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Online drug innovation shines spotlight on UWC

A team of bio scientists and researchers at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) earned second place at the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) Awards in Gaborone, Botswana.

The team developed a software programme which efficiently and cost-effectively tests HIV drug resistance.

They won the second place prize of $25,000 for developing the exatype software solution with UWC spin-off company Hyrax Biosciences.

Exatype is a software solution that enables healthcare workers to determine HIV positive patients’ responsiveness to ARV drug treatment.

UWC researcher, Dr Imogen Wright says the team is honoured to win the IPA prize, which is widely regarded as the premier award for innovation on the African continent.

We're all absolutely thrilled. This is recognition of 5 years of work by a large number of people.

Dr Imogen Wright, UWC researcher

Wright explains that the online drug resistance test could be used to expand into antibiotics and TB testing.

Listen to the full conversation:

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