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Admired, and still mysterious, the fantastic biodiversity of the Amazon wakes up the interests of the entire world scientific community. In which way can the flora and fauna of the amazon help to cure diseases, to create new productive processes or, still, to develop revolutionary substances for different applications? These and many other answers will come through CBA - Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon.

An initiative from the Brazilian Government , in partnership with the scientific community and the private sector, the Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon has as main goal to develop new technologies starting from integrated researches, that will be performed by a net of regional and national laboratories.
This way, CBA will be capable to offer support to the companies of transformation and industrialization of natural products in its most different applications: from pharmaceutical products, cosmetics and bio insecticide to agriculture, to the food industry, coloring, perfuming, essential oils, among others.

The work of the Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon is also going to facilitate, the creation of insertion mechanisms of the traditional populations of the Amazon in the regional economy, the sustained use of its potentialities, the growth of companies already existent, the attraction of new investments for the sector of natural resources in the Amazon area and the training of appropriately qualified human resources.

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CBA - PHYSICAL AND LABORATORY STRUCTURE AMONG THE MOST COMPLETE AND WELL EQUIPPED IN THE WORLD


Built with resources from the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Trade Zone, the federal government's organ linked to the Ministry for Industry Development and External Trade, in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment, the Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon is located in the Industrial District of Manaus. There are 12 thousand m2 of built area where there is a complex with 26 laboratories, central of production of extracts, facilities for incubation of companies, lodgings for researchers and administrative and research support facilities.


CBA is constituted of:

• Laboratories of researches for products of vegetable origin   
• Laboratories of researches for products of animal origin
• Laboratories destined to the central analytic
• Laboratories of researches with microorganisms
• Support and training laboratories
• Complex of decontamination, wash and sterilization
• Incubator of companies of technological base
• Laboratory of production of extracts
• Viarium
• Pilot plant of industrial processes
• Management and administration
• Support section to the companies
• Amphitheater and meeting rooms
• Lodging for researchers
• Nucleus of information and library
• Museum of natural products

AVERAGE AND LONG RANGE ACTIONS: GUARANTEE OF WORLD CONSOLIDATION OF THE CENTER OF BIOTECHNOLOGY OF THE AMAZON

In the first phase, the Center of Biotechnology of Amazon will prio-ritize the work in the phytotherapeutic areas, cosmetics, extracts and sectors in wide evolution and great participation in the national economy.

The areas of science, technology and technological innovation will also be prioritized, seeking to increase the competitiveness of the bio products and agricultural products produced in the Amazon, assuring development of techniques that influence the productivity and the quality of those products directly to the internal market and the demanding international market.

Besides these objectives, the Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon will have to make available, or to consolidate competencies in areas of great relevance to the bio technical development, as, for example, in the sector of name brands and patents; in the administration and transfer of technologies and in the information on natural and bio technical products and its markets.

In another sector, the Center of Biotechnology intends to develop and potentialize what already exists in the country in terms of bio prospecting. Among them there are pharmaceutical products, for example, the antibiotics, drugs anti-neoplastic, anti-hipertensive, neurological-active substances and immune-modulators, besides materials for cosmetics, natural hair coloring, perfume, essential oils, polymeric biodegradable, bio insecticide and enzymes of bio technical interest, among others.

A CENTER OF NATIONAL INTEGRATION

The Center of Biotechnology of the Amazon will be linked to the most important laboratories and groups of national research in a permanent process of discovery of new substances of socioeconomic interest.

Regionally, this partnership will be with the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM), National Institute of Researches of the Amazon (INPA), Foundation Center of Analyses, Research and Technological Innovations (FUCAPI), Brazilian Company of Agricultural Research of the Western Amazon and Amapá, Foundation of Tropical Medicine of Manaus (FMT), FIOCRUZ, Federal University of Pará and Emílio Goeldi Museum, among others.

Nationally involved in the process are: the University of São Paulo, Embrapa/CENARGEN, State University of São Paulo (UNESP), Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Federal University of Ceará, Federal University of Pelotas, Federal University of São Carlos, Federal University of Vicosa, State University of Londrina, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Federal University of Pernambuco, Federal University of Alagoas, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University of Ribeirão Preto, University of Campinas, University of Brasília, Instituto Butantã, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Institute of Biotechnology of Caxias do Sul, National Laboratory of Luz Síncroton and other teaching and research centers.