CENIBiot is a laboratory of Centro Nacional de Alta Tecnología (CeNAT-CONARE) dedicated to scaling up biotechnology, with the goal of strengthening the development of biotechnology in the region.
CENIBiot has five Research Units committed to implementing innovation and technology-transfer projects in four cross-cutting thematic axes: Bioenergy, Agri-Food Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Health Biotechnology.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that meet the needs of modern applied biotechnology research.
It has an area of 18,191 sq. ft. (1,690 m²), and facilities for microbial fermentations, scaling of bioprocesses, plant cell culture, chemistry and fine analysis, genomics, laboratory of microorganisms, preparation of culture media, chromatography, microscopy, and room of gases, among others.
CENIBiot promotes accessibility to the facilities, in three key areas: academia, government and industry; and supports initiatives that strengthen entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and the university-business link.
In addition, it works in the approach and the involvement of the different biotechnology managers at the regional level.
To contribute to the generation of innovative biotechnological solutions and strategic partnerships between academia, business and government.
To be a world-class Inter-University Laboratory in biotechnological innovation.
It focuses on agriculture as a field of exploitation. We aim to the creation of new plant varieties of agricultural interest, production of biofertilizers and biopesticides, in vitro culture, and cloning of plant and algae materials.
White Biotechnology pays special attention to the design of processes and products that use up fewer resources than the traditional ones, making them more energy-efficient or less polluting. The work of the Bioprocesses Unit focuses on the use of micro-organisms for the production of chemical products and industrial enzymes, the design and production of new materials for everyday use, and the development of new sustainable energy sources, such as biofuels.
Gray biotechnology focuses on the application of molecular biology to the genetic analysis of populations and species that comprise ecosystems, their comparison and cataloguing. Cloning techniques can also be included in order to preserve species and to use technologies for the storage of genomes.
It is based on the exploitation of marine resources for generation of products and applications of industrial interest. If we take into account that the sea encompasses the greatest biodiversity, there is potentially a huge variety of sectors that can benefit from the use of blue biotechnology. Many of the blue biotechnology products and applications are currently either in the search or research phase, although there are examples of the use of some of them on a daily basis.
It involves all uses of biotechnology related to medicine. Red biotechnology includes the search for vaccines and antibiotics, the development of new drugs, molecular diagnostic techniques, regenerative therapies and development of genetic engineering to cure diseases through genetic manipulation. Some of the most relevant examples of Red Biotechnology are, cell therapy and regenerative medicine, gene therapy and medicines based on biological molecules, such as therapeutic antibodies.