Our Team

Abida Amien

Abida Amien

Abida Amien is the Personal Assistant to the directors at SAT. She has 10 years’ experience in office administration and supported managers and researchers with a variety of tasks prior to joining SAT. Abida has held varies positions in many companies which has helped her with her diversity and knowledge. She excels at liaising with[…]

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Harish Appa

Harish Appa

Harish Appa is the Simulation Engineer at SAT. He has a BSc and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering as well as a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Harish has been involved in the numerical modeling field while working towards his MSc and PhD projects. SAT gives him the opportunity to[…]

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Malcolm Applewhite

Malcolm Applewhite is the Quality & Regulatory Affairs Officer at SAT. He has a B.Sc in Chemical Biology followed by honours and M.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Stellenbosch. Through work circumstances he moved into the area of quality management ​while working for a company manufacturing ceramic wound care dressings​, managing their ISO 13485[…]

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Chloe Arkcoll

Chloe Arkcoll is the financial manager at SAT, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 completing her articles at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town.  She also achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Income Tax Law from the University of Cape Town in 2006. Chloe’s work experience has allowed her to implement and improve[…]

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Prof. Deon Bezuidenhout

Deon Bezuidenhout holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, and B.Sc. (Hons. cum laude), M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. As Associate Professor in the Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Cape Town (UCT; leading university in Africa, THE World Ranking =[…]

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Rose Boltman

Rose Boltman

Rose Boltman is the Operating Theatre Nurse Manager for the SAT projects. She has been a nurse in operating theatres since she qualified as a General Nurse in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) some 45 years ago. She has also completed her Midwifery, Operating Theatre Nursing Science & Nursing Management Diplomas. During the last 10 years she has[…]

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Reno Chacko

Reno is a Design engineer at SAT.  He received his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and then continued to get his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been involved in several projects which entailed innovation, analyzing, designing, testing and implementing systems for industrial clients. Developing[…]

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Jeran Cloete

Jeran Cloete

Jeran Cloete is a Production and Development Engineer involved in the design and production of cardiovascular catheters. He holds a cum laude degree in electrical engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Having worked previously in the design and manufacture of telescope instruments the majority of his experience is in sensor electronics, robotics and industrial[…]

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Johan Coetzee

Johan Coetzee, Polymer Technologist at SAT, holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town. He has had previous experience working with production of polymer ultra-filtration tubing for water purification. At SAT he is responsible for researching and developing a spray coating procedure for the manufacture of the polymeric heart valves.[…]

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Heather Coombes

Heather Coombes

Heather Coombes is the Chief Operations Officer at SAT, she holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and has been working in the South African Biomedical Engineering field since 2005. She has extensive experience with both CE and FDA regulations and successfully brought two full product ranges through design, development[…]

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David Conradie

David Conradie is a polymer technologist at SAT. He has studied BSc Chemistry and Polymer Science and then went on to do his honours in Polymer Science. After teaching English in Korea for a year, he became part of a start-up skin care company based in Cape Town. Materials have always been a field of[…]

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Michael Cousins

Michael Cousins is the lead engineer on the mitral valve repair device (MVRD) team.  He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc(Eng) in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc(Med) in Biomedical Engineering. After spending three years as a consultant engineer in Dublin, Ireland, he returned to South Africa to pursue his interest in[…]

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Bruce de Jongh

Bruce de Jongh is a Design Engineer in the Aortic Valve Team of SAT. He acquired his BEng and MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch University where his Master’s thesis focused on the biomechanics and computational modelling of the human knee. Working at SAT allows Bruce to broaden his knowledge in the Biomedical Engineering field[…]

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Jandre de Villiers

Jandré de Villiers

Dr. Jandré de Villiers is the Synthetic Chemist responsible for the development of a novel biocompatible polyurethane elastomer as material in the creation of an affordable, yet durable, polymeric heart valve. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from Stellenbosch University and further expanded his chemical biology experience with a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Netherlands[…]

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Joel Du Toit

Joel is a material testing technologist and holds a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer and Textiles from the University of Stellenbosch. He has also completed courses in Advanced Project Management and Total Quality Management. Joel has experience in creating and developing medical scaffolds as well as their analysis. He is responsible for testing[…]

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Wesley Elson

Wesley Elson

Wesley Elson is a design engineer at SAT. He obtained a BSc from UKZN and MSc from Stellenbosch University, both in Mechanical Engineering while his MSc focussed on Biomedical Engineering.   Wesley has experience in the medical device, automotive and printing industries, which has given him exposure to working with international consultants. Wesley has an[…]

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Helen Ilsley

Helen Ilsley

Helen Ilsley is a Medical Technologist involved in the SAT’s Aortic Valve project. She graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology specializing in Histology with a sub-specialty in Electron Microscopy. Helen initially worked in the Anatomical Pathology Department at Groote Schuur Hospital, transferring after two years to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital to[…]

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Jeremy Jarman

Jeremy Jarman is an Engineering Intern at SAT; he has degrees in both Chemistry and Biochemistry, which he attained from University of Cape Town. He also hopes to further his studies in Engineering to focus on a career in the Biomedical field. His main role at SAT is to develop physiologically accurate heart models for[…]

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Teddy Mudge

Teddy Mudge

Teddy Mudge is the lead engineer on the Balloon Team. He enjoys managing a team of R&D engineers at SAT, to produce novel cardiovascular balloon catheter devices. He holds a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town. He has over 7 years’ experience working as a mechanical engineer, the bulk of[…]

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Mkhokheli Ncube

Mkhokheli Ncube is a design engineer and holds a MSc Med Biomedical Eng. from the University of Cape Town, where he also obtained his undergraduate in BSc Electromechanical Eng.  He is a member of the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers and The Institute of Engineering and Technology, a UK-based community for professionals in the[…]

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Chima Ofoeghu

Chima Ofoegbu

Dr. Chima Ofoegbu (Lead Surgeon, SAT), is a cardiothoracic surgeon who had his undergraduate training at the premier University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and finished in 1997 with a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). He did his general surgery specialization in Nigeria and finished with a Fellowship of the West[…]

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Preyen Agasthian Perumall

Preyen Agasthian Perumall is a design engineer on the mitral valve repair device (MVRD) team, graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Preyen enjoys the pursuit of knowledge, having experience in both bioprosthetics and concentrating solar power technologies. Being part[…]

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Gary Rowsell

Gary Rowsell is a design engineer on the mitral valve repair device (MVRD) team, graduated from Stellenbosch University with a bachelor’s degree in mechatronic engineering. Gary has over seven years experience as an engineer and project manager, predominantly in the design and manufacturing sector. He has worked on a variety of projects, however has spent[…]

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Aminah Rujub

Aminah Rujub

Aminah Rujub is a research chemist at SAT who graduated from the University of Cape Town with degrees in both chemistry and microbiology. She joined SAT as an intern chemist in late 2013 during her undergraduate programme. She has since then acquired her BSc Honours in chemistry with special focus on supra-molecular metal organic frameworks[…]

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Ursula Saralina

Ursula Saralina

Ursula Saralina is the Bioprosthetic Leaflet Technologist at SAT. She holds a BSc degree in Biological Human Life Science and a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Stellenbosch University. Furthermore, she completed an additional course in molecular techniques and laboratory protocols. Her background in laboratory techniques and laboratory etiquette compliments the intricate and sterile workmanship[…]

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Jacques Scherman

Dr Jacques Scherman is a senior specialist in the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Cape Town. His interests and current research focuses on minimally invasive cardiac surgery (‘key-hole’ surgery) and catheter based heart valve interventions. After completing his post-graduate training at UCT, he proceeded to further his training in minimally[…]

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Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Robin Smith, Medical Device Testing Engineer at SAT, holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has had previous experience working in the pulp and paper industry, specialising in steam management. He has also had training in resource and energy management. At SAT he is responsible for setting up, calibrating[…]

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Braden van Breda

Braden van Breda

Braden van Breda is a design engineer working on the Deployment Device team. He holds a B.Eng in Mechatronic engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town on a part-time basis. Braden spent a year operating and maintaining large scale machinery in[…]

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Carel van Heerden

Carel van Heerden is the lead engineer for the Aortic Valve team. He holds a degree in B.Eng. Mechatronic engineering obtained from the University of Stellenbosch and is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). Carel has extensive professional experience working as a Process Engineer, which includes 7 years[…]

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Lesley Vorster

Lesley Vorster, involved in SAT’s aortic valve project, holds a BSc, majoring in medical cell biology and zoology, a BOH (bachelor of oral health) as well as a MSc. degree in dentistry. Lesley has 17 years’ experience in general dental diagnostic and treatment modalities and more recently expanded into academia both as a lecturer and[…]

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Prof. Peter Zilla

Prof. Zilla obtained his academic qualifications from the Universities of Vienna (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland) and Cape Town (South Africa) and his clinical qualifications from the Austrian Physican’s Board and the College of Medicine of South Africa. After graduating as “Doctor of Medicine” at the University of Vienna, Austria in 1980 he obtained a DMed. degree[…]

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