The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 343–365 | Cite as

The role of technology transfer offices in building the South African biotechnology sector: an assessment of policies, practices and impact

  • Rosemary A. WolsonEmail author


While South Africa appears to have many of the building blocks in place to support a vibrant biotechnology sector, the potential which exists has not yet been realised. Several policies and programmes have therefore been introduced by government in recent years in order to address some of the barriers. The poor flow of technologies from research laboratories to industry has been identified as an area of particular concern, with the role of institutional technology transfer offices (TTOs) as facilitators of improved technology transfer being highlighted. This paper describes the status quo of biotechnology in South Africa, discusses relevant policy developments and against this background, examines the status of TTOs, the constraints which are faced and how these might be overcome.


Technology transfer office Research and development 

JEL Classifications

O3 O32 O34 O38 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCT InnovationUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

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