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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...

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...

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...