Dodd-Walls Centre and New Zealand Industry

Photonics and quantum technologies are billion dollar industries. The DWC gives us the critical mass to contribute at world-class level to this global wave of technology transformation.


Dodd-Walls Interface Challenge: solving industry problems with innovative solutions

Developing Solutions for Industry

The Dodd-Walls Centre provides access to a dedicated team of industry professionals. They solve specific problems, create prototype devices and develop Dodd-Walls research for commercialisation.
“Without the Centre of Research Excellence it would never have been possible to pull such a diverse team together, to fund their time and to connect across institutions, disciplines and sectors” Click to read: DWC Collaboration for NZ’s Meat Industry.


The world of science offers a treasure trove of expertise to solve problems and supercharge innovation in New Zealand industry. But how do companies know where to find the right scientists, or find out if the required expertise exists locally to help them? Click to read:New Ideas: matchmaking scientists with industry.

Enabling the High-Tech Sector

Our mission is to leverage New Zealand’s research strengths to train a skilled workforce, support new industries and attract the world’s best talent to New Zealand.

Dodd-Walls Development Centres

The Dodd-Walls Development Centres are dedicated to solving specific industry problems, developing “commercialisation ready” prototype systems and providing support to researchers during the commercialisation process.


The Dodd-Walls Development Centres are prototyping facilities set up to enable students and investigators to test the market-readiness of technology emerging from DWC research.
Taking a technology from the pristine world of the research lab to the harsh reality of the market can be a hard job. To support DWC projects and people through this journey the DWC established the South Island Development Centre in January 2016 and the North Island Development Centre in April 2017.


The Development Centres provide access to a dedicated team of professionals who can help researchers navigate this new territory and provide an industry perspective. They can solve specific industry problems, develop “commercialisation ready” prototype systems and provide all-around support to researchers during commercialisation process.




The Lighthouse Platform

The Lighthouse Platform links business, research and government partners for growing high-tech business in New Zealand. The Lighthouse Platform periodically holds events to develop networking between researchers, funders and users of photonic and quantum technologies.

The Lighthouse Platform:

  • Develops links between companies and research teams
  • Provides access to technical advice, specialised tools and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Provides assistance in the recruitment of new graduates and other skilled staff
  • Provides a resource base for data and reports on industrial developments from around the world


Proudly sponsored by the Dodd-Walls Centre and supported by Callaghan Innovation and Southern Photonics.

Contact: Professor John Harvey, Director, The Lighthouse Platform. [email protected]

Industry Team Contact

Dhiraj Mani | [email protected]