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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).
The time has come and gone for the Department of Science and Technology’s 2017 Innovation Bridge event. UCT participated alongside other champions in the National Innovation System to showcase locally produced innovations to industry, commercialisation partners and other interested stakeholders. Champions included higher education institutions, science councils and private organisations.
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.
When third-year civil engineering student Nkosinathi Nkomo was unable to register for studies in 2017 due to a lack of funds, he decided to make the best of a bad situation.
Nkomo used his engineering knowledge to respond to Cape Town’s water crisis through a new business called AquaRenu.
RC&I’s annual “Innovation at UCT” publication is now available as a download from the righthand panel. The theme of this year’s publication is “Elements of Innovation” and some really creative periodic tables were found (and used as section dividers) that are certainly very different to the most conventional depiction of the periodic table of elements.
RC&I hosted the annual Inventors Evening in September, where UCT Inventors are recognised for the invention and innovation achievements. New inventors received their “Inventor” coffee mugs, whilst those who had a South African patent granted during the course of 2016 received a South African patent certificate as well as a certificate of recognition from the National IP Management Office (NIPMO).
Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, senior lecturer in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, was recently awarded the 2017 Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Achievement in Innovation for his invention and innovation achievements in the field of biomedical engineering and his contributions to fostering collaborative innovation internally at UCT, as well as nationally and internationally.
On September 15th 2017, it will again be time for the Department of Science and Technology’s Innovation Bridge event. The event is seen as South Africa’s premier “Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event”. The event is aimed at enabling linkages and networking between South African and international innovators, industry and public and private technology development, and commercialisation funding partners. UCT’s Research Contracts and Innovation (RC&I) will be exhibiting several UCT innovation at Innovation Bridge. Come and meet us there to see our exciting innovations
Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, a neurosurgeon at UCT’s Red Cross Children’s Hospital, met medical device experts from SINTEF (Norway) and collaborated on the development of a device to measure intracranial pressure (ICP) non-invasively using ultrasound, based on his original idea. Excellent progress has been made and a new UCT/SINTEF spin-off company “Nisonic” has been established in Norway to use venture capital available in that environment to take the development through to commercialisation. Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Seed funding will be used to perform the initial validation of the device in clinical trials which will be conducted in SA.
After being incubated for a number of years within UCT in order to determine its long-term viability, Cape Catalytix (Pty) Ltd has been formally incorporated now in 2017 as a spin-off company. The company will manufacture the catalysis test units that have been supplied by UCT to other institutions in South Africa for their research.