University start-up wins third tech award

28 October 2016
Cather Simpson
Associate Professor Cather Simpson

A start-up technology company founded at the University of Auckland has been named in this year’s TIN100 technology awards.

Engender Technologies was founded by Associate Professor Cather Simpson of the University’s Department of Physics and School of Chemical Sciences and uses a highly innovative microfluidic and photonic method to sort sperm by sex for dairy herds.  

TIN100 facilitates growth in the New Zealand technology sector. It provides an annual analysis of New Zealand’s globally-focused companies in hi-tech manufacturing, biotechnology and ICT sectors.

Engender was named in a new category, formed to recognise the achievements of select start-up companies, Most Promising Early Stage Companies. This is included in the TIN100 report for the first time this year.

It is the third recognition for Engender this year, following Associate Professor Simpson’s Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award at this year’s Kiwinet Research Commercialisation Awards and winning the AgTech division at the World Cup Challenge held in Silicon Valley in June.

Associate Professor Simpson is also founder of the Photon Factory, a state-of-the-art pulsed laser research and teaching laboratory based at the University. She holds a wide range of science appointments across New Zealand research organisations including the MacDiarmid Institute and the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies.

Engender Technologies improves both efficiency and sorting of sperm by avoiding damage to the sperm membrane during processing. It is funded by venture capital and the University’s commercialisation company, UniServices.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Auckland, Professor Jim Metson, congratulated Associate Professor Simpson and the Engender team.

“I am very proud of the research and innovation being produced at the University and I want to congratulate the Engender team and Associate Professor Simpson on this achievement.”


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