THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Dr. Mark Fyvie (PhD, Cantab)
Co-founder and CEOMark is an entrepreneur focusing on South African technology ventures based on innovative business models. Prior to his appointment at VX Pharma, he served as CEO of the Cape Biotech Trust, incubating investments in excess of $40m in new life-science ventures. As an internationally credentialed business strategy consultant, Mark has deployed in-depth understanding of novel innovation value with deep commercialisation expertise for pharmaceutical, biotech, clinical research, and e-finance organisations including FirstRand, Accenture, and Tartan Technology Limited. Mark has significant management experience at executive and board level. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Paul Abrahams (MD, Wits) (MBA, Oxon)
Co-founder, International Business DevelopmentPaul practiced as an ER physician for several years and was appointed as a research physician at a leading in-patient clinical trials unit based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, in 1997. He subsequently read for an MBA at the University of Oxford and completed his thesis with an LSE listed biotech company. Paul returned to South Africa to co-found an integrated healthcare company (later sold) and subsequently joined Investec Bank. In 2003 Paul left the banking world to focus on an entrepreneurial career where he has been involved in founding various healthcare start-up businesses as well as consulting to numerous established corporates in the sector. Paul continues to serve as a non-executive director & advisor to a number of businesses in the life sciences and healthcare technology sectors both in South Africa and the UK.
VX Pharma houses a fully registered pharmacy on site which is currently undergoing GMP accreditation. Our full-time Responsible Pharmacist is on site for the management, preparation and dispensing of IP during working hours as well as after hours where required. A qualified and clinical trial trained back up pharmacist is also in place for emergencies.
Liezl Nel (B.Pharm)
Responsible PharmacistLiezl obtained her Pharmacy Degree in 2001, Cum Laude, at the University of Potchefstroom.
She has vast experience as a Pharmacist in Retail, Hospital, Courier, Manufacturing and the Medical aid industry. In 2017 Liezl was looking for a new challenge and joined VX Pharma to expand her career into Clinical Research and Management.
STUDY COORDINATORS & RECRUITERS
VX Pharma’s study coordinators are clinically trained nurses registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC). They are committed to high professional standards and keep abreast of Good Clinical Practice (GCP). In caring for their clinical trial patients, they take pleasure in harmonising their insight into the complexity of diseases with compassion for the task at hand. Currently, VX Pharma employs 2 full-time study coordinators:
Study CoordinatorQueen is a qualified and enrolled nurse who gained extensive ICU experience during her employment at Life Wilgers Hospital. Thereafter, she joined Vermaak & Partners, an independent clinical pathology service, where she worked as a phlebotomy expert. Over the past 5 years, Queen has concentrated on a career in clinical research.
RecruiterDinah has been working in a support role for 13 years in clinical trials. The past 4 years have been spent building relationships within Mamelodi and Atteridgeville clinics respectively. Moreover, Dinah coordinates door-to-door campaigns and out-reached programmes that have ingratiated VX Pharma in local communities.