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D Limonene Feature

D-Limonene

Are you looking for natural D-limonene to use in your product?

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  • Silvestrol Supply

    Supply of Silvestrol

    For purchase enquiries of silvestrol as reagent for studying molecular pathway, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Bess Price Feature

    Australian Minister visits Sarawak Biodiversity Centre

    The Honourable Mrs Bess Nungarrayi Price, Minister for Community Services, Parks and Wildlife, Northern Territory, Australia and her delegation today visited the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) at Semengoh, near here.

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    SBC Teambuilding, Health and Fitness Bootcamp 2014

    It was that time of the year again where SBC staff took time away from the office to further enhance teamwork, growth and communication.

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  • Yeojt

    Colour it red

    An endophytic fungus that produces red pigment

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  • Industrial Trainees

    Industrial Trainees Testimonials

    Read what Industrial Trainees have to say about their experience at SBC.

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  • Rnd Feature

    R&D Bioprospecting Programmes

    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.

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  • Tk Feature

    Traditional Knowledge (TK) Documentation Programme

    The main objective of the Traditional Knowledge Documentation Programme carried out by the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre is to facilitate the local indigenous communities..

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  • Awareness Visit

    Awareness Visit Online Application

    If you are interested to have a visit to our centre to learn more about us, you can fill in the online application form here.

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R&D Bioprospecting

Sarawak is well-endowed with a diverse wealth of biological resources i.e. biodiversity, that could 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.

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:

  • establish 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 our 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 by the establishment of 7 well-equipped and specialized laboratories (extraction, microbiology, molecular biology, plant tissue culture, analytical chemistry and bioinformatics), staffed with trained scientists who will work in a conducive environment intended for innovative research focusing on the biodiversity.

SBC R&D facilities will be able to 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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