Centre for Proteomic and Genomic Research (CPGR)

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The CPGR is based on an initiative by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST), and funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), to boost the biotech innovation system and to grow an internationally competitive bio-economy in South Africa.

The organisation was created in 2006 with a vision of establishing a modern, world-class facility that serves the needs of the scientific community in South Africa by providing state-of-the-art services, technical expertise and collaborative research capabilities in the high throughput genomics and proteomics sectors.

Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics were identified as key components of a thriving innovation continuum and the CPGR has been established to address critical gaps in the system. The primary purpose of the organization is to create, retain and attract value in South Africa for the benefit of a growing bio-economy.

Amongst others, this value can be measured by the increase in the number and quality of publications, patents registered, human resources created and retained, biological samples analyzed in South Africa, business opportunities created, funding attracted, or investments made in the sector by private and public entities.