The Innovus Advisors act in an advisory capacity to the Innovus team to assist with potential inventors, investors and researchers.
Meet the team:
Prof Wynand Coetzer
An electronics engineer by profession, Wynand has an in-depth understanding of start-up ventures. He is the author of a book entitled Engineering Entrepreneurship and also teaches entrepreneurship courses. He is also a business mentor for a number of small to medium size companies.
In addition to acting as an Innovus Advisor, Wynand also serves on the Innovus Board of Directors.
Prof Pieter Fourie
After completing a degree in electrical engineering, Pieter obtained a degree in medicine followed by a PhD in Medical Physiology. He subsequently trained as a specialist in paediatric medicine, and was appointed as an associate professor in medical physiology. He has acted as Director for the Bureau of Bioengineering (Stellenbosch University) and Director for both Harwill Medical and Mushroom Biomedical Systems. He currently practices as a paediatrician and is also an extraordinary associate professor in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University.
Prof Piet Steyn
Piet, a bio-organic chemist, has extensive experience of research management. He was the founding director of the Division of Food Science and Technology (presently Biosciences) at the CSIR; head of the Department of Chemistry at Potchefstroom University and, until recently, Senior Director: Research at Stellenbosch University.
Piet also contributed to the international science community as president of IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), president of the International Association of Cereal Science and Technology (Vienna, Austria), and as a member of ICSU (International Council for Science) committees in Paris, France.
His contributions to science were recently recognised with the 2008 award of the NSTF (National Science and Technology Forum) in Category A for An outstanding contribution to Science, Engineering and Innovation over a lifetime and in 2013 the MT Steyn Medal for Scientific and Technical Achievement.