Investment Portfolio

Since the Fund’s existence, a solid foundation of exciting investments has been concluded.

These are the investments made as of November 2020:

Hyrax Biosciences - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

Hyrax Biosciences

Hyrax Biosciences is a Cloud-based software platform that aims to transform the cost, accuracy and scalability of genetic diagnostics. This company has two-woman co-founders on the team and is a spin-out from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

Investment stage: Series-A Investment
Website link: https://hyraxbio.co.za/

Cape Bio Farms - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

Cape Bio Pharms

Cape Bio Pharms uses a plant-based expression platform to produce high-value and custom proteins for biomedical research. The company is majority woman-owned and is a spin- off from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Investment stage: Series Seed
Website link: https://www.capebiopharms.com/

Bio Code - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

BioCODE™

BioCODE™ is a nanobiosensor technology that is used for early identification of cardiovascular disease. BioCODE™ detects inflammatory biomarker levels from a drop of blood. The company was founded by a woman who is also the chief-scientist managing the entire project.

Investment Stage: Seed funding
Website link: http://www.biocode.co.za/

Phagoflux - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

Phagoflux

Phagoflux envisions to impact the health science, diagnostics (Alzheimer’s Disease & Neurodegeneration) and wellness sector by developing a sensor to detect the self-cleaning activity (autophagy) of bodily cells. This device will be followed by subsequent applications to expand into the diagnostics and patient monitoring, wellness, health and aging market.

Investment Stage: Seed funding
Website link: To be launched soon

HYENA - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

HYENA

Fuel cells are ready but deployment is limited by the absence of a convenient hydrogen supply. Hydrogen Energy Applications (HYENA) has the technology to generate the necessary hydrogen, on-site, making use of the existing fuel infrastructure. HYENA power packs will deliver affordable, on-demand and weather independent electrical power from locally available Fuel. HYENA is a spin- off from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Investment Stage: Seed funding
Website link: https://www.hyenaenergy.com/

HYENA - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

IMMOBAZYME

Immobazyme (Pty) Ltd is a proudly South African biotechnology innovation company which focuses on biocatalysis and immobilized enzyme engineering. The technology at Immobazyme involves a novel protocol to immobilize enzymes in a simple and affordable manner, allowing for the application of industrially important enzymes at a large scale.

Investment Stage: Seed funding
Website link: http://immobazyme.com/

HYENA - Investment Portfolio - University Technology Fund (UTF)

SNC

Stellenbosch Nanofiber Company (SNC) is focused on the commercialisation and further development of various nanofiber technologies developed at Stellenbosch University. These technologies include two processes for high-throughput electrospinning of polymeric nanofibers, and a process for making continuous nanofiber yarns.

The nanofiber materials produced using these processes can be applied in a broad range of areas, including high-performance filtration of liquids and gasses, biomedical materials, energy, and lightweight structural composites (e.g. for automotive and aerospace applications).

Investment Stage: Series A
Website link: https://sncfibers.com/