The partners in the MedTech CoRE and CMDT each have specialist laboratory facilities and expertise to drive medical devices research and technology development in New Zealand. This page provides an overview of some of these resources.
Auckland Bioengineering Institute
The Auckland Bioengineering Institute has excellent laboratory and workshop facilities, including areas dedicated to electronic development, mechanical construction as well as wet-lab facilities.
Medtech CoRE 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Platform
The platform offers a national network of high-end facilities and collective expertise in 3D printing for rapid prototyping, scalable manufacture, surgical planning, physical computational physiology, soft robotics, biomaterials and 3D biofabrication technologies through our partners at:
Add Lab Callaghan Innovation
CReaTE Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering Group
CDAM Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab
MADE Multi-property Additive-manufacturing Design Experiments
Augmented Reflection Technology Group
The Augmented Reflection Technology Group develops computer-assisted therapy systems using Augmented Reflection Technology (ART). The ART system projects a moving, real time image of a person’s limbs via a computer and camera, using an augmented mirror box (AMB).
Biomechanics Laboratory, University of Otago
Dr Allan Carman, at the Biomechanics Laboratory, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, has expertise in measuring human performance, including; 3D movement, muscle function, and muscle and joint forces in the generation of movement. Biomechanics Laboratory is equipped with a 12 camera 3D motion analysis system (Motion Analysis Corporation), two ground mounted force plates (AMTI), a 12 channel telemetric electromyography system (Noraxon), a portable pressure mat (RSscan) and an isokinetic dynamometer (Biodex).
The Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine
The Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine at the University of Otago conducts cutting-edge research. It also gives postgraduate students and industry the opportunity to conduct bioengineering and nanomedicine research with world-class scientists.
Microscopy Otago is the hub of the University of Otago’s high-tech imaging and analytical facilities. It consists of two Centres, the Otago Centre for Electron Microscopy (OCEM) and the Otago Centre for Confocal Microscopy (OCCM).
The Photon Factory
The Photon Factory is a multiuser laser facility at the University of Auckland with a core mission of enabling creative, innovative technology by harnessing the energy of light for academic, industrial, and CRI-based researchers across New Zealand.
University of Auckland Research Farm
The Large Animal Model Research Farm is a large-scale multipurpose facility that offers proof of concept and safety studies for medical technologies. Areas of expertise include testing material biocompatibility; orthopedics; brain and neurology analysis including cognitive function; fertility, pregnancy and fetal health; weight management and endocrinology; and immunology.
Surgical and Translational Research Centre (STaR Centre)
The cross-disciplinary STaR Centre has a mission to improve the outcomes of patients with surgical diseases. The Centre’s unique focus bench-to-bedside translational research addressing challenges in surgical disease means we sit at the science interface between academia, industry and clinical practice. Our Surgical Trials Unit located at Auckland City Hospital and the University of Auckland undertakes investigator initiated and company sponsored clinical research, and are designed to test new diagnostic tools, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Institute of Biomedical Technologies
There are two labs available within The Institute of Biomedical Technologies. The tissue mechanics and respiratory function lab contains both in vitro and in vivo facilities. The polymer processing and characterization lab provides facilities for polymer processing primarily in multiphase systems such as blends, composites, and functional fillers.