Optimus Bio develops environmentally friendly products for the treatment of waste water, aquaculture and agriculture, using CSIR’s proprietary Bacillus database and production technology. “These products have been developed and manufactured locally, with indigenous biologicals, and are providing employment in the biotechnology industry,” says Dr. Lalloo.
Lalloo believes that the competitive nature of Optimus Bio’s products, coupled with an agile manufacturing approach in close collaboration with market partners, would place the company in a strong position to penetrate the markets they are targeting.
The green technology sphere in which Optimus Bio competes is aimed at ensuring food, health and water security solutions that are environmentally sustainable. Examples include special bacteria used in aquaculture that improve fish production and minimise negative environmental impact; improving the quality of life for those in rural areas by remediating neglected pit latrines or maintaining the bio-activity in currently used latrines or septic tank systems; assisting with sustainable agro industries by providing biological methods of pest control and plant growth and contributing towards the broader responsibilities brought by urban effluent load by providing biological products to sewage treatment plants and domestic eco-friendly detergents.
Lalloo stresses that there is wider responsibility behind the creation of Optimus Bio and its product range: “South Africa is facing a water shortage crisis. Inadequate sanitation and water treatment are major contributors to this situation. Both government and the private sector are seeking environmentally sustainable solutions to address this problem. Furthermore, relevant biomanufacturing products can support social and economic growth and job creation whilst assisting with better service delivery.”