National Research and Innovation Agency Constructs Genomics Research Center in Cibinong

Monday, 18-October-2021 18:00

The Genomics Research Building at the Cibinong Science Center
The Genomics Research Building at the Cibinong Science Center

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has constructed a genomics facility that will be used for whole-genome sequencing, life science, and environmental research.  The facility is developed at the Cibinong Science Center in West Java, 

In a written statement received here on Monday (10/18/2021),  chief of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko said, "This building for genomic studies will subsequently be employed as a whole-genome sequencing laboratory for microbes, plants, animals, and people, life science, and environmental research."

He noted that the genomic research building, which measures 9,300 square meters, will be valuable in supporting research efforts, particularly in the field of life sciences. 

Handoko said the Cibinong Science Center has many facilities and infrastructure to enable research in life sciences, including molecular biology, among others.

Although the research facility at Cibinong Science Center has been focused on biodiversity study so far, Handoko noted it bears commonalities with the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology's research on health and humans.

He continued that many researchers at Cibinong Science Center are working on important projects, including as the biotechnology research center, biodiversity center, and Indonesian Culture Collection (InaCC) for microbes.

Yan Rianto, acting deputy for research and innovation infrastructure at BRIN, said the BRIN-built genomic facility is now complete.

He said several laboratory equipment, such as a 50-liter capacity fermentor that may be utilized for research and development of the COVID-19 vaccine, has also arrived and will be installed soon.

"The power infrastructure is scheduled to be constructed next week," Rianto added.

According to Rianto, BRIN has advanced its work as the government's agency for science innovation and research by offering facilities in a variety of sectors. He noted that one of them is working on livestock-related inventions to boost output.

Rianto also said that the research agency is also focusing on disease mitigation studies, such as malaria, and coming up with ideas for how to use technology to improve the nation's preparedness for natural catastrophes and disasters, as reported by Antara. 

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