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Delivering biosciences innovations to the market place: Bio-Innovate program strategy


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Presented by Seyoum Leta at the First Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 February 2013

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Delivering biosciences innovations to the market place: Bio-Innovate program strategy

  1. 1. Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern African Development Bio-Innovate ProgramDelivering Biosciences Innovations to the Market Place: Bio-Innovate Program Strategy Seyoum Leta First Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC-ECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 February 2013
  2. 2. Presentation outline• Bio-Innovate Program overview• Why Bio-Innovate• Vision, mission and objectives• Program Thematic Focus• Bio-Innovate competitive grant scheme• Innovations in the making• Bio-Innovate Program Focus beyond 2014
  3. 3. Opportunities for knowledge based bio-economy for Sub-Saharan Africa • Wide Variety bio-resources across the region • modern biosciences is providing an increasingly powerful innovations • Capacities to adapt and use modern biosciences in various sectors are emerging • Increased emphasis on the role of biosceinces innovations at various levels • There are common development agendas within the regional policy bodies (IGAD, ECA, CAADP, NEPAD, ASARECA, etc.), which would benefit from joint regional implementation
  4. 4. The Missing Link• Capacities in biosciences in various sectors are scarce and scattered, with few strong regional initiatives• No Effective R&D networks comprised of local institutions, regional and international research organizations linking with private sectors to use modern bioscience as a tool for development• Missing link from research to innovation to delivery to end users• Gap in translating innovations into forms easily adopted by end users - farming communities, agro- processors, stakeholders in economy• Unfavorable policy environment for innovation
  5. 5. Burundi Ethiopia Kenya Rwanda Tanzania UgandaBio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern AfricanDevelopment (Bio-Innovate) Program
  6. 6.  Established in 2010 to catalyze and support multidisciplinary biosciences and product oriented innovation activities in the eastern Africa To strengthen biosciences innovations for stimulating adaptability of small scale farming systems to climate change Enhance crop, feed and biofuel productivity and provide farmers with more agribusiness opportunities Address environmental pollution and climate change threats by creating and up-scaling innovative technologies with a view of creating more productive and sustainable agro-process industries Polling expertise through regional innovation network, enabling policy analysis on cross cutting issues
  7. 7. WHY• Need for innovation systems approach engaging new and existing actors in and outside the region through a new bio-resource innovation and policy platform for boosting eastern Africa development• Need for integrated approach in addressing development challenges that require collective regional action to maximize synergies and impact; • Agricultural productivity constraints, market opportunities, environmental problems such as climate change are regional in nature and require regional convergence and joint efforts; • sharing of scarce R&D infrastructure and key competences to avoid duplication and harness available resources • Creating mechanism for bringing new knowledge and technologies to a broad set of institutions and can thus serve as a dynamic and effective means for developing regional public goods and new products
  8. 8. VisionVision To develop into a Program of excellence for “BIORESOURCES INNOVATION FUND” and Science, Technology and Innovation think-tank that contributes to sustainable and integrated utilization of bio-resources for economic development of Eastern Africa
  9. 9. Currently, the program comprises of 9 innovationand policy consortia projects and 57 partneringand collaborating institutionsProgram is supported by the Swedish InternationalDevelopment Cooperation Agency, 2010 – 2014Complimentary funds from private sector
  10. 10. Collaborators and Partners
  11. 11. Business Not-as-Usual • Emphasis on product development and generation of new knowledge • Partnership approach to deliver innovations to the end users. • Regional nature of the Program to allow for: – sharing available resources and exchange of information and technologies across the region – complementarity and synergies and avoid duplication – wider impact of innovations • Program is also addressing policy issues • RBM approach in Program and project implementation to ensure that focus is on results and outcomes. M&E adopted to reflect RBM approach.
  12. 12. Bio-Innovate Thematic Focus Project 4. Bio-energy and Project 4. Bio-energy and Project 1. Sorghum and Project 1. Sorghum and mushroom production mushroom production Millet Millet from agro-industrial from agro-industrial wastes wastesProject 3. BeanProject 3. Bean 2. Agro-industrial Waste andtechnologiestechnologies 1. Crop Productivity and Resilience to Climate Wastewater Treatment and Change Value Addition Project 2. Cassava, Potato Project 2. Cassava, Potato Project 5. Waste treatment Project 5. Waste treatment and Sweet Potato and Sweet Potato and production of biogas and and production of biogas and bio-fertilizers bio-fertilizers Project 6. Sorghum and Project 6. Sorghum and Millet value addition Millet value addition 3. Innovation Incubation and 4. Bio-resources Promotion of Targeted value Innovation Policy and chains Sustainability AnalysisProject 8. Industrial enzymes Project 8. Industrial enzymes Project 9. Bio-sciences Project 9. Bio-sciencesapplication Project 7. Bio-enhanced Project 7. Bio-enhanced application innovation policy innovation policy seeds seeds
  13. 13. Bio-Innovate Projects Product development along the innovation pathway/value chains Proof of concept Product development Delivery systemsAC Universities and R4D R4D systems R4D systems Universities, R4D Universities, R4DT institutions, Private sector, policy makers, market Private sector, policy makers, market Institutions InstitutionsO Private sector, systems systemsRS • Field testing Technological innovation Marketing Product concept • System/process Testing /field evaluation Commercialization Feasibility studies establishment Optimization /scale-up Put to end users Product • Protocols, tools Field production incubationPO Early safety •• STI policies STI policies Regulatory approvals Early safetyL evaluation •• Germplasm exchange/ Germplasm exchange/ •Field trial and technology development, evaluationI Genetic resource policies Genetic resource policies bio-pesticide registration,C •• IP framework IP framework •Product safety and qualityY •Technology transfer and licensing
  14. 14. Bio-Innovate consortia project compositionConsortia composition is multi-disciplinary, multi-country to ensure Regionality, Relevance, Efficiency, and Impact
  15. 15. Program Implementation
  16. 16. Bio-Innovate Competitive Scheme
  17. 17. Program Implementation ManualGuide implementing institutionsthrough the project cycleContracting and roles of partners inconsortiaProcedures to effectively implement,monitor and evaluate projectsFund management guidelinesAdoption of results-basedmanagement approach with a focuson results and outcomes as opposedto activities and outputs
  18. 18. IdentityHas identified strategic, thematic focus areas that interface valueaddition and innovation through interlinked activities in EasternAfricaIs focusing on delivering new products through bioscienceinnovation systems involving a range of value chain actors critical tospan the process from science to production and marketsIs implemented as a technology and policy platform via acompetitive grant schemeFocuses on biosciences innovations in agriculture, the environmentand agro-processing industry, with support to regional,interdisciplinary innovation projects
  19. 19. Lessons ChallengesOpportunities Managing many partners poses a Better chance of delivery of technologiesto end users with strong partnerships lot of challenges Continuous and proactivity in co- Allow for pooling of expertise and keycompetencies and creates synergies ordination and monitoring ofamong research institutions project activities, reviewing results and ensuring compliance with Maximization of resources – human, procedurescapital and financial Communication is key Impact is wider – technologiessucceeding in one country can be Harmonizing procedures difficultreplicated and adopted in others due to institutional differences
  20. 20. Key points for consideration by the Implementing Partners• Need to focus on delivering innovations aimed at solving end-user problems hence the need to continue to intimately engage private sector and famers in implementation.• Need for increasing role of the PI in coordinating and ensuring that the Project achieves its mission• Need for efficient communication within the consortia and with the PMO• Need for concerted efforts in documenting achievements and project events through Program website, newsletter• Rigorous M&R activities to capture on going activities, achievements and engage the media for outreach activities.• Partners should take full advantage of the alternative procurement process the PMO is offering for procuring equipment, chemicals and reagents• Mid-Term REVIEW of the Program currently underway to measure progress and inform future direction and funding of the Program.• Scientists to submit full papers not later than 31st March for peer review for publication in the Conference Proceedings.
  21. 21. Some innovations in the making
  22. 22. Project 1: Drought resistant sorghum Project 2: Drought and disease resistantfield evaluation , Kenya sweet potato varieties selection, Tanzania Project 3: Women packing bean varieties in small affordable packets,Project 3: Farmers selecting canning Ethiopiabean varieties, Kenya
  23. 23. Project 4: Construction of mushroom cultivation from Project 5: Biogas plant, University of Dar es Salaam,sisal facilities, Kilifi Plantation, Kenya Tanzania Project 5: Slaughterhouse wastewater recycling and biogas and bio-fertilizer production, Kampala, Uganda
  24. 24. Malted non-alcoholic beverage Ready to eat snacks Project 6: Value added sorghum and millet products
  25. 25. Integrated technologies for wastewater treatment, biogas productionand water reuse at Modgjo Tannery, Ethiopia
  26. 26. Biodigester Constructed wetlandEqualizationTank Sludge Drying Screen Integrated system for wastewater treatment, biogas production at Banana Investment Ltd, Arusha
  27. 27. Policy issues: •Constraints to biosciences innovation •Access to genetic resources policy •Intellectual property protection •Biotechnology and biosafety policies •Networking and capacity building •PPPs and technology transferProject 9: The Bio-Innovate Team discussing policy issues with State Minister for Ministry of Science and Technology,Ethiopia.
  28. 28. Bio-Innovate Beyond 2014• Up-scaling and commercialization of promising innovations from the current thematic area consortia projects• Widen the scope of the Bio-Innovate focus areas with focus on delivery of innovations to end users involving private sector partners• Integrate technology delivery systems with studies on cross cutting issues• Strengthen and increase the existing network partners
  29. 29. Bio-Innovate Vision beyond 2014PolicyPolicy Innovation Innovation Practice Practice Impact Impact Eastern African Agriculture and Environment Eastern African Agriculture and Environment Collective regional and international efforts can bring an impact!
  30. 30. Acknowledgements•Ministries/councils for Science &Technology•Bio-Innovate Projects Leaders and Teams•Private sectors•All other partners and collaborators for more information please visit