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Towards the establishment of a vibrant South African biotechnology industry: will the recent policy interventions achieve their objectives?
by Rosemary Wolson
International Journal of Biotechnology (IJBT), Vol. 7, No. 1/2/3, 2005

 

Abstract: The South African Government has identified biotechnology as a key technology platform and is in the process of implementing a policy framework to promote the development of a national biotechnology industry. The policy interventions have been designed to bridge the ''innovation chasm'' between research institutions and industry, which exists as a consequence of inadequate support and weak linkages between stakeholders. The current status and possible impact of three of the main initiatives is discussed. These are the National R&D Strategy, the National Biotechnology Strategy and proposed legislation to govern intellectual property developed from publicly funded research.

 

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