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Certara, University of Cape Town and Pharmacometrics Africa Partner on Fellowship Program in Africa for Applied Pharmacometrics Training

PRINCETON, N.J.— March 29, 2022 — Certara, Inc, a global leader in biosimulation, and Pharmacometrics Africa NPC, today announced a partnership with the University of Cape Town (UCT) to support its fellowship program for doctoral-level scientists from Africa.  The Fellowship program builds scientific and leadership capability in the region by enhancing the skills of scientists and facilitating knowledge transfer to wider scientific communities. 

“We are thrilled to be working together with the University of Cape Town to apply quantitative approaches to accelerate drug development programs that address unmet needs in Africa and globally,” said Rik de Greef, senior vice president of global quantitative science services at Certara.  “This partnership elevates the impact that we can achieve in job creation and nurturing future, leading pharmaceutical scientists in Africa.”

The Applied Pharmacometrics Training Fellowship in Africa was launched in November of 2021 by Certara, Pharmacometrics Africa and CP+ Associates. Its first cohort of sixteen students began their fellowship in January.  In this new partnership, University of Cape Town will provide Fellowship graduates with academic certification at UCT that can be applied toward their careers.  The partners will also collaborate to recruit scientists and sustain the Fellowship program.  Furthermore, Certara is providing subsidized biosimulation software training to scientists based in Africa at the World Conference on Pharmacometrics (WCoP) this week.

“This partnership paves the path for our scientists to push the boundaries of their expertise through a rigorous academic programme. The Fellowship offers practical, hands-on learning which will facilitate the acquiring of skills and knowledge for application to real world situations,” said Prof Lionel Green-Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town.  “We are excited to collaborate with Certara and Pharmacometrics Africa to prepare scientists to advance drug development through up-to-date technologies. The programme has the potential to improve lives regionally and globally.”

“With this timely added recognition of the world-class clinical pharmacology scientists in Africa, I am expecting that the international research community will see this as further evidence that clinical trial data produced locally can also be analyzed locally using state-of-the-art methodologies,” concluded Colin Pillai, Ph.D., CEO of Pharmacometrics Africa and co-chair of WCoP.

To learn more about the Fellowship program or pharmacometrics training resources for scientists based in Africa, please contact info@pmxafrica.org.

About Certara

Certara accelerates medicines using proprietary biosimulation software, technology and services to transform traditional drug discovery and development. Its clients include more than 2,000 biopharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and regulatory agencies across 62 countries.

About Pharmacometrics Africa

Pharmacometrics Africa is a not-for-profit company registered in South Africa as a platform for interested groups to establish and run open access quantitative clinical pharmacology educational programs in partnership with local research organizations and academic groups.

About the University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa

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