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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...

Innovus E-News 26th Edition

Waxing philosophical around the breakfast table... On Friday, 22 August 2014 Innovus hosted a breakfast at which some of StellenboschUniversity's (SU) top researchers were invited to think afresh about innovation with Prof. Anton van Niekerk, head of the Department of Philosophy and director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at SU. The title of his interactive discussion was "The Idea of Innovation and Knowledge of the Future". The purpose of the breakfast was to gather researchers from various environments around a table to to introduce them to each other and to create an opportunity for them to inform each other about the work...

Innovus E-News 25th Edition

Where are the CEOs? It seems as if the career path less travelled in South Africa is that of the tech startup CEO, who can pilot a company to dazzling paydays, sell it and do it all over again in a next venture: the mythical creature known as the South African Serial CEO. Israel claims to have more serial entrepreneurs per capita than any other country in the world. You definitely also find them in America, the UK and Sweden, where there are vibrant startup cultures. They create success and action and have an impact that amazes and influences other people, leaving behind...

Innovus E-News 24th Edition

New funding for QB50 gives SU space project the lift-off The Electrical Systems Laboratory (ESL) in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Surrey Space Centre have been working together on the QB50 project for some time. The ESL develops and builds satellite control system units for the QB50 project. A recent financial injection will enable the ESL to share its knowledge by building 15 control units for participants in the project, which in turn will assist in financing SA's own satellite, ZA-AeroSat. The QB50 project is an international network of 50 CubeSats (50 nano-satellites, each measuring...

Innovus E-News 23rd Edition

A view of the past year And it just keeps on getting better and better! Innovus, the university-industry interaction and innovation company of Stellenbosch University (SU), has performed exceptionally well this past year – and not only on the numbers front, but also in terms of new projects and initiatives undertaken. “We have a new logo and brand which are symbolic of the changes we as a company has undergone this year. We have expanded our services and now plays a broader and more extensive role on campus,” says Anita Nel, Senior Director: Innovation and Business Development at the SU and Innovus CEO. Innovus has concluded...

Innovus E-News 22nd Edition

Sowing the TIA seeds of success
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