Youth, Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems - SANBio Winter School

Group photo taken during the Winter School

On 31 July – 3 August 2017, NEPAD SANBio (Southern Africa Network for Biosciences), with the support of the BioFISA II Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to Strengthen NEPAD SANBio), and the Botswana Innovation Hub held the SANBio Winter School on Indigenous Knowledge Systems Commercialisation in Gaborone, Botswana.

Training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management held in Lusaka

Group photo taken during the course

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, in partnership with the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) and with support from the BioFISA II Programme, is hosting a training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management in Lusaka, Zambia, from 7-12 August 2017.

Tech transfer critical for R&D - SANBio @ SARIMA Conference 2017

Opening plenary session at SARIMA Conference 2017

SARIMA provides a platform for the promotion and facilitation of best practice in research and innovation management in Southern Africa and its purpose is to strengthen the research and innovation system to ensure the social and economic development of the Southern African region.

Value addition to dairy and meat products – a training conducted by the University of Namibia and supported by SANBio/BioFISA II

Participants at training

Food safety is a global issue of increasing concern for governments, food producers, food processors and handlers, as well as consumers. For Africa and particularly the Southern African region, governments are always putting much effort and funds into solutions for food security. However, the progress made has not made the region food secure. Nonetheless, while governments create platforms for development, the major drivers of development are private sectors entities.

Female agro-dealer wins FemBioBiz Country Competition in Malawi

Fannie Gondwe (Centre) posing for a photo with Marja-Reetta Paaso and Professor Emmanuel Kaunda

Lilongwe-based agro-dealer Fannie Gondwe won the 2017 Female Biosciences Business (FemBioBiz) Acceleration Programme’s local competition in Malawi.

Mrs Gondwe will join other top performers who will have the opportunity to meet investors, business experts and potential mentors, as well as visit Cape Town to participate in the Innovation Summit 2017. She will also be flown to South Africa in July 2017 to represent Malawi at the regional FemBioBiz bootcamp.

Boston Study Tour – Part 1: The Legal Landscape

Study tour

Intellectual property, regulations, and attorney fees

Boston, an area of 124 square kilometres has a remarkably large number of attorney firms with new firms established frequently. One would wonder how so many lawyers could be established in such a small space and still be profitable, but when one looks deeper into the Boston biotech ecosystem, the reasons become rather obvious. This is because in an area of just over 124 square kilometres, there are at least 900+ companies with some big brands such as Vertex established here.