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Gap Winners 2020

[09 December 2020]

GAP Winners list, here are the first few winners, you can click on the button to download the file. 

GAP Biosciences 2020 Winners

Leader & team members Institution

Technology summary


Prof Tahir Pillay

Dr Bettina Chale-Matsau

Mr Reggie Govender
MicroMab Diagnostics / UP

MicroMab is developing Rapid protein antigen tests for SARS-CoV2. A rapid, cheap test strip/kit for SARS-CoV2 using nanobodies, a special type of antibody produced in bacteria and used to detect viral proteins. This technology will result in several rapid tests (minutes for result) for diagnosis during acute infection and for diagnosis of carrier states based on viral protein antigen detection.


1st Prize

Prof Celia Abolnik,

Dr Martha M. O’Kennedy
Antigenica /CSIR

Antigenica produces animal vaccines that are more cost-effective and provide protection superior to any other product currently on the market. To achieve this we use tobacco plants to manufacture virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines that induce robust protective immune responses in animals.


2nd Prize

Dr Hanli de Beer,

Ms Doret Kruger

Innovation Highway / NWU

Innovation Highway offers a pre-cooked carbo-protein combo, LeguPro, with higher nutritional value compared to commercial pasta such as spaghetti and macaroni, and 2min noodles. It is affordable and requires shorter preparation time. This new pasta variety is a high protein, high carbohydrate, gluten-free food product that is affordable for low-income consumers. The instant noodle option offers a healthier higher protein alternative to current foodstuffs and improved taste.

3rd Prize

Mr Constant Beckerling

Mr Anlo Micheal Van Wyk

Innovation Highway / NWU

AgriSmart Engineering / Wits AgriSmart working towards a fully automated intelligent hydroponic system for Cannabis cultivation. The technology pertains to a modular grow facility, designed specifically for cannabis cultivation. It is a fully automated electromechanical growing environment. The plants are grown in an ebb and flood hydroponic system wherein temperature, electrical conductivity, pH and total dissolved solids are monitored in real-time. Additionally, ambient room temperature, humidity and supplemental CO2 are monitored and controlled. Quantum sensors enable monitoring of the daily light integral. Ultrasonic distance sensors fixed to the grow lights calculate the distance to the plant canopy such that the supplemental photon flux density may be optimized. The facility is fully IoT integrated.

Special Recognition (SR)