Dr Sudesh Sivarasu receives NSTF award
Dr Sudesh Sivarasu, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award for Emerging Rresearchers at the prestigious 18th annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards Gala Dinner which took place in Gauteng on Thursday night. The annual awards, hosted by the NSTF, in partnership with South32, recognises and honours South African contributions to excellence in science engineering and technology.
Up to to 95% of medical devices are imported in South Africa. This is primarily due to lack of innovations related to medical devices within the country. To change this situation, Dr Sivarasu adopted his Frugal Biodesign Process™ and has developed several medical devices in the last five years. These devices are at various technology readiness levels (TRLs) and some of the devices are in pre-clinical devices. During this process, Dr Sivarasu has filed four patent family applications and has three granted patents for medical devices and several MedTech awards for his innovations.
Earlier this year Dr Sivarasu was awarded a Claude Leon Merit Award for emerging researchers.