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 or 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 organisation, 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 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, 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 everyday.  Belinda and Tamlyn being my mother and sister also help!

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Averouz Maritz
Operations Manager

Averouz Maritz

Operations Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I have a great passion for healthcare relating to the understanding of diseased states, system-based infections and orphan diseases. My expertise lie in Medicines Development, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. This includes pre-clinical and clinical development of medicines, epidemiological studies and quality management of pharmaceutical development.

Hobbies:

Playing pick-up basketball, producing music and socialising with friends.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Coming from a background in Research & Development, and Total Quality Management in pharmaceutical manufacturing, I could easily relate to CBP’s company ethos and ideologies. I wanted to be a part of this dynamic company that has the potential to achieve remarkable things in the scientific community, as well as the public health sector. Ultimately, the process of utilising plants (nature) to create recombinant proteins for therapeutic and/or diagnostic applications, is what got me hooked immediately.

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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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Gillian Tolmay
Executive Assistant to CEO

Gillian Tolmay

Executive Assistant to CEO

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I am passionate about my family and friends. I am interested in the world around me

Hobbies:

Exploring the outdoors with my family, reading and hiking

Reasons for working at CBP:

Besides being able to work with such great individuals, being exposed and able to work for CBP during the COVID Pandemic is such a privilege

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Bronwyn Esterhuizen
Grow Room/ Hydroponics Manager

Bronwyn Esterhuizen

Grow Room/ Hydroponics Manager

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Agri tech and permaculture

Hobbies:

Hobbies Cricket, Swimming, hiking

Reasons for working at CBP:

To share and apply my knowledge to make things work more efficiently and effectively using all the latest technology, and to learn something new in the process.

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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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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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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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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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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 concept of using scientific methodology and technology to address 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 prodecure 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 channeling 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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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 encourages employees to learn and be innovative. Also I love how interesting science actually is - helps us understand things around us and improve the 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 any 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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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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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 boipharms we have the potential to use biological system in a sustainable manner and improve lives.

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Zuko Dlakana
Growroom Keeper

Zuko Dlakana

Growroom Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Horticluture

Hobbies:

Soccer

Reasons for working at CBP:

I work at CBP because I saw a great oppurtunity 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 to the company and to learn from others

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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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Chemornay Kleynhans
Hygiene Specialist in Laboratory

Chemornay Kleynhans

Hygiene Specialist in Laboratory

Qualification:

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Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

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Reasons for working at CBP:

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