Commercial research, commercialisation and consultancy

Auckland UniServices Limited is the commercial research and knowledge transfer company for the University of Auckland dedicated to connecting the University’s capabilities to business and investors, Government and the community.
UniServices is a wholly-owned company of the University of Auckland.

Auckland UniServices Limited


In just 25 years UniServices has grown to produce an income of over NZ$130 million per annum, far surpassing any similar operation in New Zealand and Australia. This income derives from contract research and consulting, customised education programmes to 25,000 students around the world and from transferring intellectual property developed by staff and students at the University to the public and private sectors.

UniServices also works alongside academic staff to identify and protect discoveries with commercial potential, find business partners and negotiate licence agreements. It protects the University's intellectual portfolio and has an extensive portfolio of new technologies available for commercial licensing.

All surpluses generated by UniServices are paid to the University of Auckland and are applied to expanding and enhancing its capabilities in commercial and basic research. 

UniServices contribution to the New Zealand economy:

  • Cumulative revenue over the last 10 years is $1billion
  • Spin-out companies have raised $145 million of investment in the last 4 years
  • Commercialisation income of $15m, from an investment of $3.5m in 2013

UniServices adds value to:

  • Businesses through contract research, consultancies and licensing
  • Investors through intellectual property development
  • Government and communities through societal research and service delivery

UniServices also delivers:

  • Clinical trials and scientific analysis
  • Co-location of commercial research and development activities
  • Management of special courses and
  • Survey design, market research, implementation, fieldwork and analysis

In addition UniServices can structure expert services and the use of specialist facilities through Collaborative Programmes, Student Research Projects and Secondments, Sponsored Positions and Licensing Agreements.

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Staff can also access more information through UniServices’ Intranet.