Clinical Research Consultant, University of the Free State, South Africa Clinical Cluster Model: The SA Experience
About Dr. Michelle Middle
Dr. Michelle Middle is currently the Clinical Research Consultant for the University of the Free State. She is supporting the UFS with the acquisition of PAREXEL’s Bloemfontein based Phase I business, “FARMOVS”.
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Computer Science and Information Systems
About Mr David Gibbons
David Gibbons joined Roche in July 2015 in the Diabetes Care business. In January 2017 he transitioned to Roche Pharmaceuticals as the Head of Finance providing strategic financial and commercial direction to the organisation.
Deputy Director, South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), South Africa
About Dr. Dorah Diale
Dr. Dorah Diale is a Deputy-Director Clinical Trials Unit at the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, South Africa. Her key role is to manage and oversee the review of clinical trial applications and bioequivalence studies for the use of unregistered medicines as well as other research applications for registered medicines, to ensure that they adhere to regulatory, legal and ethical requirements and principles.
Dr. Diale served as a Pharmaceutical Policy Specialist where she undertook the activity of developing and reviewing the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List for Primary Health Care level, Hospital level, and Tertiary Levels. She also worked as a Manager Education and Training: Quality Assurance and a Manager overseeing the Continuous Professional Development of Pharmacy Professionals. Dr. Diale also serves on the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum Working Group.
Ph.D in Environmental Technology , M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from Vrije Universiteit Brussel
About About Prof. Sunny Aiyuk
Professor Aiyuk, an expert in Environmental Health, Public Health & Project Management, is presently the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at The National University of Lesotho (NUL). He holds a Ph.D in Environmental Technology from Ghent, Belgium, Master in Advanced Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, M.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium & Certificate in Prevention & Management of Communicable Diseases from the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), Nairobi, Kenya.
Prof. Aiyuk also teaches within the Department of Environmental Health of the Faculty. He runs a 5-Year Project that is funded by the European Commission to internationally train Health Experts at MSc. and PhD levels. He is a global scholar who has published widely in the fields of Environmental Health, Public Health and Project Management and has reviewed for many journals. He has supervised Numerous MSc. and BSc within the Environmental and Public Health realms. He serves as external examiner for BSc, MSc. and PhD. in Eswatini, Namibia and South Africa. He also serves on numerous Leadership Boards within the NUL, Lesotho and Internationally.
BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry, first doctorate DPhil in Biochemistry and and second doctorate PhD in Ethnopharmacology
About Dr Ashwell Ndhlala
Dr Ashwell R. Ndhlala received his BSc Honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of Zimbabwe, Harare in Zimbabwe, first doctorate (DPhil in Biochemistry) from the same institute and second doctorate (Ph.D. in Ethnopharmacology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. He currently serves as a Researcher at The Agricultural Research Council, Roodeplaat, South Africa where he is leading projects in agro-processing of herbal and food/feed crops as well as functional foods such as Moringa (whole value chain). His research interests are mainly focused on the medico-nutritional and antinutritional properties of medicinal, food and feed crops. Ashwell is currently involved in a number of research projects aimed at improving medicinal properties, food security, particularly interventions in the areas of agricultural production of high-value crops in South Africa involving several communities in rural, peri-urban and urban set-ups. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the South African Journal of Botany amongst others and performs peer reviews for a number of rated journals. He is the Managing editor for the upcoming Special Issue on Moringa Research in the South African Journal of Botany. He is also a member of the organising committee for the upcoming International Symposium on Moringa to be hosted in South Africa in November 2019.
Graduate degrees in neuroscience and pharmaceutics, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan
About Dr. Paul Nkansah
Dr. Paul Nkansah is a pharmaceutical consultant and a recognized expert in the areas of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, medicines regulations and quality assurance, pharmaceutical management, and organizational capacity building and training.
Bsc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Operations Management from the University of Nairobi.
About Eng. Jennifer Gache
Eng. Jennifer Gache is a Mechanical Engineer with over twenty-two years’ work experience. She is currently a Senior Industrial Engineer at the East Africa Community Secretariat’s Industrial Development section responsible for promoting industrial growth and manufacturing in the region.
Janssen Vaccines, Branch of Cilag GmbH International on behalf of IFPMA
PhD in Immunology and a Master of Science in Medical Microbiology from the University of Bern, Switzerland
About Dr Lorenz Scheppler
Dr. Scheppler holds a PhD in Immunology and a Master of Science in Medical Microbiology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has been working for many years in the Biotech industry on the development and maintenance of biotherapeutic products and vaccines.
Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Development specialist for Sub Saharan Africa within Clarivate Analytics
Undergraduate and Post graduate degrees from the University of the Western Cape
About Mr. Randall Crisp
Mr. Randall Crisp is a Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Development specialist for Sub Saharan Africa within Clarivate Analytics. He received his Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees from the University of the Western Cape before entering the scientific equipment industry, specializing in high-resolution microscopy imaging. Within Clarivate Analytics, his responsibilities include fostering an environment within which members of the industry from discovery to commercialization uncover what they didn’t know, they didn’t know. Understanding the competitive space within such a diverse yet demand industry with many unanswered questions can be a challenge, but through packaged intelligence, navigating the unique challenges we face in Africa become easier to address.
Head, Biotechnology Development Unit International Centre for genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Ph.D degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
About Dr Natasa Skoko
Dr. Natasa Skoko graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She obtained a Ph.D degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2006 when she started to work as a research scientist in the Biotechnology Development Unit (BDU) at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Trieste, Italy on the development of technologies for the production of the biosimilars such as erythropoietin, interferons, GCSF, insulins, growth hormone using three main expression systems bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells. Since 2018 Dr. Skoko is a Head of BDU and her current interest is focused at the development of biosimilars to different Mabs and Fabs. She works in close collaboration with the industrial sector by coordinating the transfer of know-how for the production of biosimilars to the industry with an aim to increase local pharmaceutical industries capacities in emerging markets