Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and NantAfrica, a division of NantWorks, announced the official launch of an ambitious initiative to build capacity for advanced health care in Africa.
This initiative will entail partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
NantWorks is a multinational, California-based conglomerate that is leading the digital revolution in healthcare, technology and media through the harnessing of science, digital infrastructure, supercomputing and communication.
The research focus of the CSIR has been centred around creating a more inclusive and sustainable approach to future road construction, particularly through increasing the potential for job creation, increasing economic benefits, producing better performing roads and trying to resolve South Africa’s environmental challenges.
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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) – through the Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCOSouth) consortium – has received one of 12 Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa programme eStations that enable access to critical Earth Observation (EO) data.
The CSIR has developed a surveillance system that detects and localises moving targets, over large areas and identifies them as humans or animals.
The CSIR has developed a bioplastic technology for producing 100% biodegradable and compostable plastic. The technology enables single-use plastic products that, when they end up in landfills, bio-degrade within 180 days. The bioplastic products, when combined with organic waste, can turn into compost within 90 days, leaving no toxic residues.
The CSIR has developed an innovative solution using biocatalysis and green chemistry to produce natural Ambrafuran – a highly sought-after agent in the fragrance industry that is used as a fixative for very expensive fragrances.
The CSIR has developed a software product that converts digital text into synthetic speech, in all the 11 official South African languages.
The CSIR has developed a technology to provide long-range, broadband access to underserved and hard-to-reach communities and facilities.
The CSIR has developed a solution to deliver unbroken video streams over mobile networks from 2.5G (rural) – 4G (Wi-Fi) at data costs ranging from as low as R2 up to R50 per viewing hour.