Team

Prof Simon Travers

Prof Simon Travers

Co-founder and CEO

BSc (Biotech)
PhD (Bioinformatics)

Simon is an expert in computational biology and bioinformatics, specialising in molecular evolution with a focus on HIV. He has an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology and received his PhD in Bioinformatics from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has worked in bioinformatics for over 15 years and is widely published. Over this time his research has focused on the development and application of highly sensitive bioinformatics approaches to study various aspects of HIV including drug resistance, molecular epidemiology and HIV vaccines.

Dr Imogen Wright

Dr Imogen Wright

Co-founder and CTO

BSc (Computer Science and Physics)
MSc (Theoretical Physics)
PhD (Bioinformatics)

Imogen is a software developer and bioinformatician. She has previously worked as a software development engineer in the Amazon EC2 compute team, and as a senior software developer and team lead for a successful London-based big data startup, Skimlinks. She subsequently completed a PhD in bioinformatics, during which she designed and implemented Hyrax Biosciences’ novel, highly accurate mutation-calling algorithm.

Dr Natasha Wood

Dr Natasha Wood

Co-founder and CSO

BSc (Human Life Sciences)
MSc (Bioinformatics)
PhD (Bioinformatics)

Natasha has a broad background in computational biology and completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2010. After graduating, Natasha worked within the intellectual property law and molecular diagnostics industries, gaining valuable experience on the important interplay between these fields. As a research scientist at Hyrax Biosciences, she is dedicated to understanding the intricacies of HIV drug resistance and virus-associated treatment failure. Natasha is also keenly involved in identifying potential future partnerships and growth opportunities within South African and international health care needs.

Baruch Lubinsky

Baruch Lubinsky

Co-founder and senior developer

BSc (Electrical and Information Engineering)
MSc (Electrical Engineering)

Baruch is Hyrax Biosciences’ lead software developer. Through his masters in computer vision, he gained experience in parallel computing and statistics. His primary responsibility is the ongoing development of the scalable web framework that powers Hyrax Biosciences. He is also lead developer of the Exatype drug resistance testing pipeline.

Dr Johann Eicher

Dr Johann Eicher

Scientific developer

BSc (Molecular Biology)
MSc (Structural Biology)
PhD (Biochemistry)

Johann is a research scientist and has a background in computational modelling of biological systems. He has a BSc. (Hons) in molecular biology and a MSc. in structural biology from the University of Cape Town. Johann also holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to joining the Hyrax team he held a position in the Molecular Systems Biology Laboratory at Stellenbosch University as a postdoctoral research fellow and as a developer for the JWS Online model simulation platform.

Dr Kirsten Miller-Duys

Dr Kirsten Miller-Duys

Business Development Lead

MBChB
MBA

Kirsten is a medical doctor with broad-based experience in healthcare management and innovation. She practised in various public sector hospitals in South Africa and the UK before working as a management consultant at Accenture and PA Consulting in London. She completed an MBA from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in 2011. Most recently, she was responsible for managing the mobile health portfolio at Vodacom South Africa.

Andrew Paterson

Andrew Paterson

Developer

BA (Philosophy, Legal Theory)
LLB

Andrew is responsible for the frontend interface that connects Hyrax’s clients to its online products. He spent three years running his own web development agency, and during that time gained invaluable experience in both the technical and creative aspects of website and user interface design.

Dr Douglas Sanyahumbi

Dr Douglas Sanyahumbi

Business Advisor

PhD (Biotech)
MBA

Doug has over 10 years of senior and executive-level innovation management experience focused on innovation investment, technology innovation, business incubation and technology transfer management. He holds a PhD (Biotech) from Rhodes University, SA and an MBA from the University of Leicester, UK. Doug is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation management for new product development and new venture creation and enjoys supporting and facilitating the technology innovation process.

Andre van der Merwe

Andre van der Merwe

Senior Developer

Dip (Datametrix)

Andre has more than 18 years experience in the field of software development, with most of those years spent as a team lead and architect. Prior to joining the Hyrax team he was involved as a team lead in the development of large-scale enterprise software solutions.