Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Commercial activities

A list of the diverse commercial entities which have developed from the Institute's innovative research programme.



FlexiMap are innovators in the research, diagnosis and management of functional gastrointestinal motility disorders. FlexiMap provides three primary products and services: (i) cutting-edge solutions for intra-operative multi-channel mapping of whole-organ electrophysiology, (ii) automated signal processing and analysis techniques, (iii) mathematical modelling and simulations of bioelectrical and biomechanical problems. FlexiMap currently supplies solutions to customers in North America and Asia.


Formus Labs

Formus Labs provides orthopaedic intelligence to implant manufacturers and clinicians through an AI-cloud platform. Our platform automates the process from clinical image analysis to patient-specific design and planning, while enabling the precise inputs of engineers and surgeons through an intuitive interface.



IMeasureU provide turn-key, user-friendly, measurement and analysis systems that allow coaches, athletes, medical practitioners, and engineers unparalleled information around body movement.


Kaha Sciences

Founded by former ABI, Millar and Telemetry Research staff, Kaha Sciences is developing wireless telemetry systems for use in the laboratory.


Millar Instruments at the ABI

Telemetry Research provided wireless implantable devices for monitoring and collecting physiological data. In November 2011, they merged with Millar Instruments, a US-based company which develops innovative catheter-based, sensing technology used in clinical diagnosis and medical research.


Objective Acuity

Co-founded by ABI staff and students, Objective Acuity is developing an automatic eye testing system that measures visual acuity quickly, objectively and accurately. The system seeks to replace the 150 years old eye chart, and can be used for routine acuity tests, monitoring, and screening for eye conditions such as amblyopia.


Portal Instruments

Portal Instruments develops controllable, precise and silent needle-free drug delivery systems, with medical, animal, agricultural, and cosmetic applications. Founded in 2013 by researchers at the ABI and MIT (Boston), Portal Instruments is co-owned with a major international pharmaceutical company and a leading US-based materials company.


Soul Machines

Soul Machines' goal is to define the user experience for Artificial Intelligence systems and platforms. Founded by Associate Professor Mark Sagar, director of ABI's Laboratory for Animate Technologies, the company will develop technology in the rapidly accelerating artificial intelligence sector. Its lifelike, emotionally responsive avatars will have the potential to become the interfaces between humans and machines across a variety of platforms.


Spark 64 Ltd

A group with a shared passion for technology and innovation. The company’s first product UVLens is a sun safety and education tool that provides real time UV information and protection advice. The company was founded in 2013 after winning the national final of the Microsoft Imagine Cup.



Founded by members of the ABI's Biomimetics Laboratory, StretchSense manufacture sensors based on artificial muscle technology for the unobtrusive measurement of human body motion in the animation, augmented reality, sport, healthcare, and prosthetics industries. In 2015, the company won the Sports & Fitness category at the WT Innovation World Cup in Munich.


Surgical Design Studio

Surgical Design Studio is a startup that designs innovative medical devices and offers medical device consulting services. Co-founded by Associate Professor Greg O'Grady and others, the company is the result of seasoned medical, surgical and engineering professionals coming together.


The Clinician

The Clinician is a health IT startup company co-founded by ABI Staff, focussed on bringing in patients’ perspectives to drive value-based care. The Clinician’s flagship product is ZEDOC - a cloud based platform that enables patient outreach, collection and analysis of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) resulting in actionable insights. Patient engagement and high response rates are achieved by AI-driven mobile apps which can seamlessly connect to health apps and wearables.




UnEmap is a hardware and software system which provides high quality, multi-channel recording of electrophysiological events.



The Auckland Bioengineering Institute works with Auckland UniServices Limited on intellectual property, licencing agreements and consultancy services, and with The ICEHOUSE for new business incubation activities.