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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Firm invests heavily in expansion

24th May 2019 In March this year, multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company Merck Group announced its plans to invest €150-million over the next four years, at its manufacturing site at Aubonne, in Switzerland, to expand manufacturing capacity for its biotech medicines. The facility... 

Partnership introduces digital tracking device

24th May 2019 Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Orion Corporation and digital therapeutics company Propeller Health announced a partnership to connect the Easyhaler line of inhalers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to Propeller Health’s digital medicine platform. The partnership will... 

Partnership introduces digital tracking device
WAITING TO EXHALE The sensor which will be applied to an inhaler will be app enabled to allow for accurate data collection

New listing approved for pharmaceuticals giant

24th May 2019 Global multinational specialty pharmaceuticals company Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited announced that the company has been approved for a secondary listing on stock exchange facilitator A2X Markets with effect from April 1, 2019. “We continually strive to identify ways to increase value for our... 

New listing approved  for pharmaceuticals giant
GENERIC GENIUS Through Aspen’s research and development, a cheaper more attainable generic anti-retroviral treatment is available globally

Pumps manufacturer plans further growth after acquisition

By: Halima Frost     24th May 2019 Following the acquisition of South Korea-based sanitary pump manufacturer JEC Pumps, pump specialist Verder Pumps intends on proliferating its global reach over the next five years, predominantly in the medical and pharmaceuticals industry. JEC Pumps has a sizeable market share in the European... 

Pumps manufacturer plans further growth after acquisition
STICKY STUFF The JEC brand of pumps is not only hygienic but also capable of pumping a variety of viscous liquids

Partnership brings alternative backup solutions to medical sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     25th May 2018 Integrated solutions provider Meditech South Africa (SA) and global data protection and management company Commvault have partnered to bring alternative back-up solutions to the South African medical sector. “We [Commvault] were brought in by Meditech to specifically solve a number of issues at... 

CIP Process Pumps most suitable for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Process

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     25th May 2018 With the pharmaceutical industry requiring sterile equipment, industrial pumps distributor Verder Pumps says its Packo cleaning-in-place (CIP) pumps ensure the best cleaning and self-draining capability to prevent contamination. Verder Pumps introduced the PRP and CRP+ series of pumps to the... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry
ROLAND DWX-52DC The dental industry is moving towards chairside milling to shorten teeth replacement manufacturing time and reduce production costs

Health council suggests professional autonomy

26th May 2017 The Health Practitioners Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has noted concerns expressed by healthcare professionals in relation to global fee and similar arrangements by medical schemes. These concerns relate to the protection of patient rights and limitations on professional autonomy, to be able... 

Health council suggests professional autonomy
PROTECTING PATIENT RIGHTS The Health Professionals Council of South Africa urges healthcare professionals to defer from entering global fee arrangements or financial contracts

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the devastating effects of counterfeit pharmaceuticals on individual patients, brand owners and the economy, law firm Spoor & Fisher works with the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African Revenue Service’s division, the Department of Customs & Excise and State Prosecutors... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit pharmaceuticals
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COUNTERFEIT CAUTION Consumers should be vigilant about where they buy products from to avoid health risks and potential fatalities

Innovative solutions necessary for healthcare in Africa

26th May 2017 There was a definite urgency to focus on economic diversification, revitalisation of manufacturing, and harnessing of innovation to weather the economic storm forecast for the continent apparent among regional and global leaders in business, government and civil society who attended the World... 

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pump solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry.  

Peristaltic pump ideal for pharmaceuticals industry
VERDERFLEX VANTAGE 5000 The fully programmable peristaltic pump meets the high hygiene requirement for the pharmaceutical industry

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry
PERSONALISED MEDICINE The mygeneRx test enables patients to get on the right medication quicker

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
Photo by Duane Daws
WOMAN RESEARCHERS Female students are being encouraged to join the medical research field

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. 

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

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. 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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

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

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... 

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,... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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