Postdoctoral researcher Gauta Matlou is building a legacy based on innovation in pharmaceuticals and improving the wellbeing of cancer patients. At the University of Johannesburg, where he is currently undertaking a research fellowship, Matlou’s research involves the development of a drug delivery system for use in targeted photodynamic therapy for cancer patients. This research could pave the way for safer cancer detection and treatment without the side-effects of chemotherapy. He is also the founder of Innovau, a start-up harnessing research and innovation skills to find solutions to South Africa’s energy, water and health issues. In addition to publishing research in international peer-reviewed journals, he is the recipient of various accolades, including the 2017 Rhodes University Community Engagement Top Volunteer Award, the Independent Pan-African Youth Parliament Outstanding Youth Personality Award, the Hult-Prize Nairobi winner with Team E-Smart and was a participant in the 2019 Hult-Prize accelerator programme held in London.
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