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The collaborative innovation center for sustainable utilization of biological resources in Southwest China was jointly built by Yunnan province and the Ministry of Education and was built based at Yunnan University, in 2018.
It is another high-end YNU scientific research platform following in the footsteps of the establishment of the State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources in Yunnan -- and it is expected to help promote YNU’s development as a world-class university with world-class disciplines.
Yunnan province has a rich biodiversity of resources, which is the most important material foundation for the development of its biomedicine and agricultural biomanufacturing industries.
For a long time, YNU has formed strong scientific research and technology development capabilities in the fields of biopharmaceutical and agricultural biomanufacturing -- and has the scientific and technological reserves and accumulated experience to serve and support the development of its biological industry.
The collaborative innovation center for sustainable utilization of biological resources in Southwest China is run by several institutions -- including the Kunming Institute of Botany in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Kunming Institute of Zoology in the CAS, the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Yunnan Baiyao Group Limited Company.
The center aims to realize the effective integration of innovative resources and gather highly-skilled professionals, to focus on research in five areas -- protection of biological resource diversity, development of bioactive natural products, biomedical innovation, agriculture bio-manufacturing and the industrialization of bio-products -- so as to make positive contributions to the development and improving competitiveness of regional bio-industries.