MOVERS AND SHAKERS
These two homegrown innovations marry tech with science 3D-PRINTED BREAST PROSTHESES
Engineer Nneile Nkholise created a more affordable way for women to receive breast implants: 3D- printed implants. While most implants start from R3 000, Nkholise’s company, i Med Tech, offers customised breast implants starting from just R900. “We’ve created a way for people to buy products directly from us by building a team of people with expertise. It cuts the cost of the product and also makes it more accessible to the patients,” she says. The company’s expanded to offer 3D surgical planning models for doctors and dental aligners. They’re also looking into creating prosthetics for sport and other bioimplants. Watch this space: imedtech- sa. com.
PLANT POWER TO BEAT MELANOMA
Plant scientist Danielle Twilley found a compound in a South African plant that’s particularly potent for destroying melanoma cells. It ’s combined with gold nanoparticles to deliver the extract to the melanoma cells. “There’s so much knowledge about South African plants that hasn’t been explored yet,” says Twilley. Her other work includes the patenting of another indigenous plant extract that boosts the SPF of sunscreen through its high antioxidant content.