Founded in May 2011 as a Centre of research attached to the Faculty of Science of the University of Mauritius and designated Centre of Excellence in Oct 2011 by the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI), the Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR) set up its labs and offices in Dec 2011 on the premises of the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute. In Dec 2012, CBBR was proclaimed COMESA Regional Centre of Excellence by the COMESA Council of S & T Ministers.

CBBR is a first multi-disciplinary research Centre of its kind in Mauritius, and pools together researchers from Biosciences, Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical expertise. CBBR aims at assisting Mauritius in its endeavour to develop knowledge-based industries and innovation.

CBBR’s objectives are to build a critical mass of expertise, resources and technology, foster multi-institutional partnerships, assist in technology transfer and develop clinical care facilities and act as an interface between the University and the private sector at national level.



CBBR focuses on research at the frontiers of materials science, biological sciences, medicine and pharmacy using enabling technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology:

- advanced polymer materials, biomaterials and nano-drug delivery

- development of value-added products from indigenous land and marine resources

- biopharmaceuticals based on medicinal/endemic plants, and their biological activity and molecular mechanisms of action for the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer

CBBR has developed a number of strategic international partnerships with renowned institutions such as WIPO Re:Search, World Bank Knowledge Hub, Global Development Learning Network and with Universities in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. 

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Legal Status

CBBR attached to the University of Mauritius


5 permanent staff, 2 research assistants, 1 Postdoc and 14 MPhil/PhDs

Core Activities

R & D, Training and Consultancy

Industry Partners

Sotravic Ltée, TERRA Ltd, Bionexx (Madagascar), Cauléa (Madagascar)


UoM, MRC, TEC, Ministries (ex-MTERST, MoFED),   EU Delegation

Bioculture, CIEL Group, Cyno Breeders Association, Ducray-Lenoir Ltd, GML Life, Les Gaz Industriels Ltd, NATEC Medical Ltd, Noveprim Group, MCB Ltd, Mauvilac Chemicals Ltd, Proximed Ltd, Societé Union St Aubin




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