Cape Bio Pharms aims to be the trusted and preferred partner of life scientists to supply quality, validated plant-made proteins needed to perform critical research that demands reliable reagents
CEO & FOUNDER - BELINDA SHAW: At the helm of our ship is Belinda; an ex-investigative journalist/producer of environmental documentaries and serial entrepreneur. She is the visionary and founder behind Cape Bio Pharms. Belinda is driven by a passionate belief in the potential of plant-made proteins as a manufacturing advantage for South Africa and Africa as it offers an expression platform that is cheaper, faster, safer and better. Her belief that not only should we be keeping valuable IP in the country but developing South Africa's own vaccine producing capability is critical and a plant-based platform is a means to achieve this. Belinda loves playing tennis, reading, and going for long power-walks.
DIRECTOR: BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - TAMLYN SHAW: Tamlyn obtained her BSc in Human Life Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch in 2010 and thereafter moved to UCT for her Honours and Masters in Medical Biochemistry. After travelling around South East Asia teaching Science and English, she returned to join up with what she describes as "the most exciting startup in Cape Town". Tamlyn heads up our Science Department. Her team has the challenge of growing our pipeline of proteins. Tamlyn loves yoga, camping and playing tennis.
SENIOR SCIENTIST - BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT - FRANCISCO PÊRA: Francisco is a passionate and critical scientist who hails from Lisbon, Portugal - as his name suggests. After finishing high-school, he went to France to start university. There he did his first year of BSc (Biology) at the Universite du Havre (Northern France) and then moved to Toulouse where he completed his consecutive two years of BSc in bio-engineering applied to plants at the Universite Paul Sabatier. He then moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he obtained his BSc (Hons) at UCT in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology working on a new rotavirus vaccine made of virus-like particles (VLPs) under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki. After completing his MSc, he worked as a CGEX intern in the same lab before joining Cape Bio Pharms as a critical member of the science team. Francisco loves aquaponics, football, cooking and delving into cryptocurrencies.
SENIOR SCIENTIST - BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT -SCOTT DE BEER: Scott is a driven and enthusiastic practitioner of the scientific method. He studied at the University of Cape Town in the biotechnology division of The BioPharming Research Unit under the supervision of Dr Ann Meyers and Prof Ed Rybicki . He has a BSc in Molecular and Cell Biology and a BSc (Hons) in the production of diagnostic reagents to the foot and mouth disease virus in plants. He completed his MSc, which was a continuation of his honours project, to optimise expression of these diagnostic reagents for use in a competitive-enzyme linked immunoassay to differentiate infected from vaccinated livestock. Since his masters, he worked as a CGEX intern in the BRU lab before becoming a CBP team member. Scott loves to play soccer, golf, go rock climbing and toannihilate his friends on X-box.
SENIOR SCIENTIST - LABORATORY COMPLIANCE MANAGER - MAUREEN BALOYI. Without Maureen our Lab would be a shambles. She keeps us all on our toes, has a protocol for absolutely everything and keeps order and sanity in our world. Maureen has an MSc in Biochemistry and worked for three years at the Bio Pharming Research Unit at The University of Cape Town before we 'stole' her to join our growing team of super clever scientists. Maureen is also very involved in the downstream processes of protein purification and validation. She is an avid runner and participates mainly in 10km road races held in Cape Town.
OFFICE MANAGER - KRISTEN DEMBAREMBA . Kristen is our resourceful and charming office manager that keeps the wheels of our progress greased and turning. Kristen holds a BsocSci Degree in Public Policy & Administration (UCT) and an Associate in Business Management Dip (UCT, Graduate School of Business). Kristen also has more than a decade of experience in the University, NGO and Corporate environments in Research Grants, Core Admin Compliance and Fixed Asset Management.