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  • on 17.04.2014
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HIV drug innovator wins 2013 Obasanjo science prize 0

Nairobi – A South African scientist who has designed a ground-breaking technology that improves the efficacy of current drug treatment in children infected with HIV/AIDS has been named the 2013 Olusegun Obasanjo Scientific Award winner by the Kenya-headquartered African Academy of Sciences (ASS).

The award, which is named after Nigeria’s former president Olusegun Obasanjo and established in 2009, is administered biennially by AAS to reward African scientists in the field of scientific discoveries and technological innovations. The inaugural prize was given to two South African scientists in 2011.

Viness Pillay, a professor of pharmaceutics at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, was today (16 April) officially declared the winner by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for pioneering the RapiDiss Wafer Technology, an innovative way to provide effective anti-retroviral (ARV) drug therapy to children living with HIV/AIDS.

The technology requires that an oral medicine is placed inside a child’s cheek where it melts rapidly and gets released into the blood system without the need for chewing or adding water.

The AAS award consists of a gold medal, a certificate and a cash prize of US$5,000 and was given at the 9th AAS General Assembly in Brazzaville, Congo.

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