Meet Our Fantastic and Good Looking Team

Our team consists of a variety of skills and experiences that come together to make molecular magic. Whether they're working on the science of building the business, they're all behind our purpose of achieving Biosecurity for Africa. We make sure to stop every day to eat lunch together and look for any opportunity to share some laughs. If people are the foundation of an organization, we've got a strong one and we can't wait to grow together as we break new ground through proteins in plants!

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Belinda Shaw
CEO & Founder

Belinda Shaw

CEO & Founder

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

To unlock the magical mixture of science and plants to contribute to the health and wellbeing of all life on earth.

Hobbies:

Reading perspective-altering non-fiction, mountain walks, tennis.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Founding this amazing company is truly a great privilege. It is a non-negotiable dream to see CBP grow into a world-changing company that offers security and life-changing careers for our talented team while at the same time ensuring the security of supply of pharmaceutical proteins for Africa.

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Tamlyn Shaw
Director of Scientific Services

Tamlyn Shaw

Director of Scientific Services

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Building and growing Cape Bio Pharms and supporting the science team to create proteins that can help people and animals, particularly for South Africa and Africa.

Hobbies:

Learning the Ukulele, yoga, being in nature.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To build a company that helps all its members to grow and reach their potential, create jobs in Science for South Africans and because I have a passion for science and helping people.

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Francisco Pera
Lead Scientist (Upstream)

Francisco Pera

Lead Scientist (Upstream)

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Molecular cloning, expression vector design, protein yield optimization.

Hobbies:

Aquaponics, Woodworking, Cryptocurrencies and football.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Working with Cape Bio Pharms allows me to be a pioneer in the establishment of an exciting new technology that has the potential to completely revolutionize the way we produce recombinant proteins.

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Scott De Beer
Lead Scientist (Downstream)

Scott De Beer

Lead Scientist (Downstream)

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Science is my passion and specifically the scientific method and the way of thinking. Molecular farming has been my area of expertise for some time now and recently the downstream processing and upscale side of it all. This includes the processing of plant biomass and the purification steps required to obtain good quality proteins for a wide range of applications.

Hobbies:

Kicking a ball around any chance I get, as well as kicking some butt in online gaming. Playing the guitar and jamming it up with family and friends is as good as it gets and of course, followed with a braai.

Reasons for working at CBP:

The work/play I do is my passion and being able to share this groundbreaking disruptive technology with the world and SA is reason enough.

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Daniel Shaw
HR Manager

Daniel Shaw

HR Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I have a passion for creating things with people. To do so, every group needs someone that is able to mediate and see things from all perspectives. I believe that my people skills and structured thinking are my areas of expertise.

Hobbies:

Outdoor adventures, reading, listening to music and being spontaneous with friends are how you can expect to find me spending my free time.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I've always wanted to be a part of a group of people that are working towards achieving a difficult yet worthwhile goal. That's exactly what we're doing at CBP every day.  Belinda and Tamlyn being my mother and sister also help!

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Melinda Scanlen
Production Manager

Melinda Scanlen

Production Manager

Qualification:

PhD

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Biological manufacturing tailored for Africa, GMP, and lean management. Finding solutions to difficult problems is very satisfying to me and working with people and to mentor and develop them.

Hobbies:

Hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with my loved ones.

Reasons for working at CBP:

CBP’s vision and success are aligned with my passion to make a difference in the lives of people in Africa. If we don’t take care of ourselves no one else will.

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Lester Fortuin
Production Assistant

Lester Fortuin

Production Assistant

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

My passion is to conserve the earth's natural resources and to be utilised in a sustainable manner.

Hobbies:

Spending time outdoors, fishing, camping and socialising with friends and family.

Reasons for working at CBP:

The reason I work at CBP is that it highlights the importance of natural resources, which can be used to improve living standards and human needs

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Yolande Inglis
Laboratory Manager

Yolande Inglis

Laboratory Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Laboratory and Project Management, Quality Assurance.

Hobbies:

Gardening, pilates, spending quality time with quality people.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Improving people's lives by implementing standards and or systems to guarantee quality.

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Chemornay Kleynhans
Hygiene Specialist

Chemornay Kleynhans

Hygiene Specialist

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I like keeping things in order and up to standard in my work environment so that everything can operate smoothly. And maintaining the equipment and machines in the lab.

Hobbies:

I love singing, dancing and always having a good time with close family and friends.

Reasons for working at CBP:

By accepting the opportunity I'm able to develop my skills at CBP and contribute positively to the people around me whilst having fun.

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Lynn Scheel
Financial Manager

Lynn Scheel

Financial Manager

Qualification:

CPA (SA) | CIA (SA)

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Systemization

Hobbies:

All things plants.

Reasons for working at CBP:

At CBP is I get to combine my passion, expertise, and hobbies every day.

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Stewart Sangu
Bookkeeper

Stewart Sangu

Bookkeeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

My passion is accounting, taxation, and numbers.

Hobbies:

Hiking and outdoor activities.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Playing my part in fighting the Covid 19 Pandemic and the good corporate environment at Cape Bio Pharms which allows for easy collaboration, sharing ideas, and personal growth.

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Anna Polydorou
Office Manager

Anna Polydorou

Office Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

My passion includes healthy living and everything natural and environment orientated, plant-based nutrition and fitness and health.

Hobbies:

Running, Cycling, Boxing, Swimming, Hiking, Reading and Cooking

Reasons for working at CBP:

I love that I can be a part of something amazing that is needed in the current pandemic as well as for the future ahead when it comes to biological solutions.

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Kayla Flandorp
HR & Office Coordinator

Kayla Flandorp

HR & Office Coordinator

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I have a passion for HR (Employee Relations in particular), processes, and personal development. I'm always interested in growing and being a better version of myself.

Hobbies:

Activities that allow me to relax; skipping, reading & spending time with my family/friends. Traveling too.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I'm happy to be apart of a company that's doing such exciting work. I know my skills will be valued at CBP and I look forward to learning and growing with this talented bunch.

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Buyiswe Mahamba
Cleaner

Buyiswe Mahamba

Cleaner

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Bringing happiness to my work environment and colleagues.

Hobbies:

Playing sport, watching tv, and socializing.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To learn new things about the plants and business.

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Maureen Baloyi
Senior Scientist (Protein Analysis/Quality Control)

Maureen Baloyi

Senior Scientist (Protein Analysis/Quality Control)

Qualification:

MSc Biochemistry

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Being able to help people whenever I can. My focus is on Protein analysis/Quality control.

Hobbies:

Running and listening to uplifting music (gospel).

Reasons for working at CBP:

Being part of a company that equally and fairly encourages people to grow and explore new opportunities. Creation of Science related jobs and expending the science sector in South Africa.

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Sandra Jordaan
Senior Scientist (Purification)

Sandra Jordaan

Senior Scientist (Purification)

Qualification:

PhD (Chemical Biology) with a focus on Medical Biotechnology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I really love the concept of using scientific methodology and technology to address the medical need and solve real-world health problems. My focus is on the upscaled purification of high integrity proteins from plant biomass.

Hobbies:

Playing and coaching Ultimate Frisbee. Running (...anywhere and everywhere). Rock climbing, squash and acro-yoga when I get the chance. On the couch, I like reading and especially like eating.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Research at CBP is a fantastic mix of highly professional procedures and avant-garde experimentation. It is exciting and deeply satisfying to be involved in cutting edge research, while also keeping an eye on the ultimate ball: the channelling of South African based talent and scientific resources into translational and sustainable product which will contribute to the well-being of society.

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Zinhle Ngubane
Senior Scientist (Bacterial Growth/Infiltration)

Zinhle Ngubane

Senior Scientist (Bacterial Growth/Infiltration)

Qualification:

BTech Biotechnology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I love biotechnology in particular fermentation technology. The first time I attended a lecture on fermentation, I knew I had found something I could do till the day I die.

Hobbies:

I love being in nature, barefooted garden walks, or just basking in the sun like a chameleon, listening to music and reading a good book.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I love the opportunity to be a part of a company that is doing something so unique, (Doing it in plants!)

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Timothy Dennis
Associate Scientist

Timothy Dennis

Associate Scientist

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I'm drawn to innovative biotechnologies with disruptive potential. I'm interested in collecting data throughout the molecular farming process and leveraging these data to optimize efficiency and yield.

Hobbies:

When I'm not at work, you can find me in the sea, round a braai, reading books, or developing my database design and management skills.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I choose to work for Cape Bio Pharms because of the dynamic and stimulating environment, fantastic colleagues, and huge potential for personal growth.

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Asanda Matiso
Associate Scientist

Asanda Matiso

Associate Scientist

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Gene Cloning & Protein Expression

Hobbies:

Cooking and spending time with friends & family outdoors.

Reasons for working at CBP:

The reason I love working here is the company's great culture and values that encourage employees to learn and be innovative. Also, I love how interesting science actually is - helps us understand things around us and improve our way of life.

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Jamie-Lee Thorne
Laboratory Technician

Jamie-Lee Thorne

Laboratory Technician

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

My Passion lies in always being true to myself in everything I do as well as learning and exploring new things.

Hobbies:

I enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking and playing netball. I also love baking and reading.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Besides being able to work at a company that's making such an impact in the pharmaceutical industry, locally and internationally. CBP consists of an amazing Team that just makes it so much more enjoyable to go to work.

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Nyakallo Damane
Laboratory Technician

Nyakallo Damane

Laboratory Technician

Qualification:

BTech Biomedical Technology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

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Reasons for working at CBP:

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Lulamile Dyani
CBP Intern

Lulamile Dyani

CBP Intern

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Protein purification.

Hobbies:

Rugby, movies, music, going out.

Reasons for working at CBP:

One of the most important things to understand is that the world is changing, I believe at Cape Bio Pharms we have the potential to use the biological system in a sustainable manner and improve lives.

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Robert Samuels
Lab Support and Equipment Maintenance

Robert Samuels

Lab Support and Equipment Maintenance

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

To love my neighbour as myself. To help any person anytime. I have vast experience in the lab and I enjoy teaching others

Hobbies:

Playing squash and painting houses.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To uplift fellow workers and give advice where necessary.

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Tapiwa Kupara
Growroom Manager

Tapiwa Kupara

Growroom Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Crop production, project management, and people management.

Hobbies:

Reading, watching soccer, and jogging.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To be apart of a winning team.

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Tafeeq Fakier
Growroom Keeper/Lab support

Tafeeq Fakier

Growroom Keeper/Lab support

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Growroom Keeper/Lab support.

Hobbies:

Rugby, watching sports and outdoor activities.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To learn, gain experience and enjoy myself.

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Zuko Dlakana
Growroom Keeper

Zuko Dlakana

Growroom Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Horticulture.

Hobbies:

Soccer.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I work at CBP because I saw a great opportunity that I think I will fit in beautifully and be a great addition to the team.

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Ludwe Ntombini
Growroom Keeper

Ludwe Ntombini

Growroom Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Horticulture.

Hobbies:

Soccer and Rugby.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To share my knowledge and expertise with the company and to learn from others.

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Natasha Oostendorp
Hygiene Specialist

Natasha Oostendorp

Hygiene Specialist

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Deep cleaning: from the walls to the big machinery in our Infiltration and Grow rooms.

Hobbies:

Working, reading, and netball.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To upscale my developing skills in my work environment and to get to know my colleagues and always put my best foot forward.

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Sibongile Popo
Growroom Keeper

Sibongile Popo

Growroom Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I'm passionate about working with people, finding new ways to a better life, and bringing about change to the universe at large.

Hobbies:

Reading Sci-fi novels, traveling, and watching movies.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Learning new ways of Science, agriculture, and finding new ways to bring innovations to life.

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Cheslin Abrahams
Growroom Keeper

Cheslin Abrahams

Growroom Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Fixing things and helping people where I can.

Hobbies:

Watching football and doing extra chores.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To gain experience and to enjoy the job I've been asked to do.