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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... 

SA Truck Drivers get free health screening

16th January 2018 Engen Driver Wellness brought well being to the front seat for South Africa’s truck drivers in 2017 by providing them with free health screenings.   Over 2017, 3 217 truck drivers pulled up their sleeves and took advantage of the voluntary free health screenings on offer, as part of Engen’s... 

Local pharma firm targets cost drivers to ensure competitiveness

By: Keith Campbell     15th December 2017 Cost-competitiveness is the key element in the market strategy of local pharmaceuticals company CPT Pharma (CPT standing for Chemical Process Technologies). The company opened its R50-million generic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) pilot plant in Pretoria in early November. This is a joint... 

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... 

Joburg ICT lab seen as catalyst for African tech revolution

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2016 The information technology (IT) company IBM’s second research laboratory in Africa in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is a “seed for change and a catalyst for the technology revolution” taking place, says IBM Research - Africa director Dr Solomon Assefa. The laboratory is located at the University of... 

South African scientist, engineer pioneer tech in TB research

By: News24Wire      5th September 2016 A simple tag pioneered in South Africa could soon be used to curb the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa. In efforts to better understand how the disease is spread, IBM engineer Toby Kurien and research scientist Darlington Mapiye have developed the concept of a tracking device which measures... 

Vodacom, DoH deploy real-time medicine availability monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2016 Telecommunications giant Vodacom and South Africa’s Department of Health (DoH) have spent the last few months deploying a mobile-based real-time system that monitors the availability of medicines at primary healthcare (PHC) clinics and mitigates sporadic through recurring challenges of medicine... 

Compensation integration a welcome development – CoM

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Friday said it fully supported the proposed integration of the compensation systems currently governed separately by the Occupational Disease in Mines and Works Act (ODMWA) and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA). This followed a... 

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. 

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... 

Health strategy envisions African expansion

29th April 2016 The global public health (GPH) strategy of multinational medical and global public health organization Johnson & Johnson (J&J) will be implemented in South Africa from where it will be taken further into Africa. 

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... 

TB patients benefit from alternative energy solution

4th December 2015 A pilot project designed to provide alternative power to Tuberculosis (TB) patients at the Windsor East Clinic located in Randburg, Johannesburg will ensure uninterrupted treatment for tuberculosis patients during times of power outages and load shedding. The Department of Science and Technology... 

Scientists lauded for contribution to research fields, economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th July 2015 Tying in with Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor’s mission that science should be used to create wealth, thereby creating jobs and eradicating poverty, the seventeenth National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards Gala Dinner was held to celebrate such contributions. In... 

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... 

Zuma congratulates SA scientist on esteemed award

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd February 2015 President Jacob Zuma on Monday congratulated South African Professor and infectious diseases epidemiologist Salim Karim for receiving the African Union's (AU’s) prestigious R1.1-million Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award in the field of Earth and Life Science, for his contribution to research in the... 

Anglo American announces support for 2016 International Aids Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st December 2014 Diversified mining major Anglo American has announced that it will be the lead private sector company supporting the 21st International Aids Conference taking place in July 2016, in Durban, South Africa. The International Aids Conference is held every two years and is the leading global event for... 

UP evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already documented. UP medicinal plant science... 

BUILDING CAPACITY

22nd August 2014 Pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi South Africa has indicated that it remains committed to maintaining its production capacities in the country. Pictured above is Thembi Lepele working in the raw materials section of Sanofi’s quality control laboratory at its Tshwane factory. The group recently... 

SA-based pharma facility servicing 1m HIV, TB patients a year

By: Natalie Greve     31st July 2014 Bucking a global trend that has seen a number of pharmaceutical firms withdrawing their manufacturing capabilities from emerging countries, Sanofi South Africa told journalists on Thursday that the group was “serious” about maintaining its production facilities in developing markets, citing a... 

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... 

New economy-focused biotechnology strategy to be launched soon

By: Leandi Kolver     29th November 2013 A new South African biotechnology strategy, with a focus on the economy and how biotechnology could be used to create a positive socioeconomic impact, would soon be launched, Department of Science and Technology (DST) chief director Ben Durham revealed on Friday. The new South African... 

Natalspruit Hospital project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st November 2013 The hospital’s construction has been completed and the contractor’s snag list is about 90% complete. 

Global spotlight on South African manufacturer’s digital X-ray innovation

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 Recently featured on season nine of the popular US medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, where it was described as “the most cutting-edge tool in diagnostic technology”, the proudly South African Lodox full-body digital X-ray scanner has registered significant uptake in market acceptance since its... 

Global spotlight on South African manufacturer’s digital X-ray innovation

By: Samantha Herbst     20th September 2013 Recently featured on season nine of the popular US medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, where it was described as “the most cutting-edge tool in diagnostic technology”, the proudly South African Lodox full-body digital X-ray scanner has registered significant uptake in market acceptance since its... 

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... 

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... 

Breathalyser for diagnosis of lung diseases

By: Karel Smrcka     1st March 2013 Siemens is researching a method that may make it possible to diagnose tuberculoses or lung cancer at an early stage using breath samples. 

Generic medicine specialist to expand Gauteng plant’s capacity

By: Irma Venter     14th December 2012 Generic medicine specialist Sandoz will upgrade capacity and output at its Gauteng plant by between 20% and 25% over the next 18 to 24 months, says Sandoz South Africa country head Carnie van der Linde. The facility currently produces 400-million tablets/capsules a year. 

Generic drug maker to increase production as it expands into Africa

By: Irma Venter     28th November 2012 Generic medicine specialist Sandoz will upgrade capacity and output at its Gauteng plant by between 20% and 25% over the next 18 to 24 months, says Sandoz South Africa country head Carnie van der Linde. The facility currently produces 400-million tablets/capsules a year. 

DMR aims to pull SA mining industry together 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th June 2012 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) aimed to initiate collaboration between all mining industry stakeholders to mitigate the industry’s current challenges and underpin its position as a significant economic driver in South Africa. Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the... 

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. 

New PET/CT centre opens at Tygerberg Hospital

By: Jean McKenzie     19th April 2012 The Western Cape Academic PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography) Centre was officially opened at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town on Thursday. The new facility was made possible through the donation of the PET/CT scanner by NTP Radioisotopes at a cost of just under R16-million.... 

Second Phelophepa health train set to reach 370 000 patients a year 

By: Dimakatso Motau     6th April 2012 South African transport utility Transnet has launched the R82-million Phelophepa II health train, which, together with Phelophepa 1, has the potential to make a difference to the lives of 370 000 patients a year.  

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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