The Team

Dr Richard Gordon
Executive Director, Grants Innovation and Product development

PhD (Chemistry)
Email: richard.gordon@mrc.ac.za

Richard joined the SAMRC in April 2013. Prior to the MRC, Richard worked for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as a Senior Investment Specialist covering a wide range of technologies and specialities related to Health. Prior to his time at TIA, Richard spent 10 years at BioFocus, a UK based pharmaceutical drug discovery Contract Research Organisation where he moved from the bench to business development. During this time held a number of international positions specialising in setting up research collaborations in target discovery, high throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, ADMET and pharmacology for a wide range of therapeutic areas. Several of these programs are in clinical development. At his time of departure, Richard was the global head of Business Development and Marketing overseeing teams in the US, EU and Asia Pacific. Richard also represents Medicines for Malaria Venture in Africa where he is overseeing the local development of Africa’s first ever clinical candidate - MMV390048. Richard completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town and his post doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He is also a chartered marketer.

Dr Richard Gordon

Dr Michelle Mulder
Head: SHARP & SAAVI Platforms

PhD (Medical Microbiology)
Email: michelle.mulder@mrc.ac.za

Shelley is a scientist and an entrepreneur with international experience in biotechnology. She brings 10 years experience in molecular biological research, as well as entrepreneurial experience in an international start-up biotechnology company and two of her own companies. Shelley was the first employee and Senior Scientist at Sense Proteomic Ltd (Cambridge, UK). This has provided her with hands-on experience in all aspects of the development of a biotechnology company from proof-of-concept to product. Shelley is a founder member of Idea to Industry (I2I), a consulting company, through which she has gained additional experience in market research, industry analyses, business plan development, due diligence, IP auditing, corporate governance for start-ups and pharmaceutical development. She has served on the boards of the Acorn Technologies Life Sciences Incubator (as Chair), the Licensing Executives Society of South Africa and Ferox Pharm (Pty) Ltd, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of SARIMA as President-Elect. Shelley has invaluable experience in driving research from bench to business and has committed 75% of her time to the MRC SHIP.

Dr Michelle Mulder

Dr Patrick Dheyongera
Programme Manager- Drug Development

PhD (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Email: Patrick.Dheyongera@mrc.ac.za

Patrick is a Pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He also has qualifications in: Advanced Project Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Hiring Practices and Business-to-Business Marketing. Patrick has served in various disciplines within the Pharmacy profession during the last 30 years. He has worked within the Pharmaceutical Industry for 15 years in capacities such as Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Project Management and Managing Director. Companies Patrick has worked for include: Sandoz - a Novartis Pharma Company, PharmaQ, Astra Zeneca, SA Scientific Pharmaceuticals (SciPharm), Wyeth and Pfizer. Patrick spent 13 years in Academia lecturing in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy at the University of the North now Limpopo Turf Loop Campus, 2 years of which he was the deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He currently serves as a member of the Pharmaceutical and Analytical Expert Committee of the South African Medicines Control Council (MCC), AD HOC Inspector of the South African Pharmacy Council, examiner for the pre-registration examinations of the Pharmacy Council and a peer reviewer for the South African Pharmaceutical Journal.

Dr Patrick Dheyongera

Ms Zoleka Ngcete
Project Manager

MSc (Biotechnology)
Email: zoleka.ngcete@mrc.ac.za

Zoleka joined MRC as a Project Manager within the SHIP team in March 2015. Prior to joining SHIP, Zoleka served as the Business Development Manager for the Eastern Cape regional office of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). Zoleka’s main functions included the development and implementation of regional annual plans for the TIA;  identifying and evaluating funding opportunities in various sectors; supporting management of the TIA portfolio in the province; as well as contributing to the promotion of technology innovation in general in the region. Prior to joining TIA Zoleka served as the Programme Manager for the South African Malaria Initiative (SAMI), one of the initiatives that currently form part of the SHIP portfolio. The initiative brought together a multi-disciplinary research consortium comprising a number of South African research institutions to collaborate on finding new solutions to combat malaria. The portfolio included drug discovery, diagnostics development and vector parasite biology. Zoleka’s role entailed coordinating the development of a sound governance structure; developing and managing the SAMI portfolio as well as building local and international partnerships to support SAMI objectives. Zoleka has a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology, an MSc in Biotechnology from Rhodes University as well as Diplomas in Project Management and Business Management.

Ms Zoleka Ngcete

Ms Nondwe Zama
Technology Transfer Officer

BSc Honours (Pharmacology)
Email: nondwe.zama@mrc.ac.za

Nondwe holds a BSc degree in Chemistry and Honours in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town (2005). She joined the CSIR as a Junior Chemist (intern) gaining practical experience in the field of medicinal chemistry research. However, Nondwe’s professional interests in business development and project management later took her to the Cape Biotech Trust (Cape Town) as a Projects Intern. There, she acquired skills and experience in the field of scientific project management, and attained certificates in Project Management (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and Entrepreneurship (Cape Venture Partners). Nondwe is now based at the MRC IC where she continues to further advance her proficiency in the fields of Intellectual Property, Project Management and Business Development.

Ms Nondwe Zama
Ms Rizwana Mia
Programme Manager
SAMRC-Newton Fund Programmes
Precision Medicine / NCD Programme
TB Vaccines Programme

Tel: +27 21 938 0984
E-mail: rizwana.mia@mrc.ac.za
Mr Karabo Kgomo
Junior Project Manager

Tel: +27 21 938 0229
E-mail: karabo.kgomo@mrc.ac.za
Mr Babalo Ntlebi
Junior Project Manager

Tel: +27 21 938 0231
Email: babalo.ntlebi@mrc.ac.za
Ms Anthea van Blerk
Administrative support and Project coordination

Email: Anthea.VanBlerk@mrc.ac.za

Ms Nereshnee Moodley
Administrative support and Project coordination

Email: nereshnee.moodley@mrc.ac.za

 

Ms Nereshnee Moodley

Contact Details
2nd Floor Building A, MRC Medicina Campus, Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley, Cape Town
Tel: 021 938 0351; Fax: 021 938 0385; Email: info.ship@mrc.ac.za


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