About KCTC


 The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) anticipated that the world would enter into an era of “Bioeconomy” that would bring about a significant change in the global economy, and biotechnology (BT), integrated with other technologies including information technology (IT), will play a central role in solving the difficult problems that mankind is confronting, such as problems of healthcare, food, energy, and environment. With the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), which has already come into effect (October 14, 2014), new rules are being applied to the utilization of genetic resources. Many advanced countries have prepared national policies to secure biological resources, the key materials for biotechnology, and to discover and protect their own biological resources in the post-genome era of the 21st century.

 To develop positive countermeasures for the international situation, the Biological Resource Center (BRC) of the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) provides the infrastructure for the services performed by the previous Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC), including the securing, conserving, and supply of biological resources. In addition, to secure various biological resources and to advance resource collection, a network has been established between domestic and international biological resource centers to create a biological resource information system and to support other institutes. The KCTC, the largest biological resource bank in Korea, systematically and continuously collects and conserves standard microorganisms, patent microorganisms, animal and plant cell strains, micro-algae, fertilized eggs, and genome research materials, which are the essential materials for biotechnology research and industrialization. the KCTC provides these materials to domestic and international researchers. In addition, the KCTC produces chemosystematic, molecular phylogenetic, and bioinformatic information for use in the taxonomic study and discovery of new biological resources. the KCTC conducts research and development for the discovery and long-term conservation of useful resources. The KCTC also plays the role of a central organization for the deposit system of the research accomplishments from special research and development projects. As an exclusive institute for the management and circulation of biological resource research accomplishments, the KCTC receives deposits of biological resources obtained from national research and development projects and provide services for resource management and deposit, so that the researchers in industry, universities, and research institutes may conveniently utilize the resources.

 The KCTC has led the advancement of domestic biological resource management by standardizing and internationalizing biological resource management and operation according to the ISO 9001 system (2004). this has been accomplished by constructing a backup conservation facility at a third place for the safe management of patent biological resources (2006), and by establishing an integrated computerized system for efficient management of resources based on a bar-code system. Recently, the KCTC has been making efforts to secure highly valuable biological resources, such as microbial therapeutic systems for disease treatment, healthcare, and eco-friendly agricultural product production, human symbiotic microorganisms, probiotic materials, and plant symbiotic microorganisms.

 In response to the Nagoya Protocol and in preparation for the era of the bioeconomy, the BRC/KCTC is faithfully working as the national biological resource infrastructure, strengthening the foundation of national biotechnological industries by positively securing the biological resources required for research and production in industry, universities, and research institutes, and by establishing the resource management and utilization system. The BRC/KCTC will make its best efforts to be a world-class biological resource center by strengthening the international cooperation network with major biological resource centers around the world.

KCTC Director Cha-Young Kim