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Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology (IBMB)

img ibmbOverall mandate

The Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology (IBMB) is mandated to conduct excellent and world-class multidisciplinary research into solving relevant health problems in South Africa associated with food/ water safety, mycotoxicology, oxidative stress, community health and chemoprevention through integrated research in biotechnology, while encouraging the development of key scarce skills in areas such as biocatalysis and nanobiotechnology in the realisation of South Africa’s bio-economy strategy.

Background and rationale

Biotechnology was identified as one of the applied research focus areas that should be developed in South Africa by the Department of Science and Technology and to date, is still considered to be a scarce skill. Since Biotechnology entails the application of living systems or components in the development of products or processes for a specific use, it is known to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, with a specific focus on the development of products or processes that could be of importance for socio-economic development.

The Biotechnology industry and Biotechnology research at tertiary institutes will play a key role in South Africa’s bio-economy approach, with a move towards the sustainable management of natural resources and the production of bio-based products, which can ultimately lead to improved public health and the mitigation of climate change, while contributing to the balanced development of the South African society as a whole. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has identified Biotechnology and the Bio-economy as a research focus area for its Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) Blueprint (launched in 2012), which is aimed not only towards the development of the institution, but also towards playing a key role in answering the grand challenges identified for the Western Cape Province, South Africa, the African continent and the world as a whole.

IBMB was established at CPUT in March 2014 and consolidated the scientific expertise of the Oxidative Stress Research Centre (OSRC), the Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Research Group (BTB) and the newly founded Mycotoxicology and Chemoprevention Research Group (MCRG) to enhance the Biotechnology-based research at CPUT. The IBMB multidisciplinary research team have expertise in the fields of Actinomycete Biology, Analytical Chemistry, Biocatalysis, Biochemistry, Biodiversity Research, Biomarkers of Exposure, Bioremediation of Wastewater, Chemoprevention, Medicinal Plants, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nutritional Epidemiology, Mycotoxicology, Oxidative Stress, Physiology and Plant Pathology. The IBMB staff have national and international expertise as indicated by the NRF ratings of 2 B- and 4 C-rated scientists. A great scope for research capacity development is also realised through the training of personnel as well as pre- and postgraduate students and scientists from South Africa, Africa and overseas. All the research is conducted with the vision of “building a healthy nation through research” in accordance with the principles of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations member states.

IBMB Brochure

Services offered by the IBMB

  • Sales and Online Ordering of Analytical Standards (Note: Bank costs are not included)
  • Fusarium verticillioides culture material
  • Mycological determination of food-borne fungi
  • Consultation services regarding food-borne fungi and their toxins

To order Mycotoxin analytical standards (FB1, FB2 and FB3) online, use our order form. Please complete the form and email it to Dr M Lilly ( and Gail Imrie (

Contact us

Prof Jeanine Marnewick
OSRC building, Bellville Campus
+27 21 953 8416