South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Media Release

30 January 2015

Combining medicine with technology to improve health care in South Africa

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) will showcase three cutting-edge medical devices that aim to change the country’s health care landscape. The display of the novel product prototypes will take place at the Innovation Bridge – South Africa’s Technology Showcase and Matchmaking event which will take place in Pretoria next week.

The exhibition will see the SAMRC’s Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP) unveil the Secure Airway Clamp which is an endotracheal tube retaining device that will prevent tooth damage during intubation and facial blemishing post anaesthesia; Gknowmix which is a web-based genetic testing approach used to identify disease pathways that could contribute to medication side-effects or failure. Details of a new application that promises to improve triage accuracy for health care workers in hospitals will also be revealed.    

“Our relationship with the Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) has made it possible for us to create platforms where we can share our latest innovations with the public. The SAMRC is enthusiastic about merging technology and medicine to advance health care in South Africa and would like to be at the front line of new inventions. We are certain that these products, when launched, will make a difference”, says Dr Richard Gordon, Director of the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships at the SAMRC. 


VENUE:  CSIR ICC Pretoria Exhibition Hall

DATE: 2-3 February 2015

TIME: 08h30 – 22h00 (2nd)      08h30 – 15h00 (3rd)

RSVP: Keletso Ratsela

Media Facilitation
Keletso Ratsela
Media Strategist
Mobile: +27 82 804 8883

Technical Facilitation
Dr Richard Gordon
Director: Strategic Health Innovation Partnership (SHIP)
Tel: + 27 21-938 0982

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