About BIO Africa Convention

The inaugural BIO Africa Convention – Africa’s Biotech Indaba, is a first of its kind in Africa, with the aim of supporting and boosting the growing bio-economy on the continent will be held at the Durban ICC from 27 – 29 August 2018.


Under the theme “Africa: Open for Business – Together building the Bio-Economy”, BIO Africa Convention plans to provide a platform to network and unlock the potential to extract value from Africa’s unique microbial biodiversity by providing opportunities for strategic and consistent investment in cutting edge technologies that will enable the discoveries for novel industrial relevant bio-molecules. The BIO Africa Convention is an international event organized by AfricaBio, a biotechnology association in partnership with Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Innovative Pharmaceutical association South Africa (IPASA) and endorsed by the South African Department of Science and Technology.

The BIO Africa Convention will create an enabling environment for business to business interaction and foster partnerships between local companies and international investors, as well as strategic collaborations by industry players across the continent to promote and develop Africa’s bio-economy.


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South Africa is on a drive to aggressively grow and develop the Biotechnology Industry. The South African Department of Science and Technology identified biotechnology as an area with great potential for the growth of the South African economy and the development of society in general.


South Africa has already initiated four bio-prospecting and product development flagship projects  on traditional medicines, cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals and ceramics and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.

This growing and budding industry has seen the:

  • Establishment of the Biovac Institute in 2003 as a public private partnership which now produces its own Haemococcus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine and employs more than 130n??? write this out people
  • The discovery of an effective new malaria drug at the University of Cape Town in 2012
  • The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) deserves recognition as an organization promoting industrial biotechnology in South Africa, both in terms of industrial processes and products, and as an enabling factor in the growth of the country’s bio-economy.

This positions South Africa as a pipeline of potential for new products and processes in the research and development fields – underscoring the intrinsic value of the BIO Africa Convention.

Sponsors & Partners

BIO Africa Convention is a partnership of local industry and multilateral institution within the continent and is supported by the South African government.

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Programme & Speakers

Our list of speakers feature researcher, policy makers from across the continent, ministers and professors.

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Topics to include


  • 36 tracks in different fields of biotech;
  • 15 African biotech case studies;
  • Investor workshops by local and international VC funds;
  • Licensing workshop for SMMEs;
  • Inter-Ministerial panel sessions;
  • Networking and partnering options with pharma and agri biotech companies at pavilions;
  • Export preparedness workshops;
  • Graduate development programme with international partners; and
  • Business-to-business partnering with local and international business executives and government officials for technology licensing

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Press Releases

  In the last decade or so, there has been a steady increase in the development and adoption of Bio-economy strategies by a number of countries. The growing number of bio-economy strategies being developed signifies and reinforces the importance of bio-economy to sustainable address social,......

  AfricaBio is proud to announce the annual BIO Africa Convention – aiming to bolster developments and relationships across Africa in the growing bio-economy of the continent.  Biotechnology is a burgeoning business sector, across the fields of science, healthcare, food and making an impact in......

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