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CSIR Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC)Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)Product and process development incubation support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs)

The BIDC is a CSIR (www.csir.co.za) initiative to provide product and process development support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the biomanufacturing sector, with the aim of creating or expanding biomanufacturing activity and associated job creation. Support will be provided to any qualifying biotech-based enterprises and/or entrepreneurs.

 The current EoI call is targeted at entrepreneurs and SMMEs entering the biomanufacturing sector to grow and expand biomanufacturing capacity to meet market demands. Biomanufacturing entails the use of bioprocess technology (e.g. fermentation) to produce enzymes, industrial biologics, biopharmaceuticals, proteins, probiotics, bio-control agents and diagnostic reagents. It also includes the extraction of biologically-active ingredients from natural sources and formulation thereof in dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, food and feed products, and cosmetics.This initiative is aligned with the National Bio-economy Strategy of the Department of Science and Technology which aims to drive economic growth and socio-economic development in South Africa.

 EoIs will NOT be considered if they relate to new medicines, treatments or cures for diseases, or do not involve manufacturing, or do not create jobs and revenue within the short term.

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