3. Information Technology and Communications: Mike Carden and Mark Hellier, Sonar 6, Auckland.
4. Manufacturing: David Percy, Pertronic, Hutt Valley.
5. Research and Development: Ray Avery, Medicine Mondiale, Auckland.
6. Science and Health: Olaf Diegel, AUT University, Auckland.

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