Aminotransferases are widely employed as biocatalysts to produce chiral amines and biologically active pharmaceuticals via asymmetric synthesis. In this study, transaminase genes in the Bacillus pumilus W3 genome were analysed, and gene ota3 encoding a putative (R)-selective transaminase was identified. The sequence of ota3 shares highest sequence identity (24.7%) with the first (R)-selective aminotransferase from Arthrobacter sp. KNK 168. Amino acid sequence and conserved domains analyses indicated that ω-BPAT encoded by ota3 belonged to the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent class IV (PLPDE_IV) superfamily. Both native and codon-optimised ω-BPAT genes were recombinantly expressed, and the purified proteins had a molecular mass of ~33.4 kDa. Furthermore, enantioselectivity tests with (S)- and (R)-α-phenethylamine revealed its (R)-selectivity. The optimal conditions for catalytic reaction were 45 °C and pH 7.0, and ω-BPAT retained stability at 20 °C and pH 7.0. Thus, ω-BPAT is a novel (R)-selective aminotransferase with great potential as a universal biocatalyst.