Universities are no longer the ‘ivory towers’ referred to in the past. More than ever before, the reason for their existence is to bring new knowledge and positive change in the societies and communities they service.

In this regard, research is one of the main vehicles for universities to bring about change, and that can only happen when relative research becomes available for commercialisation. The commercialisation of research projects does not only supply welcome third-stream income to the university, it also transfers technology to society so as to make a real impact and difference in the lives of the communities served by the UFS.

Parexel: In the 1970s, the UFS partnered with the Boston-based pharmaceutical research company in Massachusetts in a joint venture. Parexel is located in 80 countries, with the UFS’ Bloemfontein Campus as the African base.

LiquidTech is a commercial enterprise in the Advanced Biomolecular Research cluster. It specialises in the analysis of water samples from rivers, dams, reservoirs, treatment plants, bottled water and highly polluted sources.