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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 21 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Plant Molecular Farming: Advances in Biopharmaceutical Biomanufacturing (211502)

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Plant molecular farming has emerged as an alternative biomanufacturing process for the production of biopharmaceuticals especially in developing countries. This platform for biopharmaceutical production has been validated by products manufactured and supplied by many companies in the industry viz. Plantform, Leaf expression systems and Cape Bio Pharms. This track record demonstrates its potential for socioeconomic change, commercial viability and feasibility as well as prospects for the introduction of circularity into the production process. Adoption of the plant platform technology has occurred at a steady pace with some molecules for Covid-19 recently being licensed, and others advancing towards phase 1 clinical trials. With more than 30 years of intensive research and development activities now having been invested in the field, great strides within the technical and regulatory landscape have now been made. It appears the field has reached a major tipping point towards wider acceptance and greater adoption. This session brings together leaders and experts within the field of plant-made pharmaceuticals to share advances within the field, their key insights and enlighten us on the future prospects of Plant Molecular Farming.


avatar for Sandiswa Mbewana

Sandiswa Mbewana

Lecturer, University of Cape Town
My BSc Biotechnology degree was obtained at the University of the Western Cape in 2005. My postgraduate studies (BSc Hons and MSc in Wine Biotechnology) were completed at Stellenbosch University. My MSc was on the analysis of possible fungal resistance phenotype in transgenic tobacco... Read More →
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Tsepo Tsekoa

Chief Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa

Maretha O’Kennedy

Senior Scientist, CSIR

Simon Saxby

CEO, Leaf Expression Systems Ltd

Belinda Shaw

Cape Bio Pharms

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Co-convenors: Maabo Moralo

Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRI
I am a researcher involved in plant-based biomanufacturing of therapeutic cancer monoclonal antibodies and bacterial-based biomanufacturing of reagent proteins essential for diagnostics. I am passionate about equitable access to healthcare and diagnostic technologies for all and bridging... Read More →
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Priyen Pillay

Senior Researcher, CSIR
I am a Senior Researcher within the Technology Demonstration Group led by Dr Tsepo Tsekoa. I have interests in bioprocess development, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, biochemistry, metagenomics and metaviromics. Let's collaborate.

Thursday September 21, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT