Gokul Nair is a co-founder of Impulse Biomedical, a start-up company spun out from the Medical Devices lab at the University of Cape Town, which commercialises affordable healthcare technologies for the developing world.
When we asked what gets him out of bed in the morning, his response was “Healthcare and its accessibility.” Nair adds that, “Healthcare is a core human right, and after reading and trying to grapple with the historic, political and economic nuances of why people cannot access basic healthcare (especially on our continent) I have had a passion for trying to rectify some of that.”
This Mechanical Engineer completed his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Cape Town. His Master’s thesis involved the development of a reloadable Adrenaline Auto Injector, which has now been named the ZiBiPen. The technology aims to reduce the recurring cost involved in the treatment of Anaphylaxis. After developing the device, Gokul teamed up with his fellow Masters colleague and TEDx speaker, Giancarlo Beukes, to co-found Impulse Biomedical. Since they’ve completed the Venture Incubation Program at the UCT Graduate School of Business, Impulse Biomedical has won numerous awards both locally and internationally.
Don’t miss out on hearing Gokul and Giancarlo’s talk at our upcoming event on 19 October, where their idea worth spreading unpacks why you should start a MedTech startup in Africa.
Here’s Gokul’s response to few random questions:
Your number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year
I want more Africans to start MedTech companies. We have a lot of work to do, and I hope that people realise that now is the time, and that our talk inspires at least one person to begin their company.
Any favourite TED/ TEDx talk? If so, please list it here
The danger of a single story - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Healing people with my hands.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Eagle. Soaring high in the sky. The view, the perspective, the freedom. Can anything beat that? I wouldn't mind being a Lion either. Perhaps I can combine them and say Sphinx?
If you could time travel, where would you go?
To the future. The year 2150. I want to see the world, see the mistakes and the things that we got right. It would help me come back to the present moment and start building a better future.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Doing a talk like this helps one to crystallise one's own thoughts and that makes a huge difference in changing the minds of others. I am excited that I get to meet other people who are optimistic about the future and are interested in building that future together.
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?