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Biotechnology Centers & Institutes

Biotechnology centers and institutes are created by governments, business and industry, educational institutions, consumer groups and any combination thereof. Some biotechnology centers and institutes are directly tied to the founding bodies, some are adjuncts, and others are entirely autonomous.

Biotechnology centers and institutes serve a variety of functions, usually defined in a mission statement and often further expanded upon in a goals or vision statement. Some of these functions may include:
  • Promotion of education, research, development and commerce in biology, bioscience, biotechnology, bioengineering, biomedicine, biopharmaceuticals, biorobotics and related disciplines such as nanoscience;
  • Funding of biotechnology research and development efforts;
  • Encouraging development of career opportunities in biotechnology and facilitation of job placement within various biotech disciplines:
  • Raising public awareness of biotechnology issues, challenges or hazards or bringing a particular aspect of biotechnology to the forefront of the public consciousness;
  • Serving as a watchdog or monitor for the biotech industry and biotechnology research to insure compliance with safety procedures, ethical standards and codes of conduct.
  • Lobbying lawmaking bodies for enactment of laws either favorable to the biotechnology industry or restrictive to aspects of its development.
Biotechnology centers and institutes in the private sector are most often non-profit entities, but may also be for-profit companies such as think tanks engaged in furthering the biotech industry and biotechnology research. Biotechnology centers and institutes may be regional, national or international in scope and influence.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.   Original article published 8 May 2005.

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