Female agro-dealer wins FemBioBiz Country Competition in Malawi

Fannie Gondwe (Centre) posing for a photo with Marja-Reetta Paaso and Professor Emmanuel Kaunda

Lilongwe-based agro-dealer Fannie Gondwe won the 2017 Female Biosciences Business (FemBioBiz) Acceleration Programme’s local competition in Malawi.

Mrs Gondwe will join other top performers who will have the opportunity to meet investors, business experts and potential mentors, as well as visit Cape Town to participate in the Innovation Summit 2017. She will also be flown to South Africa in July 2017 to represent Malawi at the regional FemBioBiz bootcamp.

Plowing Forward Under Cover: Profiling Mrs Matiti Trish Kabi and Alosang Enterprise

Alosang Enterprises

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

Alosang Enterprise is a Basotho-owned farm that grows quality vegetables and is a main supplier to major supermarkets, hotels and restaurants in Lesotho. Registered in 1999, the farm is situated at Sekamaneng in the Berea district and has its fields used for crop cultivation in Sehlabeng and other holdings in the outskirts of Maseru.

From Waste to Feed: Profiling Mrs Memory Revesai and Partner Feeds Pvt Ltd

Mrs Memory Revesai

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

“I believe in trying out new things and confidently taking on calculated risks and challenges until a vision has turned into reality. As a result I have been able to make a giant step out of my comfort zone into bioscience-based business fields currently dominated by men.“ – Mrs Memory Revesai, Partner Feeds Pvt Ltd

Trailblazing in TB Diagnostics: Profiling Ms Khilona Radia

Khilona Radia

The SANBio–BioFISA II Programme is fortunate to have female project leaders supervising some of the grants in their funding portfolio. In this profile we focus on Khilona Radia, the co-founder of Antrum Biotech, a University of Cape Town spin-off specialising in Healthcare Innovation.

Innovative vaccines and entrepreneurial spirit: Profiling Dr. Sibongile Gumbi

Dr Sibongile Gumbi

Dr Sibongile Gumbi is the Founder and CEO of iVac Biotherapeutics, a vaccine manufacturing startup. She holds a PhD in Pharmacology (University of Cape Town), certificates in finance, intellectual property and technology management, as well as an EMBA from IMD in Switzerland.

Roots in Mozambique, experience from abroad, inspiration for the region – Profiling Dr Claudia Baule

Dr Claudia Baule

During our recent visit to Mozambique, we met with Dr Claudia Baule (DVM, PhD). Her enthusiasm towards biosciences presented an excellent chance to interview her more closely on her career as a scientist as well as her views on the role of biosciences not only in Mozambique but in the whole Southern Africa region. Due to the length of the interview, the below is a shortened version, and the full article can be found here.