Te Tītoki Mataora (TTM) Medtech Research Translator, is a national multi-faceted initiative focused on growing Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep tech sector by supporting research translation that aims to address New Zealand’s healthcare needs. It consists of two key programmes: the Research Accelerator Programme and the HealthTech Capability Programme.
TTM is supported by the Consortium for Medical Devices Technologies (CMDT), which is a partnership between AUT, the Universities of Auckland, Canterbury and Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, and Callaghan Innovation. It is hosted by the University of Auckland and by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. The TTM is a $10M programme over 3 years co-funded by MBIE and the University of Auckland, with in-kind contributions from the CMDT partnership and its associates, Ara Manawa and i3 (the innovation arms of Auckland and North Shore Hospitals respectively).
The Research Acceleration Programme (RAP), funded by MBIE, is a contestable fund to develop new opportunities from New Zealand’s health-related research. This is targeted towards the very early stages of proof of concept and the first steps into human applications, allowing research teams to de-risk ideas before seeking further support. RAP funding is available to researchers from universities and research institutes, clinicians and allied healthcare providers. There are three stages to the RAP funding as outlined here.
The Healthtech Capability Programme (HTCP), funded by the University of Auckland with contributions from the CMDT partnership, helps develop the foundations for research translation in New Zealand and focuses on building skills that are important to researchers and startups of the future. The programme comprises 5 modules of work that deliver strategic activities that progress that particular area of capability.
The HTCP modules are available to the research and clinical communities but are open to companies as well, in particular startups. Companies are welcome to participate alongside our research community but in some cases a small fee might be charged.
These modules and their key initiatives include the following:
Improving the capacity for researchers to work with Māori communities and supporting student capability. Some current initiatives to support this vision are:
Increasing the engagement between Pacific communities and the Aotearoa NZ healthtech sector. The initiatives present initiatives to grow the connectivity to the Pacific communities are:
Targeted at early and mid-career researchers and clinicians in healthtech to create effective collaboration and engagement in a nationwide network. The initiatives that are running at present are:
Supporting the development of medical devices and digital health technologies by facilitating excellent clinical trials and upskilling of the workforce. The two main initiatives that have been set up to support the ecosystem are:
Building capability for taking health technology research into the commercial arena and accelerating commercial opportunities. Our four anchoring initiatives are:
To learn more about Te Tītoki Mataora and the many opportunities available, you can either check out the CMDT website or attend Healthtech Week 2022 where you will have the opportunity to talk to each of our programme and module leads.