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Viness Pillay

Viness Pillay

Viness Pillay, PhD
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

 

Biography

Professor Viness Pillay obtained his Master of Pharmacy (cum laude) from the University of Durban-Westville (South Africa) in 1996. Professor Viness Pillay attained his PhD from Temple University, School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia (USA) as a Fulbright Scholar Awardee. He is currently a Personal Professor of Pharmaceutics in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology as well as a South African National Research Foundation Chair in ‘Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies’. He is the Executive Director of the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) (http://www.wits.ac.za/waddp). Prof. Pillay is a pioneer of drug delivery research on the African continent and has been awarded a Center of Excellence from the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation in ‘Advanced Drug Delivery Technology’. He is a member of several prestigious academies that include the Academy of Science of South Africa, American Chemical Society, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, New York Academy of Sciences, Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of South Africa and The Biomaterials Network. Previously he served as an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (USA). His research in the USA led to a granted US patent for the development of a monolithic controlled release tablet that was licensed to a US pharmaceutical company and currently provides benefit to patients globally. Prof. Pillay is an author of more than 100 publications, over 10 book chapters and an inventor of more than 25 filed PCT patents. He is the brainchild behind the RapiDiss Wafer technology for treating infectious diseases in pediatrics.

Research Interest

Dr. Viness Pillay’s research interests include:

  • Polymer and Materials Science
  • Rate-Modulated Delivery of Bioactive Molecules using Smart Polymers
  • Nanotechnology for the Design of Targeted Drug Delivery Carriers
  • Mathematical and Statistical Theories in Drug Delivery
  • Neurocomputing


 

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