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Discovery announces top entrepreneurs in its MedTech Silicon Valley Programme
Discovery announces top entrepreneurs in its MedTech Silicon Valley Programme

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Discovery announces top entrepreneurs in its MedTech Silicon Valley Programme

Discovery announces top entrepreneurs in its MedTech Silicon Valley Programme

17 South African medical technology entrepreneurs to visit the US for a learning experience

In September 2016, Discovery announced its first Discovery Entrepreneurs MedTech Silicon Valley Programme during a session held to discuss the use of technology as a driver for reducing medical inflation. The MedTech programme, one of Discovery’s Enterprise and Supplier Development initiatives, invited entrepreneurs to submit ideas that demonstrate innovation in terms of product or service, delivery model or social innovation (broad base market reach) for advancement of the health and wellness sectors.

“Technology is rapidly influencing and changing the healthcare industry. The use of video consultations, health apps, and smartphone-enabled diagnostic tools are gaining traction across the world. This is an industry that has the ability to disrupt the game, and with this programme, Discovery will provide promising entrepreneurs in this field with the opportunity to network and learn in a global market. Selected participants also received business mentorship, and they will have access to business development and procurement support, and supply chain and investment opportunities following their inspirational tour to the United States, says Dr Ryan Noach, Discovery Health’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Discovery announced the selected programme participants after a rigorous selection and interview process. Discovery, in partnership with En-novate, will take these participants on a week-long educational business trip to Silicon Valley to explore technology-driven innovations and how these are transforming healthcare in the United States, as well as alternative approaches to venture capital. The following entrepreneurs will visit Silicon Valley from 26 November to 5 December 2016 as part of the Discovery MedTech programme:

Coincido Ms Lebo Shange Medical diagnostics company
Geo-Q Technologies Mr Zukhanye Mayekiso Mobile interactive mapping
hearX Group Mr Nic Klopper Mobile hearing detection devices
iMed Tech Ms Nneile Nkolise 3D modelling
iVacBio Ms Sibongile Gumbi Local vaccine manufacturing
Iyeza Health Mr Siraaj Adams Health logistics company
LifeAssay Diagnostics Mr Robin De Cauwer Affordable diagnostic tests
Look See Do Mr Dean Hodgkiss Remote equipment monitoring
Mediswitch Mr Andrew Brown Electronic claim switching
M-Squared Medicals Ms Masego Mohajane Medical engineering company
Niche Integrated Ms Nisha Maharaj Tech-driven management
Patient Focus Mr Jacques du Toit Validated point of care solutions
RecoMed Mr Sheraan Amod Online healthcare booking
Sancreed (Pty) Ltd Mr Graham Rowe Tech-enabled disease coaching
Thinta Diagnostics Mr Dayne Morkel Medical devices company
UDo Test Ms Allison Martin Home-testing kits
UX Foundry Mr Patrick Carmody Pharma-centric instant message

Read more about the Discovery Entrepreneurs MedTech Silicon Valley Programme at

To get updates on our Silicon Valley MedTech Entrepreneurs trip follow @Discovery_SA on Twitter, like the Discovery South Africa Facebook page or follow @Discovery_SA on Instagram



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About Discovery Limited

Discovery Limited is a South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life assurance, short-term insurance, savings and investment products and wellness markets. Founded in 1992, Discovery was guided by a clear core purpose – to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. Underpinning this core purpose is the belief that through innovation, Discovery can be a powerful market disruptor.

The company, with headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa, has expanded its operations globally and currently serves over 5 million clients across South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. Discovery recently partnered with Generali, a leading insurer in Europe, and has partnered with John Hancock in the US. These new partnerships will bring Discovery’s shared-value business model to protection industries in Europe and the US.

Vitality, Discovery’s wellness programme, is the world’s largest scientific, incentive-based wellness solution for individuals and corporates. The global Vitality membership base now exceeds three million lives in five markets.

Discovery is an authorised financial services provider and trades under the code “DSY” on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. 

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