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.  

Protection of Indigenous Knowledge Systems under the spotlight at IKS International Conference 2018

Department of Science and Technology Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

The second international Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) conference kicked off Heritage Month last week by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane under the theme, "Protecting indigenous knowledge towards socio-economic development".

Hosted in partnership with the DST and the North-West University, Kubayi-Ngubane said one of the purposes of the conference was to undo the damage that was caused by the apartheid government which left out indigenous communities while discussing their heritage.

Mobility grant takes PhD student’s research to the next level

Debina Lobine in Italy

Mauritius, together with Rodrigues possess a rich biodiversity comprising both endemic and exotic flora and fauna and represent a goldmine for the global food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, yet it has been largely under-utilized up until now. 

With the increasing demand for natural products or plant-based products, the endemic flora and fauna hold immense potentials for the food, pharmaceutical industry and economic development. 

The future is digital and nigh – SADC Ministerial meeting

Industry 4.0

Clemence is a 45-year old successful livestock farmer in rural countryside of Chipinge, in Zimbabwe. He is a family man with six children, 3 boys and 3 girls, all of them going through primary school. In the past two decades, Clemence has seen enough change in technology for a whole life-time, starting from a time where one had to batter trade a cow for a mobile phone SIM card to now, where the same card costs less than USD 1. Now he does not have to write letters but send text messages.

Entrepreneurs and scientists join forces to talk innovation at SANBio Annual Event 2018

SANBio Annual Event 2018
African entrepreneurs showed off their products, scientists boasted novel solutions to the continent’s great problems, and venture capitalists prowled the venue looking for their next multi-million rand investment. NEPAD SANBio’s recent Annual Event bore the fruits of the Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme BioFISA II, which is helping NEPAD SANBio in building a network for innovation in life sciences throughout southern Africa.

SANBio at Science Forum South Africa 2017: Youth Involvement, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

SANBio at Science Forum South Africa 2017

Last week NEPAD SANBio participated in the Science Forum South Africa 2017 (SFSA 2017). The SFSA is regarded as Africa’s largest “open science” event, aimed at stimulating debate on the role of science in society. The programme consisted of plenary panel debates, short seminars and talks, with the participation of local and international thought leaders from the scientific community as well as an exhibition.

Celebrating Africa Day in Style: Showcasing Africa’s Innovations


Africa Day, 25 May 2017, Pretoria, South Africa

This year’s Africa Day was commemorated differently with entrepreneurs and research oriented organisations showcasing innovations and also celebrating the good work the African scientists do. As part of commemoration, the Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, Mrs Naledi Pandor launched the first Africa in Science book which showcases the outstanding work of 52 African scientists.

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 Programme Officially Launched on 8th of December 2015

BioFISA II Programme Officially Launched on 8th of December 2015

South African Minister of Science and Technology Mrs Naledi Pandor with Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources at South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), Prof Aggrey Ambali, Head and Advisor of NEPAD Science, Technology and Innovation Hub (NSTIH) and other representatives attending the BioFISA II Launch.