Biomedical Engineering Conference

Theme: Stakeholders in medical device innovation

28 May 2019

08:00 - 08:40

Welcome coffee


08:40 - 08:50

Opening conference remarks

A/Prof Sudesh Sivarasu & Mladen Poluta


08:50 - 09:00

Welcome address – IFMBE perspective

Prof Marc Nyssen


SESSION 1: ACADEMIA: ROLE OF ACADEMIA IN MEDICAL DEVICE INNOVATION

09:00 - 09:30

Challenges and opportunities for higher education in South Africa's medical device sector

Prof Martin Nieuwoudt


09:30 - 10:00

Medical device network analysis – key finding & learnings

Prof Tania Douglas


10:00 - 10:30

HTA early on in the life-cycle of innovative medical technologies

Dr Debjani Mueller


10:30 - 11:15

Coffee break


SESSION 2: GOVERNMENT: GOVERNMENT’S INITIATIVE FACILITATING MEDICAL DEVICE INNOVATION

11:15 - 11:45

DST’s vision towards medical device innovation/initiatives for MDI integration

Glaudina Loots


11:45 - 12:15

Provincial needs and how stake holders can contribute towards local health technology needs

Mladen Poluta


12:15 - 12:45

TBC

Prof Richard Gordon


12:45 - 14:15

Networking lunch break


SESSION 3: INDUSTRY: IS SA EQUIPPED FOR MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH

14:15 - 14:45

Experiences from local medical device companies on the MDI environment

Dr Kit Vaughan


14:45 - 15:15

Industry environment for MDI start ups

Jacyntha Twynam


15:15 - 15:45

An Impulse Perspective on the Medical Devices Startup Space in South Africa

Giancarlo Beukes and Gokul Nair


SESSION 4: SPECIALIST PANEL DISCUSSION ON MEDICAL DEVICES IN SOUTH AFRICA

15:45 - 16:20

Panel discussion: recommendations from stake holders to make South Africa self-sufficient in medical devices


16:20 - 16:30

Closing remarks

Dr Sudesh Sivarasu and Mladen Poluta


16:30

End of conference


16:30 - 17:30

The Biomedical Engineering Society of South Africa (BESSA) Annual General Meeting


CO-CHAIRS:

  • Mladen Poluta, Director: Health Technology, Western Cape Government Department of Health, Cape Town, South Africa / Board Member, Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Assessment Divisions, International Federation for Medical & Biological Engineering (IFMBE).
  • Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr Debjani Mueller, Hon Secretary, Southern African Health Technology Assessment Society, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Giancarlo Beukes, Co-Founder, Impulse Biomedical, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Glaudina Loots, Director Health Innovation, Department of Science and Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Gokul Nair, Co-Founder, Impulse Biomedical, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Kit Vaughn, CEO, Cape Ray, Emeritus Professor, UCT Biomedical Engineering, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mandi Bell, Cluster Manager, Special Projects, WESGRO, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Marc Nyssen, Secretary General, International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, Brussels, Belgium
  • Prof Martin Nieuwoudt, Director, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Prof Richard Gordon, Executive Director, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sarusha Pillay, Head, Technology Innovation Programmes, Technology Innovation Agency, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Professor Tania Douglas, Professor, University of Cape Town, SARCHi – Biomedical Engineering and Innovation, Cape Town, South Africa