Affordable heart valves to help rheumatic heart disease sufferers

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Excerpt from uct.ac.za by Natalie Simon. Image by Michael Hammond. Cardiac surgery techniques and technology were driven, in the 1960s in Europe and America, by the high death toll from rheumatic heart disease (RHD). In the 1970s the global burden of disease changed and RHD all but disappeared in the global north, however it continues[…]

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Plastic heart valves could save millions of lives

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Excerpt from French Government Gazette (Translated from French) Almost fifty years after the first heart transplant performed by Professor Barnard, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is gaining international recognition again, this time in the field of research on heart valves. The solution developed by the start -up Strait Access Technologies (SAT), established at UCT,[…]

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UCT-Designed heart valve gives hope to Africa

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Excerpt from UCT Newsletter by Chris Mitchell (Photos by Hetty Zantman and Michael Hammond) Inexpensive heart valves and uniquely simple ways of putting them into patients, designed by a University of Cape Town (UCT) start-up company, have the potential to save the lives of millions of children with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in sub-Saharan Africa[…]

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Bidvest heart team upbeat one year on…

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Excerpt from Bidvoice Issue 3 2013 Our investment of R18 million in equity funding at Strait Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) was our contribution to the development of cost- effective alternatives to expensive open-heart surgery. The aim is to assist those suffering from rheumatic heart disease (RHD) by replacing damaged heart valves with reliable devices that[…]

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Bidvest invests R18m into ground breaking heart surgery

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Excerpt from engineeringnews.co.za JSE-listed trading and distribution group Bidvest on Monday announced that it is to invest R18-million into a University of Cape Town- (UCT-) pioneered heart valve concept with the potential to save countless African lives every year. Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) and Southern Access Technologies (SAT), along with UCT’s Christiaan Barnard department[…]

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Backing for heart valve start up.

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Excerpt from Financial Mail The Bidvest Group and government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are investing a combined R30m in a University of Cape Town (UCT) start-up company that is pioneering a way of replacing heart valves that doesn’t require open heart surgery. (See Fox February 10.) Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) was founded by Prof[…]

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SA leads cutting- edge surgery

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Excerpt from timeslive.co.za By Denise Williams Professor Peter Zilla said yesterday that the idea stemmed from a realisation that although globally 33million people were suffering from HIV/Aids, 70 million were battling rheumatic heart disease, for which a heart valve replacement was needed. “In the whole of Africa there are about 200000 new serious cases a[…]

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New Hope for Heart Disease Sufferers

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Excerpt from sowetanlive.co.za By Denise Williams THE poorest of the poor suffering from rheumatic heart disease could soon have a new lease of life with ground-breaking technology being researched by the University of Cape Town. A first of its kind, research currently being conducted by the department of cardiothoracic surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital and[…]

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Valve revolutionizes Heart Surgery

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Excerpt from uct.ac.za Research at UCT into the development and manufacture of devices that can replace damaged heart valves without the need of expensive open-heart surgery is attracting the right sort of interest. The project has already sparked the formation of two new biotechnology companies – Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) and its subsidiary, Southern[…]

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UCT article announcing the securing of funding for development of new technologies to deploy devices in under conditions prevalent in developing and emerging economies.

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Excerpt from uct.ac.za Research at UCT into the development and manufacture of devices that can replace damaged heart valves without the need of expensive open-heart surgery is attracting the right sort of interest. The project has already sparked the formation of two new biotechnology companies – Southern Access Technologies Holdings (SATH) and its subsidiary, Southern[…]

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Real people doing unreal things – Prof Peter Zilla.

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Excerpt from financialmail.co.za The innovation, spearheaded by Prof Peter Zilla, head of cardiothoracic surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital, is aimed at the low-tech clinical environment found in much of Africa. Up to 60m patients in developing countries suffer from rheumatic heart disease and will die without valve replacement surgery. Many are children from poor communities[…]

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