Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to scientists who discovered CRISPR gene editing tool for 'rewriting the code of life'

CRISPR Nobel Prize scientists

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for the development of a method for genome editing.

They discovered one of gene technology's sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. Using these, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and micro-organisms with extremely high precision.
Before announcing the winners on Wednesday, Göran K. Hansson, secretary-general for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said that this year's prize was about "rewriting the code of life."

FemBioBiz Season 1 winner gets AIF 2018 nomination

Global Health Biotech Founder: Prof Keolebogile Shirley Motaung

FemBioBiz Season 1 winner, Professor Keolebogile Shirley Motaung’s two natural solutions for skeletal regeneration and repair ointment/cream La-Africa Soother and Plant based morphogenetic factor implants (PBMF) has been shortlisted  amongst the best Top 10  applications for the $185,000 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 in Afri

Unsung natural resources reign supreme at FemBioBioz Phase 2 competition in Mozambique

FBB Moz Phase 2 Finalists

The phase 2 competition of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme participants echoed a common purpose: to use Mozambique’s abundant and underutilised natural resources to better the wellbeing of their communities.

Cosmeceuticals take centre stage

Fish scale cover

Human health and specialised bio-products was the order of the day at this year’s South Africa edition of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme (Season 2) – Phase 1 Business Training and Pitching competition, arranged by SANBio in partnership with the Africa Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF).  The event was held in Cape Town on 29-30 May 2018.

Safeguarding Progress in Biotechnology: Profiling Ms Annah Runesu Takombwa

Annah Takombwa

Biotechnology is a field rife with opportunities and potential to improve the lives of communities across the globe. Nevertheless, some potential risks cannot be discounted. Today we are profiling a smart professional from the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in Zimbabwe, working on biosafety. NBA is a a statutory body with a mandate to manage and support biotech, research and application in Zimbabwe.

Roots in Mozambique, experience from abroad, inspiration for the region – Profiling Dr Claudia Baule

Dr Claudia Baule

During our recent visit to Mozambique, we met with Dr Claudia Baule (DVM, PhD). Her enthusiasm towards biosciences presented an excellent chance to interview her more closely on her career as a scientist as well as her views on the role of biosciences not only in Mozambique but in the whole Southern Africa region. Due to the length of the interview, the below is a shortened version, and the full article can be found here.