Dr Hayley Ipp studied to be a medical doctor at the University of Cape Town where she achieved the highest Honours in the pre-clinical and clinical years; and was awarded the medal for Pathology and prize for the best student in Medicine. She continued her studies at Groote Schuur Hospital to become a Haemato-Pathologist (blood disease specialist).
She then worked for more than 10 years in the National Health Laboratory Service, where she diagnosed blood cancers and other diseases; trained doctors and science students; and was also involved in research.
She has published 20 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and was an invited guest speaker at both local and international conferences.
Dr Ipp has always had a keen interest in the immune system which is important in understanding many inflammatory diseases, this ultimately led to her development of Avatide.