South African Medical Research Council South Africa

The Medical Device and Diagnostic Innovation Cluster (MeDDIC), hosted by the SAMRC under the Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) program is seeking to fund late-stage product development projects with the following key attributes:

  1. Aimed at developing a new or improved medical device or diagnostic that addresses a global health priority. Specifically, the new innovation should address a key health need /need/priorityuth Africa and other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and should have:
  • relevance to the disease burden in LMICs;
  • relevance to the context (health systems and resource availability) in LMICs;
  • the potential to significantly impact on health outcomes; and
  • the potential to reduce the costs of healthcare.
  1. Involves a collaboration between academia (university or science council) and industry (preferably a small, micro or medium enterprise), with the academic institution as the lead applicant.
  2. Has already achieved proof of concept (Technology Readiness Level 3 or above).
  3. Brings together all the required expertise and capability to develop, test, register and commercialize the new or improved medical device or diagnostic.
  4. Aims to deliver a product ready for commercialization within a maximum of 12-18 months.
  5. Will result in a product that is competitively priced and rapidly scalable in terms of manufacture and deployment. 

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Full description

The Medical Device and Diagnostic Innovation Cluster (MeDDIC) is hosted by the SAMRC under the Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) program and is a national initiative created to exploit a high concentration of skills, expertise, infrastructure and companies across South Africa within the medical devices field. The initiative, supported by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is aimed at stimulating and intensifying technology innovation within the sector as well as encouraging an integrated ecosystem in support of increasing the competitiveness of the industry.

The following are eligible activities that may be included in the applications:

  • development/improvement of a prototype
  • product/design refinement 
  • development of a comprehensive technology package 
  • product testing (clinical testing and/or testing of product characteristics) 
  • user testing
  • production of testing and/or market samples 
  • piloting and technology scale-up  
  • preparation of technical and manufacturing documentation
  • certification or regulatory registration
  • techno-economic evaluation studies
  • Proposals must, however, outline all necessary steps toward development, testing, and commercialization of the product.


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