Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Serial entrepreneur with 28 years of experience in technical products and venture development with disruptive innovations, globally. Biology degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pioneered digital media industries with the first international ringtone business that generated over $1.5 billion in sales. Has raised over $27 million in venture financing for cutting-edge technology ventures and has led innovation projects for three Fortune 500 companies. Committed to the advancement of "organic" biomedical and life-enhancing initiatives.
Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer
Seasoned executive in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries having led several businesses in the US, UK and South Africa, including regional divisions of Ciba-Geigy/Novartis and Rohm & Haas. Brought 17 pharmaceutical products to market. Successfully started up or turned around four companies. Degree in Chemical Engineering. Six years of local legal, commercial and regulatory review for international stem cell business projects. Leads the overall operations, production chain logistics, regulatory compliance and HR for the business.
Co-Founder / Strategic Advisor
James is the CEO of Sunflower Fund, the first, largest and most effective stem cell registry and donor center and patient support network for cancer victims in Africa. James has 18 years of experience in recruiting blood stem cell donors for patients diagnosed with various blood diseases and aims to recruit hundreds of thousands of donors of African ancestry to build an ethnically-diverse registry of DNA. Her visionary strategies coupled with passionate leadership is focused on ensuring quality of all services to bring hope of life to global patient communities.
Chief Financial Officer
"Big 4" trained Chartered Accountant with 20+ years of professional experience as a chief financial officer, director and Company Secretary executive with successes supporting management teams across start-up, fast-growth technology, listed, multinational, wholesale, and service and manufacturing organizations. Functional experience spans IPO, capital raising, international corporate structures, risk management, commercial modelling, budgets, financial analysis, cash flow forecasting, statutory reporting and corporate governance.
Ignatius Viljoen, IRCA, ICQ Consulting cGxP & Quality Specialist
A Chartered Quality Professional and Qualified Person in cGMP manufacturing environments, Ignatius is the founder of FutureHealth, a common Good <> Practice (cGxP) consultancy. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the international pharmaceutical industry. He had leadership roles in Ciba-Geigy, Novartis/Sandoz, Ranbaxy and Boehringer Ingelheim where he worked in Country and Regional Head roles. He has also worked on product and business development projects in multiple countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and Taiwan, Turkey and Russia.
Jonathan Lakey, PhD., MSM
Chairman, Science Advisory Board
Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and Director of Research and Clinical Islet Program at the University of California, Irvine’s prestigious Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center. Specialist in biological devices for the implantation of pancreatic islets, differentiated stem cells and developing technologies including exosomes. Author of over 375 academic papers and over 40 book chapters with adjunct professorships and biotech engagements with leading research universities and biotechnology companies in several countries, Lakey is poised to be one of the world’s leading applied researchers in the treatment of diabetes with stem cells.