Biological Resource Centers and Microbiological Resource Centers
The Biological Resource Centers (BRCs) and MicroBiological Resource Center (mBRCs) are intended for collection, management and distribution of biological samples with guarantees of traceability, characterization, conservation, under optimal and secure conditions. These samples are made available for scientific, agricultural, environmental and medical research.
BRCs and mBRCs must ensure the conservation of biological resources and their provision for scientific, agricultural, environmental and medical research in optimal and secure conditions.
In the medical field, they constitute dynamic interfaces between clinicians, researchers and industrialists, covering the major themes in public health: cancer, infectious diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic disorders and genetic diseases. They form an essential link for both basic biomedical research and translational research. They are tools for biotechnology and the development of innovative therapeutic methods.
The valorization of collections and know-how in the direction of public and private actors is a major challenge for BRCs. This includes gathering the necessary numbers of samples for large-scale research projects and creating an environment conducive to the development of synergies, particularly with the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries.
The BRCs / mBRCs have a dual purpose of:
- Creation and conservation of work and service collections which fulfill the objectives of selection and research for defined projects, specific to the public or private institutions that direct it.
- Creation and conservation of heritage and reference collections that constitute national collections that are not necessarily related to immediate scientific and / or industrial projects, but whose quality and rarity justify their sustainability and transmission to future generations.
DNAshell® and RNAshell® technologies offer BRCs and mBRCs optimal solutions for valorization and access to quality biomolecular resources, by allowing them:
- to simplify the conditions of access to the samples,
- to harmonize conservation standards,
- guarantee the identity and quality of biological materials and information.
- to help preserve biodiversity according to quality assurance-traceability criteria so as to meet needs that are difficult to predict today,
- to participate in the international exchange of biological samples in the transparency and the respect of the legal, regulatory and ethical commitments, while guaranteeing the biosafety.