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
Affiliation: Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, KM20, Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
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.
Keywords: Benefit sharing, biodiversity, natural product library, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre,
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