Project funded by SANBio/BioFISA II scooped up a Gauteng Acceleration Programme Award

Prof Collen Masimirembwa and Prof Collet Dandara

A project receiving funding from the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences / BioFISA II Programme, entitled Gene Dose EFV was awarded the 1st place award in GAP Biosciences/Medical Innovations at the recent Gauteng Acceleration Programme (GAP) event which was held in South Africa Gauteng on 17 November 2016.

Innovation Readiness Course – A Student Ambassador’s perspective

Green Innovation

This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Zimbabwe, Joyce Fati Masvaya, who was the first person to complete the course, offered by BioFISA II, on Innovation Readiness.

Lean Entrepreneur in Biosciences training course – A Student Ambassador’s perspective

Speed networking at the training

This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Namibia, Hatago Aibate Stuurmann, who participated in our latest training workshop.

The NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II programme organized a Lean Entrepreneur workshop for the third time on 10-14 October 2016. The five day workshop aimed at supporting proposal development of research projects from nine countries in the Southern African region.

SANBio Parallel Session at the 5th African Higher Education Week: Finding ways to attract private sector to invest in Bioscience Innovations

Prof Linus Opara presenting at SANBio Side Event

NEPAD-SANBio hosted a side event at the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 on the 19th of October 2016 under the theme “Innovating Sustainable Partnerships in Nutrition”. The objective of the side event was to share ideas on novel partnerships for advancing the scaling-up of technologies, funding and models of coordinating research in the SADC region. The side event attracted more than 60 participants.

SANBio Student Ambassador for South Africa – Ms Thokozani Sikhosana

Thokozani Sikhosana

 We asked our newest Student Ambassador to write an introductory piece in her new role. We are also looking for additional Student Ambassadors in Southern Africa. For more information on the Student Ambassador Scheme, click here.


Dear fellow students and researchers,

I am overjoyed to have been selected as the SANBio Student Ambassador for South Africa.

BioFISA II training for shortlisted Flagship project candidates 4th-8th July 2016

BioFISA II training for Flagship project candidates

Too often developers or researchers invest thousands of man-hours on R&D with little if any customer input. Only after building and launching the product does the venture get substantial feedback from the end-users or customers. This carries a high risk that, in the end, it is realised that customers do not need or want most of the product’s features.

This is why, as part of the SANBio/BioFISA II grant application process, the lean start-up approach has been integrated to ensure that scientific R&D projects emphasise customer feedback to inform product development.

SANBio adds another team member

Nontobeko Zulu, SANBio Network Secretary

Meet Ms Nontobeko Precious Zulu, the new SANBio Network Secretary. Before joining SANBio, she was working as a Personal Assistant to the General Manager at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Social Development in the Development and Research Unit. Nontobeko holds a National Diploma in Office Management and Technology and B-Tech in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology.