• 1 Furfural: From biomass to high value chemical
  • 2 Silvestrol: A potent translation inhibitor as a reagent for research
  • 3 Bunga Ta'ang Oil: A Source for Natural Carvacrol
  • 4 LitSara Oil: A Source for Natural D-Limonene
  • 5 Camphor: A natural compound derived from medicinal and aromatic plant
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Traditional Knowledge Documentation

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R&D Biodiscovery

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Biodiversity Garden

The Biodiversity Garden Programme was implemented to support SBC’s Traditional…

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Natural Product Library


Unique natural products from Sarawak’s rainforest for discovery screening through agreements and collaborations.

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R&D Strength

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Supported by 7 well-equipped and specialized laboratories (extraction, microbiology, molecular biology, plant tissue culture, analytical chemistry and bioinformatics)

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Research In Sarawak

Planning to do research in Sarawak but having a lot of questions in mind?

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Research Findings

Our young scientists are passionate with their research work and happy to share their findings with you.

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Traditional Knowledge

Traditional Knowledge

Your communities' traditional knowledge are precious and need to be preserved and well-documented. SBC is here to facilitate and learn what are the benefits.

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Everyone is cordially invited to visit SBC. Experience the most intuitive and informative educational visit to the centre.

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Traditional Knowledge

Traditional Knowledge

Learn how and why SBC documenting the Traditional Knowledge of the State's indiginous communities and provides benefit sharing to the participated communities.

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R&D Biodiscovery

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R&D is applied to the traditional knowledge resources to discover their potential in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and more.

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Sarawak is well-endowed with a diverse wealth of biological resources i.e. biodiversity, that potentially have unique applications in healthcare, agriculture and industries. Bioprospecting of the biodiversity to discover potential and useful applications very much depends on implementing a highly robust R&D programme involving various scientific tools including biotechnology.

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Biotechnology makes use of knowledge of the biological system to generate useful bio-products and applications for our everyday life such as medicines, food and the environment. Biotechnology and the development of bio-industries has also been earmarked as an engine of growth for the State and country.

SBC’s R&D Programme focuses on making discoveries in biological resources that would lead to the development of herbal therapies, nutraceuticals, cosmaceuticals for health-care and pharmaceutical drugs for countering diseases such as cancer and infectious agents. The programme also aims to discover chemicals and enzymes from our biological resources that would be useful over a broad range of applications as industrial related products such as essential oils, bio-pesticides and commercial dyes.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • continously develop a unique library of natural products from useful plants and microbes
  • screen for anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacteria, anti-inflammation and anti-protease compounds from SBC's natural products library
  • isolate and sequence genes from useful microbes that have medicinal and industrial applications
  • develop plant tissue culture capabilities for mass propagation and genetic transformation
  • develop analytical skills for structural determination of bioactive compounds
  • train and develop the State’s human resources in the field of biotechnology
  • attract scientific collaboration and investments from biotech/pharmaceutical companies
  • assist in the development of the bioindustry in the State by providing potential bio-products for commercialization

The R&D Programme is supported 7 well-equipped and specialized laboratories (extraction, microbiology, molecular biology, plant tissue culture, analytical chemistry and bioinformatics), staffed with trained scientists who work in a conducive environment intended for innovative research.

SBC's research facilities also provide the State with the means to bioprospect its biodiversity through R&D and share the benefits made from the discoveries with the people. The discoveries will consequently provide a pipeline of bio-products for the bioindustry to jump-start and generate future economical returns and revenues for the State.

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