Mauritius, together with Rodrigues possess a rich biodiversity comprising both endemic and exotic flora and fauna and represent a goldmine for the global food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, yet it has been largely under-utilized up until now.
With the increasing demand for natural products or plant-based products, the endemic flora and fauna hold immense potentials for the food, pharmaceutical industry and economic development.
The 2018 NEPAD SANBio Annual Event saw researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors gather at the CSIR in Pretoria to consider the state of bioscience commercialisation and the funding for it. While investors came fishing for the next big idea to fund, many innovators came looking for funding at different stages of the value chain - and found much more than just that.
NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II arranged a Lean LaunchPad™ Training Program for shortlisted seed funding candidates at the CSIR in Pretoria on 14–18 March 2016 to facilitate better proposal writing.