Viness Pillay

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Viness Pillay is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and serves as a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in pharmaceutical biomaterials and polymer-engineered drug delivery technologies hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa. He is also a Personal Professor of pharmaceutics, Head of pharmaceutics, and Director of pharmaceutics and contract research at Wits. He is the Executive Director of the Wits Advanced Drug-Delivery Platform (WADDP). His academic qualifications include the Ph.D. degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, PA, USA and the M.Pharm degree in pharmacy (cum laude) from the University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa, where he was also awarded Chancellor’s Research Award for his work. He also served as an Associate Professor of pharmaceutics at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, USA. His research findings have been extensively published with over 120 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and he has made over 315 scientific presentations at local and international conferences. He is a member of several prestigious academic associations, both internationally and nationally. He currently supervises a team of over 50 honors, M.S. and Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers and has over 36 local and international patent applications currently granted or under prosecution in US, Europe, and Japan. Recently, he was designated as the Institutional Director of the Wits Hub of the Medical Devices Innovation Platform (MDIP), an initiative of the Medical Research Council. He is currently recognized as a B2-Rated Scientist with the NRF for his work in drug delivery.

Biography Updated on 1 July 2013

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