• Biodiversity For A better Tomorrow

    Enriching Lives with Breakthrough Innovations in Biodiversity
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  • Courtesy visit from Mitsubishi Corporation

    Welcoming Mr. Motoki Ito, General Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation to SBC. Mitsubishi Corporation is our collaborator in exploring algae as feedstock for aquaculture, and high value chemicals.
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  • Drawing Inspiration from Biodiversity

    Andy Bass examines gecko specimens in SBC’s zoological collection. Andy is co-founder of Biological & Popular Culture, Inc. https://biopop.com that develops and offers biology art or “living art” for popular culture in order to enrich our understanding of the relationship between nature, science and humanity. BioPop is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation, a US biotechnology company. Read More
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  • LitSara® Highlight Events

    LitSara® Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Collaboration between Pullman Hotels, Interhill Group of Companies and Sarawak Biodiversity Centre.
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  • Genus Distribution in Microalgae Library

    SBC has one of the best Algae Library from Borneo which was set up in a collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation. Contact us if you have an interest.
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  • Can you spot a mouse deer here?

    Check out our cam trap recordings and see what other suprises the forest around SBC has in store for us. Read More
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  • Come hike with us on our Nature Trails

    These trails promote awareness in environmental education and conservation and also aimed at providing children, students and grown ups alike a learning and experiential jungle trek. Read More
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  • Interested in purchasing the Silvestrol for research?

    Visit www.naturesara.com for more info.
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  • The LitSara® Story

    The following video tells you how the five communities; the Bidayuh of Kampung Kiding, the Lun Bawang of Long Kerebangan, the Lun Bawang of Long Telingan, the Kelabit of Pa' Lungan and the Kelabit of Pa' Ukat work on the LitSara® project. Read More
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20 June 2017: We have new quotation notice for suppliers registered with Unit Pendaftaran Kontraktor dan Juruperunding (UPKJ). Click here to learn more.

12 January 2017: Sarawak Biodiversity Regulations, 2016. Read More. The latest Sarawak Biodiversity (Fees) Notification, 2017 can be viewed here.

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John CumbersThe UK Royal Society describes synthetic biology as “an emerging area of research that can broadly be described as the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, organisms or devices, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems."

Since the popularisation of the term “synthetic biology” over a decade ago, a new community of biological engineers has emerged and thousands of practitioners, students and entrepreneurs alike have joined this movement to “make biology easier to engineer”.

The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre will be hosting an evening talk on synthetic biology and how it presents as a new tool for industries on 29 June 2016, Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The talk will be held at the China House café located at the Old Courthouse Complex near Kuching Waterfront. Those attending the talk are advised to park their vehicles at Plaza Merdeka’s parking bays.


The speaker, John Cumbers, has been in the field of synthetic biology for over 10 years, working in the academia, government, startups and industry.

Cumbers is the founder of SynBioBeta, a global activity hub and community of entrepreneurs, thought leaders and investors for the synthetic biology industry.

Prior to setting up SynBioBeta, Cumbers worked with the National Space Agency, USA (NASA) for seven years on resource utilisation and sustainable technologies.

He was instrumental in starting NASA’s programme in synthetic biology. He has also been involved in multiple startups producing food for space and using microbes to extract lunar and martian resources.

Cumbers has received multiple awards and grants from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences for his work in the use and adoption of biological technologies.

During his talk in Kuching, Cumbers will review the field of synthetic biology, starting from an academic outreach pursuit to what is now a fledgling industry.

He will also touch on the latest wave of investment in the field, specifically in markets ranging from pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, chemicals, fuel and food which will allow for the replacing of fossil fuels with sustainable feedstocks.

This talk is targeted at industry players, particularly those in green technology and biofuels, as well as policy makers, researchers, university students and interested members of the public.

Those interested in attending the talk can register by sending an email to biosar@sbc.org.my or call 082-610610 to speak to Mr Ha-Mim Marzuki or Ms Asha Kaushal, before 28 June 2016. Seats are limited.


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