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Sunday, 26 September 2021
Drug Discovery Course: Data driven drug discovery based on machine learning and large-scale bioactivity experiments



H3D and Ersilia OSI are excited to co-present a Drug Discovery Course by Dr Miquel Duran-Frigola entitled "Data driven drug discovery based on machine learning and large-scale bioactivity experiments". The event is this Friday 3 September, 12:00 – 13:00 SAST. 

We will discuss, how machine learning techniques originally developed for text and image analysis, have the potential to revolutionize the drug discovery field.


Event details in attached flyer here.

Join the meeting here


Publication Date:
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 - 16:45
Women’s Month 2021 Feature: In conversation with Dr Lauren Arendse


This National Women’s Month, we sat down with Dr Lauren Arendse, one of H3D’s female trailblazers, to “Spill the T” on what it’s like to be a female leader in science.


“Being a small part of a bigger shared vision to train scientists and build drug discovery capabilities in Africa, and seeing the progress unfolding, is extremely rewarding and gives meaning to what I do.”
Publication Date:
Fri, 13 Aug 2021 - 17:00
H3D’s Prof Kelly Chibale Honoured as Leader in Biotech

H3D Founder and Director, Prof Kelly Chibale, was recently listed as one of the 22 Black leaders in Biotech in honour of Juneteenth. The list, published by the Timmerman Report, celebrates innovative black leaders who are change-makers in their respective fields. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 - 07:45

Professor Kelly Chibale has an easygoing manner and a big laugh that belies the fact that he’s one of Africa’s preeminent scientists, and among the world’s top Black leaders in biotech. Speaking over Zoom from Cape Town, South Africa, he’s quick to tease me that his home country, Zambia, is superior to mine, neighboring Zimbabwe. But Chibale’s start in life was anything but easy and is in fact perfectly captured by the name of the impoverished township he grew up in: Kabulanda, which literally translates as “sadness” in a local language.


Publication Date:
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 - 07:45