The 2019 Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone hosted the country’s newest innovators to showcase solutions to Sub-Saharan Africa’s healthcare needs, with the latest updates on automation, 3d printing, diagnostics, drug delivery systems, nano-technology through to digital innovations such as AI.

These companies ran a series of presentations at the Innovation Forum over the course of the 3 days and also had a demonstration area to present these latest developments and systems.


Innovators at The 2019 Innovation Zone

Team / Organization Name Technology / Technology Description Presenters
STA Healthcare and Pharma Engineering Unclick syringe and Cosmetic Medicine Dr Sean Armstrong
GRID - Genetic Research & Innovative Diagnostics Innovative Genetic Testing Veron Ramsuran
S.A Rebuilders Antiretroviral Transdermal Patch Maryam Jordaan
Impulse Biomedical Assistive Device for Asthma pumps Ginacarlo Beukus
PRD Logical Solutions Para-tube Wheel Chair Portia Mavhungu
WITS Enterprise 3D Printed Prosthetic Dr Abdul Khan
Afrobodies Nano-Antibodies Benedicta Mahlangu
Lactease Pty Ltd Breast Feeding Tonic Thandeka Jali
Impulse Biomedical Reloadable Adrenaline Auto Injector Gokul Nair
WITS Enterprise Re-Sorbable Wound Dressing Pradeep Kumar
HANKS TB Diagnostics Urban Vermeulen
Promake Pty ltd 3D Printed Implants Craig Leggott
Right-e Pharmacy Automated Dispenser Andre van Biljon
Gracious Nubian Re-Useable Sanitary pads Euodian Bouwer
Modne Health Solutions Male Circumcision Dressing Tshepo Modisane

The 2019 Innovation Zone Forum and Schedule

Program Time Topic Presenters
Welcome 09:30 - 09:50 Role of Innovation in growing South Africa Dr. Phil Mjwara
(DG – DST)
Funding  Innovation 09:50 - 10:10 Role of TIA TBA
(Technology Innovation Agency )
Health Technology Assessment 10:10 - 10:30 Innovation from a Governmental perspective Mr. Mladen Poluta
(Director Health Technology, Dept of Health - WC)
Medical Device Regulations 10:30 - 10:50 Impact of Medical Device regulations on Innovation Anton Coetzee
(Respitek (Pty) Ltd)
Assistance with Innovation 10:50 - 11:10 Introducing the ANDZA Entrepreneur Competition Audrey Verhaeghe
(SA Innovation Summit)
Tea break 11:10 - 11:30
Pitching session 11:30 - 13:00 10 Minute presentation
and  panel feedback
  1. Afrobodies – Benedicta Mahlangu
  2. Impulse Biomedical - Giancarlo Beukes
  3. Lactease - Thandeka Jali
  4. Gracious Nubian - Euodia Naanyane-Bouwer
  5. Genetic Research and Innovative
  6. Diagnostics - Dr. Veron Ramsuran
Lunch 13:00 - 14:00
Regulations – European Union 14:00 - 14:30 Requirements and procedures TUV or LRQA or BSI
Assistance with Innovation 14:30 - 15:00 Innovation Hub TBA
(Innovation Hub)
Intellectual Property 15:00 - 15:30 Protecting your idea Anthony v Zandwijk
(Sibanda Zandwijk Inc)

Program Time Topic Presenters
Welcome 09:30 - 09:40 MDMSA Marlon Burgess – Chairman MDMSA
Funding Innovation 09:40 - 10:00 SPii (Support Program for Industrial Innovation) IDC / DTI ****
Health Technology Assessment 10:00 - 10:20 Innovation from a Medical Scheme perspective. Dr N Nematswerani.
Discovery Health
Medical Device Regulations 10:20 - 10: 40 South African Medical Device Regulations Simone Short
(Rudolph-Shortt Consultancy)
Assistance with Innovation 10:40 - 11:00 SEDA Support Ms. M. Tshikwatamba *****
(Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA))
Tea Break 11:00 - 11:30
Pitching session 11:30 - 13:00 10 Minute presentation
and panel feedback
  1. SA Rebuilders - Dr. Maryam Jordan
  2. SHAPE - Dr. Sean Armstrong
  3. HANKS TB Diagnostics – Urban Vermeulen
  4. Promake – Gavin Leggott
  5. Modne Health – Tshepo Modisane
Lunch Break 13:00 - 14:00
Funding Innovation 14:00 - 14:30 Technology Venture Capital Fund IDC – TVCF Speaker TBA
Assistance with Innovation 14:30 – 15:00 Pheroid Cluster Incubator TBA
North West University
Innovation Support 15:00 - 15:30 What CSIR has to offer Jeremy Wallis – (CSIR)

Program Time Topic Presenters
Welcome 09:30 - 09:45  NSTF Ms. Jansie Niehaus
Director National Science and Technology Forum
Funding Innovation 09:45 - 10:00 Technology Grants Innovation and Product Development ****
South African Medical Research Council
Health Technology Assessment 10:00 - 10:15 Evaluating Innovation –
A retailers perspective
Clicks / Dischem ******
Medical Device Regulations 14:30 - 15:00 US Regulations 21CFR 820 Dale Gyure
Assistance with Innovation 10:30 - 10:45 Endeavor Accelerator Programme Alison Collier Managing Director,
Endeavor South Africa
Tea Break 10:45 - 11:00
Pitching session 11:00 - 12:00 10 Minute presentations
and panel feedback
  1. WITS ENT: Wound Dressing - Pradeep Kumar
  2. Right-e Pharmacy – Andre v Biljon
  3. WITS ENG – 3D Prosthetic Limb
  4. Impulse Biomed- Gokul Nair
  5. PRD Logical Solutions – Portia Mavhunga
Lunch Break 12:00 - 13:00
Funding Innovation 13:00 - 13:30 ABSA Rise Camilla Swart
Funding Innovation 13:30 - 14:00 Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme Mr Lucky Tetsa
Programme Manager- IDC