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Appointment of new Technology Transfer Manager

Ms Aisha Mahomed Ali has been appointed as Technology Transfer Manager at UWC Technology Transfer Office as of 1 June 2017. Aisha has an MSc in Microbiology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. Her experience in product development at a private biotechnology start-up company and in the public sector innovation funding space makes her well placed to drive UWC technology transfer activities. Over the past three years, in the capacity of Technology Transfer Officer (Commercialisation) she has supported UWC researchers in securing TIA Seed Funding, assisted with project management and played an active role in the sourcing of follow-on funding.  Her committed nature and keen interest in innovation will ensure that she makes a great success of her new...

UWC Directors appointed to SARIMA Committee

At the recent AGM of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), the new SARIMA Committee for 2017-2019 was elected. UWC can be proud to have two of its staff members appointed to the committee: Dr Janine Chantson, Director of UWC Technology Transfer Office and Prof. Thandi Mgwebi, Director of UWC Research...
Lab2Market 2016: Technology Commercialisation Course

Lab2Market 2016: Technology Commercialisation Course

The Lab2Market course is directed at post-graduate and post-doctoral scientists, engineers and technologists interested in the commercialisation of technology or science-based research. If you fit this description and are potentially interested in technology-based business venture creation or considering a career with an early stage technology-based company at some point in future then this course provides an exciting introduction to the world of technology start-ups. The course will be presented by various key individuals in the technology transfer or start-up space who have volunteered their time to share their expertise and experience. There will also be opportunities to engage with entrepreneurs who have gone the route and experienced the lessons you will be taught first-hand. Dates: Every Tuesday, starting 16 August 2016 to 6 September 2016: 09h00-16h30 Costs: R680 per participant Venues: UCT and UWC (Transport provided) Lab2Market Website...
World IP Day – Lunchtime talk: Open Source Software and Copyright by Peter Koornhof – 25 April 2016

World IP Day – Lunchtime talk: Open Source Software and Copyright by Peter Koornhof – 25 April 2016

Every year in April, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) celebrates World Intellectual Property (IP) Day to encourage learning about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in supporting innovation and creativity. The theme for this year is exploring the future of culture in the digital age: how we create it, how we access it, how we finance it. We will discuss how a flexible intellectual property system helps ensure that artists and creative industries are properly paid for their work, so they can keep creating. UWC Technology Transfer Office in partnership with the UWC Faculty of Law  is hosting a World IP Day lunchtime talk on April 25, 2016 to discuss open source software and copyright. Presentation details: Date: Monday 25 April 2015 Time: 13:00 to 14:00 Venue: Library Auditorium Presenter: Pieter Koornhof (Faculty of Law, UWC) RSVP: adiedericks@uwc.ac.za For more information on World IP Day please see the following link, http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday To see deatils of other World IP Day events taking place across the world see the map, http://goo.gl/Dyhu5u  Event...
Funding Call Workshop: The Southern Africa Network for Bioscience (SANBio) – 21 April 2016

Funding Call Workshop: The Southern Africa Network for Bioscience (SANBio) – 21 April 2016

The Southern Africa Network for Bioscience (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research, development and an innovation platform aimed at addressing Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition. SANBio is currently being supported by the BioFISA II Programme - the second phase of a Finnish-Southern African Partnership (BioFISA) Programme meant to strengthen the NEPAD SANBio Network. BioFISA II started in April 2015 and will be implemented until February 2019. Funding under BioFISA II is aimed to support and strengthen biosciences research and development as well as human capacity development in the 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States (including South Africa) through the existing NEPAD SANBio Network. In short, the fund details and requirements are as follows: Aims to support projects at later stages of the biosciences value-chain and that  have the ability to scale up Applicants to prove research is at proof of concept stage or demonstrate a prototype in the relevant environment Must be in the following focus areas: Human health, Nutrition, Health related agricultural issues Closing date for applications: 16 May 2016 Join us for a workshop where representatives from SANBio will discuss the background and requirements to apply for the fund in more detail. Workshop details: Date: Thursday 21 April 2016 Time: 15h00-16h30 Venue: SANBI, 5th Floor, Life Sciences Building Core 1, Max Theiler Room...
UWC – CPUT IP Wise Workshop 2015

UWC – CPUT IP Wise Workshop 2015

Please note that the IP Wise workshop date and venue has changed. The workshop will take place on: 8 October 2015 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Bellville Campus. Please see new registration link below.   SARIMA, in conjunction with NIPMO and UWC and CPUT Technology Transfer Office, are running a workshop to help researchers (whether an academic, postgraduate student or post doctoral fellow), understand the basics of IP and how to identify and protect it. When: 8 October 2015, 08h30 to 16h30 Where: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Room 1.06, Ground Floor, IT Where: Centre, Bellville Campus Registration Procedure: Please register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CPUT-IPWise Enquiries: Ms. Corline Kriel: 012 841 3329/082 374 2390/ sarima@sarima.co.za Programme: IP Wise Invitation_CPUT 8 October...

8th SA Innovation Summit

The 8th Innovation Summit took place at the Cape Town Stadium, over 26 – 29 August. The theme of the 2015 Summit, ‘Innovation intelligence’, looks at how new and convergent thinking can stimulate the creation of innovations in today’s challenging marketplace. Particularly, the Summit shed light on innovation trends, challenge faced by entrepreneurs and inventors, policies, support interventions, creation of a culture of innovation, and protection of inventions. Highlights of the 8th SA Innovation Summit include: The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) announced its 2015 – 2020 strategic plan which selected the TIA Seed Fund as its main investment instrument The Department of Trade and Industry relaunched the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) programme under the Dti’s Incentive Development and Administration division PwC Accelerator and the Silicon Cape discussed the findings and insights from the Focus on South Africa’s emerging companies and entrepreneurial landscape 2015 survey The National Advisory Council on Innovation unpacked the South Africa national innovation system...