Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Global partnership for MBIE funded research

Global partnership for MBIE funded research

A Government-funded research project has signed a partnership agreement with GE Healthcare, the world’s largest medical technology company, to work together on a ground-breaking medical imaging product.

MARS spectral imaging is a revolutionary x-ray technology project developed as a collaborative effort, led by the Universities of Canterbury and Otago based in Christchurch.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has invested $4 million over 6.5 years in the project through its High Value Manufacturing Services Research Fund.

The MARS colour scanner, developed as part of the project, can provide images of bone, soft tissue, calcifications and injected contrast agents with much more detail than traditional computer tomography and MRI scans. The capability of this scanner will result in early detection, diagnosis and treatment of major diseases such as cancer and heart diseases.

Ministry Science Investments, Manufacturing and Resources Acting Manager Bas Walker says the potential economic benefit to New Zealand is substantial as this is a high-value product, and currently there are no spectral CT scanners commercially available.

“As well as contributing to health improvement, the MARS technology will help raise the global competitiveness of New Zealand’s high technology manufacturing sector in the area of medical imaging,” he says.

The partnership with GE Healthcare, which specialises in transformational medical technologies and services worldwide, opens additional pathways for sharing knowledge and will allow New Zealand to showcase its high-tech manufacturing capabilities on a global scale.

“The MARS project is a great example of how government investment in purpose-driven research can lead to economic benefits and opportunities for New Zealand,” Dr Walker says.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Internet: NZ Govt Lifts Target Speeds For Rural Broadband

The government has lifted its expectations on faster broadband speeds for rural New Zealand as it targets increased spending on research and development in the country's information and communications technology sector, which it sees as a key driver for export growth. More>>


Banks: Westpac Keeps Core Government Transactions Contract

The local arm of Westpac Banking Corp has kept its contract with the New Zealand government to provide core transactions, but will have to share peripheral services with its rivals. More>>


Science Investment Plan: Universities Welcome Statement

Universities New Zealand has welcomed the National Statement of Science Investment released by the Government today... this is a critical document as it sets out the Government’s ten-year strategic direction that will guide future investment in New Zealand’s science system. More>>


Scouring: Cavalier Merger Would Extract 'Monopoly Rents' - Godfrey Hirst

A merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International's two wool scouring operations would create a monopoly, says carpet maker Godfrey Hirst. The Commerce Commission on Friday released its second draft determination on the merger, maintaining its view that the public benefits would outweigh the loss of competition. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: She Means Business

As Foreman says in her conclusion, this is a business book. It opens with a brief biographical section followed by a collection of interesting tips for entrepreneurs... More>>


Hourly Wage Gap Grows: Gender Pay Gap Still Fixed At Fourteen Percent

“The totally unchanged pay gap is a slap in the face for women, families and the economy,” says Coalition spokesperson, Angela McLeod. Even worse, Māori and Pacific women face an outrageous pay gap of 28% and 33% when compared with the pay packets of Pākehā men. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news