Andrew is the Senior Manager: Innovation in the Research Contracts & Innovation (RC&I) Department at the University of Cape Town, where he has worked for 12 years. In this position, he is responsible for the team that protects Intellectual Property arising from the university’s research and importantly its commercialisation through either spin-off company formation or licensing. The various seed funds that RC&I manage enables technologies to be matured to higher Technology Readiness Levels.
In the past he worked for Science Councils: Mintek and the CSIR, as well as corporates AECI and the Dialogue Group. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCT and has completed courses in financial management through UNISA. He is a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) participating on their Internationalisation Committee, the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the Southern African Research and Innovation Managers Association (SARIMA), where he is President-elect. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP)
University of Cape Town (UCT)
UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape. In 2018 UCT was home to 28 600 students (17 552 undergraduates and 11 048 postgraduates) 22 669 students came from South Africa, 3 512 were southern African country students and 1 539 students came from the rest of Africa, with 880 students from elsewhere in the world.
UCT is South Africa's oldest university (founded in 1829) and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions, holding 136th position in the latest 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and first in Africa. The university has 6 faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science – which are all supported by the Centre for Higher Education Development.
Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and 3 Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee. UCT also has more than 80 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a third of South Africa's A-rated researchers – academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.
Abstract: Technology Transfer from a South African Perspective
The presentation will provide an overview of technology transfer in South Africa, with reference to the University of Cape Town’s experience and what have been found to be essential enablers for success of the technology transfer function. It will highlight broad South African issues such as access to funding, the recently established University Technology Fund, the absorptive capacity of local industry, entrepreneurs and incubators, as well as legislation that impacts the ownership of Intellectual Property at universities.