Meet Our Talented and Passionate 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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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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Dr Melinda Scanlen
Production Manager

Dr Melinda Scanlen

Production Manager

Qualification:

Ph.D.

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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Dr Sandra Jordaan
Downstream Team Leader

Dr Sandra Jordaan

Downstream Team Leader

Qualification:

Ph.D. (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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Dr Maureen Dennehy
Quality Manager

Dr Maureen Dennehy

Quality Manager

Qualification:

Ph.D. | MBA | CPIP

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Local manufacturing (of medical devices and pharmaceuticals)

Hobbies:

I am a chilled triathlete

Reasons for working at CBP:

The synergy and energy.

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Daniel Shaw
People Manager

Daniel Shaw

People 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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Francisco Pera
R&D Manager & Founding Member

Francisco Pera

R&D Manager & Founding Member

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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Tamlyn Shaw
Communications & Business Development Manager & Founding Member

Tamlyn Shaw

Communications & Business Development Manager & Founding Member

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Communicating the amazing work we are doing with the world and advancing the business and science through collaborations and innovations.

Hobbies:

Learning the Ukulele, yoga, being in nature.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To assist in building 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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Cindy Chokoza
Sales Representative

Cindy Chokoza

Sales Representative

Qualification:

MSc – Medical Science

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Biomedical Science. I like to combine my scientific knowledge and people skills for cutting-edge product sales locally and internationally.

Hobbies:

Reading, cooking, basketball, volunteering, and events planning.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I enjoy working for a company that is committed to making a significant difference in society through innovative science and technology. CBP has a really supportive team structure, and it is a good place to contribute and grow. Working for a company with core values that are aligned with my passion is not only enjoyable but also fulfilling.

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Scott De Beer
Lead R&D Scientist and Founding Member

Scott De Beer

Lead R&D Scientist and Founding Member

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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Maureen Baloyi
Senior QC Analyst

Maureen Baloyi

Senior QC Analyst

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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Asanda Matiso
Associate R&D Scientist

Asanda Matiso

Associate R&D 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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Tapiwa Kupara
Grow Room Team Leader

Tapiwa Kupara

Grow Room Team Leader

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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Yolande Inglis
Production Specialist

Yolande Inglis

Production Specialist

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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Zinhle Ngubane
Bacteria Team Leader

Zinhle Ngubane

Bacteria Team Leader

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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Kayla Flandorp
People & Office Coordinator

Kayla Flandorp

People & Office Coordinator

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I have a passion for HR (Employee Relations in particular), processes, and personal development.

Hobbies:

Activities that allow me to relax; skipping, reading & spending time with loved ones. Traveling too.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I'm happy to be apart of a company that's disrupting the industry and making a positive impact. I look forward to learning and growing with this talented bunch.

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Dr Mariba Lebeko
Production Specialist

Dr Mariba Lebeko

Production Specialist

Qualification:

Ph.D.

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I am a trained cell biologist (PhD in Biomedical sciences) who is passionate about scientific research focusing on addressing the burden of disease within the African setting. My interests are in designing innovative in vitro models/assays aimed at medium-high throughput screening platforms for various conditions ranging from skin diseases to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS Co-V2. I am currently on the research and scientific advisory board for Simanye Mobile Clinic, an initiative aimed at cost-effective healthcare service provision, as well as the creation of health awareness through seminars on various platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. We educate the public about vaccine hesitancy, with the aim of increasing COVID-19 vaccine coverage within the communities. Apart from my research, I have been greatly involved in teaching activities such as tutoring, demonstrating, and facilitation of students for the past 13 years of my post-graduate career.

Hobbies:

I have a great passion for music, specifically house music (various genres, within this category). "DJ-ying" is my passion.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I am passionate about research into in vitro screening platforms for various conditions, such as the novel SARS Co-V2, hence my involvement in health education (via our bi-monthly seminar series), whose backbone is the "hands-on" involvement in the production of raw materials (antigens and antibodies) for rapid tests for SARS Co-V2

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Lester Fortuin
Grow Room Supervisor

Lester Fortuin

Grow Room Supervisor

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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Mlondolozi Matshini
Logistics Liason

Mlondolozi Matshini

Logistics Liason

Qualification:

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Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Logistics

Hobbies:

Watching football

Reasons for working at CBP:

The company has great potential for growth. I look forward to being apart of their mission and assist in achieving the company objectives.

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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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Jamie-Lee Thorne
Quality Control Analyst

Jamie-Lee Thorne

Quality Control Analyst

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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Jordan Magagula
Quality Control Analyst

Jordan Magagula

Quality Control Analyst

Qualification:

Post Grad Qualification in Biotechnology and Protein Studies

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

My area of expertise is analysis and confirmation of samples from production and RnD. I have a strong background in protein expression, analysis, and running bioprocess. Science, in particular biology, has always been my passion, the ability to understand the mechanisms of life and manipulate them to not only improve the quality of life but also create new standards by which we measure the quality of life

Hobbies:

My hobbies vary from being out in nature to curling up in bed with a book. I’m a master in the kitchen and just a plain wiz with words. I love to create so whether it’s food or poetry, I love exercising my many skills to make new and interesting things.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Because I believe in the vision and mission the company is working toward, and because I want to use all the knowledge and skills at my disposal to create a better life for future generations

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Nyakallo Damane
Production Technician

Nyakallo Damane

Production Technician

Qualification:

BTech Biomedical Technology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Biotechnology; Microbiology to be exact. Oh, how can I forget my passion for nature? There’s something just so relaxing about it. Watching it rejuvenate the soul. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Hobbies:

Travelling, Watching NatGeo documentaries. Spend time with my friends; for an adventure or jol.

Reasons for working at CBP:

CBP is thriving to change the world for the better. I want to be part of such greatness.

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Zethu Sonyoka
Production Technician

Zethu Sonyoka

Production Technician

Qualification:

BTech Biomedical Technology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

I majored in Molecular Biology and I am fascinated by the collaboration of biology-based interdisciplinary fields that work towards research translation.

Hobbies:

Spending time in the kitchen and being creative with recipes is my happy place. I also enjoy exploring wide natural landscapes whether coastal or mountains.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I'm proud to see a local company spin-off from being a research unit to producing & commercializing Biotech products to treat human and animal diseases. As a young scientist, I am pleased to be part of such a team and I feel there is a lot to learn from their multiple expertise. CBP is a multidisciplinary company within my field of interest and their quality control division (production sector) offers additional industry experience especially since I am coming from (MSc) academia.

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Lulamile Dyani
Production Technician

Lulamile Dyani

Production Technician

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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Mlibo Mtiya
Downstream Intern

Mlibo Mtiya

Downstream Intern

Qualification:

BSc Hons Molecular & Cell Biology

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Molecular Biology, Biotechnology.

Hobbies:

Rowing and Console Gaming.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Being part of a human collective that has a vision for the future of commercial molecular biology.

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Ilana Hamman
Receptionist

Ilana Hamman

Receptionist

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Ensuring guests receive a friendly and generous Reception.

Hobbies:

Family time, beach visits, dancing.

Reasons for working at CBP:

They are the future. I am proud to be part of a company that is innovative with a great working culture and values.

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Tafeeq Fakier
Grow Room Keeper

Tafeeq Fakier

Grow Room Keeper

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
Grow Room Keeper

Zuko Dlakana

Grow Room 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
Grow Room Keeper

Ludwe Ntombini

Grow Room 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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Sibongile Popo
Grow Room Keeper

Sibongile Popo

Grow Room 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
Grow Room Keeper

Cheslin Abrahams

Grow Room 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.

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Chemornay Kleynhans
Specialised Cleaner

Chemornay Kleynhans

Specialised Cleaner

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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Natasha Oostendorp
Specialised Cleaner

Natasha Oostendorp

Specialised Cleaner

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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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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Mogamat Yusuf
Grow Room Keeper

Mogamat Yusuf

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

Swimming, soccer and, dancing.

Reasons for working at CBP:

To help fight against COVID-19 and learn more about this industry.

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Fairouz Abrahams
Grow Room Keeper

Fairouz Abrahams

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Helping others.

Hobbies:

I enjoy listening to music.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I would like to make a positive impact at CBP and experience new things.

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Mpumelelo Mninzi
Grow Room Keeper

Mpumelelo Mninzi

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

Gardening.

Hobbies:

Reading, watching sport and, listening to music.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I love working with plants and, I look forward to growing with this organization.

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Lwango Nkohla
Grow Room Keeper

Lwango Nkohla

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

Playing soccer and reading.

Reasons for working at CBP:

I think CBP is a great company for growth and opportunities.

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Sandise Mdlungu
Grow Room Keeper

Sandise Mdlungu

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

Sport and reading.

Reasons for working at CBP:

Cape Bio Pharms is a very interesting company. I enjoy my colleagues and work environment.

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Natasha Petersen
Grow Room Keeper

Natasha Petersen

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

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Reasons for working at CBP:

I think there is a lot to learn.

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Siphezile Bangiso
Grow Room Keeper

Siphezile Bangiso

Grow Room Keeper

Passion / Areas of Expertise:

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Hobbies:

I enjoy all sports

Reasons for working at CBP:

I'd love to broaden my knowledge and learn more about the industry.