Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre
Welcome to the CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) Programme homepage
The BIDC is a world-class facility established to translate biomanufacturing concepts and technologies into market-ready products and services. The facility offers competency throughout the value chain from laboratory scale validation through to technology prototyping and pilot manufacture.
The BIDC provides process and product development, process optimisation, scale-up, regulatory support, commercial manufacturing services and incubation of SMMEs to enable the development of a vibrant and sustainable bioeconomy in South Africa and throughout the African continent.
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Intern placement programme
The CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) is a world class facility established to translate biotechnology-based concepts into market ready products and services. The programme aims to stimulate growth of the Biomanufacturing industry leading to creation of jobs in this industry. The Centre runs a yearlong internship programme that provides experiential, hands on learning to 20 graduates per year. If you are interested in employing some of the BIDC graduated interns, please contact Lara Kotze-Jacobs at LKotze@csir.co.za 012 841 4634
The Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) programme is a three-year project established to translate biotechnology-based R&D into market-ready products and services. The project is housed with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and offers competency throughout the value chain i.e. from laboratory scale validation through to demonstration of technology, prototyping and pilot manufacturing.
The BIDC programme is a hub for open-innovation in biomanufacturing and has a strong focus on supporting start-up and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) with the development of new technologies and products. It provides incubated companies with access to ready-to use biomanufacturing facilities and supporting research and development (R&D) laboratories. The programme also provides access to experts in the fields related to bioprocess development, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and scale-up capabilities. The hub includes laboratories for molecular biology, applied biochemistry, biocatalysis and fermentation, as well as laboratory and pilot scale process development. These facilities are complemented by high-end analytical infrastructure and skills within the CSIR Biosciences Unit.
The programme is funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) through the Jobs Fund Programme and by the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Industry Innovation Support Fund. The BIDC programme and its facilities are accessible to the National System of Innovation (NSI) and can provide contract R&D, process development, process optimisation, scale-up, regulatory support, commercial manufacturing services and incubation of SMMEs to enable the development of a vibrant and sustainable bioeconomy in South Africa and throughout the continent.
The BIDC Advisory Panel and Steering Committee advise on which companies to support. The programme will support companies through the prototyping and scale-up phase and assist them to do market acceptance testing and to launch products on the market. The companies remain the sole owners of their innovations and retain absolute control over their future in terms of added value and partnerships.
To be the leading centre that translates biosciences discoveries into products and technologies with impact to industry and society.
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CSIR agro-processing workshop: 10 - 14 July 2017
The CSIR agro-processing workshop is a one week course and will cover the key aspects of agro-product and process development. The first day will cover the theoretical aspects of agroprocessing and product development, as well as the associated processing equipment, which will be followed by intensive practical training. Read more...
CSIR bioprocessing workshop: 14 - 25 August 2017
The CSIR bioprocessing workshop course runs for two weeks and will cover the key aspects of bioprocess product development and process technology. The first week will cover the theoretical aspects of bioprocess and product development as well as the associated equipment and control philosophy. Read more...
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