SANBio Annual Event 2019 - Beyond the Valleys: Untold Tales of Biopreneurs

Closing panel during the event

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with the support of the BioFISA II Programme hosted the network’s third Annual Event from 21-22 May 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. With over 280 delegates from 17 countries, 56 speakers participating in 9 sessions, and 5 spotlight presentations during the event, there was a buzz of knowledge exchange and interaction among multi-helix players representing the private and public sectors, academia and civil society in the SADC bioscience innovation ecosystem.  

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.

BioFISA II training for selected proposal teams from 2nd round of calls held on 10-14 Oct 2016

BioFISA II training

The third round of the Lean Entrepreneur in Biosciences training arranged by SANBio/BioFISA II has been successfully concluded in Pretoria. This week-long workshop was attended by 27 participants representing 10 project proposals from 9 countries in the SADC region. The training was a precursor to full proposal submission, due on 9th of November 2016, and also contributed towards the goal of capacity building in the region.

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.