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Innovus E-News 36th Edition

Innovus News: A New Alliance, and New Team Member and a New-Look Website It has been another big month here at Innovus, as you may be able to tell by the clever headline. We’ve welcomed a new team member to the family, overhauled our digital home and joined forces with Commercial Services (at long last) to strengthen our physical presence! We also have an update on everyone’s favourite healthy snack, S’Cool Beans! Welcome to the family: Liezel Britz The first thing we’d like to do is welcome Liezel Britz to Innovus. She has only been with us since May this year, but she’s already...

Innovus E-News 35th Edition

Innovation abounds at SU In 2013, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a division of the Department of Science and Technology, created the TIA Seed Fund to support the funding of innovation-oriented projects undertaken at higher education institutions and science councils, or to spin-out companies that are based on intellectual property emanating from these institutions. The TIA Seed Fund contributes up to R500 000 per project. "Stellenbosch University (SU) welcomes the establishment of the TIA Seed Fund and has delegated its management to Innovus, the technology transfer and innovation company of SU. Since the inception of the fund, Innovus has invited SU researchers to...

Innovus E-News 34th Edition

2016: more magic than a Michael Bay movie Globally, 2016 was a bit like a Michael Bay movie (without Megan Fox or lens flares): packed with far more action than we're used to - with #Fees, Trumps, Brexits, Olympics, Zika, hurricanes and earthquakes, new Potters, Tesla's Autopilot… It was no different here at Innovus – although our action has been far more positive! Here are just a few of the highlights of last year. First, some internal news: After months of meetings, reviews, panels, opinions and input, the Trademark Policy, which governs where and when Stellenbosch University's name and identity can be used, was...

Innovus E-News 33rd Edition

You've got the idea – we've got the knowhow. A call for awesome inventions – for all The focus at Innovus has been, and always will be, on helping inventors and innovators to make the world a better place. Like Cargo Telematics, who are making our roads safer through accelerometer-based self-adjusting strap mount for trucks. Or SharkSafe, which is finding smarter ways to make our oceans safe – both from sharks and for sharks. Or, indeed, SNC Fibers, who developed an entirely new, and completely efficient way to electrospin nanofibres for biomedical use, making ideas like life-saving nanowire-array biosensors (another Innovus project) even more feasible and far...

Innovus E-News 32nd Edition

GeoSUN Africa – Shining a light on solar power service provision in Africa In the technology commercialisation field we often say that it is far more important to have a really solid team than a revolutionary product or service. Frequently even a game changing technology will not make it to market, if the team simply does not come together in the right way. An excellent example of a company that demonstrates the power of team coherence is GeoSUN Africa. Their origin was in the Engineering Faculty of Stellenbosch University, where in 2006 the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) started...

Innovus E-News 31st Edition

A tale of two sensors: Nanotechnology and bacterial detection Good things happen when the right people meet at the right times. In this case, it was two Stellenbosch University Professors, Prof Leon Dicks (microbiology) and Prof Willem Perold (electrical engineering) who had a coffee, and realised that their individual expertise had a relevant cross-over point – specifically in the detection of tuberculosis in patients. The current solutions were either unpleasant (for instance, requiring the patient to swallow an ampoule of antibodies), time-consuming (taking weeks between testing and diagnoses), or both. The question was asked, "Can we not create something more effective?" And that answer was...

Innovus E-News 30th Edition

2015: So many reasons to celebrate! The past year has seen Innovus attain many accolades, ranging from innovation and technology achievements, to stellar performances on the football field. There have also been record numbers of new invention disclosures, new licence agreements and the establishment of numerous spin-out companies. "I am immensely proud of our Innovus team, LaunchLab staff and tenants, and the excellent work of our world-class researchers. Stellenbosch University remains at the forefront of innovation in South Africa and this is due to the combined efforts of all who are involved," says Anita Nel, CEO of Innovus and senior director: Innovation and...

Innovus E-News 29th Edition

SU Plant Breeding Laboratory develops cultivars and breeders of the future (From left to right) Aletta Ellis (SU-PBL Lab Manager), Corneli Smit (former SU-PBL Masters student), Kim Coetzee (former SU-PBL Masters student) and Willem Botes standing among the SU-PBL cultivar AgBeacon at Napier. Even if you've never heard of triticale, there's a good chance it might be part of your food chain. Triticale is one of the first successful examples of a man-made grain and in South Africa, especially the Western Cape, it's an important feed crop for livestock. The prevalence of the plant in South Africa is largely thanks to 40 years...

Innovus E-News 28th Edition

Innovation abounds at SU In 2013, the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), a division of the Department of Science and Technology, created the TIA Seed Fund to support the funding of innovation-oriented projects undertaken at higher education institutions and science councils, or to spin-out companies that are based on intellectual property emanating from these institutions. The TIA Seed Fund contributes up to R500 000 per project. "Stellenbosch University (SU) welcomes the establishment of the TIA Seed Fund and has delegated its management to Innovus, the technology transfer and innovation company of SU. Since the inception of the fund, Innovus has invited SU researchers to...

Innovus E-News 27th Edition

2014: A Stellar performance Innovus had a stellar year, with a large number (37) of disclosures received, nine licenses signed and seven companies added to our Group of which five are new technology spin-out companies. "We are very proud of our achievements and grateful for the support received from researchers and Stellenbosch University (SU) alike," says Anita Nel, CEO of Innovus and senior director: Innovation and Business Development. "The large number of disclosures tops our total number of 33 for 2013. According to the latest list of published PCT patents by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, SU is still the leading tertiary institution in South...
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