National Center for Engineering and Biotechnology

"Success in Multidisciplinary Research"

Recognizing the potentials of biotechnology to affect a broad spectrum of industries, Thailand has placed increased emphasis on biotechnology over the last decade, with the establishment of the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in 1983, and the launching of the Science and Technology Development Board (STDB) in 1985. During the first eight years, BIOTEC obtained its authority directly from the ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and is in charge of coordinating biotechnology research and development across the country. The two activities, BIOTEC and STDB, were merged as part of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), an autonomous organization with the mandate to be the main "driving force" for rapid S&T development in public and business sector is expected to grow at a fast pace during the next decade, the government through the NSTDA action will enhance not only the national RD&E but also concentrate on technology transfer and collaboration with private sector with an aim to commercialization.