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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

ARV project’s third attempt to supply affordable medicine

     20th May 2016 Government driven initiative the Ketlaphela project, which is aimed at establishing a fully backward integrated pharmaceutical company that bridges the gap between research and development capabilities in South Africa, is going through its third attempt at being implemented. 

Five-year funding plan to overcome challenges

     20th May 2016 Independent global charitable foundation, the Wellcome Trust has committed £21-million to the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (Deltas) Africa initiative, which aims to improve health in Africa through research driven by the most urgent regional challenges. 

Five-year funding plan to overcome challenges
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WOMAN RESEARCHERS Female students are being encouraged to join the medical research field

Funding for South African pharmaceuticals research increasing

     20th May 2016 Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca through its research trust has awarded seven South Africans grants totalling R1.5-million for the 2015/2016 year. This increases the total number of research grants conferred locally by the trust to 18 since its inception in 2014. 

New antibacterial gel can save thousands in developing countries

     20th May 2016 A new antiseptic chlorhexidine gel – antibacterial gel – that can prevent umbilical cord infections (omphalitis) in newborn infants in developing countries has been granted an encouraging scientific judgement from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines... 

New antibacterial gel can save  thousands in developing countries
NEW GEL TECHNOLOGY GSK has created a new antibacterial gel that is cost effective and is easy to distribute to developing countries

Combined research could be HIV answer

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 The combined research into human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatments, therapies and vaccinations could provide the answers to combating the deadly virus. This was the message conveyed at an HIV colloquium held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, last month. 

Combined research  could be HIV answer
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CURE, TREATMENT OR VACCINATION? Combining HIV cure, treatment and vaccination research could lead to developing an effective solution to combating the pandemic

Hospital engineers receive industry best practice injection

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 Healthcare infrastructure norms and standards developer Infrastructure Unit Support Systems (IUSS) is in the process of developing and publishing a set of healthcare infrastructure standards and norms, to act as a built environment best practice guideline. The IUSS is a structural collaboration... 

Hospital engineers receive industry best practice injection
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HOSPITAL ENGINEERING A industry best practice norms and standards are being developed for built environment professionals working in the healthcare sector

Infectious disease diagnosis strips developed

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 South African mineral research organisation Mintek launched a R13-million manufacturing facility last month to produce lateral-flow diagnostics test strips for infectious diseases such as malaria, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB). The facility, located at Mintek’s... 

Infectious  disease diagnosis strips developed
CONTAMINENT FREE ZONE ISO cleanrooms are used to ensure that contaminants do not interfere with material research or the equipment being manufactured

IP policy redraft could impact significantly on pharmaceuticals

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 The redraft of South Africa’s intellectual property (IP) policy could have significant ramifications for the pharmaceutical industry, says specialist IP law firm Spoor & Fisher partner David Cochrane. He suggests that the redraft was partially prompted by the concerns of pharmaceutical companies... 

Red tape hampering safe medical waste disposal 

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 The lack of medical waste disposal facilities in South Africa is placing pressure on existing facilities, which are unable to cope with increasing demand, resulting in a significant amount of medical waste being dumped illegally, says South African incinerator and cremator design and... 

Red tape hampering safe medical waste disposal
MEDICAL WASTE INCINERATOR Stricter emission law make it increasingly more difficult for individuals to receive permits to operate a medical waste incineration facility

African company wins innovation award

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) The African Innovation Foundation (AIF), which mobilises innovators across Africa, has named biotechnology research and development company Altis Biologics CEO Dr Nicolaas Duneas and business development CE Nuno Peres, from South Africa, as the winners of the... 

Company launches temperature monitoring barcode

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 Information systems provider Harmonic Group launched the FreshCode barcode labels last month, which alert and record multiple instances of temperature change during the cold chain of pharmaceuticals and food, says Harmonic Group MD Barry Baetu. To guarantee the quality of pharmaceuticals, meat,... 

Company stresses importance of flooring in hospitals

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 The ‘Impact of the Environment on Infections in Healthcare Facilities’ study, conducted by healthcare and design professionals the Centre for Health Design director of research Anjali Joseph, in July 2006, has shown that flooring is a significant health factor in hospitals, clinics and other... 

New point-of-care system for HIV/Aids patients launched

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 US-based medical technology company BD Biosciences launched its BD FACSPresto Near Patient cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4) counter system this month. The counter provides absolute and percentage results of CD4 T lymphocytes and hemoglobin (Hb) concentration in whole blood samples to stage and... 

Smart glove helps leprosy patients

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 Smart glove technology, which tracks pressure points on the palms and fingers and helps prevent injuries to hands, as a result of nerve damage and sensory loss, is currently being tested at the Leprosy Mission Hospital in New Delhi, India to help leprosy patients. 

Zambia receives malaria treatments

By: Jonathan Rodin     23rd May 2014 Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis announced in April, that two-million of its pediatric antimalarial treatment arrived in Zambia, owing to the ongoing efforts of the company’s collaboration with nonprofit organisation Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. According to the organisation’s... 

Health-record app puts patients’ health records at doctors’ fingertips

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 Health insurance provider Discovery Health launched the first electronic health-record application of its kind in South Africa last year, called HealthID, which is currently available on the Apple iPad and will be Android compatable this year. The electronic health record is at the heart of the... 

Local remedy wins award

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 The South African-produced mood-enhancing, anxiety-reducing and cognitive function enhancing plant extract, Zembrin, received the 2013 Most Sustainable Ingredient Award in March at the Engredea show, in Anaheim, California. The patented product is a standardized extract of a cultivated selection... 

Medical implant industry expanding despite challenges

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 The medical manufacturing industry in South Africa is growing, owing to increasing lifestyle challenges, such as obesity and sedentary habits, medical implant manufacturer Jan Hugo Precision Engineering tells Engineering News. The average age of the world’s population is getting older, which has... 

New X-ray scanner reduces radiation dosage

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 The full-body digital X-ray system, the Lodox Xmplar-dr, was launched last month, in Johannesburg, by South African X-ray manufacturer Lodox Systems. It can scan an entire body in only 13 seconds and an imaging study, in two planes, can be completed in three minutes. The Xmplar-dr has two main... 

Pharmaceuticals patents benefit R&D of medication

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2013 Pharmaceutical companies in South Africa are granted patents, and thus a monopoly on the local market, to incentivise research and development (R&D) within the pharmaceutical field, and not to hike prices, as many people believe, says patent law firm Spoor & Fisher. Spoor & Fisher patent attorney... 

Breakthrough in stem cell technology a first in Africa

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 A team of researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the first in Africa to establish groundbreaking biomedical stem cell technology, which could hold the key to finding cures for some of Africa’s most prevalent diseases. 

Compressed air solutions for local hospitals and clinics

     25th May 2012 Compressed air treatment company Artic Driers International is focused on providing the medical and pharmaceutical industry with a range of cost-effective air treatment solutions. 

Local engineers take on blood plasma fractionation project

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 Custom design specialist and stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering has completed the upgrade of a unique blood plasma fractionation facility for nongovernmental organisation, the National Bioproducts Institute (NBI), and says the project has pushed the boundaries... 

Monitoring, access control solution installed

     25th May 2012 Technical building solutions company Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS) has been awarded a contract by construction company Liviero to upgrade the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) facility in Pretoria. 

Nonprofit organisation launches mobile health initiative

     25th May 2012 Nonprofit organisation HIVSA, supported by the Elton John Aids Foundation, has developed a new cellphone service giving all South Africans access to relevant, up-to-date information on various health topics including HIV, tuberculosis (TB), pregnancy and baby health. 

Pharmaceuticals giants go head-to-head for intellectual property rights

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), last month, ruled in favour of pharmaceutical giant Adcock Ingram over a trademark dispute with competitor Cipla Medpro. 

Storage, retrieval solution benefits pharmacies

By: Samantha Herbst     25th May 2012 Unit materials handling specialist Storsure has added two more independent pharmacies to its list of customers using German-manufactured Apostore automated dispensing machines, says Storsure director John Meiring.  

Companies to resolve their requirement conflicts

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 Pharmaceuticals manufacturers must comply with every inspection body and must find a solution to conflicts between the different requirements of the various auditing bodies, says SSI environmental engineer Toby van Reenen. 

DST increases investment in emerging research and nanotechnology

     20th May 2011 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has increased investment in emerging research areas in general and in the National Nanotechnology Strategy in particular, DST Minister Naledi Pandor said at the international workshop on Nanomedicine for Infectious Diseases of Poverty, in... 

Facility design key to ensure good manufacturing practices

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 Pharmaceutical manufacturers should design new facilities or upgrade existing facilities to reduce the chances of cross contamination or mix-ups, says consulting engineering firm SSI pharmacist and pharmaceutical processes validation expert Pat Smallwood. 

Flow chemistry validation aimed at improved ARV production

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 Research-based pharmaceuticals developer iThemba Pharmaceuticals has sent one of its scientists, Dr Darren Riley, to the University of Cambridge to validate the use of a new production technique, called continuous flow chemistry, in ultimately producing frontline HIV medicines for South Africa,... 

Noncommunicable diseases drive lucrative West Africa pharmaceuticals market

     20th May 2011 With the adoption of a more western lifestyle, characterised by less healthy diets and more sedentary activities, across West African countries like Nigeria and Ghana, the incidence of non-communicable diseases, particularly hypertension and diabetes, have increased, reports market research and... 

Trial to determine if HIV-1 vaccine can reduce immunity effects of ARVs

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2011 A phase two clinical therapeutic trial of a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) vaccine, based on the transactivator of transcription (TAT) protein found in most infected individuals, will begin in South Africa in the second half of 2011. 

WHO members agree to share flu samples during pandemic

     20th May 2011 World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, in April, agreed to a framework that ensures that, during a pandemic, influenza virus samples will be shared with partners who need the information to take steps to protect public health. 

Density meter eliminates need for laboratory tests

     21st May 2010 The Liquiphant M density meter measures density and concentration in processes, eliminating the need for off-line procedures and laboratory tests, says automation specialists Endress & Hauser marketing manager Kathleen Spindler. 

Efficient processes will result in competitive industries

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 Efficient production processes and good support industries are needed to ensure that the medical and pharmaceuticals industries in South Africa are competitive and produce good quality medicines at affordable prices, says pump designer and manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) marketing... 

Incinerators control the rate of combustion 

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 The MacroBurn medical waste incinerator can control the rate of combustion of medical waste to match the combustibility of the waste materials, reports incineration specialist Saubatech. 

New pathogen level-3 TB laboratory for Johannesburg

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2010 The new pathogen level-3 tuberculosis (TB) laboratory, in Johannesburg, uses new equipment that rapidly processes samples, which reduces the numerical burden of patients on the laboratory. 

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