National Institute of Biological Resources, Incheon, South Korea

National Institute Biological Resources(NIBR) builds efficient systems for conservation and management of national biological resources, supports Korean biotechnology industries, and raise public awareness on the values of biological resources through exhibition, education and training project.

NIBR’s Exhibition Hall is the only place in Korea that exclusively displays Korea’s native species in order to raise public awareness on the importance and value of biological resources and biodiversity, and showcases the biological resources of the Korean Peninsula(6,000 specimens of 1,500 species) and how they are utilized.

National Institute of Biological Resources dedicated to biotechnology research across a broad span of expertise, from basic studies for the fundamental understanding of life phenomena to applied studies such as drug discovery, novel biomaterials, integrated biotechnology and bioinformation.

National Institute of Biological Resources was established in 1985. Its accomplishments include the advancement of welfare and medical technology, an increase in food production, a cleaner environment and new bio-materials and energy sources.

It has identified reasons for the failure of animal cloning, conducted a comparative study of chimpanzee genes and successfully analyzed the structure of the reactive oxygen species switch protein, which became the first study by Korean scholars to be published in Cell, an international scientific journal. The institute was ranked first in the discovery of new microorganisms, including the indigenous microorganisms of the Dokdo Islets, for four consecutive years.

Its recent accomplishments include the development of a genome capable of controlling cancer cell proliferation and the identification of an neuropeptide Y-based growth control mechanism, with possibilities for new treatments for cancer, diabetes, obesity and ageing. Nano–bio sensor research led to the development of the world’s smallest surface plasmon resonance biochip.

Carry out R&D activities and related projects in bioscience and biotechnology with other research institutes, academic, and businesses at home and abroad
Disseminate the results of its scientific research and technological development

Research and development in bioscience and biotechnology and support for research projects
Domestic and overseas cooperation among industry, academia and research institutes and distribution of the results

Advanced R&D and development and distribution of generic technologies in bioscience and biotechnology
Public infrastructure development support for research on bioscience at home and abroad