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PAUL ADAMS
Chairman & CEO


Specialisations:
Intangible asset and intellectual property strategy, out-sourced intellectual property management, intangible asset monetization, technology commercialization, intellectual property licensing.

T +64 9 489 2331
M +64 21 393 673
E p.adams@everedgeglobal.com


 

Background

Since embarking upon his technology commercialisation career in the late 1990s, Paul has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies. He is renowned for his extensive understanding of intellectual property strategy as well as being a keen advocate for the concept that intangible assets are fundamental to a corporate performance.

Paul’s career began the law before moving to Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a start-up and raised venture and development capital for New Zealand and United States ventures. Upon his return to New Zealand Paul was invited to develop and manage The Icehouse Incubator, the University of Auckland’s technology incubator. The Icehouse incubator has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 technology incubators in the world and was the only incubator selected outside the United States.

From here Paul went on to serve as Intellectual Property Manager for Brunswick New Technologies Inc. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of GPS technology and consumer electronics devices, Brunswick New Technologies’ revenues exceeded US$500 million. During this time Paul was responsible for a multi–million dollar intellectual property portfolio and budget and he managed the intellectual property outputs of more than 500 engineers and scientists.

Paul was appointed by the New Zealand Cabinet to the Advisory Board of Callaghan Innovation. Callaghan Innovation is the New Zealand government’s vehicle to support the commercialization of research and development. Callaghan employs a mix of over 300 scientists, engineers, business leaders and advisors to provide a single front door to New Zealand innovation system. It provides a combination of grant funding, business advice and technical skills and expertise to companies from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers. It has exposure to a large portion of all deal flow originating from New Zealand.

Paul sits on the advisory board of the McDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The MacDiarmid Institute is a national network of leading New Zealand scientists. The research undertaken by institute investigators includes but is not restricted to generating new knowledge in electronic and photovoltaic materials with tailored performance, nanoporous materials for energy- and environment-related applications, functional nanomaterials inspired by biology, or manufactured using biology, for advanced applications in energy, medicine and sensing, and new nano-tools for cellular studies.

Paul is a Director of Lewis Holdings Ltd – a NZ$350M investment vehicle, with approximately one third of its capital allocated to high growth technology investment. Lewis Holdings is the second largest investor in private technology companies in New Zealand and through its syndication with other major venture capital investors sees a substantial majority of all high growth start up deal flow in New Zealand.

Paul is an invited member of New Zealand’s Return on Science program. Return On Science is a national research commercialisation programme that delivers new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies. These services include connecting science and technology with strategic management, top-tier advice and guidance, world leading best practice process, and efficient access to capital. Return on Science operates across four platforms: Physical Sciences, Biotech and Life Sciences, ICT and Agritech and Agbio.

He is a frequent guest speaker at intellectual property and commercialisation conferences and events in New Zealand and overseas.

Paul has been a member of the IAM300 (Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual listing of the top 300 individuals identified as offering operating companies and other intellectual property owners world-class advice on maximising the value of their intellectual property) for the last three years.

 

 

Experience

  • Managed the IP outputs for 500 engineers and scientists
  • Brokered the sale of single US patent for 8-figure sum
  • Founded one of the world’s top ten technology incubators – the only one on this list outside of the US
  • Appointed to the board of the national network of commercisalisation centres to reset NZ’s approach to commercialisation
 

 

Professional

LLB with Honours (Software Licensing Law) – University of Auckland
BA (Economics and History) – University of Auckland
Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ
Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

 

 

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