Biotechnology Experiences in Cape Town

Projects and Research possibilities for suitable Students in Cape Town

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The company was established with venture capital funding in July 2011 by spinning off all bioreactor and bioprocess related intellectual property from its parent company xyz (Pty) Ltd, with the express purpose of taking its proprietary bioreactor technology, the company Bioreactor to market. The company currently employs 10 people, including engineers and scientists. Synexa was established in 2003 to manufacture and commercialise natural products produced for the biopharma market using proprietary bioreactor technology and to provide related products and services. Since then, the company has grown into a diversified biotechnology and bioservices company, identifying and exploiting growth opportunities in areas related to its original mission. Today, the company employs over 40 people, mostly scientists focused on providing a wide range of bioanalytical services to the global
biopharma industry and specialist diagnostic tests to local clinicians. 

  • Support ongoing bioreactor and bioprocess research, development and validation. Reports to Senior Scientist, Technical R&D Unit.
  • Research and development of a novel mammalian cell culture bioreactor and bioprocess for the biopharma industry. Finalization of the company Microbial benchtop bioreactor system design and manufacture to a commercial, regulatory approved product for the biotech industry. Current objectives include extensive testing and validation of Quorus process control software. Data generated from company cultivations using different bacterial and fungal strains is used to create new application notes demonstrating company operation and productivity.
  • Mammalian cell culture growth, viability and toxicity studies for new bioreactor materials. Material stability testing, including chemical extractables / leachables / particulates resulting from manufacturing and sterilization.
  • Stress indicator studies: effect of growth conditions on cell morphology, viability and productivity. Benchmark studies: comparison of different flask/bioreactor cultivations
  • Biofilm growth and productivity studies demonstrating range of company cultivations
  • Support work overflow from microbial, cell culture or engineering projects as needed.
  • Learn to cultivate different bacterial, fungal and/or mammalian cell lines.
  • Execute growth & viability kinetic studies, enzyme and biochemical assays as required.
  • Prepare growth medium, buffers and reagents.
  • Evaluate and implement new company technical applications and procedures as needed.


The company was founded by a leading team of scientists and is backed by a solid team of business advisors. They are applying their proprietary technology to the discovery of novel pharmaceutical compounds from nature. Their process relies heavily on the diversity of microbes-fungi, bacteria, and algae-found in previously unexplored regions around the world. Synexa is also applying their expertise in microbial fermentation to produce known compounds from difficult-to-culture microbes. Their vision is to develop and employ innovative technologies that enable significant improvements in the process of bio-pharmaceutical discovery and development. 

Internship description
As an intern working in the company, you would be mostly involved in work and research on antibiotics aimed at fighting cancer. Moreover, you will also be exposed to all existing projects and work that the company is currently busy on, and will be expected to contribute to future orientated projects. An internship with the company will provide you with ample opportunity to use your existing skills as well as develop new foundations and gain new experiences. You will be accountable to the manager, which will involve reporting back regularly, completing tasks timeously, maintaining a positive company image and arriving at work and meetings punctually and well prepared. the company will do their best to ensure that an internship with them is a successful and enjoyable one where every effort is made to meet your needs and requirements.
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