Daniel Ndima is a biotechnology entrepreneur and founder of CapeBio Technologies. His primary role is to build the structures and networks that support the development of locally developed bio-solutions by ensuring researchers, developers and manufacturers have access to the relevant reagents, enzymes and assays. By developing local value chains, Ndima hopes to help make South Africa, and the continent, better able to deal with global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Ndima points to global trade restrictions, and the limitations they placed on Africa’s ability to react appropriately to the pandemic, as indicative of the need to empower the local biochemical research, development and manufacturing industry. Beyond building Africa’s ability to handle crises like pandemics, Ndima wants to improve the overall quality of life for South Africans through scientific advances, as well as the creation of jobs for unemployed life science graduates.
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