Nicole van der Laak MSc, BSc(Hons), PhD

Senior Commercialisation Manager

Kaiwhakahaere Whakapakihi Matua—Senior Commercialisation Manager 

In her role as Commercialisation Manager for Wellington UniVentures, Nicole works to develop early-stage research concepts into marketable products or services with impact.

She brings a wealth of international experience in translating research into commercial outcomes to her commercialisation role, having worked for both research institutions and industry in Australia, England, Scotland and Hong Kong.

She holds both Bachelor and Master of Science (first class Honours) degrees from the University of Auckland, and a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, after being awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study there.

Nicole works closely with the Robinson Research Institute in both her roles, to help both fund and develop their world-leading research.