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Kelly Chibale

The Power List 2021 – Small Molecules


Neville Isdell Chair in African-Centric Drug Discovery & Development and South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery

Chibale is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is also a Full Member of the UCT Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine, a Tier 1 South Africa Research Chair in Drug Discovery, founding Director of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Drug Discovery & Development Research Unit at UCT, and the Founder and Director of the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D). In 2018, he was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and, in 2019, he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine.

“I hope to continue to develop preclinical tools that will facilitate prioritization of small molecules during their chemical (lead) optimization phase based on their predicted pharmacological profile in African patients.”


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