Dr. Murray Legg

Dr. Murray Legg

Qualification: B Eng (Mechanical) Cum Laude B Eng (Hons) (UP)


Murray has enjoyed a vastly varied few years in the professional arena after qualifying as an Mechanical Engineer. Biomedical engineering captured his attention through thesis work at the University of Pretoria and led to three years of biomedical product design at Southern Medical in Pretoria. Deciding to give full time attention to his entrepreneurial venture, Penguin Tutoring, Murray spent 2009 growing and franchising his business which provides mentoring and tutoring services across the country. His current studies include a PhD in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at North West University..

As an individual who is keen on new challenges and the outcomes of a changing business environment, Murray joined the "Class Of" programme at Rand Merchant Bank to work closely with and learn from the country's brightest and most talented individuals. He hopes to combine an entrepreneurial medical venture with a sound financial structure one day. His interests include fly fishing, mountain biking and travel.

Title and Abstract: The development of a polymer heart valve for emerging markets.

Patients suffering from heart valve disease in emerging third world countries face a sad reality. Replacements in the form of mechanical or tissue valves address the medical landscapes of the developed world, and offer little assistance to the sufferers who cannot afford ongoing medical treatment and medication, or have the skills of a competent and experienced cardiothoracic surgeon to perform the procedure.

Studies and collaboration with surgeons from across the world have facilitated the development and design of a heart valve replacement made of a polymer and metal combination, offering extended life and the ability to address sufferers in all nations. Manufacturing technology never used in this space before, together with innovative approaches to the surgical methods have allowed for an exciting design with a South African flair.

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