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Congratulations to Joshua Clegg and Theshen Thaver who are the winners of competition at the recent World IP Day Exhibition. Joshua and Theshen are first year electrical and civil engineering students, respectively and hope to continue through to post graduate studies in their chosen fields. IP awareness raising directed at undergraduates is an invaluable because they are tomorrow’s researchers, so teaching them about the importance of IP protection at this stage already shapes their minds with a “think, protect and innovate” mind-set, with the goal being to positively impact society through their research and education.
RC&I collaborated with UCT’s Centre for Bioprocess Engineering Research (CeBER) and Tyron Grant of IP law firm, Spoor & Fisher, to hold an infosession on IP and innovation with a focus on biotechnology and life sciences. This was another UCT initiative to commemorate World Intellectual Property Day 2017, themed “Innovation – Improving Lives”.
The UCT GSB Venture Incubation Program Winter School creates a supportive and enabling environment for entrepreneurs to test and validate new business models. The 12-week, mentor-led program starts 1 September 2017 at the UCT Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, South Africa. The UCT GSB is looking for founders who are hungry, disciplined, coachable, doers and have a desire to contribute to our community as a whole, YOU SHOULD APPLY. http://bit.ly/2prFTMy
RC&I recently held an exhibition to commemorate the World Intellectual Property Day on the April, 24th and 26th, 2017 at Medical School and on Upper Campus, respectively. The theme for this year was “Innovation – Improving Lives”. In line with this year’s theme, we showcased some of UCT’s cutting edge technologies that have been invented by our research community that improve the quality of our lives.
Accelerate Cape Town has championed an initiative to connect seasoned business professionals in Cape Town with growing local start-ups. Accelerate Cape Town obtained support from 50+ mentors in the Cape Town region and connected them to companies located in three Cape Town business incubators for an initial pilot phase. The incubators involved are LaunchLab in Stellenbosch, the MTN Solution Space at the UCT GSB, and Grindstone Accelerator by Knife Capital.
UCT’s Research Contracts and Innovation office presented a collection of inventions developed by UCT researchers in celebration of World Intellectual Property (IP) day.
Last year, in response to a series of rapes, attacks and murders in the Cape Town area, UCT graduates Rowan Spazzoli, Tsakane Ngoepe and Louis Buys conceptualised a wearable safety device called The Guardian that would alert security services, the police and others close by if the user was in danger.
An exciting new antimalarial drug candidate is active across the entire parasite life cycle and holds great promise as a single-dose cure.
UCT has claimed two prizes in the African Excellence Awards 2017, which celebrate excellence in public relations and communications. In the Science and Education category, UCT achieved first place for The South African Child Gauge 2016.
In her book 'Innovation', Sarah Wild mentions that ‘While ‘science’ is the pursuit of knowledge, ‘technology’ is the application of that knowledge, the kind that can be used by people to improve their lives and their circumstances.” RC&I is excited to announce an exhibition to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day starting on 24 April 2017 themed “Improving Lives through Innovation”.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has entered into a landmark partnership with BGM Pharma and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) to bring a new theranostic called GluCAB to market. The term “theranostics” was coined to define an agent used for diagnosis via imaging followed by therapy, and it’s fast becoming the norm in personalised medicine.
UCT ranked second globally for its innovative MOOCs. The university came in behind the Santa Fe Institute and placed above the likes of Harvard and Yale.
The results were presented in a Class Central analysis, which considered 6 850 courses from over 700 universities.