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Philip Hoekstra appointed to International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) International Committee

10 Jan 2018 - 14:45

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.

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 is a professional service organisation that promotes International Technology Transfer through a variety of mechanisms, including matchmaking events and conferences. International Technology Transfer refers to cross-border transfer of technology and innovation. The ITTN has partnerships with more than 200 international technology transfer organisations in 15 countries.

The 2017 China (Beijing) International Technology Transfer Convention (ITTC), organised by the ITTN, took place on 27-29 November 2017 in Beijing, followed by the Kunming Summit on 30 November.  Philip, who is also a committee member of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA), was appointed to the International Committee during the 2017 ITTC upon invitation.

In this capacity Philip will work to promote International Technology Transfer initiatives within the SADC region. Philip will further serve as one of the South African representatives of the new BRICS Technology Transfer Cooperation Mechanism established by the ITTN during the Kunming Summit. This will create opportunities for Philip to network with representatives from other BRICS countries, working on common challenges and opportunities experienced in commercialising their IP. For more information, please see the previous news article (http://www.rci.uct.ac.za/news/brics-technology-transfer-cooperation-mechanism-formalised-kunming-china).