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University of Cape Town

Biomedical Engineering

7.17 Level 7 Anatomy Building,

University of Cape Town – Medical School,

Anzio Road, Observatory,

Cape Town

South Africa 7925

Research Interests

Medical Device Innovation, Frugal Innovations, Orthoapedic Biomechanics, Assistive Devices, Biomedical Engineering, Intellectual Property,


Topics to speak on:

Medical Device Innovation, Appropriate Health Technologies


Dr. Sudesh Sivarasu is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Health Sciences in University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Dr. Sivarasu completed his undergraduate studies in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from Madras University in 2004.  He continued for his masters in Biomedical Engineering (2006) followed by Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from VIT University, India. Dr. Sivarasu research is in the field of medical device innovation and creating affordable health technologies. He heads the Medical Devices and Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Group at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Sudesh Sivarasu also heads the activities of the Biomedical Engineering Society of South Africa (BESSA), which is affiliated with IFMBE.

Dr. Sivarasu is research in Medical Device Innovation has received over 18 MedTech awards across 4 continents,  including, UCT-DVC’s Achievement in Innovation (2017), Department of  Science and Technology – Innovation Bridge  – Award, (2017), UCT College of Fellows- young Researcher Award, (2017) TW Khambule award for Emerging researcher in by NSTF and South-32 (2016), Claude Leon Merit Award for Early Career Researcher (2016), to name a few. He was also listed as M&G’s top 200 young South Africans for 2017.  Dr. Sivarasu’s research has frequently featured in media both in South Africa and internationally

Dr Sivarasu research track comprises of 40 peer-reviewed articles in international scientific journals, 44 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and numerous plenary/keynote and invited presentations at conferences.  Dr. Sivarasu’ s Innovations have led to over 19 patents family applications, with a total of 42 patent applications and 9 granted patents. His research has also produced 2 open source technologies. Sivarasu through his innovations has led to the formation of 2 MedTech start-up companies.


UCT – Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Award for Achievement in Innovation

DST & Innovation Bridge – Best Innovation Award

UCT – College of Fellow – young Researcher Awards

NSTF – South 32 TW Kambule Award

Claude Leon Merit Award for Early Career Researchers

Young Scientist Award by International Leprosy Congress


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