Scientist: Petro Terblanche

Petro Terblanche profilePetro Terblanche is Managing Director at Afrigen Biologics and Professor at North-West University in South Africa. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of Pretoria and a MSc. and D.Sc. in Medical Oncology from the same institution. She has post-doctoral training in environmental health management from Harvard University. Prof. Terblanche has authored more than 200 publications and conference papers. She was recently acknowledged as one of the legends of science by the Academy of Sciences South Africa.

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Low cost and open source: vaccines in developing countries

In South Africa, a scientific knowledge transfer hub is working to create a Covid-19 vaccine based on the publicly available sequence of Moderna's mRNA vaccine, without Moderna's involvement but with its approval. In India, scientists are also testing a vaccine to fight SARS-CoV-2. These seem to be big steps for developing countries in order to ...

Petro Terblanche interview: Doc holding vaccine vial close up

A scientist’s opinion: interview with Petro Terblanche on the first African vaccine hub

Petro Terblanche is Health Science Professor at North-West University and is Managing Director at Afrigen Biologics in South Africa. Next to developing an open source vaccine, Afrigen hosts a global vaccine hub to build capacity and capabilities in low- and middle-income countries to design, develop and produce messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. Professor Terblanche, as managing ...