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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

New drug to aid SA fight against asbestos-linked cancer

By: Amy Heydenrych     26th May 2006 In response to an urgent need to improve local treatment for anexcruciating form of asbestos-related cancer, international corpo-ration Lilly has recently released a drug that promises to ease its symptoms when other treatments fall short. 

Bioceramic wound-treatment devices show promise

By: Irma Venter     11th November 2005 It’s the stuff lateral thinking is made of. For the past 40 years materials scientist Dirk Kotz 

Medical innovation holds out prospect of longer life, if you can afford it

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2005 The world’s tallest bridge, the Milau Viaduct, is in southern France. 

Clean-room specialist focuses on regulatory training

By: Mariaan Webb     5th August 2005 Clean-room technology is a specialised field in which not many consulting engineering firms operate, and Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) claims to be South Africa’s only engineering company specialising exclusively in this field, mainly for the pharmaceutical, medical and... 

Improved service delivery with interactive voice response system

27th May 2005 A medical scheme administration company Sovereign Health has recently implemented an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to improve its service delivery to providers. 

Clinical human trials for coronary stent device

27th May 2005 Biotechnology funding organisation, Cape Biotech, has committed R6,7-million to Disa Vascular, a Cape-based medical device company that develops innovative vascular devices for the treatment of heart and peripheral vascular disease. 

New high-tech scanner for Joburg hospital

27th May 2005 A new multimillion rand state-of-the-art Computerised Tomography (CT scanner), a type of X-ray machine that takes pictures of the human body, was recently delivered to the Johannesburg Hospital. 

Fermentation control system developed for pharmaceutical industry

27th May 2005 A process control system specifically designed for the fermentation process has recently been introduced by Eurotherm. 

Skin-cancer treatment cream receives FDA approval

27th May 2005 An announced was made recently by 3M that the U. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first prescription therapy in nearly a decade for the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC), a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer. 

New safeguard for pharmaceutical and medical products

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th May 2005 Market trends are placing greater emphasis on the qualification and validation of environmental control systems, with emphasis on the provision of documented proof of compliance. 

Automatic dispensing system is now in SA

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th May 2005 Queuing for medication from the early hours of the morning at public hospitals may soon be a thing of the past. 

Digital radiography system gains popularity

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th May 2005 “A 

Innovative products keep healthcare giant competitive

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th May 2005 Legislature by government to regulate medicine pricing has done little to dampen the prospects of Adcock Ingram’s critical-care division. 

New TB centre launched at Witwatersrand university

27th May 2005 With the third-highest incidence of rate and second-highest mortality rate in the world, South Africa is facing a tuberculosis (TB) problem of such magnitude that this disease has been declared a national health emergency. 

Delivering drugs to the cochlea, and taking on other medical challenges

By: Karel Smrcka     18th February 2005 Hearing problems afflict almost one in five of the world population. 

Details soon on BEE participation in Mossel Bay spirulina venture

By: Zonika Botha     28th January 2005 The 30% black economic empowerment (BEE) partner for Geva Pharmaceuticals’ proposed R550-million spirulina production facility along the Cape Coast is expected to be announced on March 11. 

Partnership backs search for Aids vaccine

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2004 There are currently two possible Aids vaccines on trial in South Africa. 

Vaccine challenge

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2004 Broad-based partnership backs search for Aids Holy Grail 

$900m polymers project is well-advanced in Iran

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2004 South Africa’s petrochemicals giant Sasol is participating in a $ 900-million Iranian polymer joint venture, construction of which is now well advanced. 

Elephant health goes high-tech

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 When an elephant develops a limp, it’s not a simple problem to solve. 

SA' bioprospecting campaign begins to bear fruit

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2004 The systematic process of sifting through SA’s indigenous plants and traditional knowledge about them has resulted in a handful of new products setto enter the world pharmaceutical market, and the process is not even halfway. 

Plant power

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2004 South Africa's bioprospecting campaign begins bearing fruit. 

New technology for DNA analysis

By: Martin Creamer     27th August 2004 South African employers may on occasion complain about stringent labour laws but in places like California, for instance, employers are required to learn from confidentiality officers that an employee will be absent from work. ? 

Full body search in seconds

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2004 Thirteen seconds flat. That is all a South African innovation needs to create a head-to-toe full-body X-ray. 

ICT gets medicine on the move

By: Karel Smrcka     30th July 2004 Information and communication technologies are enabling more flexible forms of medical care and treatment. The Body Area Network (BAN) project is a key foundation for the use of telemedicine applications. 

Competition body places conditions on drug buy

13th July 2004 The acquisition of Fine Chemicals Corporation (FCC) by Aspen Pharmacare, has been approved by the Competition Commission, subject to conditions. 

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. 

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