Past Competitions


Biosciences Finalists for 2016

Dr Collet Danadara – UCT

1st Place 


This technology proposes to come up with a kit/test to reduce cost and improve quality of life for patients on Efavirenz (EFV) based HIV/AIDS treatment  through the use of a genetic test that addresses adverse drug reactions (ADRs)


Prof Namrita – melanoma Cure

2nd Place



The aim of this technology is to further develop C1 and possibly prove efficacy and non-toxicity in pre-clinical trials as well as synthesize C1, which will allow for increased yield for sustainable purposes.

Dr Kruger- Phytopharma


In the light of the increasing resistance to Antibiotics worldwide, this technology focuses on research of the possibility of discovering a novel antibacterial compound from plant material as all plants have the ability to defend themselves from bacterial infestations

Special Recognition Award

Thabang Marule – Bind Biotech 


Bind Biotech employs the animal friendly method of producing polyclonal antibodies from chicken eggs. Chickens produce an immunoglobulin similar to IgG, called IgY.This technology is an existing published production method. The novelty will be that we will be the first to bring to market, to this knowledge, at commercial scale in South Africa.

Sibinda – African Applied Chemical (pty) Ltd


This technology focuses on manufacturing a long lasting insecticidal/ repellent fabric. Such a fabric can be used to manufacture Insecticide Treated Wall Linings (ITWL) or repellent personal protection items to cover exposed body areas that are susceptible to mosquito bites such as limbs.

Nicole Voster – Agri-Extract 


This business opportunity involves the retrieval of valuable bioactive compounds from the pomace generated during olive oil processing and the incorporation of these bioactives into cosmetic formulations for the treatment of dry skin, dermatitis and eczema

Nneilla Sandra and Alexandrina Nkholise – iMed tech 


Prosthetic rehabilitation is related to the design, manufacturing and fitting artificial custom made ear, nose, breasts, etc. to replace missing parts lost through trauma, disease and congenital conditions. The use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology allows for manufacturing of prostheses being of high standards, employing less labor, time and cost.  

Biosciences Finalists for 2015

Ethnic hair hydration technology – natural product for virgin ethnic hair

K Squared has developed a virgin hair care range with a unique Ethnic Hair Hydration Technology (EHHT) that uses a combination of a hair product made from indigenous natural ingredient actives and specialized treatment protocols in an exclusive salon environment, to deposit moisture and seal the cuticle for 4-5 weeks. Our target audience is an urban upwardly mobile Afroconscious family with virgin ethnic hair. The EHHT was designed to solve the moisture retention problem experienced by people with virgin ethnic hair which tends to be dry and subsequently painful to manage.

Anti-hair loss product

A new range of innovative hair products that are chemical free and do not permanently change the hair structure or damage the scalp allowing for versatility in hair management, supported by an online platform that allows consumers to create a customised hair profile, and recommends a treatment plan based on needs for the black African woman.

Jillie’s natural body & hair butter

We make and sell 100% natural body and hair butter which have no chemicals or synthetics or fi llers or parabens. The body butter is for dry skin. The hair butter is also for dry hair, especially untreated or “natural” or “virgin” hair. We use natural ingredients that are excellent in moisturising, softening and nourishing hair and skin. We are targeting working class women and men between the ages of 23 to 55 years, especially young professionals who are conscious of what they apply to their hair and skin. Moreover, we aim to serve the chemophobes (consumers refusing to use products that have chemicals in their design and formulation).

The KUDUwave R5000 – mobile audiometer

The KUDUwave 5000 is a unique, mobile and lightweight diagnostic audiometer that has improved access to audiology
services, helped lessen the cost of health care and improved the quality of care to people in need. Its application is in, but not limited to, occupational health environments, medical practitioners and government.

Moringa extraction

We provide a water-based Moringa extract by our patented extraction technology. It is a liquid concentrate that is rich in nutrients can easily be added in various food products such as yoghurt and vitamin water – which we have developed. It gives all these various essential compounds in a single formulation making it a cheaper product. Moringa Liquid Extract can be sold to manufacturers of dietary supplements and cosmetics.

Middle ear prosthesis- hearing improvement

Describe your innovation (50 words max)It is a middle ear medical prosthesis used to restore hearing quicker, easier and safer with minimal complications. Surgical implanted by Ear, Nose and Throat specialists into the middle ear. It is still in the development phase therefore not yet available. Medical doctors and Ear, Nose and Throat specialists as primary customers with buying power. Secondary clients that are high/ middle earner private patients/hospitals and middle/low income earners, state and public patients/hospitals. The target is local and international patients; BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Africa/South Africa countries then Western countries.(Global and world target).

Herbal and special teas in South Africa

Two forms of tea have been developed from herbs that are naturally anti-diabetic and anti-cancerous. The tonic can also be used as herbal ice teas for treating various ailments such as boils, infected wounds, headaches, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. The target market is all Zionists and the people who are suffering from all the mentioned ailments. The teas are available in Southern Africa.

Mobile TB diagnostic for poor resource settings

The HANK test allows for affordable, accurate, accessible and rapid screening of the TB disease. It allows for diagnosis from sputum samples at a rural clinic or other point of care setting with low infrastructure. The test is done by a health care worker and assures the safety of participants during the process. A result can be obtained within one hour of administering the test and it allows for monitoring patients who currently on treatment.

Biosciences Finalists for 2014


Production of a TB diagnostic verification kit that checks the accuracy and quality of TB tests before testing patient specimens. The kit is easy and safe to use in the field to ensure accurate TB diagnosis and translates to saving costs in health delivery and lives of infected individuals.

Optimus Bio

Production of environmental friendly biological products for wide applications in domestic, industrial and rural cleaning, sanitation, water treatment, agriculture and aquaculture.

Greencoat – Slow release of agrochemicals

Manufacturing of agro-products that facilitate slow release of agrochemicals and enhance water retention capacity of the soil.

CandidaFree Natural

Plant derived product with superior broad-based antimicrobial activities most suitable for the potential treatment candidiasis in HIV infected individuals.

Diagnostic kit for rapid detection of Malaria & HIV

Diagnostic kits for rapid detection of malaria and other diseases burdening developing countries

Bioconversion of paper sludge landfill waste to ethanol

Conversion of paper sludge waste to ethanol with a recombinant cellulase producing yeast strain. The proprietary yeast technology provides a significant saving in terms of enzyme cost and leads to a reduction in emission of greenhouse gases.

Acid2Sugars – AMD and biomass energy production

Dual solution for environmental challenges through utilisation of acid mine drainage in the production of fermentable sugars from grass. Thus achieving bioremediation and availability of sugars that can be used in fermentation processes by various industries

Biosciences Finalists for 2013

MARTI TB Diagnostic

1st Place

MARTI is the only TB diagnostic that uses a blood sample (only one drop is required) to detect TB at the point of care regardless of the patient’s HIV status or whether the TB infection is inside or outside the lungs.

Mabu Casing Soil

2nd Place

Waste product of the bagasse paper-making process is used to produce a casing soil suitable for white button mushroom production. This MABU casing can replace peat soil that is imported at high costs from the Northern Hemisphere. This supports sustainable mushroom production.

Synbo Beverages

3rd Place

The SynBo group developed the technology for the production of synbiotic maize-based beverage (SynBo beverage), containing probiotic and prebiotic functional ingredients with several potential health benefits for the consumer.

Brilliant SkinCare

Brilliant skincare has developed 9 safe, effective, affordable products, using South African indigenous plant and marine sources as their actives, that are able to be used DURING cancer treatments.


Our goal is to set a new trend in food production technologies, through our proposed business offering ‘the GREEROOM INCUBATOR’. Our purpose built design developed as intelligent innovations for technology transfer are a means for production and aim to bring commercial production of edible proteins to the masses.


FoodSafe: a natural preservative which doubles the shelf-life of fresh foods, and provides a source of an essential amino acid which is usually sourced from the diet and not produced by the human body.

Green Diesel

Green Diesel is a 100% renewable diesel alternative from normal fossil derived diesel fuel. It 100% solely produced from wood biomass. It can stand alone as a fuel for combustion or can be 50/50 drop-in mixed with fossil diesel. It works perfectly with existing equipment, machinery and infrastructure due to its almost identical chemical makeup to fossil derived diesel differing in its cleaner and more efficient nature.


The CSIR has developed a novel microfluidics-based process for manufacturing stabilised enzyme particles – SphereZyme. This microfluidic emulsion system provides a means for stabilisation of enzymes in an insoluble spherical form which can be recovered and reused – cutting down production costs and improving industrial efficiency.

Biosciences Winners for 2012

First Prize – Chick Energy Technology


The first prize for GAP-Biosciences 2012 was awarded to Chick Energy. The prizes were R400 000, a year’s free incubation at The Innovation Hub, mentoring and business support for a year. This innovative technology is designed to generate renewable energy in the form of biogas and produce high value manure from poultry litter, thereby reducing pollution and nutrient over-loading. Excessive land application of poultry litter has a negative impact on water supply, water quality, drainage, storm water run-off, water rights and the overall planning and utilisation of watersheds. The Chick Energy technology is a unique multi-compartment system that stands out for its robustness, process stability, extremely high yields, scalability and flexibility of being applicable to various materials and their varying content. This results in increased control, higher efficiency and a reduction of CO and hydrocarbons emissions. Successful implementation of this technology will position South Africa amongst world leaders in waste management and green energy economy.

The team behind the Chick Energy technology is Nobel Helium Consulting, the directors of which are Ezekiel Madigoe, Vulani Mabunda and Frank Radebe. The team is currently incubated at The Innovation Hub, as part of their prize and have been very successful in their progress over these past few months.

Second Prize – Aptamax

Aptamax was awarded second prize for GAP-Biosciences 2012, receiving a cash prize of R200 000.

This team from the CSIR presented a technology entitled Aptamer-based point of care TB diagnostics. The technology includes two classes of TB detection molecules for the development of lab-free TB diagnostic tools. These aptamers have been characterised and validated in a proof-of-principle case-control clinical study, with high sensitivity and specificity values, showing great promise for the utility of these molecules as TB detection probes. The resultant product that is developed will be a detection system that is simple, rapid, accurate and affordable. Such a diagnostic tool is tailored for resource limited settings such as rural clinics.

The Aptamax team comprises Makobetsa Khati, Lia Rotherham, Nqobile Ngubane, Matsopiane Maserumule and Laura Ann Millroy.

Third Prize – Biopesticides for the control of economically important insect pests

The third prize for GAP-Biosciences 2012 was awarded to Dr Gustav Bouwer for his technology entitled Biopesticides for the control of economically important insect pests. Dr Bouwer was awarded R100 000 for this technology.

This platform technology allows for the cost-effective production of highly effective, environmentally friendly insect pest control agents. Products based on the technology have been highly effective in field trials in several agricultural regions in South Africa.


I have attended business trainings and workshops before, but nothing compares to the training I received from GAP. The training had direct and real value for starting up not only biochemical process but any type of business. Ezekiel Madigoe, Winning business plan for GAP-2012 (Chick Energy)

Being on the GAP Biosciences program last year was an opportunity like none I could of ever dreamt of. It was incredible to be educated by International Professors and experts who believe in South Africans and want to stimulate South African innovation. The quality of education was beyond impressive and the program encouraged us to learn skills we never knew we had. We got to design, craft and complete our very own business plan with the help of industry experts as our mentors. The program was exceptionally well organised and all our needs were taken care of professionally. So if you are looking for a program where you get to network with South Africans and international guests, learn a fortune and develop a professional business plan for your opportunity, enter as soon as you can! Dean Sher, team member of VeinAid, GAP-2012 semi-finalist

Business Basics Workshop 2012

The GAP-2012 Business Basics Workshop was very successful and was attended by 70 delegates. Some of the testimonials that were received from the workshop included:

Brilliant workshop and very well structured. Keneilwe Sebola
Great, informative presentations. A worthwhile exercise overall. M.C. Maserumule
Very well done. I have business experience (40 years) and have learned a lot. Frans de Bruyn
Excellent and most useful workshop for people like me who have the science know-how but no business knowledge. Lauren