About Us

Learn more about who we are, what we stand for and our exceptional team.

African Clinical Research Organisation

ACRO (African Clinical Research Organisation) is the first South African, full-service, black economic empowerment, contract research organisation. We offer services both in Southern Africa and in other African regions.

The company was set up through collaboration between LIFElab, the commercial arm of the East Coast Biotechnology Innovation Centre, now incorporated into the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) (a 3a Public Entity of the South African Government’s Department of Science and Technology), and Batswadi Pharmaceuticals, a black-empowered company with a focus on biotechnology.

ACRO offers services to donor-funded organisations, non-governmental organisations, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and government institutions, and work both within and outside the biotechnology sector. We are active across a broad range of clinical areas; an important aim of our organisation is to help improve the care of those affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases prevalent in African populations.

Vision & Mission Statement

To be the Contract Research Organisation of choice in Africa.

To promote access to innovative medical products, services and technologies throughout Africa by:

  • Combining our experience in the multinational environment with our in-depth knowledge of local languages, peoples, and country infrastructures.
  • Employing performance-driven staff
  • Customising programmes to provide quality solutions
  • Building sustainable partnerships
  • Developing local research capacity

Our Values


We celebrate our diversity, and emphasise mutual respect in our interactions with those both inside and outside our organisation. We are committed to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all who participate in the research we conduct.


Our passion and enthusiasm set us apart; we look beyond the contract to building lasting partnerships with our clients.


We deliver work of the highest quality, and employ creativity, innovation, and constructive review to ensure that our clients receive flexible and effective solutions. Our employees have up-to-the-minute knowledge of industry trends and of the latest developments in their fields of expertise.


We emphasise accountability and hold ourselves to the highest standards of behaviour, each pursuing honesty, fairness, and ethical conduct in all aspects of our work. We comply with all regulatory requirements and the precepts of good business practice.

Our Principles

Client Focus

All projects are equally important to us and we pride ourselves on satisfying each client’s particular needs and expectations

Community Awareness

We strive to be worthy of the trust placed in us by members of the community, and we recognise the central role of volunteers in the research we conduct


We are committed to living BEE principles, advancing our employees and the greater society.

Workplace Harmony

We lead by example, decision making is an inclusive process, and we work together as a supportive team

Our Team

Prof. Daniel Du Toit


Dr. Abdusamad Sidar


Mr. Arthur W. Johnson


Ms. Angela Conway

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Lize Schütte

Clinical Research Manager

Who We Work With

By cultivating deep and long-standing relationships with our trusted partners we have achieved a new level of success.


Included in our full service offering is Pharmacovigilance services for registered products. We have a dedicated team working across the African continent. Activities and country specific requirements can be structured according to client needs.

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