Investment Incentives

  • Increasing Competitiveness

Biosciences

At the CSIR, 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 the rest of the continent.

A primary focus of the unit is innovation in order to bridge the gap between fundamental research and commercial exploitation. Research activities focus on creating novel and highly competitive technologies and products which may be developed in South Africa through new start-up business 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 bio-processing and product development arena, thus allowing focused and effective research leadership of key focal areas which embrace national priorities. The unit sets out to strengthen these platforms and build the value chain so as to optimise impact in the external environment.

Contact Details


  • Mr Sihle Ngcamu
  • Executive Manager
  • Investment Promotion
  • 1 Arundel Close, Durban, KZN, 4001
  • +27 31 368 9600
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