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Multigene Cassette

A combination of genes are expressed in concert by a single inducible promoter to   produce a drought tolerance phenotype in crops

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Biotransformation of Linear Alkanes

The UCT technology enhances bioprocesses for the production of valuable oxygenated chemicals, such as alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, hydroxyacids, and dicarboxylic acids, from alkanes via enzymatic biotransformation.

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Ostrich Probiotic

The product is an ostrich probiotic, formulated from specific microorganisms isolated from the faecal matter of healthy adult ostriches.

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Plant Promoter

The Psap1D promoter causes an increase in expression of genes under its control during adverse climatic conditions.

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Blue Food Colourant

The Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) has developed a method of extracting and purifying the blue pigment (phycocyanin) from Spirulina biomass as a product for the food colorant industry.

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Soluble Biopolymer Catalyst Backbone

Chitosan has been modified transforming the sparingly soluble natural polymer so that it becomes almost completely soluble in aqueous media.  This broadens the application to green chemistry technologies that replace or minimise the use of organic solvents.

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Modified Chitosan

This modified chitosan provides an alternative structure for argentation by providing a solid support. The polymer, derived from naturally occurring chitosan found in crayfish or lobster shells, is designed to effect the separation of fatty acids into valuable saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and into cis and trans unsaturated fatty acids.

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Process Control to Select for Valuable Olefins

A process modification, which allows one to dramatically improve the olefin selectivity over a wide carbon number range in the Fischer-Tropsch reaction via co-feeding of suitable gases such as ammonia.

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Synthesis of Nitrogen Containing Compounds

In this modified Fischer-Tropsch process valuable nitrogen containing products of varying chain length are produced via co-feeding of suitable gases such as ammonia.

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Production of Potent Antioxidant - Ergothioneine

Researchers at UCT have developed a process for synthesising ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is a naturally occurring amino acid that has antioxidant to counter the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Unfortunately, humans cannot produce it and rely exclusively on acquisition of the amino acid via the diet.

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Symbiotic Sensor and Communication System

The  technology is a sensor system designed to function as part of a communication system that uses electromagnetic spectrum in the Whitespace Allocations. 

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CommSense System

The innovation, termed CommSense, is a sensor system that utilises established communication systems to monitor changes in an environment. The technology has the potential to detect incidents such as traffic conditions, floods, fires, insurgent activity, crop growth, etc..

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SCARAB Inspection Robot

The UCT Scarab robot technology was developed as a low cost tool that could be deployed in  dangerous environments (e.g. collapsed buildings, following natural disasters) to inspect the environmental layout and determine the presence of people. 

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OBIS: Fuel Cell State of Health

The OBIS system is a compact and scalable hardware platform to determine the “state of health” of fuel cells.

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Optimal Current Injection/Extraction for Electricity Distribution Optimisation

An algorithm has been developed that is applied to an inverter so that power can either be injected into the network optimally, or withdrawn.

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Non-Metallic Pressure Vessel

A novel composite pressure vessel has been developed at UCT, which can be used as a high powered water rocket. The invention combines relatively simple parts to form a light weight pressure vessel capable of containing 10 MPa.

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Virtual Terrain Generation

Researchers at UCT have developed the realistic Terrain Synthesis System (RTS), which is an improved method for creating a realistic-looking virtual 3D terrain on a computer. It synthesises new terrains in real time, subject to the constraints sketched/selected by the designer, utilising real terrain examples drawn from a database of Digital Elevation Maps.

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Tracking Patient Orientation During MRI Scans

UCT researchers have developed a device that tracks accidental / inadvertent motion during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

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Correcting Magnetic Distortions in MRI Scanners

The shim device comprises a number of coils that produce small magnetic fields which are superimposed on the main magnetic field to correct distortions at the outset of the scan.  Drift and interference can still occur during the scan, but this is resolved by implementing this invention which tracks, and corrects for, the main magnetic field drift.

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Correcting for Movement due to Breathing Improves MRI Images of the Heart

Cardiac   Magnetic   Resonance   Image   (MRI)   scanning   lasts for several   heart   beats and as the heart moves with breathing, making high resolution images difficult to obtain.  The algorithm developed enables respiratory motion to be automatically compensated for whilst the patient breathes normally, resulting in timesaving and clear MRI images.

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Laxmeter - A Device for Measuring Knee Laxity

The ‘Laxmeter’ facilitates patient support when examining the hip, leg and knee (laxity or total knee arthroplasty) for injury or disease, using X-ray. Stress radiographs form part of the traditional diagnostic methods for knee diseases or injury. Generally stress is created by assistants, resulting in them undesirably being exposed to x-rays.

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Patellafixator Rig - Drill Guide to Aid Knee Surgery

This invention is a surgical tool to help an orthopaedic or sports surgeon drill tunnels in the patella of a patient’s knee during medial patella femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction surgery.

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Prosthesis that "Grows" as a Child Grows

The innovation is an endoprosthetic device for use in replacing and extending human limbs, particularly, but not exclusively, in skeletally immature patients.

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Prosthetic hand

This cost effective, mechanically operated prosthetic hand, which allows the patient to use the amputated hand to perform everyday activities, is functional and aesthetically appealing.

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Force Reducing Attachment for Medicinal Inhalers

This device can be attached to standard medicinal inhalers (e.g. an asthma pump) to reduce the amount of force required to activate the inhaler.

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Biomarkers for Diagnosing Bacterial Vaginosis

UCT researchers have developed a method that will form the basis for point of care test for diagnosing symptomatic and asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and bacterial vaginosis (BV). STIs and BV cause inflammation in the female genital tract increasing their risk of contracting HIV. In resource-limited settings BV and STIs are managed according to signs and symptoms since this is easily implementable, relatively inexpensive and patients are given immediate treatment.

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TB Urine Biomarkers

The invention relates to the identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific biomarkers in urine and the method employed, using a urine sample to diagnose active tuberculosis (TB) or a latent tuberculosis infection.
 

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Smart Mask to Monitor and Prevent TB Spread

Researchers at UCT have developed a Smart Mask that is able to limit transmission of TB or other highly infectious air-borne diseases, monitor cough frequency and determine the infectious risk to a group, community or region.

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Phenothiazine-based Anti-TB Drugs

Phenothiazine, a tricyclic organic compound with formula S(C₆H₄)₂NH, is well known for its use as antipsychotic and antihistamine. The compound has also been reported widely as having antimicrobial activity, notably anti-tubercular (anti-TB).

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Plant-based HPV Pseudovirion Production

A potentially game changing application revolves around recent demonstration that DNA vaccines delivered using HPV PsVs represent an efficient delivery system that can potentially affect the field of DNA vaccine delivery.
 

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Fleurest MRI Cushion

A combination of genes are expressed in concert by a single inducible promoter to   produce a drought tolerance phenotype in crops

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Enhanced Recovery of Oxidised Base and Precious Metal Bearing Minerals

This invention is designed to recover ‘difficult to sulphidise’ base metal minerals including surface oxidised base metal sulphides.

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EFC Waste Management Solution for Saline Brines

EFC offers a novel, sustainable method for treating brines and concentrates that were previously regarded as difficult to treat due their complex nature and were consequently discharged to evaporation ponds.

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C.A.T. Rapid Application for Dementia Screening

The C.A.T. Rapid app can be used to screen for a range of neurocognitive impairments. The app is designed to assist all levels of health care personnel, from lay counsellors to physicians to make a quick initial diagnosis.

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Curb Your Addiction App

Curb Your Addiction or C-Ya is an app for smart phone or tablet use (Android, Apple), based on an existing ‘cognitive training’ program designed to strengthen the area of the brain associated with willpower.

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Afritox® - Poisons Information Database

Developed and produced by the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Poisons Information Centre, AfriTox® is a software system which helps doctors in Southern Africa to diagnose and treat poisoning in adults or children. It contains information on more than 40,000 potential poisons and their treatment.

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Bioprocess Modeller for Biological Processes

The CeBER Bioprocess Modeller is a holistic process flow-sheeting design tool for calculating inputs and outputs of intra- or extra-cellular systems (or for biomass growth), under aerobic or anaerobic conditions.

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