The CSIR Licensing and Ventures Office, Legal Services and the R&D Office hosted an exhibition and talk on World Intellectual Property Day (April 26) to address these topics and to engage CSIR staff on issues relating to Intellectual Property (IP); the policies that govern who the rightful owners of a particular intellectual creation are, how to appropriately disclose, protect and ultimately effectively exploit that IP.Do you personally own the technology that you conceptualise and develop for the CSIR? When is it appropriate to talk about your work on social media, or even discuss it with your family and friends?
The CSIR Licensing and Ventures (L&V) office recently hosted South African-born internet tech-entrepreneur, Vinny Lingham, to speak on the dos and don’ts when pitching to potential investors. The talk was primarily aimed at equipping staff with entrepreneurial skills and imparting business technical knowledge. The fascination with Vinny’s success in Silicon Valley was evident in the large number of CSIR employees who came to listen to the talk.
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 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.
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 the test in the infernos that scorched Cape Town’s mountain side by providing advance warning to authorities, allowing the rapid mobilisation of firefighters.
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 displacement, disruption, and, in extreme cases, outright destruction. To read more on this new approach click here
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. To read more click here
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 Petra de Jager were invited speakers at the conference and the CSIR’s, Dr Avashnee Chetty and Dr Matshawe Tukulula also attended.
Having recently kicked off a beta lab testing program for its miniaturized RNAi screening technology, Persomics is aiming for a full commercial launch of its first product. To read more ,click on the link below
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.