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Reinhard Hiller

Managing Director at CPGR, Artisan Biomed


Reinhard was born, raised and educated in Austria where he completed an MSc and PhD in Genetics at the University of Vienna (Austria). In 2000, he joined a team of entrepreneurs to build a biotech start-up, VBC-GENOMICS, to developing novel molecular diagnostic applications. In 2003, the company launched the first CE-marked biochip-based test for allergic diseases in Europe. In 2005, Reinhard moved to Cape Town to later create the Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR). Set up to drive ‘omics’ based innovation in South Africa, the CPGR today is a leading provider of Genomics and Proteomics services in Africa. In 2015, Reinhard launched Artisan Biomed, with an aim to introduce Precision Medicine solutions into the (South) African market. He also spearheaded the creation of an incubator program, leading to the launch of Tokeid Biotech, a Halal food diagnostic venture. In addition to his PhD, Reinhard has an Executive MBA from the GSB, UCT.

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