About Us

Working Towards a Disease-free World via Early and Innovative Diagnostics

BioSmart, a division of Biotech Africa, is a registered pathology laboratory in Cape Town offering an extensive range of pathology tests. Our vision is for you to take control of your healthcare by removing as many barriers as possible associated with accessing cutting-edge technologies. The promotion of self-sampling for pathology tests is key.

Our company was founded by Dr Jenny Leslie. She holds a PhD in Virology from the University of Glasgow and has many years of experience in the development and commercialisation of recombinant proteins used for antibody detection and the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

Our Performance History


We have performed over 100,000 COVID tests. At the beginning of the pandemic we were approved by the DOH as a COVID-19 testing laboratory. We set up drive-through test sites and also performed tests for other companies. We implemented advanced laboratory management system (LIMS) software to be able to process thousands of requests daily, supported by a customer support team.


Identification of COVID-19 variants of concern. We performed validation studies for a number of international manufacturers of COVID-19 antigen tests to confirm they detected variants of concern. Our genetic analysis platform has many other applications including paternity tests & pharmacogenomic analysis.

Diagnostic Trends that are Shaping the Future

  • Emerging at-home diagnostic solutions
  • Predictive & personal genetics
  • Wearable diagnostics
  • Computer-driven modelling to assist with diagnosis
  • Telemedicine & virtual consultations

Approvals & Registrations

  • SAHPRA Approved Tests
  • ISO 13485:2016 Certified
  • Operating Under ISO 15189
  • PCNS Registered Practice Number: 0935379
  • HPCSA-registered Medical Technologists
  • HPCSA-registered Clinical Pathologist (Virology)
  • Registered Covid-19 Testing Facility with the Department of Health & National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)