15 minutes: KRISP Work at a Glance

In this new section of the krisp.org.za website, the idea is that anyone with 15 minutes to spare can learn about our work and its application in everyday life.

CERI: Why genomic sequencing is crucial in COVID-19 response

WHO - 2021-10-04

Cape Town - In December 2020, South Africa detected the Beta variant and in May 2021 the Delta variant, thanks to robust genomic surveillance. Professor Tulio De Oliveira, a renowned bioinformatician who identified the Beta variant, explains the criticality of genomic sequencing. Professor De Oliveira is the Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) based in South Africa.


CERI: Realizing the Potential of Pathogen Genomics in Africa

Illumina - 2021-09-30

The launch of a new genomics facility, CERI, in South Africa bolsters the continent’s epidemic and pandemic public health response


Vaccine: SA expat Dr Soon-Shiong launches R3 billion initiative

The South African - 2021-09-27

SA born billionaire and former local physician Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has announced an investment of R3 billion to advance vaccine research.


SA to expedite Covid-19, cancer vaccine development at largest genomics facility on continent

News24 - 2021-09-27

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has partnered with local universities. He has set up the biggest genomics facility in Africa at Stellenbosch University. He also set up centres of excellence at the universities to research cancer, Covid-19, HIV/AIDS and TB.


L.A. Times owner plans South Africa vaccine plant

LA Times - 2021-09-24

South African-born biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks has agreed to invest in a manufacturing plant and complex in the country’s Western Cape and aims to produce COVID-19 and cancer vaccines.


Ramaphosa to attend announcement by Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong of launch of NantAfrica Covid-19 and cancer vaccine

Presidency South Africa - 2021-09-23

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the guest of honour today, Thursday, 23 September 2021, at an announcement by Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of the multinational conglomerate, NantWorks LLC, of an initiative ambitious initiative to build capacity for advanced health care in Africa.



YouTube Videos

Genomics in Africa: KRISP, Africa CDC & Illumina support INS Mozambique with hands-on lab training

From Nalia Ismael, Tulio de Oliveira and Jennifer Giandhari, date: 2021-06-19, duration: 00:02:14

Jiving with Science: Vaccination and the return to normality with Neil Gonsalves - Episode 3

From Neil Gonsalves, Mandla Matcha and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2021-05-24, duration: 00:08:56

Jiving with Science: Vaccination & the 3rd wave with Nibs van der Spuy - Episode 2

From Nibs van der Spuy and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2021-05-11, duration: 00:09:07

Jiving with Science: Variants & Vaccines with Guy Buttery and Tulio de Oliveira - Episode 1

From Guy Buttery and Tulio de Oliveira, date: 2021-05-05, duration: 00:08:16

New concerns raised over South African variant of COVID-19

From CBS News, date: 2021-01-23, duration: 00:04:30


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).


Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira