TOXINZ – is the essential online poisons information database for all healthcare professionals and teaching professionals.
Technology type: Database subscription.
Commercial Opportunity: Subscriptions to TOXINZ are currently available.
Synopsis: Developed over the past 50 years, the National Poisons Centre’s database, TOXINZ, has been widely used by New Zealand clinicians. Now it is gaining the respect of the international medical profession as well. The TOXINZ database, developed at the University of Otago, today contains more than 190,000 documents with comprehensive and up-to-date information on poisonous chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plants and animals. It is fully referenced, providing treatment pathways, brand names and combination products, removing the need for clinicians to identify individual ingredients and chemicals. It is also easily navigated and contains images to help with the identification of hazardous plants and animals. TOXINZ’s content is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week by poisons information staff, with updates made in real time as new information becomes available.
Department: National Poisons Centre (Department of Social and Preventive Medicine), Dunedin Campus
Detailed specifications: Fact sheet (1 page PDF)
View website here: www.toxinz.com
Flora Finder - identify common NZ native plants using the camera on your iPhone
Technology type: App for smart phones.
Commercial Opportunity: Purchase an App now, Flora Finder is available to download on iTunes.
Synopsis: Flora Finder is an electronic field guide to help you identify some of the most common New Zealand native plants from photographs of their leaves.
Simply take a photograph of a native plant's leaf with your smart phone, and Flora Finder will:
- Assist in identifying the plant for you
- Provide you with a description of the plant
- Provide you with beautiful images of parts of the plant
- Pinpoint and map the location of where you've found your plant using the mapping feature
- Add your photo to your own digital collection when you confirm your match
The app is only available for Apple iPhones and iPads at this point, although an Android version may be developed in the future.