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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

Diet drug wakes appetite for more

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 South Africa’s anticipated success in delivering the P57 obesity-drug – derived from the Hoodia plant – to the international market, could soon be duplicated. 

Hollywood stars make dash for SA skin cream

19th July 2002 Holloywood celebrities are using a range of beauty creams that are formulated and manufactured in Cape Town. 

Varsity emerges as Africa's bioinformatics hub

19th July 2002 Africa’s largest research supercomputer has been turned on for biomedical research at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), a historically-disadvantaged institution. 

Bioinformatics firm pursues drug discovery

12th July 2002 One of three postgraduates from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) hired by Electric Genetics Junaid Gamieldien is responsible for the innovation behind the company’s new drug discovery division and its collaboration with Harvard Medical School. 

Brazil announces Aids drugs technology assistance programme

By: Keith Campbell     11th July 2002 Brazil has announced the creation of a programme to assist other developing countries to combat HIV/Aids. 

Multimillion vitamins plant opens in Gauteng

By: Zonika Botha     27th June 2002 One of the world’s leading research-based healthcare groups, Roche of Switzerland, has opened a new multimillion-rand plant in Isando, Gauteng. 

Upsurge in pharmaceutical theft, counterfeit drugs

By: Zonika Botha     31st May 2002 Theft of pharmaceuticals and the influx of counterfeit medicine into the South African market are not only posing a considerable threat to pharmaceutical manufacturers, but patient health care as well, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) chief executive Mirry 

Clinical research alive and well in SA

By: Zonika Botha     31st May 2002 Managing the single-largest pharmaceutical development programme in sub-Saharan Africa, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (South Africa) is a pivotal research and development (R&D) site of its UK-based parent company. 

Revolutionising SA's medical waste-disposal services

By: Zonika Botha     31st May 2002 Incineration, a process that involves burning material at elevated temperatures and reducing it to ash, has long been the preferred disposal method of medical waste in South Africa. 

SA firm to help draw up WHO guidelines

31st May 2002 Local firm Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers, of Pretoria, which specialises in the design of cleanroom environments, has been approached by the World Health Organisation to prepare heating, ventilation and air-conditioning guidelines for pharmaceutical facilities, and also to present two of the... 

Communications shift at Cape hospitals

31st May 2002 Physical communications in Cape Town hospitals are being revolutionised through the installation of Swisslog’s Airtube materials handling systems. 

Joburg's new R100m medical training centre

31st May 2002 A new, state-of-the-art, specialist medical training centre, restoring South Africa's reputation internationally for medical excellence and operated on a not-for-profit basis, is to be established in Johannesburg by mid-2002 with a founding donation of R100-million from the Donald Gordon Foundation. 

Electrical hazards minimised

31st May 2002 Twenty-five Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDI ambulances with 2,2 litre turbo-diesel engines, worth R7-million have been been handed over by the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle division to the Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Cape Town. 

R10m in hospital furniture is supplied to Uganda

31st May 2002 One of the largest manufacturers of quality hospital furniture and equipment in Southern Africa, Meditek-hemco, has successfully completed a R10-million project for supply of hospital furniture for a World Bank project in Uganda. 

New face of petrochem communication

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2002 Brenda Kali is the new face of communication for South Africa’s largest petrochemicals company, Sasol Limited. As the new corporate communications manager, Kali intends putting emphasis on the manner in which South Africa’s indigenous chemicals producer touches the lives of South... 

R1bn hospital contract reflects new era

17th May 2002 A private consortium is said to have won Africa’s first ever public-private partnership (PPP) contract to run a government hospital in a deal worth overR1-billion and valid for 15 years. 

Ultrasound could be surgeon's tool

10th May 2002 MEDICAL ultrasound technology is extending beyond diagnostic imaging to include novel therapeutic and surgical uses. 

Nanotech - innovation driver

By: Karel Smrcka     19th April 2002 Nanotechnology has left its ivory tower behind and is set to have a massive influence in altering future economic reality. 

R500m vaccine partnership moves ahead

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2002 In a five-year R500-million public-private partnership (PPP), the Biovac consortium has been appointed as the strategic equity partner to the Department of Health in restructuring the South African vaccine production facilities. 

Local medical innovation seeks EU market acceptance

29th March 2002 A multifunctional medical diagnostic machine designed, built and marketed by South Africans, has been granted an international CE Mark certificate, paving the way for its export into the lucrative European Union market. 

SA's first astronaut's plan to promote science

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 South Africa’s first astronaut, Mark Shuttleworth, is not only financing his own trip into space, he is also paying for the four South African research projects that will form part of his trip. 

Big Afro-Arab telemedicine project proposed

22nd January 2002 A project which will link African and Arab national telemedicine projects into the Afro-Arab Telemedicine Network (ArtNet) will be headed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU’s) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). A joint proposal by the Egyptian ministries of... 

Petrochem e-business to grow to $300-billion by 2004

By: Laura Franz     23rd November 2001 Researchers such as Forrester Research of the US are predicting the significant growth of e-business in the petrochemical sector in the near future. 

European valves now in SA

16th November 2001 Supplier of corrosion-resistant valves Astore Africa has been appointed sole South African agent for two large European-based valve manufacturers, reports product manager of valves and instrumentation Chris Spencer. 

Firm in $120m Ethiopia contract

2nd November 2001 The building contract for a new $120-million pharmaceutical complex on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, has been awarded to WBHO, of South Africa, in joint venture with Midroc Construction, of Ethiopia. 

Wales wants SA ties in reinventing economy

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2001 WALES is seeking joint venture (JV) opportunities with South Africa in both the high and medium technology fields. 

Leukaemia surprise

29th June 2001 A British scientific team, led by Leo Kinlen, of Oxford University, has come up with evidence that leukaemia could be caused by an infectious agent, probably a virus. 

DDT ban may hurt malaria fight

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2001 At a time when the rationale behind the restriction on the use of DDT which, some believe, is the most cost-effective weapon against malaria is being increasingly questioned, South Africa became one of the first signatories to a treaty aimed at eliminating 12 persistent organic pollutants (Pops),... 

New medical uses for laser

1st June 2001 New developments in the application of diode lasers for the treatment of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy as well as the application of time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) for the detection of tuberculosis (TB), are being developed at Pretoria firm Scientific Development and Integration... 

Faculty opens new simulation facility

1st June 2001 The Faculty of Health Sciences at the Technikon Pretoria cemented its standing as one of the leading health learning institutes in the country with the opening of its new fully functional nursing simulation laboratory. 

Product still in use after 20 years

1st June 2001 A product more than 20 years old is still being used extensively by sufferers of arthritic pain, fibrocitis, poor circulation, muscular spasm and a number of other muscular pains. 

Industry and State join hands in Aids war

By: Site Administrator     1st June 2001 The focus on HIV/Aids issues and the resumption and ultimate settlement of the medical and pharmaceutical industry's court challenge of Act 90 of 1997 has dominated the sector this past year. 

Council's war against SA's deadliest virus continues

1st June 2001 Having clustered its research into six main focus areas or national research programmes, the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) is focused on finding cures for some of South Africa's deadliest diseases. 

Medical industry on the mend

1st June 2001 The media attention the medical and pharmaceutical industry has received in the last few months as a result of legal proceedings relating to the issue of pharmaceutical product patent rights may have caused nervousness among investors. 

Mobile lab brings healthcare to many

1st June 2001 After experiencing success with its fleet of mobile primary health care clinics, a section of its Smart Health programme, medical firm Tricover has launched into a new system of pathology that is making inroads through general practitioners. 

Bid to conserve medicinal plants

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The reopening of a plant propagation facility in White River, Mpumulanga, marks a bid by the Medicinal Flora Co-operative to conserve South Africa’s medicinal plants and facilitate greater employment for traditional healers and rural communities. 

Cut Aids drug prices, or else, warns Brazil

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Brazil is considering breaking the patents on HIV/Aids drugs to reduce further the cost of treating those suffering from the disease in that country. 

Trauma in X-ray ward

By: System Author     29th September 2000 Electrically Speaking 

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