Biomedical Engineering Cape Town

Research and Projects for suitable graduated Students in Cape Town

Technology company

The company was established to develop, manufacture and market cardiac-related medical devices that addresses the need of up to 75 million Rheumatic Heart Disease patients worldwide. It is their mission to make life-saving, cost-effective cardiac devices and deployment systems available to sufferers of heart disease in predominantly young patients in developing countries. The founders of the company are internationally renowned.
experts in both medical device development and their surgical implantation.
The company is a start-up with support from the University of Cape Town. Its concepts have evolved from research done at the University and the pioneering Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital. Since access to cardiac surgery is limited in these countries, it is crucial that company’s treatments for heart valve diseases are not reliant on the specialised infrastructure needed to perform open-heart surgery. Solutions to heart valve diseases are deployed through two main products. This includes the Deployment Device which is designed to deploy a crimped heart valve without occluding the flow of blood in a beating heart. The product is designed to eliminate the need to rapid pace the heart during deployment of the valve. This product does not require open heart surgery and eliminates the need for a heart-lung machine. The other product is the Synthetic Heart Valve which is designed to allow cost-effective mass-production. This device is mostly intended for use in very young patients and will help to extend their longevity. It will eliminate the need for continuous anti-coagulation medication. The company is the holding company of the Group. The company is engaged in the Mitral Clip and Heart Valve product development. Its shareholders are the three founders, the University of Cape Town and the Bidvest Group.

This internship would be perfect for a student of Biotechnology or Biomedical Engineering/Technology who is interested in working on heart valves. You will be based in the Cape Heart Centre and work alongside top internationally renowned experts who are pioneers in their fields. The devices you will be working on will include both aortic and mitral and your work areas will be both research based and practical applications based. Each intern will be individually supervised and assisted throughout their internship to ensure they receive maximum exposure and have the opportunity to apply their gained skills while building up experience.

Oncology company

The company was founded in 1989 and is widely regarded as a forerunner in the field of cancer management in South Africa. Their philosophy towards cancer treatment is holistic. Medical specialists, radiation therapists, technicians, counsellors, oncology nurses and other paramedical staff are all involved in both treatment and rehabilitation as necessary. Their emphasis is on working together
and encouraging participation from all members in their team. It is encouraging that the cure rates for all cancers are improving, mainly because of the combined efforts of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Early diagnosis and treatment remains paramount to the successful outcome, which is best achieved in comprehensive cancer care facilities. 

Doing feasibility studies for any new unit, sourcing optimal equipment and technology and looking at the availability of suitable trained manpower. Continually re-evaluating and upgrading all the systems in operation, with the aim of trying to improve the working environment to the benefit of both patients and staff. Maintaining and updating the treatment protocols and all standard operating procedures in use throughout the group. Maintenance and upgrading of buildings and equipment. Devising strategies to implement in order to ensure that the company remains on the cutting edge of technology and development. An internship with the company will provide you with ample opportunity to use your existing skills as well as develop new foundations and gain new experiences. They will do their best to ensure that an internship with them is a successful and enjoyable one where every effort is made to meet your needs and requirements.
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