The CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a first of its kind in South Africa, was established in 2013 to support small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) involved in bio-manufacturing to meet their customers’ needs in short time-frames and to exploit market opportunities.

Companies that are incubated at the BIDC have access to ready-to-use biomanufacturing facilities, support in the use of research and development laboratories as well as access to experts in the fields of agro and bio-processing product development and scale up. The supported companies remain the sole owners of their innovations and retain absolute control over their future in terms of added value and partnerships.

The tour will include a visit to molecular biology and protein purification laboratories; chemistry and analytical laboratories; a 20-litre scale bioprocessing facility; a 200-litre bioprocessing pilot plant; a natural products and chemistry pilot facility and downstream processing facility for product isolation, purification and polishing. This demonstrates the full value chain of expertise and facilities required from early stage research and development through to final product or technology. Participants will also see products from SMMEs who have used the facility.

Hosted by: Dr Daniel Visser

Contact: Lara Kotze, lkotze@csir.co.za

Venue: Tour departs from the CSIR International Convention Centre to building 18b

Duration: 60 minutes

Maximum number of participants for this tour: 60

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Tour to the Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre