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Meet the team that is making this happen

Leadership

Dr. Paul Bartels

CEO / Co-founder

Paul is a wildlife veterinarian with over 25 years experience in biobanking, cell culture and assisted reproduction technologies. He was the founder of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre which later became the SANBI National Biobank. He is a recipient of a National Science and Technology Forum’s Science Engineering & Technology Award (2006/7) as well as the African Entrepreneurship Award (2017). Paul has a passion for contributing to a sustainable future for Africa

Dr. Sheena Fraser

CSO

Sheena is the founder of Quorus Biotech and co-inventor of Quorus’ patented single-use biomimetic bioreactors and high-fidelity automated bioprocess technology. She has extensive experience in the cultivation of algae, bacteria, fungi and mammalian cell lines for the production of natural and recombinant proteins and small molecules using traditional and non-traditional cell cultivation technologies. She has extensive experience in product design, prototyping, financial and strategic planning and oversight, data analysis and production and has insight into marketing, intellectual property auditing and commercialisation.

Markus Labuschagne

CTO

Markus has extensive experience in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.     He has won numerous accolades during his career in bio-entrepreneurship including the prestigious ‘African Finance and Investment Forum’ and Pfizer’s ‘Health Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. He is currently a PhD candidate in Human tissue engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dr. Elize Venter

Policy Director / Co-founder

Elize has a BSc in Botany and Zoology and obtained her D.Ed degree from the University of South Africa. Her doctoral study took her to Uganda in central Africa and Borneo in the far-east. She has over the past decade worked on higher education training programmes focusing on behavioural change methodologies. Elize has extensive experience in health programmes, project management, stakeholder engagement, and policy planning, implementation and advocacy.

Tanya Smith

Research Scientist

Tanya holds a B. Pharm as well as a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical sciences, both obtained from the North-West University. She is a passionate researcher with her main focus being three-dimensional mammalian cell culturing. She has experience in anti-cancer research where she developed a three-dimensional spheroid model using clinostat based bioreactors. The model can be used for anti-cancer efficacy screening. Tanya also has experience in determining anti-cancer efficacy and toxicology of herbal medicine.

Expert Advisors

PROF. CAROLA NIESLER

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Academic Leader of Biotechnology in the School of Life Sciences, UKZN. 20 years experience in the area of stem cell research and application. Graduated more than 50 postgraduate students and published 35 internationally peer-reviewed articles

DR. MARETHA VAN DER MERWE

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Deputy Director, Health Services, City of Tshwane and Head of Health Operational Room for COVID-19 Pandemic. Policy development for wildlife meat legislation in South Africa, chairperson of the Gauteng Meat Forum. Appointed by DEKRA Germany as an ISO auditor and obtaining lead auditor status in ISO 22000.

Prof. Kathryn Myburgh

Scientific Advisors

Kathy Myburgh is a Distinguished Professor of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She currently holds the South African Chair in Integrative Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Biology and Biotechnology. After completing her PhD at University of Cape Town in 1989, she did postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), Academy of Sciences of South Africa (Assaf) and the Physiological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) and is a Council member of the South African Royal Society.

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