Republican State Enterprise “National Center for Biotechnology” under the Science Committee of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter – NCB) - country’s leading biological center, implementing the State policy on support and development of biotechnology industry – was founded by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1993. The center implements and coordinates the government-funded scientific – technical programmes in the field of biotechnology, biosafety and ecology.
Being a leading centre in Research, Education and commercialization in Biotechnology, NCB is guided by scientific and ethical principles, and committed to the virtues of quality and relevance and thus contribute to the dynamic social-economic development of Kazakhstan, Islamic countries and the whole world
Mission of the NСB is the generation of excellent scientific knowledge and its application to solving problems of human and animal healthcare, environmental, and agricultural challenges, whilst collaborating with industries and ensuring the technology transfer.
The NCB is committed to the training of highly qualified personnel. It offers biotechnology-oriented counselling to companies and public institutions announces its scientific activity in specialized journals and mass media.
The most relevant missions of the NCB are following:
- Focus the efforts on science research towards a society and an economy based on knowledge
- Use this knowledge as a tool applicable in health, agriculture and environment
- Offer services in new technologies to the academic community and private companies
- Stimulate private companies to solve problems in biological development
Subdivisions of the National Center for Biotechnology are located in Stepnogorsk and Astana city. There are 13 various kinds laboratories is located in Astana. In Stepnogorsk NCB is represented by industrial divisions: Branch and “Research and Analytical Center “Biomedpreparat”, which also have a 5 and 3 laboratories respectively.
All laboratories are equipped with modern facilities for hi-tech cytological, genetic, microbiological, molecular biological and physicochemical studies.
The NCB’s scientific potential is defined by 280 highly-qualified specialists in the field of biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, virology, immunology, pharmacology. It consists 7 Doctors of Sciences, 34 Associates of Sciences, 7 PhD and also 10 “Bolashak” Program’s alumni, graduated from the universities of the USA, Great Britain, France, Czech Republic. Average age of the Center’s employees is 30 years old.
The Center has an attitude for the divers professional training programs and the staff’s capacity building
There is regularly conduction of lectures and seminars with participation of leading scientists and specialists in the different fields of biology and biotechnology, as well as well known companies-manufacturers of laboratory equipment. The Center is visited by scientists and specialists from the USA, Russia, Germany, France, Korea and Israel. More than 170 NCB employees have undertaken an internship in the best research centers of neighboring countries and abroad.