Building a Discovery Partnership with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre: A Gateway to Access Natural Products from the Rainforests
Tiong Chia Yeo, Margarita Naming and Rita Manurung
Pages 192-200 (9)
The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) is a state government agency which regulates
research and promotes the sustainable use of biodiversity. It has a program on documentation of
traditional knowledge (TK) and is well-equipped with facilities for natural product research. SBC
maintains a Natural Product Library (NPL) consisting of local plant and microbial extracts for
bioprospecting. The NPL is a core discovery platform for screening of bioactive compounds by
researchers through a formal agreement with clear benefit sharing obligations. SBC aims to develop
partnerships with leading institutions and the industries to explore the benefits of biodiversity.
Benefit sharing, biodiversity, natural product library, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre,
Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.