Ashley Uys

Ashley Uys has made his diagnosis. The availability of reliable and affordable medical test kits will lead to a more promising health future for people in lowincome areas. With a Bsc Honours Degree in Biotechnology and a MAP certificate from Wits University Uys started Real World Diagnostics to develop products that are absolutely necessary at prices those who need them most can afford. The malaria testing kit, for example, not only gives an early diagnosis and the strain of malaria but also indicates how well the medication is working. It costs R4. Having won the South African Breweries Innovation Award and been listed as one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs in 2011, 29-yearold Uys is a great believer in giving back to the community, supplying drug rehabilitation centres with cost-price drug testing kits. He continues to research and develop new products, among them a pre-diabetic test and one that reveals whether an individual has consumed alcohol up to four days before the test. — Caroline Cowan