Biotechnology at KACST aims to transfer, develop and innovate in modern biotechnology in line with the needs of the economy of Saudi Arabia. KACST also focuses on training locals to use and harness modern technologies to achieve self-adequacy in the future and to reduce the dependency on outside sources of those techniques and outputs. During the past ten years, the biotechnology national program has been building a well-developed infrastructure with high technology specifications and has been training Saudis in the field of modern biotechnology.
The National Center for Biotechnology (NCB) was officially established in 2011. NCB encompasses molecular biology, microbiology, tissue culture, cancer research, pharmaceutical industries and Bioinformatics labs. In the past few years, NCB has developed a great experience in R&D and creativity through scientific research projects and collaboration with the outstanding research centers worldwide, which consequently has led to a growing number of important scientific discoveries and achievements not only at the local level, but on a global level as well. The NCB will continue to promote excellence in the strategic directions of the Kingdom in the field of biotechnology.
The National Center for Biotechnology’s main mission is to conduct applied researches in different lines of biotechnology (medical, environmental and agricultural) as well as to support the scientific research in KACST’s different sectors. In addition, it seeks to enhance collaboration with related governmental agencies, universities, and specialized research inside and outside the Kingdom. NCB also holds annual specialized conferences, seminars, and training courses.