The Center for Studies in Biotechnology was established to lead in the conduct of pure and applied scientific research programs and projects for the development, promotion, and advancement of biotechnological knowledge, skills, and innovations in the region. The center prioritizes studies on plant biochemistry, natural bio-resources and molecular studies, food and feed innovations technology, bio-science engineering systems technology, and socio-economic and development impacts of biotechnology.
The Center’s operation is divided into two (2) areas: the Biotech Research Laboratories and the Researcher’s mini-hostel and cafeteria. The laboratory area is composed of five (5) research laboratory rooms, a preparation room, and storage room for bio-resources. There are currently 5 research sections, each headed by a section head, including Plant Biochemistry Laboratory; Bioresources and Molecular Biology Laboratory; Bioscience Engineering and Systems Technology Laboratory; Food and Feed Innovation Laboratory; and Socio-economic and Development Studies.
The Mini-hostel and Cafeteria is composed of three (3) mini-hostel rooms and two (2) dorm type rooms with an accommodation capacity between 15-25 people. The cafeteria has a dining capacity of 40 people at a time. In addition to the two structural areas, the center has a lecture hall with a maximum seating capacity of 120 people. This will serve as venue for trainings, seminars, lecture fora and meetings.
A premier research facility in biotechnology.
The Center for Studies in Biotechnology shall engage in the conduct of pure and applied scientific research programs and projects for the development, promotion and advancement of biotechnological knowledge, skills and innovations. The center shall put priority research thrusts on the areas of Plant Biochemistry, Natural Bio-resources and Molecular Studies, Food and Feed Innovations Technology, Bio-science Engineering Systems Technology, and Socio-economic and Development Impacts of Biotechnology.
The Center shall also engage in research collaborations with institutions dealing with similar thrusts both in the national and global sphere. The conduct of training on the technological/procedural applications of research outputs shall likewise be given emphasis.
The Center for Studies in Biotechnology is mandated to pursue relevant research, establish linkage with other institutions and industry, and produce innovation products relevant to agriculture and food & feed industry.
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Center for Studies in Biotechnology was first conceptualized during the Academic Year 2011-2012. With the setting up of a Presidential Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to upgrade the facilities of SUCs, the Campus Director of CTU-Barili Campus proposed for the construction of a complete agricultural laboratory facility. However, Dr. Pet Roey L. Pascual, newly returned from DOST Scholarship and designated Research Chairman at CTU Barili Campus, suggested for the establishment of a Biotechnology Research Laboratory patterned after that of a Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand.
Thus, the Php. 40 million proposed research center was named Center for Biotechnology and Climate Change Adaptation Researches (CEBCARE). Climate Change Adaptation was dropped in the later years since another Center for climate change was established at the Main Campus. The proposal was approved in 2012 for implementation in C.Y. 2013 for Php. 25 million to fund infrastructure only. In the following year, PDAF was scrapped due to some corruption issues, and together with it was the funding for the establishment of the center.
In 2014, the proposal was resubmitted through the mainstream of the General Appropriations Budget. It was named Center for Studies in Biotechnology and approved in 2015 for implementation in C.Y. 2016. The amount was only good for the building worth Php. 15 million, so Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr., SUC President, proposed for additional Php. 10 million for laboratory equipment in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) of 2017. Construction and procurement lasted for 2 years (2016-2017). Finally the center was turned over on April 13, 2018. Operations started in June, 2018