Sorika van Niekerk, MSc, UP, SA
Senior Director/General Manager, Central Laboratories South Africa
Sorika van Niekerk is the Sr. Director and General Manager of the Q2 Solutions Laboratory in Pretoria, South Africa. Sorika joined the Clinical Research Industry > 15 years ago in 1999 and her expertise covers all therapeutic areas although there is a specific focus on anti-infective diseases. Whilst being Executive Director Clinical operations at Quintiles she was the main driver behind developing and implementing a strategy to expand Clinical Operations to the rest of Africa. The outcome of this strategy was the opening of office in both East and West Africa. Sorika has a passion for development of people and as such she took responsibility for development of an apprenticeship within the South African contexts. The aim was to increase the availability of well –trained individuals within the clinical trial industry in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sorika participates as a member on various Industry led initiatives / committees such as the South African Clinical Research Association, Industry Clinical Trial Focus Group comprising of CRO, Pharma and Site representatives, Department of Health Import /export permit committee etc. She also acts as a mentor and promoter of post graduate students specific to the field of research at various Academic institutions.

It was in 2012 that she moved over to the laboratory side of the business as Sr. Director Laboratory Operations, Q2 Solutions, for Sub-Saharan Africa with a special interest and focused strategy to increase the infectious disease footprint for the laboratory and establish the laboratory as a Center of Excellence for Infectious diseases within the global footprint.

Updated as of September 2018.