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South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Judging by the number of patent applications filed for biopharming inventions by local universities, research councils and science councils, there is significant potential for South Africa to create an industry around biopharming, claims intellectual property firm Spoor & Fisher. “Biopharming is... 

Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Highlights Dire Need To Improve Healthcare Supply Chains, Says Professional Body

22nd May 2018 The vaccine distribution challenges being faced by role players currently racing to prevent an Ebola epidemic in the Congo highlight the increasingly critical need for improvements in Africa’s healthcare supply chains, according to Mungo Park, president of SAPICS – the Professional Body for... 

SoE invites partners to help it supply essential medicine in Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th March 2018 State-owned pharmaceutical company Ketlaphela Pharmaceutical has released an expression of interest through which it is “seeking suitable experienced pharmaceutical companies or consortiums to partner with in order to supply essential medicines to South Africa and the region at large.” The... 

Toothpaste ingredient could fight malaria, research shows

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Research carried out in part by an artificially-intelligent (AI) ‘robot scientist’ has found that a common ingredient of toothpaste could be developed to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria. In a study in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists from Britain’s Cambridge University who used... 

DTI developing IP policy

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is, in partnership with other Ministries that participate in the inter-Ministerial committee on intellectual property (IP), developing an intellectual property (IP) policy aimed at achieving policy coherence in government and at realising South Africa’s... 

Digitisation of nature presents huge opportunities - and some risks

28th September 2017 By Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa The field of bio-engineering is not new, despite its recent prominence: humans have been domesticating and selectively breeding animals since as far back as 12 000 BC. More recently, advances in technology have enabled genetic... 

Lower ARV price to benefit S Africa, increase recipient numbers

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd September 2017 A new antiretroviral (ARV) pricing agreement reached by the South African government, international organisations and agencies will ensure that more people will have access to treatment, while saving South Africa nearly R12-billion over the next six years. A statement released by the Department... 

Ivanhoe expands its malaria campaign in DRC

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2016 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines is expanding its Know for Sure campaign, an initiative sponsored by Ivanhoe and China-based gold, copper and nonferrous metals producer Zijin Mining Group to help control malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project uses mobile... 

Supply and delivery of malaria rapid diagnostic test

By: Alida Odendaal     5th August 2016 Supply and delivery of malaria rapid diagnostic test kits for a period of 24 months, National: Department of Health: Malaria, South Africa NDOH 06/ 2016-2017 Tel (012) 395 8935 CD August 29, 2016 at 11:00. 

We can’t afford to let malaria take hold

By: Kelvin Kemm     10th June 2016 Malaria is a thoroughly unpleasant disease and people who have had it report that it really is nasty. I have spoken to a number of people who have recovered from malaria, and they all say, not again, please. Of course, malaria can also very easily be fatal.  So, anybody contracting malaria has... 

Two SA doctors make top 10 nominations for Innovation Prize for Africa 2016 ceremony

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Two South African doctors are among the ten people nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, the African Innovation Foundation announced on Monday. South Africans Dr Imogen Wright (South Africa), who invented Exatype – a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV... 

Drones to deliver much-needed medicine in Rwanda

By: African News Agency      9th May 2016 Three private American-based companies will team up with the Rwandan government to begin delivery of much-needed medical supplies to areas around the country where medical treatment remains virtually inaccessible, one of the partners said on Monday. The UPS Foundation – the community arm of the... 

UCT inks TB and malaria drug development partnership

8th April 2016 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT's) Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D, has entered into a strategic partnership with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), aimed at jointly identifying and addressing the unique issues of... 

UCT launches lab to boost development of life-saving medicines

20th November 2015 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) has launched a new chemistry laboratory aimed at boosting its efforts to develop life-saving medicines.      “The new medicinal chemistry laboratory is expected to attract significant foreign direct investment and... 

R1bn Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to admit first patient in 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd April 2015 A year after first breaking ground on the 238-bed, eight-theatre Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), in Parktown, Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) continues to advance the legacy project with a view to admitting its first young patient in the first half of... 

SADC leaders to push for industrialisation

By: SANews, SA government news service     19th August 2014 Southern African leaders ended their two-day summit on Monday having resolved to direct member states to put industrialisation at the top of Southern African Development Community's (SADC’s) regional integration agenda. A Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration was ordered to... 

R370m shot in arm for vaccine research

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2014 South African researchers committed to developing vaccines and new medicines and biotechnologies to tackle malaria, TB and HIV/Aids have received a boost with a R370-million partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The BMGF says it is funding innovative, African-led research... 

Former Lesotho Minister joins Anglo board

By: Natalie Greve     8th July 2013 Anglo American has appointed former Lesotho Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng as nonexecutive director, with immediate effect. Ramatlapeng is an expert in the field of healthcare in Africa, with a particular focus on HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in Southern Africa. She... 

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring an irresponsible book 

By: Kelvin Kemm     19th October 2012 It is now the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Most people have probably never heard of Carson or the book but a small percentage of people are still passionate advocates of the book’s message. 

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. 

Antiretroviral medicine manufacturing plant, South Africa

By: Lisete Bigala     16th March 2012 Construction of the antiretroviral medicine manufacturing plant is expected to start in early 2013. 

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