About DNAlysis Biotechnology

About DNAlysis Biotechnology

Healthcare and wellness uniquely tailored to the individual


As one of South Africa’s premier genetic testing laboratories, DNAlysis offers an innovative approach to genetic testing. These industry-leading methods provide medical practitioners and patients with uniquely personalised treatments.

The personalised medicine approach to healthcare will allow for more precise, predictable and preventive health care that is customized for the individual patient.

Highly trained medical practitioners use a range of DNA tests to gain a greater understanding of what patients need for optimal health and nutrition and which cover a spectrum of genetic qualities, including:

  • weight management,
  • chronic disease risk management,
  • athletic performance and recovery requirements from high intensity exercise
  • cognitive health and mood disorders

DNAlysis products and services are distributed worldwide by Nordic Laboratories and are available globally.

Advisory Board


To ensure that we at DNAlysis consistently deliver the best service that is always in the best interests of the patient, and to continually, innovatively push the possibilities of personalised gene-based medicine, we have an advisory board comprised of accomplished functional medicine, nutrition and nutrigenomics experts offering innovative advice and dynamic perspectives.

Our advisory board provides scientific input and continually assesses our products and service offering to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of developments in the field. Their roles and responsibilities include:

 

  • Monitoring the functional medicine and nutrigenomics market and industry trends
  • Provide research and development support to DNAlysis in the exploration of new products and services to enhance our offering to medical practitioners and patients
  • roviding unbiased insights and ideas and ensure that the company complies with the highest standards of scientific integrity
  • Drive and supporting our practitioner training and education programme
Ian Craig BSc MSc, DipCNE INLPTA

Ian Craig BSc MSc, DipCNE INLPTA

Consultant

Ian Craig is an exercise physiologist, nutritional therapist, NLP practitioner and an endurance coach. Ian specialises in Functional Sports Nutrition (FSN), a fast evolving discipline that considers both health and performance of an athlete from an integrative health perspective.  Ian is the editor of Functional Sports Nutrition magazine and also developed the Middlesex University ‘Personalised Sports Nutrition’ postgraduate course and FSN Academy. In South Africa, he is a consultant for genetics company DNAlysis Biotechnology and runs a private exercise & nutrition practice in Johannesburg.

Dr Grant Fourie

Dr Grant Fourie

Consultant

Dr Grant Fourie qualified as Medical doctor from the University of Pretoria, South Afica, in 1995. He spent 2 years spent in the UK in the specialities of Trauma Medicine, Orthopaedic surgery and ENT, after which he returned to South Africa.

Whilst becoming disillusioned with the disease focussed model of practising medicine, Dr Fourie was first introduced to Functional Medicine, which forever changed his way of thinking and practicing medicine. In a world that has become so focussed on specialist medicine, and in which the GP is seen as some sort of a “minor illness” or referral doctor, he realised that the general family practitioner was perfectly suited to practice functional and intergrative health and could have the greatest impact of his patients quality and quantity of life of any doctor.

Dr Fourie now runs a Functional Medicine practise in Cape Town.

Claire Julsing Strydom

Claire Julsing Strydom

Claire Julsing Strydom is a registered dietitian and co-founder of Nutrition Solutions, one of the largest dietetics practices in South Africa. She is the past president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa She completed her Master of Science Degree in Dietetics through the University of the Free State. She has presented nutrition educational content to health professionals both locally and internationally and has developed and implemented interactive nutrition education initiatives for various schools including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.  She consults to the food and pharmaceutical industries and regularly contributes to magazine publications and has been hosted on a number of health-related television and radio shows. She is registered with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is a member of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the USA.

Our Team


Dr Danny Meyersfeld

Dr Danny Meyersfeld

PhD

Dr. Daniel Meyersfeld completed his PhD in molecular biology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 2005. During his studies, he saw an opportunity to use recent advances in the field of human genetics to improve people’s health, and established DNAlysis Biotechnology in 2007 to bring the benefits of these advances to the South African health and wellness markets. The company is now recognized as a global leader in the field of biotechnology, with an established practitioner following in South Africa, Scandinavia, Europe, Far East, Middle East and the USA

Helen Gautschi

Helen Gautschi

RD SA

Helen de Beer graduated from Stellenbosch University with a BSc in dietetics in 2007. After working in private practice for a few years, she went on to complete a marketing management diploma through the University of Cape Town. Helen has a special interest in functional nutrition and nutrigenomics and has keenly been growing her knowledge in these fields.
As the client relationship manager at DNAlysis, Helen is passionate about passing her nutrigenomics knowledge onto like-minded healthcare practitioners.

Sasha Mannion

Sasha Mannion

MSc (Med) Human Genetics

Sasha Mannion graduated from the University of Cape Town with an MSc Med in Human Genetics. She joined the DNAlysis Biotechnology team in 2014 focusing on practitioner education and the DNA Sport test. This remains a key area of interest for her along with concentrating on pharmacogenomic testing with the more recent addition of the Medcheck test. In her role as client relationship manager at DNAlysis, Sasha is focused on supporting medical practitioners with the integration of genetic testing into practice to improve patient healthcare.

Thenusha Naidoo

Thenusha Naidoo

MSc (Med) Molecular Medicine and Hematology

Theunusha graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 2010 with an MSc Med in Molecular Medicine and Hematology.  Her dissertation focused on the Identification and characterization of HIV-1 specific neutralizing antibodies from HIV-1 seropositive patients and autoimmune participants.   Theunusha held a Polio Myelitis Research Foundation (PFR) and DAAD bursary for two years of Masters in Science (Molecular Medicine) and received the Golden Key Award for Masters of Science in Medicine in 2011. 

Thenusha is the Laboratory Manager at DNAlysis Biotechnology.

Ginah Matsi

Ginah Matsi

Diploma in Frontline Business Skills

Ginah Matsi completed her Diploma in Frontline Business Skills from Damelin School of Banking and joined DNAlysis in 2013.  As the DNAlysis Office Manager, Ginah is responsible for client services and takes care of office administration.

Larisa Naguriah

Larisa Naguriah

Lab Technologist at DNAlysis responsible for processing of samples, analysis and reporting of results to meet the requirements of ISO15189:2012, and the Health and Safety Officer, ensuring that GLP is maintained and undertaking of risk assessments.
Graduated from the University Of Johannesburg with a BSc in Human Physiology and Psychology(2012) and a Diploma in Biomedical Technology(2015), Board Certified In Cytogenetics.

Jana Naude

Jana Naude

Medical Technologist at DNAlysis responsible for stock control, processing of samples, analysis and reporting of results to meet the requirements of ISO15189:2012.
Graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a Diploma in Biomedical Technology(2013), HPCSA registered in Cytogenetics.

Francis Tlomatsana

Francis Tlomatsana

Product Manager for Medcheck, responsible for the Sales and Marketing of this test.
Over 8 years of experience across pharmaceutical Sales, Product Management and Business Development. Graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015 with an MSc Med in Chemical Pathology. The dissertation focused on the genetic basis of Lipodystrophy in HIV positive patients receiving anti-retroviral therapy.

BavaniLingum-Rajoo

BavaniLingum-Rajoo

Currently a Medical Laboratory Technologist at DNAlysis responsible for processing of samples, analysis and reporting of results to meet the requirements of the ISO15189:2012 standards.
Graduated from Tshwane University of Technology Cum Laude in National Diploma Biomedical Technology. Also hold a Baccalaureus Technologiae (BTech) in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a BTech in Biomedical Technology. Registered with HPCSA and SMLTSA. Experience includes Microbiology, TB, Molecular Biology, Cytology, Flow Cytometry, Chemistry, Haematology, Allergies and Clinical Research Monitoring. Actively participated in Antibiotic Stewardship Programmes. Joined DNAlysis in June 2018.

Lesley Rahman

Lesley Rahman

Quality Manager at DNAlysis responsible for maintaining Quality Management System to meet requirements of ISO 15189:2012 to ensure continued customer satisfaction. Over 10 years’ experience as Quality Manager and mentoring of Medical Laboratories in implementing Quality Management Systems. Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology and Laboratory Systems and Internal Auditing courses from SANAS/SADCAS for ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 15189:2012 standards.

Partners & Associations


DNAlysis has partnered with global nutrigenomics authority Nordic Laboratories to support and promote individualised healthcare through nutrigenomics.By analysing how an individuals’ genes interact with nutrition, using the latest and most powerful genetic and functional laboratory assessments, Nordic Laboratories provide healthcare practitioners with incredibly personalised patient information.

These tests provide healthcare practitioners with the ability to design healthy eating plans based on individual genetic differences.

Nordic Laboratories has selected DNAlysis as its preferred supplier of Nutrigenomics services and distributes these tests across the globe. The tests are currently available in Scandinavia, USA, UK, Middle East, Hong Kong and Australia.

new dnalife logo final Nordic Laboratories and DNAlysis Biotechnology have combined their efforts to become world leaders in the revolutionization of healthcare through genetic testing.Collaborating with a shared vision for the future, Nordic Laboratories and DNAlysis Biotechnology created DNALife, a global provider of genetic testing, innovation and education.

With these tests and their proven professional experience, practitioners can personalise treatment, dietary interventions, and training regimes.

The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) pioneered and has been recognized as the world leader in the systems approach to studying biology for the past 15 years. Guided by the vision of Dr. Lee Hood, ISB’s president and co-founder, ISB has also pioneered the concept of P4 Medicine (personalized, predictive, preventive, and participatory). This combination of a systems biology approach with P4 Medicine led to ISB launching in 2014, and completing in 2015, a pilot study called the Hundred Person Wellness Project (HPWP).During the course of the recently-completed HPWP, the team at ISB conducting the study realized that to more efficiently and cost effectively provide wellness metrics to a broad cross section of the population ISB would spin out a scientific wellness company.  The result is Arivale, which launched on June 22, 2015. For more information about Arivale, please visit www.Arivale.com

As part of their wellness initiative members of the HPWP were coached on the DNA Diet, DNA Health and DNA Sport genetic tests.  DNAlysis will continue to provide nutrigenomics services as Arivale now look to scale this exciting initiative to 10 000 individuals.

DNAlysis has partnered with Translational Software (TSI) to bring cloud-based nutrigenomics reports to laboratories all around the USA. Combining the nutrigenomics expertise of DNALIFE with the IT and decision support systems of TSI enables laboratories to supplement their current offerings with a Nutrigenomics offering and gain a foothold in the rapidly growing market of personalized medicine.
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