COVID19 – Innovating Under Fire

COVID19 – Innovating Under Fire
Webinar via Zoom with Chris Hopkins, SouthMed, Iain Hosie, Revolution Fibres and Stephanie Grant, Wellington Univentures
Friday, 31st July 2020

1pm - 2.15pm - Eastern Australian Time
3pm - 4.15pm - New Zealand Standard Time

Cost: Complimentary 100 places LESANZ members have priority



Chris Hopkins, Director, SouthMed
Iain Hosie, Technical Director and Founder, Revolution Fibres and
Stephanie Grant, IP Manager, Wellington Univentures


Interested in hearing the challenges and IP implications of medical innovations during a pandemic?

In this webinar we will hear:

  • How a desperate need for ventilator supplies during lockdown spurred the creation of a new medical device company
  • How the global shortage of face masks saw Revolution Fibres scale up nanofibre production exponentially during lockdown
  • About Crown Use provisions – what they are and their implications during pandemics for companies who may be infringing IPR or wanting to protect their IPR in the course of product development

Our Speakers

Chris Hopkins, SouthMed, Director

Chris founded SouthMed during lockdown in response to a call for help from NZ Trade Minister David Parker because overseas ventilator supplies were unavailable.  Chris assembled a cross-functional team to develop a ventilator hood which could be manufactured in NZ, completing the first prototype during the first four weeks of Level 4 lockdown. Chris is an experienced executive and director delivering growth in Engineering, Robotics and Automation.

Iain Hosie, Revolution Fibres, Technical Director and Founder

Iain is the Co-founder and Technical Director of Revolution Fibres. Iain has been deeply involved in nanofibre production and the development of many unique nanofibre products in the past ten years and has led the business as CEO since 2012, recently moving to the Technical Director role.  Iain is a scientist (BSc, Biochemistry) with a background in environmental health, government policy, product development and sales.

Stephanie Grant, Wellington Univentures, IP Manager

Stephanie is a registered trans-Tasman patent attorney with a PhD in Chemistry. Stephanie’s role is to protect the IP associated with research discoveries at Victoria University, Wellington. Prior to UniVentures Stephanie held various roles in biopharmaceuticals, organic chemistry and as a Patent Executive.

7/31/2020 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
New Zealand Standard Time
New Zealand Time by Zoom webinar or 1pm Eastern Australian Standard Time Zoom details will be sent on 31st July