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Dr Bathabile Ramalapa is a healthcare innovation specialist whose work focuses on developing effective and affordable drug treatments for the management and treatment of diseases, targeted to the specific needs of Africans. She holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences from the University of Liege Belgium and another in Pharmaceutical Sciences, obtained from the University of Angers in France. She is a biotechnologist by training with over 10 years international experience working with biopharmaceuticals. Her current role as a senior researcher at the CSIR involves management of research projects and facilitating collaborations with stakeholders from government, academia, and private industry. She hosts a track record of publications in high impact factor journals and has presented her work globally. She has worked with the South African Medical Research Council as an expert reviewer and is also involved in programmes with the Department of Science and Innovation that foster EU-SA collaborative networks in healthcare innovation and research. The essence of her work is using science and innovation to drive the goal of the World Health Organisation towards global health access.