In conversation with: Victor Rameetse

African Pharma Pharma talks to our featured Captain of Industry, Victor Rameetse, as he shares his story and how the idea of PiCT came about.

APR: Tell us a bit about yourself?

VR: I am a proud product of Limpopo. I was born and raised in Polokwane. I moved to Gauteng to pursue studies and career. In my free time, I enjoy watching soccer, being in the kitchen cooking or doing some gardening.

On the career front, I have been involved in clinical trials for the past five years now, my experience includes data management, QA/QC, regulatory and monitoring. I have been involved in entrepreneurship since my primary studies, and have run several small businesses. I regard myself as an entrepreneur at heart.

I am also an academic and I am currently conceptualizing a project to pursue PhD studies.

APR: How did the idea of People in Clinical Trials (PiCT) come about?

VR: Part of my postgraduate studies involved researching about knowledge of clinical trials, which was found to be limited in the studied population. I have always wanted to create a platform for knowledge sharing and raising awareness around clinical trials, and when the coronavirus pandemic hit, we were all in locked down, but we had to keep on moving as a human race.

And after dozens of Zoom meetings, and as people were getting used to remote forms of interactions, the idea of connecting people within the clinical trials space and facilitating information sharing between industry stakeholders as well as those individuals with an interest in the field started to grow on me. It was just about creating spaces for conversations, and to let unfold from there. The response has been overwhelming since we started.

APR: What sort of challenges have you encountered as you were building PiCT?

VR: With everyone transitioning to Zoom meetings, and so many Zoom events popping up everywhere, finding a niche to be relevant was becoming increasingly difficult as things got more and more crowded.

APR: What has been the most rewarding part about your journey so far?

VR: There are several individuals that never miss a webinar, and those are the ones that really encourage me to keep going. This means that they see value in attending the webinars.

APR: How would you like to see the industry look 10 years from now?

VR: I'd like to see a lot of clinical trials involving indigenous African medicines, on a global scale.

APR: What advice can you offer to those looking to establish careers in the industry?

VR: Familiarise yourself with minimum entry requirements, connect with people in the industry, be willing to start at the bottom and follow orginisations like PiCT and SACRA.

APR: Thanks for sharing Victor. No doubt our audience will find this insightful. We wish you well with what lies ahead! Let's move Africa forward!