MOVERS AND SHAK­ERS

Women's Health (South Africa) - - LIFE ETC -

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.

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