National Center for Biotechnology of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Republican state enterprise National Center for Biotechnology (NCB) was founded by Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1993 and is presently a large research center, including:
Branch Office of National Center for Biotechnology, Stepnogorsk
Ecological biotechnology branch, Atyrau
BioMedPreparat-Engineering center, JSC, Stepnogorsk
Representative Office in Almaty
NCB has a high capacity genome laboratory, the only laboratory of this kind in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The center coordinates all the biotechnological research carried out in Republic and financed from the state budget, supports 8 sci-tech programs in the field of biotechnology, biological safety and ecology.
Over 380 highly qualified experts are employed in NCB, including 12 doctors and 61 candidate of sciences, 2 PhD, 4 assistant professors, 12 professors and 1 member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The center provides on-going postgraduate education, offers doctorate programs and has Dissertation Council on 3 disciplines: biotechnology, microbiology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacology.
The NBC′s main activity is development of advanced technologies for healthcare, agriculture, environmental protection, food and processing industries.
The National Center for Biotechnology is a contact point for Cartagena protocol on biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, ratified by the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2008.
NCB is a founder and publisher of a magazine “Biotechnology. Theory and Practice”, which contains articles of local and foreign scientists on the issues of modern biotechnology.