Biosylx was born out of a passion for promoting health and wellbeing, as well as biodiversity by supplying natural and organic ingredients with fantastic health and nutritional benefits that are sustainably sourced from non-cultivated natural resources.
Biosylx is directly present and invested in the regions from where we source our ingredients (mainly Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Southern Africa.). This helps us to use accurate and timely information related to the fluctuations in climate, quality, or price and provides us with in-depth expertise where projects from wild-crafted natural resources can be developed.
It also allows us to build relationships with harvesters and be a force in the socio-economic development of the communities. Biosylx works within these communities through efforts and projects to improve food and job security, price stability, education, gender equality, and climate action.
To inspire healthier lives and empower communities to become self-sufficient by offering organic, sustainably sourced natural ingredients.
We promote health and wellness by offering organic natural ingredients, while continuously minimizing our environmental impact, and creating economic opportunities for the communities we source from. Our aim is to build a mutually beneficial and long-term relationship with our suppliers and customers by staying true to our values. We build and strengthen this relationship by adhering to our values.
As a company, we want to give back to the community, but charity begins at home. We will be working closely with our partnered harvesters/ farmers to narrow down any underlying issues they might be facing living in rural areas, with an aim to improve their lifestyle.
Vice-President and Commercial Director
Prior to joining Biosylx, Guillaume was Managing Director of a trading company (Gum Acacia and natural products & ingredients), supplying Food & Beverage, Fragrances & Cosmetics, Nutraceutical & Pharmaceutical industries in Europe, USA and Asia.
Since 1993, Guillaume has been working on setting up partnerships in Sub-Sahara Africa, contributing to sustainable development projects and food security of rural communities, promoting the use of natural ingredients into the food & health or personal care industry.
Guillaume previously held a position in DuPont crop protection Sales dept. (France), and was GM of a JV agribusiness company in Jakarta, Indonesia. Guillaume has a Mastersâ€™ degree in Agricultural Engineering, Plant Physiology from ISA, (Lille, France) and Plant Pathology Graduate Program at University of Tennessee USA.
Experienced Food Scientist
Suzanne has a BSc Food Science (Chem) from Stellenbosch University, with more than 10 years’ experience in the industry. Her expertise span across allergen management, microbiology, food safety, quality management and research and development. Prior to Biosylx she held numerous positions including Quality and Food Safety Manager at DÃ¶hler SA and Technical Coordinator at Tiger Brands. In her current role as Research & Development and Coorporate Social Responsibility Manager she leads the new product development process, social initiatives for community upliftment and sustainability programs in the areas Biosylx operates in.
Werner van der Merwe
Chief Operating Officer
Werner has 20 years experience in operations gained from working in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He has been working in the industry from 2014. Through traveling, mostly in the African continent, he has forged valuable relationships with suppliers, as well as the communities where we harvest from.
Founder and managing director of Omnia Ventures group
Omnia is an investment and management firm investing in diverse industries of privately held companies, in the Middle East, Africa, United States, and India. Manar is a founder and of several companies in the agribusiness, financial services, healthcare, oil shipping and trading, real estate, and IT services sectors. He is a board member of a leading African investment bank, and director at private, family owned, international, and multi-business companies. Prior to founding Biosylx in 2011, Manar was President of the most integrated gum acacia company in the industry for 20 years. Manar helped establish purchasing and processing offices for gum acacia in Sudan and Chad. He holds a BS in Electric Engineering, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Masters of Business Management from Stanford University.
Quality Assurance Executive
Laurianne has almost 15 years’ experience in Quality Assurance in the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, Food and Beverage, and Botanical Extract industries.
She holds a MSc in Plant Biotechnology and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from Stellenbosch University.
Has 24 years’ experience in sourcing, processing and trade of Southern African medicinal plants. In 1998 he started his company BZH Exporters and Importers which specialised in medicinal plants from Southern Africa, focusing on Harpagophytum procumbens & Pelargonium sidoides. This rapidly expanded to a collection of 620 plants in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces in South Africa for a leading pharmaceutical company in Europe. Today the company is known as KP Botanicals and in partnership with Biosylx, they still continue to build meaningful relationships with their customers old and new as well as seeing to the wellbeing of the local supplier community. Kersten holds a Bachelor of science degree in Botany, Zoology and Geology from Stellenbosch University.
Food Safety Certification