Minister Naledi

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor, officiated the launch of the DST/CSIR Polymer Nanocomposites and Nano-additives Scaling-up Facility today, 3 December 2015. The facility will be used to develop nanostructures and nanocomposites, as well as commercialise such products for the benefit of the country. Currently, the South African plastics industry is unable […]

Dr Sibusiso Sibisi, the CSIR CEO and Dr Asongwe Tantoh at Persomics USA labs in Boston

Persomics launches its RNAi screening technology

    The launch was attended by CSIR Biosciences’ Executive Director, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela and commercialisation manager, Fanie Marais.The CSIR’s spin-out company, Persomics AB, recently launched its high-content Ribonucleic Acid-interference (RNAi) screening technology at the 13th Annual Discovery on TARGET conference in Boston, USA. Dr Neil Emans, CEO of Persomics USA, who was the principal […]


CSIR’s AFIS Team recognised with an industry award

As it stands, it is South Africa’s first space-application export. It is currently applied in 40 countries from Chile to Portugal and has 30 pilot projects for fire-detection, fire-danger indices and burnt-area assessments worldwide.CSIR’s Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) is a trusty technological battle axe in the fight against run-away wild fires. The system stood […]


Disrupting beliefs: A new approach to business-model innovation

Let’s face it: business models are less durable than they used to be. The basic rules of the game for creating and capturing economic value were once fixed in place for years, even decades, as companies tried to execute the same business models better than their competitors did. But now, business models are subject to rapid […]


Capturing sustainable value from technology: a case for strategic licensing

Moving to actively licensing  IP is increasingly critical for open innovation, provides a powerful mechanism for revenue generation,and is a means of creating breakthroughs in innovation. In this article, the authors describes multifaceted approach to licensing and set out some practical steps which describe how to use licensing to capture greater value from technology portfolios. […]

From left, Drs Janine Chantson, Douglas Sanyahumbi and Erika Bechtold

CSIR @ the first Massachusetts-SA Conference on Global Innovation and Technology Transfer

CSIR senior technology transfer manager Dr Janine Chantson was one of four co-chairs at the first Massachusetts-South Africa Conference on Global Innovation and Technology Transfer held in Stellenbosch on 8-11 June 2015. Janine became an M-SAT Fellow following the 2013 Massachusetts-South Africa Technology (M-SAT) Fellowship Programme. CSIR researchers, Dr Dalu Mancama, Dr Makobetsa Khati and […]


CSIR’s biotechnology spin-off company wins prestigious new product award at an international science exhibition

  ReSyn Biosciences, a biotechnology spin-off company from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has won a prestigious new product award at the Society for Lab Automation and Screening (SLAS) conference for its range of innovative MagReSyn® products, which help scientists find disease mechanisms faster.   The SLAS conference and exhibition event was […]


Four of the 10 nominees for this year’s Innovation Prize for Africa are South Africans.


Food safety and hygiene awareness training for school food handlers

CSIR recently presented a training course on food safety and hygiene awareness to food handlers for five schools in the Eastern Cape. The training, presented at Arthur Mfebe and Siyabalala Senior Secondary Schools, was attended by 17 food handlers and local officials. The main objective of the program is to create awareness on food safety […]


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