Return On Science

Return On Science connects science and technology with top-tier advice and guidance, strategic management, world leading best practice process, and efficient access to capital.

Biotech & Life Sciences

The Biotech & Life Sciences Investment Committee represents expertise in biotechnology, clinical drug development, and medical device technologies.

Agritech & Foodtech

The Agritech & Foodtech committee caters to New Zealands world-class Agritech and Science


The ICT Investment Committee considers projects that stem from information technology R&D and computer sciences.

Physical Sciences

This committee represents expertise in materials science, chemical sciences and engineering technologies.

Return On Science is a national research commercialisation programme that delivers new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies.

Our services include connecting science, technology and project teams with strategic management,  top-tier advice and guidance, world leading best practice process, and efficient access to capital.

Four specialist world-leading investment committees with centuries of combined knowledge and experience give projects the domain specific experience and connections that cannot be found elsewhere in New Zealand.

Additionally, Return On Science partners with organisations that have the ability to progress raw early-stage research into commercial projects, and who have the skills and capacity to increase opportunities for commercialisation by bringing the necessary strategic impetus early in the research lifecycle.

Agritech & Foodtech

The Agritech & Foodtech Investment Committee represents expert advice and guidance to research and technology project teams seeking to commercialise agriculture and food and beverage technologies.

 Biotech & Life Sciences

The Biotech & Life Sciences Investment Committee represents expertise in drug development, clinical therapy, and medical device technologies and the wider biotechnology space.


The ICT Investment Committee considers projects that stem from information technology R&D. This committee includes experts with experience ranging from startups, Fortune500 companies, and the former CTO of New Zealand’s largest company.

Physical Sciences

Focused on materials science and engineering technologies, this committee includes industry experts, venture capitalists, and commercial R&D specialists from all over the world. 


From research to market


Return On Science works with 98 organisations internationally, providing connections and giving valuable advice to 386 individual projects across 552 presentations to date (2011-2017)..

386 Client Projects
552 Project Presentations 
98 Organisations

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29 November, 2016

Objective Acuity spinout could revolutionise eyecare

Adam Podmore, CEO of Objective Acuity - a start-up company spun out of the University of Auckland's innovation ecosystem - hopes Objective Acuity technology will be used by optometrists and eye specialists around the world: "It addresses an unmet need, particularly in children; it's estimated one in five children ... Read more
29 November, 2016

StretchSense raises Series A funding from Japanese clothing retailer

StartToday owns ZOZOTOWN, Japan’s Largest Online Retailer of Apparel and Accessories, and, Japan’s largest fashion coordination app. StretchSense is a manufacturer of soft stretchy sensors and generators for wearables. The company’s products are ultra-soft and precise, making them ideal for sporting, AR/VR, animation, and healthcare applications. StretchSense sells to ... Read more
29 November, 2016

Artificial Intelligence spin-out gains international investment

Intelligent computers that look, think and react like humans are the latest technology being developed at the University of Auckland to become a commercial venture. Artificial Intelligence company Soul Machines was officially launched this week after it attracted US $7.5 million in its initial financing round from Hong Kong-based venture ... Read more

Project Pipeline


Return On Science sees projects from early ideation stage to fully functioning start-ups. Non-confidential summaries and contact details for all projects can be found in our Live Projects section. 

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Project Spotlight

Smart and Responsive Animation

Dr Mark Sagar (ex Weta Studios) leads a team at the University of Auckland developing computational modelling and real time synthesis of the emotional and behavioural facial signals necessary to create engaging lifelike behaviour.

  • ICT

Stage: 3
Principal Investigator:
Client: University of Auckland

Contact: Stephen Flint, +64 21 240 3076, +64 9 923 4898



We are really proud to be developing early stage technologies.

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We are proud to work with New Zealand's best research Institutions

  • otago (1)
  • uoo
  • plant-food (1)
  • TPM
  • viclink


  • waikatolink (1)
  • lincoln (1)
  • scion (1)
  • landcare research
  • cdc


  • aut (1)636159612023304583
  • agresearch (1)636159611971896956
  • AUT636159612162995946
  • ESR636159665259742428
  • canterbury (1)


  • uoa-2015-for-web
  • vuw (1)
  • waikato
  • HERA
  • larsa