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The CSIR Biosciences is an operating unit within the CSIR that aims to lead the establishment of a sustainable bio-economy in South Africa. While great strides have been made through creating value in biodiversity, the unit continues to develop more cutting-edge technologies, to address the country’s ever challenging social development landscape.

The CSIR Biosciences is ideally positioned in that it has the primary infrastructure to integrate skills in the biological sciences (including biotechnology, chemistry, agroprocessing and engineering) with industrial and commercial experience, in order to drive the bioeconomy. The core focus of the CSIR Biosciences is to add value to our biodiversity, to develop cutting-edge technologies to address human and animal health and to develop green technologies for sustainable manufacturing. By bridging the gap between fundamental research and commercial utilisation, the unit creates highly competitive technologies, services and products by new start-up ventures or partnerships.

The unit aims to facilitate interaction between the National System of Innovation players; assist and create techno-preneurs; develop sustainable biotechnology-based start-up companies as well as improve the product portfolio of existing companies.

The following research, development and innovation competences exits with in the unit and these are supported by the Commercialisation unit which is responsible for the licensing of all technologies developed within the unit:

The unit’s true wealth lies in its people – in their multidisciplinary expertise and commitment to science excellence. At CSIR Biosciences we employ principles and practices that ensure the organisation is managed soundly and ethically. We believe in making a difference – improving the lives of ordinary South Africans and contributing towards a competitive bio-economy.


To be the catalyst for growing a sustainable bio-economy to improve the quality of life of the people of South Africa.


To contribute to a sustainable South African bio-economy by:

  • supporting government policy and strategy implementation
  • translating bioscience discoveries into products and technologies
  • building relevant  technology platforms
  • supporting established ventures and entrepreneurs, and
  • facilitating experiential human capital development

through collaborative innovation

Value proposition

For clients in government who develop and champion policies for innovation and socio-economic development, and those in the private sector who generate economic growth, we offer world class platforms comprising multidisciplinary skills and unique infrastructure for translating research into market ready products and technologies that will have an impact on the lives of the people of South Africa Unlike other providers in the life sciences field who offer academic research or elements of solutions, our offerings utilise relevant competences to create market ready products and technologies that facilitate job creation, experiential human capital development and industry competitiveness

Contact us:
Bongi Sharon Malope
Executive Director Support: CSIR Biosciences
Tel: +27(0) 12 842 7225
E-mail: BMalope@csir.co.za

For media queries, contact:
Kulani Chauke
Marketing and Communications Practitioner
Tel: +27(0) 12 841 2201
E-mail: KChauke@csir.co.za


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    Tel: +27 12 841 3260
    Fax: +27 12 841 3561
    Email: biosciences@csir.co.za

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