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The Biological Resource Center (BRC) (South Korea)

About KBRC

The Biological Resource Center (BRC) is a key element of the scientific and technological infrastructure of the life science and biotechnology proposed by the OECD in the late 1990s. As the national BRC, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology BRC ( KBRC ) functions as the essential part of the infrastructure underpinning life sciences and biotechnology in Korea. KBRC specializes as the bio-resources focal point of Korea that acquires, validates, researches and distributes collections of microorganisms, plant and animal cell lines, and patent strains. KBRC also supports databases that are accessible to diverse users and studies the chemotaxonomy, phylogeny, and molecular biology of microorganisms to increase the country's biological resources development activities. As the national focal point of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), KBRC also collects biodiversity information and networks international biodiversity databases, providing portal service to users.

KBRC will continue to collect and provide ex situ collections of biological materials and data that are invaluable sources for the postgenome era. We also promote an education, training and research networking structure to facilitate the coordination of other BRCs at national, regional, and international levels. We are confident that it will formulates an environment in which governments, scientific communities, and the private sector can work together to achieve their goals. We look forward to your cooperation and suggestions.

Kyung-Sook Bae, Ph.D
Director of KCTC