Annual Event Speaker profile: Dr Siya Ntutela

Dr Siya Ntutela

Dr Siyabulela (Siya) Ntutela graduated with a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town, focussing on drug discovery and medicinal chemistry.

Siya is currently the CEO of AfricaBio. He also founded and manages the following companies: Zanalytix Laboratories, a contract analytical services company offering post-importation testing in pharmaceutical industry and Intini Research & Consulting, a biotech consulting firm. Prior to establishing Zanalytix, Siya served in a number of high profile positions, such as CEO of iThemba Pharmaceuticals, Senior GM – Operations at the Technology Innovation Agency, COO of PlantBio Innovation Centre and Deputy Director at the National Department of Science & Technology.

Siya has an extensive experience in innovation management, agricultural, pharmaceutical industry and biotechnology sector in South Africa. Dr Ntutela worked with a number of start-up companies, assisting them to develop and commercialise their innovations. He also provides strategy consulting to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

Siya serves in expert advisory roles to a number of institutions such as the Department of Science & Technology, National Research Foundation and the Gauteng Provincial Department of Economic Development and Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) through his consulting entity, Intini Research & Consulting (Pty) Ltd.

He has served in a number of Boards of start-up companies in South Africa.