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The Nelson Mandela University Innovation Office hosted a webinar on the 26th of April to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. The 2022 theme was “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future” which aimed at providing young inventors, creators and entrepreneurs with the tools to understand IP rights to achieve their goals, create jobs, tackle local and global challenges and national development.

Guest speakers for this year’s webinar were Dineo Lioma, the CEO and Founder of Deep Medical Therapeutics, and Robert Bosch, Technical Director at Rubber Nano Products. Ms Lioma’s talk focused on Intellectual Property (IP) rights and the different IP strategies used in her entrepreneurial ventures at Incitech, CapeBio Technologies and now Deep Medical Therapeutics.

Mr Bosch’s an Nelson Mandela University alumni, spoke about how IP has been useful in his business Rubber Nano Products (RNP)(Pty) Ltd. RNP (Pty) Ltd holds a technology that allows for the creation of chemically specific activators for the different major classes of accelerators used in rubber vulcanization with sulphur.

At the end of the webinar, we hosted a quiz with questions based on IP. The winner of the quiz was Nelson Mandela University Accounting student, Athenkosi Tyiwa. He won an autographed copy of “Footprints – Laying the Path” by Dr McLean Sibanda. Dr Sibanda, is a seasoned business executive, respected intellectual property, innovation and entrepreneurship expert, with a wealth of experience on innovation ecosystems.

The Innovation Office acknowledges NIPMO for their on-going support and recognition of our efforts to raise IP awareness.