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UWC Forensics Lab and Inqaba Biotech enter Beta testing of UniQ-Typer YSTR kit

Thursday 6th December, Bellville. The successful completion of the Alpha prototype of a male Y-Chromosome forensics detection kit, the UniQ-Typer, was announced on Thursday. This kit gives law enforcement agencies across the continent the ability to uniquely identify the perpetrators of crimes such as rape. This kit also finds application in familial studies. The announcement of the successful completion of the alpha prototype testing brings the hope of justice for thousands of rape victims across the continent a step closer. Speaking on behalf of the Forensics Laboratory of the University of the Western Cape, Eugenia D’Amato gave a synopsis of the performance of the kit during its alpha phase testing, where the kit demonstrated its unique ability to discriminate paternal lines in African male populations, especially when compared to products developed for Western populations. Key to this capability is the unique database of collected DNA profiles from African populations that is continuously updated with new profile data, improving the predictive capabilities of the kit. Together, the proprietary market set and the database, create a formidable market offering that the commercial partner to the consortium, Inqaba Biotec, believes will have a significant impact in the market. Mischa Fraser, representing Inqaba Biotec, and project manager for the development of the UniQ-Typer kit, stressed the importance of making available a dedicated product for African forensics laboratories. The impracticality of using Western developed kits was illustrated by Mr. Mpasi Lesaoana of the Lesotho Mounted Police service, who has been using the markers to populate the database with paternal lines from Lesotho. Mr Zephaniah Dhlamini of NUST in Zimbabwe spoke of a backlog of...
LES IP Valuation course

LES IP Valuation course

Janine Chantson and Fred van der Post completed an IP valuation course “Realising Value from Intangible Assets” organised by the Licensing Executive Society South Africa in collaboration with Parallel North IP (Sweden). “To be an expert IP valuator, you need to understand IP rights, commercial considerations and in the South African context also regulatory issues. Each IP valuation must make sense within its...

TTO Director receives Registered Technology Transfer Professional status

Dr Janine Chantson, the Director of UWC’s Technology Transfer Office, has been officially recognised with the designation of Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). RTTP is the international professional standard for knowledge transfer and commercialization practitioners working in universities, industry and government laboratories. RTTP status is awarded by the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) to professionals who demonstrate core competency and achievement in the field of technology transfer. This coveted status gives Dr Chantson credibility in over 60 countries around the world as an expert in technology transfer. ATTP is the international body for associations representing professionals engaged in technology transfer and comprises members of twelve associations from around the world: ASTP-Proton, AUTM, ISTA, KCA, PraxisAuril, Redtransfer, SARIMA, SNITTS, STEM, TechnologieAllianz, UNITT and...

UWC TTO Innovators’ Recognition event

The UWC TTO hosted the Innovator’s Recognition event on the 20th of June 2018 to acknowledge the good work that is being done by UWC’s innovators. On that special day, innovators from different research departments at the university were in attendance. Many of these researchers are also TIA Seed Fund recipients (past and present). Members of the UWC TIA Seed Fund Management Committee were also invited to the event to network with the innovators. The DVC for Research and Innovation, Prof Jose Frantz, welcomed and thanked the innovators for their creativity and sterling contributions as an innovation community at UWC. Prof Frantz further encouraged the innovators to continue their innovative endeavours. We had special guests from (1) NIPMO Director Regulatory and Compliance Jetane Charsley, (2) Savvy Venture Partners (Pty) Ltd Phindile Tshabangu (external member of UWC TIA Seed Fund Management Committee) and (3) TIA Seed Fund Manager Tshembani Khupane who did their presentations, (1) the IPR Act and implications for RD&I at HEIs(2) A thought-provoking presentation entitled “The National System of Innovation – health, wealth and evolution” and (3) TIA funding instruments the main focus being on the TIA Seed Fund. Within its mandate to identify, protect, utilise and commercialise intellectual property developed at the University of the Western Cape, the Technology Transfer Office awarded a number of  certificates of recognition to the following researchers Leslie Petrik for her ability to identify commercial opportunities for her research in the “Fly Ash Beneficiation” Project; Mykhaylo Lototskyy for his excellent contribution in IP protection when filing a patent for “Metal Hydride Hydrogen Storage” Bill Tucker for his determination to ensure that...

UWC is celebrating World IP Day 2018 on 3 May. Staff and students are invited to a series of lectures at School of Public Health Room 1C.
Apply now – Accelerator Programme

Apply now – Accelerator Programme

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is calling on female bio-entrepreneurs from the SADC region to submit their applications for the second season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme. Eligible participants are: innovative businesses - entrepreneurs whose business is based on an innovative biotechnology or other technologies that impact health and nutrition; growth businesses - bio-entrepreneurs whose annual turnover is R500 000 minimum and are looking to grow their business to twice that within a year; social enterprises - private bio-businesses or bio-enterprises with impact targeting the lowest socioeconomic sectors; and female students in tertiary institutions with feasible ideas based on innovative biotechnologies or other technologies that impact health and nutrition....

UWC wins Innovation Bridge 2017 award

DST Minister Naledi Pandor visited UWC TTO’s exhibition stand at the Innovation Bridge, South Africa’s Technology Showcase and Matchmaking Event, on 15 September 2017. The three innovations on display were: Modular battery system, Hydrogen fuel cell technologies, and Zenzeleni community Wifi network solution. The latter won the award for “best innovation with social...

Innovation Summit: Pitching Den and Inventors Garage

Digital transformation and integrated solutions brought by the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) will provide competitive advantage for tomorrow. The Innovation has put out a call for applications for businesses/concepts/inventions as follows: Pitching Den: http://innovationsummit.co.za/pitching-den/ Inventors Garage: http://innovationsummit.co.za/inventors-garage The SA Innovation Summit is a great place for new businesses to be pushed to acceleration, market awareness, incubation and business support. Past finalists have gone on to compete on a global scale at the Start-up World Cup in San Francisco and numerous other...

WIPO South Africa Summer School 2017 – open for registration

2017 WIPO Summer School Communique Online registration for Advanced WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer (2017) is open until August 31, 2017 Venue: University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa Dates: 27 November - 08 December 2017 Registration fees Students and young professionals from developing countries and countries in transition and residing in those countries: Students:  US$ 100 Young professionals:US$ 200 Students and young professionals from developed countries: Students:US$ 250 Young professionals:US$ 350 Registration link:...

Innovation Bridge 2017

The DST Innovation Bridge Exhibition will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, on 15 September 2017. The UWC TTO will once again be featuring UWC innovations at the event....