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Medical and Pharmaceutical Engineering

African business takes up fight against Aids

2nd December 2002 From South Africa's cavernous gold mines to the lush fields of Kenya's tea estates, Aids is stalking Africa's dreams of an economic renaissance. 

Africa bloc wants to produce AIDS drugs

18th November 2002 Africa's major free trade bloc has applied to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for the right to manufacture cheap AIDS drugs, saying the deadly disease was the biggest threat to regional economic development, the group's secretary general said last week. 

Brazilian mineral oils offered to SA

By: Keith Campbell     1st November 2002 BRAZILIAN petrochemical group Ipiranga is seeking to be a supplier of white mineral oils to the South African market. 

Company's motion-control systems dept hits half-century

25th October 2002 An average of 50 units a month, ranging from general electro-pneumatic control cabinets to servo-electric systems, are being produced by Festo South Africa’s Systems Division in Johannesburg. 

SA firm to produce AIDS drug

15th October 2002 The South African arm of drugs giant Boehringer Ingelheim said today it had granted a licence to a South African pharmaceutical firm to allow it to produce, distribute and sell the antiretroviral drug nevirapine. 

R25m investment by French cosmetic group

By: Joanne Delaurentis     27th September 2002 French cosmetic company L’Oreal has built a new R25-million warehouse in Centurion, Gauteng. 

East Rand firm celebrates 20 years of business

13th September 2002 April this year saw Carlin Medical Extrusions celebrate 20 years of business and MD Dave Carlin recalls the company’s humble beginnings. 

Asbestos remains a concern

By: vanessa vasques     13th September 2002 It is hard to believe the material used to make artificial arteries and veins for the human body is the same material used to seal equipment flanges and vessels. 

SA arm of US drugmaker still investing in R&D

By: Joanne Delaurentis     23rd August 2002 There are tremendous changes ahead for the pharmaceutical industry, says newly appointed CEO of Pfizer SA John Kearney. 

Ghanaian gold-mines order SA vessels

9th August 2002 South African mixing technology company Lightnin Africa has been involved in three contracts in the gold-mining sector for vessels and mixing equipment. 

Rather pay more, warns engineer

9th August 2002 Consulting engineers render services to a wide variety of disciplines, including specialised fields such as clean room technology, which is applicable to manufacturing and development processes where a clean environment is crucial to the process. 

San anti-obesity drug at centre of new deal

31st July 2002 Pharmaceuticals company Phytopharm yesterday said it had reached a new deal with Pfizer on development of its cactus-derived anti-obesity drug P57, sending its shares sharply higher. 

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. 

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