Professor Viness Pillay wins the Olusegun Obasanjo Prize


Professor Viness Pillay, Director of the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit was recently awarded the Olusegun Obasanjo prize by the African Academy of Science (AAS) for his innovative work on designing commercializable drug delivery technologies.

The award recognizes his pioneering work in the development of the RapiDiss Wafer Technology as an innovative way to provide effective anti-retroviral (ARV) drug therapy to children afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The Technology is a highly stable oral formulation that is placed inside a child’s cheek and releases the ARV medication directly into the systemic circulation. There is no need to swallow the wafer with water; neither does it require refrigeration to remain stable. More importantly it also significantly improves the taste and pharmacokinetics of current liquid ARV formulations. This is one of Viness’ seminal technologies that have two granted patents among a suite of over 35 other patents filed in the field of drug delivery technology.

Professor Pillay has published over 160 papers in top-ranking ISI-accredited international journals of the highest impact factors in the field. Warm congratulations to Professor Pillay for his outstanding achievement!

                                                           Story by: Wits Health Sciences Research News