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MERC Research Inc Leadership

Dr Mohammed Siddique Tayob


MD for MeDiNova Africa, Russia and Asia.
Co-founded Mzansi Ethical Research Centre (MERC), with Dr Ayesha Bassa in 2000. MERC-Middelburg twice awarded the SCRS “SPRIA” award, a global award in recognition of their TEAM’s achievements.
Established a capacity building course in conjunction with ACRO training public-sector healthcare professionals in clinical trials. Awarded the “Paul Harris Fellowship Award” for humanitarian work

Yvette Erasmus

Chief Executive Officer

Former COO for Medinova Africa, Asia and Russia. Qualified Registered Nurse, Phlebotomist and Occupational Nurse who has considerable experience in clinical research.  Yvette’s invaluable contribution and work to promote clinical research is widely recognised both in South Africa and the other countries for which she responsible. Part of the core Middelburg team that won two SPRIA awards.

Mohammed Peer 

Director: Business Strategy & Development

Masters in Commerce and Honours in Management and Marketing with strong entrepreneurial flair and 15 years successful business start up, management, marketing, and financial experience. Value Investing (Columbia university, NY). MComm  (Business Management) (Univ. Johannesburg)
BComm Hons (Business Management – specialising in Marketing) (UNISA)
BComm (Marketing) (RAU)

Gustav Venter

Chief Operating Officer

Experienced Program Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Electronic Data Capture (EDC) and other Clinical Research Applications, Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, HIV, TB, Vaccines, Oncology, Clinical Data Management, and Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Strong program and project management professional qualification as a Biomedical Technologist (Clinical) focused in Microbiology and Immunology, Hematology, Chemistry.

Nadia Van Den Heever

Quality and Training Manager

Qualified with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing Administration and Education with experience in Hospital management, Patient Safety and Critical Care. Diploma in Nursing Nephrology. Responsible for creating SOPs and maintaining in Clinical Trials.

Our Vision:

We are The Vital Connection in Global Clinical trials

Our Mission:

Through innovation and technology, we consistently deliver the highest number of participants in the shortest possible time with the best QUALITY

Our Value: