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International Biological Material Research Center (IBMRC)

International Biological Material Research Center (IBMRC)
Objectives
We are aiming at procuring biological materials from four overseas regional centers and their neighboring countries through legal routes within the scope of international collaborative research projects. Our mission is to provide researchers with a variety of materials, including indigenous medicinal knowledge and also to establish the nation’s core infrastructure for developing new natural drugs and nutraceuticals, along with other commercially important natural products.
Researchers
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researchers and research statement
Name Research Fields
Sangho Choi
(Associate Director)
  • Biodiversity, Environmental Science
Hyeong-Kyu Lee
  • Development and evaluation of biologically active natural product related to natural product chemistry-immune diseases
  • Establishment of library for natural products
Sangwoo Lee
  • Ethnobotany, Biodiversity
Jin-Hyub Paik
  • Plant Taxonomy, Biodiversity
Soo-Yong Kim
  • Plant Molecular Biology
Sangmi Eum
  • Plant Taxonomy, Biodiversity
Dong-Keun Yi
  • Plant Systematics, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity
Mijin Park
  • Management of Four Regional Research Centers and extract supply
research areas
  • Operation and management of four collaborative biological material research centers for collection and preparation of biological materials worldwide
  • Establishment and operation of a comprehensive system and database to manage biological materials and related traditional medicinal knowledge procured from four regional centers and their neighboring countries
  • Establishment and operation of a supply system for efficiently providing biological materials to leading research groups within the scope of the assigned project
  • Development of new natural drugs, nutraceuticals and other commercially important natural products
Achievements
  • Establishment of the International Biological Material Research Center
    • Center organization has been completed. Equipment and facilities have been set up: highly-sensitive equipment (LC/MS and electric microscopes) and an expanded herbarium (storage capacity over 100,000 voucher specimens). In addition, nearly 1,300,000 plant extracts have been distributed to date.
  • Procurement of Foreign Biological Materials from China and the neighboring countries
    • Establishment of the Korea-China Biological Material Research Center in Kumming, China
    • Personnel (1 experts from Korea) and research equipment set up
  • Central and South America
    • Establishment of the Korea-Costa Rica Biological Material Research Center in Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica
    • Personnel (1 experts from Korea) and research equipment set up
  • South-East Asia
    • Establishment of the Korea-Indonesia Biological Material Research Center in Tangerang, Indonesia
    • Personnel (1 experts from Korea) and research equipment set up
  • Indochina Peninsula
    • Establishment of the Korea-Vietnam Biological Material Research Center in Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Personnel (1 experts from Korea) and research equipment set up