The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.

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At the CSIR Biosciences, a convergence of skills and facilities in biotechnology, chemistry, agroprocessing, food science and engineering coupled with industrial and commercial experience combine to provide competitive and cutting-edge bioscience knowledge. This is translated into innovations and solutions towards the improvement of health, food security and energy provision for a competitive bio-economy for South Africa and Africa.

A core focus of the unit is on innovation to bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercial exploitation. Research activities focus on creating novel and highly-competitive technologies and products that can be developed in South Africa through new start-up ventures or in partnership with existing enterprises.

Research is currently structured into several competency areas, each with a number of smaller research groups spanning the drug and therapeutic discovery value chain as well as the bioprocessing and product development arena, to allow focused and effective research leadership of key focal areas that embrace national priorities. The unit's focus is on strengthening these platforms and building the value chain to optimise impact in the external environment.

Our focus areas:

  • Natural and traditional products
  • Protein technologies
  • Emerging health technologies
  • Commercialisation
We also have a separate area covering Molecular and biomedical technologies. This is a service offering-based area that will allow us to provide non-routine, innovative, validated bio-molecular, analytical and pharmacological services. This platform is unique to the South African research and development (R&D) landscape.

Our vision

To be the leading South African organisation that supports the National System of Innovation (NSI) to translate biosciences discoveries into tangible market-ready products and technologies.

Our mission

To develop product development and post-scale production capabilities, infrastructure and analytical support which will allow us to support and facilitate interaction between NSI players; assist and create techno-preneurs to develop sustainable technology based start-ups; and to improve the product portfolio of existing companies.

Our value proposition

An accessible and affordable top-class integrated multi-disciplinary skills and quality infrastructure base with supporting technology platforms that facilitate the translation of discovery research or imported technologies into market-ready products through robust partnerships.




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