Richard is the Executive Director of the Grants, Innovation and Product Development groups at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) which includes the revolutionary Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) unit focusing on product development. The unit manages more than 200 grants ranging from small independent research awards to major international programs seeking to develop new drugs vaccines and medical devices. The majority of the SAMRC programs focus on HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria – including drug resistance.
Richard has held a number of international positions and specializes in establishing international research partnerships. These range from drug discovery (target discovery, high throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, ADMET and pharmacology for a wide range of therapeutic areas), medical devices and vaccines. Richard completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town and his post doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Prior to his time at the MRC, Richard spend two years at the Technology Innovation Agency as a Senior Investment Case Specialist and 10 years at BioFocus, a UK based pharmaceutical drug discovery Contract Research Organisation where he moved from the bench to the Global Head of Business Development and marketing. He is also a chartered marketer.