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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Roy Richmond, Vitamin Laboratories

By: Laura Franz     4th June 2004 Full name: Roy Kenneth Richmond Position: Founder Vitamin Laboratories (with the brand Perc), 1999 Main activity of the company: Manufacturer and supplier of natural health products (nutraceuticals) Date and place of birth: March 14, 1959, Cape Town Education: De Villiers Graaf High School,... 

Lead in paint is dangerous for children

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 High blood-lead levels found in South African children have been attributed to, among other sources, the use of lead in paint. This finding is based on a study conducted by the Medical Research Council (MRC). 

Nutraceutical legislation imminent 

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 In South Africa the nutraceutical industry has been operating outside any form of legislation or regulation since its development. 

New medical legislation explained

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 South Africa’s new medicine pricing legislation has brought about much controversy, scepticism and uncertainty in certain quarters. 

Microlaser system is being introduced locally

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 The South African life science research community will soon be receiving technology which will allow pathologists and other researchers to perform non-contact laser micromanipulations, a procedure which has traditionally only made use of needles, scalpels or mechanical tweezers. 

Affordable medicines will benefit more South Africans

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 Even though South Africa’s private medical sector is only responsible for some 7-million citizens it consumes between 75% to 80% of the spend in this sector, says National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers VP Stavros Nicolaou. 

3 000 UK cataract procedures completed by SA firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 South Africa’s largest private hospital and doctor group, Netcare, has officially rolled out two mobile ophthalmology treatment centres in the UK for the country’s National Health Service (NHS). 

HIV/Aids toolkit launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 The South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha) is launching a management toolkit, aimed at assisting companies in implementing an effective HIV/Aids programme within their work environments. 

Medical skills go into orbit

By: elizabeth rebelo     28th May 2004 The leveraging of South African medical skills has gone into orbit following news that Sentech’s Tele-medicine pilot project has successfully delivered radiology expertise from Gauteng to previously-disadvantaged communities in remote areas. 

SA set to become world’s spirulina capital

By: Zonika Botha     23rd April 2004 Once Geva Pharmaceuticals’ planned R550-million state-of the art and fully automatic indoor and outdoor production facility along the Cape Coast has been completed early next year, South Africa will become the largest spirulina producer in the world. 

Regulatory amendments and efficiency drives to boost the uptake of flow sensors

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 According to a report writtem by Frost & Sullivan, an international growth consultancy, the need to conform with new European Commission (EC) regulations, combined with increased demand for improved efficiency in process industries is encouraging greater adoption of flowmeters. 

Supplier completes its new factory

By: candice haase     21st November 2003 A supplier of conveyor components to the South African and African food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and brewery industries completed the construction of a 700 m2 facility on its premises in Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, early last month. 

Brazilian firm set to make $12m SA entry

By: Keith Campbell     21st November 2003 BRAZILIAN veterinary products manufacturer Ouro Fino has taken the strategic decision to establish a production plant in South Africa in 2005. 

SA lasers could be new weapon in blindness-prevention arsenal

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd October 2003 It is a classic case of turning swords into ploughshares! ?Scientific Development and Integration (SDI), a Pretoria-based high-tech company established by former employees of the old Atomic Energy Corporation, has in the last couple of years developed lasers which are now being used in a range of... 

Drug industry says WTO deal imperfect but balanced

29th August 2003 A draft accord that would give poorer nations access to cheap medicines through exemptions from trade rules won two cheers from the $400-billion-a-year pharmaceutical industry yesterday. 

Pilot waste-management project launched at a Gauteng hospital

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 A waste-management pilot project has been implemented at the Leratong hospital, in Gauteng, by the provincial departments of Health, Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs in February. 

SA, Kenya support WTO drug plan

28th August 2003 Key African states signalled support yesterday for a plan to defuse a row over access to cheap medicines that had threatened to torpedo world trade talks. 

Traditional medicines body to be set up

25th August 2003 In a bid to fight HIV/Aids, TB and other debilitating diseases, a national Institute for African Traditional Medicines will be established in the country to research African herbs and evaluate their medicinal values. 

UK medical firm invests R50m in the Cape

19th August 2003 UK medical firm EMS Medical Group has purcahsed premises in the Cape in a bid to expand its market share in the medical-devices sector. 

Local generics crucial in global Aids fight

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2003 LOCAL production of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) by countries seriously threatened or affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic will be essential to meeting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) goal of providing free treatment to 3-million HIV-positive people in developing countries by 2005. 

University conducting several research projects

By: candice haase     11th July 2003 A variety of research projects that range from the genetic improvement of wine yeasts to the improvement of animal nutrition and the possible development of an HIV/Aids vaccine are underway at the University of Stellenbosch (US). 

Laser-based metrology widens its scope

By: Karel Smrcka     11th July 2003 Between now and 2005, a laser centre is to be built in Freiburg, Germany, which will focus on a new technology, the quantum cascade laser (QCL), and its wide range of applications, from industrial manufacturing to medicine. 

Stitching for growth

By: Jill Stanford     11th July 2003 SUTURE and ligature manufacturer Clinisut, of Port Elizabeth, has moved to premises three times the size of its previous facility to keep pace with an enormous increase in production. 

New hospital boasts high-tech capability

By: Keith Campbell     20th June 2003 Pretoria’s new R140-million Kloof Hospital, part of the Curamed stable, is believed to possess the most advanced endoscopic surgery suites in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Medical innovations for the world

By: Helene Le Roux     30th May 2003 A revolutionary spinal disc that can be used in spinal operations, bone that can be injected to repair fractured and damaged bone, and a heart-valve manufactured from the membrane around a cow’s heart, are just some of the cutting-edge medical technology developed by local biomedical... 

Two new clinics built for the East Rand

30th May 2003 Two new clinics catering for pregnant mothers are to be build in Tembisa and Katlehong, on the East Rand, to bring maternity and obstetrics services closer to the community. 

Cleanroom tech in high demand

By: Helene Le Roux     30th May 2003 Local firm Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers of Pretoria, which specialises in the design of cleanroom environments, has for the past 12 years been involved with the installation and upgrade of numerous pharmaceutical facilities, as well as some laboratories. 

Focus on primary care stifling research – prof

By: Helene Le Roux     30th May 2003 The country’s medical academia, the linchpin on which the health service rests, has entered a watershed period in its history. 

SA leads international standards committee on condom quality

By: Helene Le Roux     30th May 2003 With the worldwide epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/Aids, the 1980s saw the start of a renewed interest in latex condoms which, to date, remain the most effective method of preventing the transmission of disease, provided they are used correctly. 

Pfizer sells generic business to Tiger Brands

16th May 2003 Pfizer South Africa and Tiger Brands yesterday announced an agreement for the sale of the Parke-Med generic business to Tiger Brands' healthcare subsidiary, Adcock Ingram. The deal is subject to the approval of South African competition authorities. 

SA still has not responded to Brazil generic Aids-drug offer

By: Keith Campbell     25th April 2003 BRAZIL has firmly denied reports that it is to build three plants in Africa to manufacture generic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, but is willing to supply the technology to existing plants. 

Science council's bioprospecting programme is now paying off

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2003 A second drug to be developed by tapping into South African indigenous knowledge is set to follow in the footsteps of antiobesity drug P57. 

Brazil to build Aids drugs plants in Africa

31st March 2003 Brazil will build three plants to manufacture cheap anti-Aids drugs in Africa, offering a lifeline to millions of sufferers in the world's poorest continent, a senior African diplomat said last week. 

Laser-treatment for cancer being developed 

By: nkolola halwindi     7th March 2003 Through its ongoing research and development (R&D) in the field of laser-application technology, the National Laser Centre (NLC) is participating in a project to develop laser-based treatment systems for cancer. 

Roche cuts Aids drug price

14th February 2003 Healthcare group Roche Holdings is slashing the price of its Aids drugs, Viracept, in the developing world, following intense lobbying from activists, the Swiss company said yesterday. 

Modern medicine relies on high-technology

By: Karel Smrcka     31st January 2003 Wounds healed by living bandages Wounds that refuse to heal are a serious problem for doctors and patients alike. Now, a spin-off company from the University of Sheffield, CellTran, has developed a method of using the patient’s own skin to heal the wound. 

Company boasts more than 45 years experience

By: candice haase     17th January 2003 With over 45 years of experience, Barloworld Robor Open Sections says it has established a reputation for supplying a total customer service to a wide spectrum of stockists, industrial and end-user markets. 

AIDS drugmakers plan to boost African supply

16th January 2003 Pharmaceutical companies said on Tuesday they were increasing the supply of life-saving AIDS medicines to Africa, but acknowledged that current efforts only scratched the surface of the problem. 

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