Before the advent of the new
company structure in Health, I was able to help the Canterbury
Area Health Board put in place policy on intellectual property.
This policy would have enabled individuals who have made
discoveries and inventions to take advantage of them - with the
Board enjoying royalties. This partnership of innovator,
employer, department, and local business would have enabled
enterprises to develop for the benefit of all concerned: the
patient, the innovator, the Board, and the community.
The structure of the company is that of a
In addition, the Number Eight Enterprises network draws on a pool of scientists, clinicians, technicians, managers, and educators. Number Eight Enterprises also provides a pool of expertise to act as consultants.
It is hoped that a percentage of the profits will be channelled into the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and act with this organisation to help realise our common goals.
|®||The Significance of the Symbol "8"|
"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploration will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." T.S. Elliot.
The symbol "8" is a Mobius strip. The surface represents a road.
This road is not only about a real or metaphysical journey: it is a description of learning, research, development, creativity and inventiveness. It is about going forward and returning, re-crossing the starting place from a different direction, only to return again, wiser, stronger and prospering.
Number eight is the metaphor for Kiwi ingenuity and enterprise: the ability to achieve or build anything out of a piece of number eight wire.
For New Zealanders, number eight embodies the "Number 8 Forward" in a rugby scrum. Those individuals who put their heads down, get on with it, galvanise the efforts of those around them, pushing them to achieve their goals.
On its side the number eight becomes the symbol for infinity ¥: the limitless imagination of the creator. The number eight also represents material rewards in numerology: the successful union of innovation and enterprise.
Number Eight Enterprises' logo symbolises our belief in a Kiwi's ability to succeed and to lead the way. Something all New Zealanders know to be true.
New Zealand is renowned as a country with highly creative and inventive people. Overseas earnings from innovative ventures are becoming increasingly important as a source of national wealth.
The implementation of innovative ideas is a task which often meets with unforseen obstacles.
It was with the intention of overcoming these
impediments and of facilitating of New Zealand inventiveness that
Number Eight Enterprises was established as a project development
To realise the full potential of an innovation requires the cooperation and goodwill of all parties: those with the ideas and skills, the business community, investors, local bodies and funding agencies.
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