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UWC showcases how our technologies can create Impact at Innovation Bridge 2019

The University of the Western Cape took part at the Innovation Bridge (IB) Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing event, aimed at encouraging and accelerating the utilisation and commercialisation of intellectual property and technologies developed by public universities and science councils. The event, jointly took place with Science Forum South Africa (SFSA), under the theme: Igniting Conversations about Science for Innovation with Impact at the CSIR International Convention Centre on the 4th to 6th December 2019. The TTO exhibited the following technologies: SIGNSUPPORT: an affordable and accessible mobile apps to facilitate information and communication services for Deaf people. UNIQTYPER® FORENSIC DNA KIT: a rapid, highly discriminatory and more affordable male-specific DNA profiling kit for the African market BAOBAB LIMS: an African-led open source affordable sample and laboratory management tool for biobanking that can be implemented in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) A NATURAL BIOFERTILISER FROM BOTANICAL EXTRACTS: A proudly South African, cost-effective, safe, natural and organic botanical fertiliser. The UWC exhibition booth also showcased the DSI Masters programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, managed by UWC, and offered jointly as a collaboration between UWC, University of Johannesburg, University of the Free State and Nelson Mandela University. The event proved to be a great place to meet with potential investors, collaborators and...

UWC World IP Day

        On the 9th of May 2019, UWC  will be celebrating world IP day, the main theme being “Reach for Gold IP and Sports”. Given such a special day, our campus community has been invited to join us and learn more about how IP is or could contribute and play an important role in sports. Special guests from NIPMO, Spoor & Fisher and our very own UWC researcher from SAIAMC will be joining us to celebrate this wonderful...

Top Intellectual Property Creators Award

The Department of Science and Technology’s first Top Intellectual Property Creators Award ceremony took place on the 28th of March 2019 at the Saint George’s Hotel and Convention Centre in Pretoria and was attended by Prof. Lototskyy and Monique Heystek from the TTO. University inventors with the most actionable disclosures for the period 2 August 2010 to 31 March 2018 each received a Certificate of Acknowledgement for their passion in ensuring that their research has practical application and seeks to result in an innovation that can be of benefit to society.  In addition, each University’s Technology Transfer Office received from NIPMO a monetary contribution towards progressing these technology(ies) to the next stage of the innovation value chain. In her keynote address, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, made reference to the “innovation paradox”: Despite the vast potential returns on investment from innovation in developing countries, these countries tend to pursue innovation to a far lower extend than their advanced counterparts. The Minister then emphasised the need to increase South Africa’s capacity to innovate as a country. NIPMO incentives for intellectual property creators therefore seek to promote the conversion of research and development (R&D) outputs into products, processes and services that are of benefit to society. The minister commended the intellectual property creators for their good work and for being agents for positive change. She recognised that, by making disclosures, they forgo the prestige of publishing their work in reputable journals, and for this, she expressed gratitude. We wish for many more collaborative endeavours with these two innovative...

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...