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Potchefstroom, South Africa

The North-West University is a newly merged institution from 1 January 2004 onwards with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. The Potchefstroom Campus is the largest, and the head office of the University is situated at this location. With its merged status, the North-West University became one of the largest universities in South Africa and has 64 081 students .The universities that merged to form this institution are the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West . These two campuses form the main hubs of the university, with the Potchefstroom campus catering to Afrikaans speakers and the Mahikeng campus being broader in orientation. Wikipedia.


Patent
North West University South Africa | Date: 2012-09-06

This invention pertains to a method of preparing biological material from a biological sample selected from the group consisting of blood and sputum samples. The method includes the step of altering at least one constitutive characteristic of the biological sample in the presence of a capturing scaffold by adding a lysis buffer containing a solubilising agent and a detergent to the biological sample, for simultaneously inhibiting coagulation of the biological sample; lysing the biological sample to release the biological material from the biological sample, thus making the biological material available; and capturing at least one fraction of the biological material on the capturing scaffold.


Patent
North West University South Africa | Date: 2013-02-25

A switched mode drive circuit


The invention provides for a method of enhancing immunological responses to an antigen in a vaccine formulation, and for a vaccine formulation that provides for an enhanced immunological response to an antigen. In the method and formulation the antigen is administered with an adjuvant which adjuvant comprises a solution of nitrous oxide gas in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier solvent for the gas and which adjuvant includes at least one fatty acid or ester or other suitable derivative thereof selected from the group consisting of oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid [C20: 53], decosahexaenoic acid [C22: 63], ricinoleic acid and derivatives thereof selected from the group consisting of the C1 to C6 alkyl esters thereof, the glycerol-polyethylene glycol esters thereof and the reaction product of hydrogenated natural oils composed largely of ricinoleic acid based oils, such as castor oil with ethylene oxide.


Patent
North West University South Africa | Date: 2014-05-20

A formulation for administration of at least one therapeutic mammalian protein to a mammal or a protein selected from the group, and for enhancing the absorption, distribution and release of the at least one therapeutic mammalian protein in or on the mammal, comprising at least one therapeutic mammalian protein in a micro-emulsion comprising a dispersion of vesicles or microsponges of a fatty acid based component in an aqueous or other pharmacologically acceptable carrier in which nitrous oxide is dissolved, the fatty acid based component comprising at least one long chain fatty acid based substance selected from the group consisting of free fatty acids and derivatives of free fatty acids. A method for effective delivery of at least one therapeutic mammalian protein to a mammal and for enhancing the therapeutic efficacy of such at least one therapeutic mammalian protein, comprising the step of administering the at least one therapeutic mammalian protein to the mammal in such a formulation.


The invention provides a method of enhancing the action of a pharmaceutical agent selected from the group consisting of the anti-infective agents, the group comprising of the antimicrobial agents, the anthelmintic agents and the anti-ectoparasitic agents, but excluding coal tar solution and H1-antagonist antihistamines, and from the group consisting of the CPNS agents selected from the group of compounds acting on the central or peripheral nervous system, but excluding coal tar solution and H1-antagonist antihistamines and also excluding anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic agents and also provides an enhanced method for the administration of a nucleic acid substance to the cells of an animal, a plant or a micro-organism. The method is characterised in that the agent or nucleic acid substance is formulated with an administration medium which comprises a solution of nitrous oxide gas in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier solvent for the gas and which administration medium includes at least one fatty acid or ester or other suitable derivative thereof selected from the group consisting of oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid [C20:53], decosahexaenoic acid [C22:63], ricinoleic acid and derivatives thereof selected from the group consisting of the C1 to C6 alkyl esters thereof, the glycerol-polyethylene glycol esters thereof and the reaction product of hydrogenated natural oils composed largely of ricinoleic acid based oils, such as castor oil with ethylene oxide. The formulations of such agents or substances form part of the invention

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