Philip Hoekstra, UCT Intellectual Property Manager, was recently appointed to the International Committee of the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) based in China. The ITTN promotes International Technology Transfer through a variety of mechanisms, including matchmaking events and conferences. Of particular importance is the focus on BRICS countries and Philip will further serve as one of the South African representatives of their new BRICS Technology Transfer Cooperation Mechanism.
More than 50 delegates from BRICS countries met on 30 November 2017 in Kunming, China to participate in the first BRICS Technology Transfer Cooperation Forum and Workshop. The activities were part of the Kunming Summit of the China (Beijing) International Technology Transfer Convention. At the Kunming Summit, an action plan for a BRICS Technology Transfer Cooperation Mechanism was launched. The initial stage, which includes setting up a BRICS Technology Transfer Centre in Kunming, will be funded by the local Municipal Government.
The Water Research Commission has invited innovative solutions from Public and Private institutions as part of their Annual Water Accelerator Call. The Call is part of the Water Technologies Demonstration (WADER) Programme with the intention to identify and demonstrate innovative and sanitation solutions that will contribute to achieving the objectives of the National Water Research, Development and Deployment Programme (See here).
Innovation Bridge 2017 held in Midrand in Gauteng culminated in an award ceremony where there were five prizes for different categories. UCT was honoured to receive the award for the “Innovation most likely to reach national and international markets” for the technologies related to Additive Manufactured Medical Devices.