National Biobank of Thailand
National Biobank of Thailand (NBT) houses bioresources native to Thailand comprising microbes, plants, and animals. NBT works closely with key stakeholders whose common mission is to conserve such important bioresources that are running a risk of extinction due to various threats from both human and changing environment. We utilize cutting-edge technologies to promote the efficient conservation program of these organisms so that their restoration could be conducted effectively if needed. Not only biospecimens are stored in our facilities, data and information associated with these materials are also continually curated and verified so that scientists can use them as references. NBT actively promotes the use of digital platforms to collect and extract key findings that could facilitate research as well as businesses.
Sissades Tongsima, PhD
National Biobank of Thailand (NBT) supports infrastructure for the conservation of the biological resources of Thailand, and carries out research using advanced technology on the value and potential for development of biological resources from the genetic to the ecosystem level. Biomaterials collected and stored at Biobank are a vital platform for maintaining the current and future bio-economy of the kingdom
1. To support nation’s long-term conservation program including:
Microbial reference portal
What do we store?
Wild endangered species: these organisms may not yet be proven to be valuable, but they could play key role, interacting with other organisms to balance the ecological system
Research species: these organisms may come from local wisdom/R&D or even those germplasms used in breeding programs that people spent significant budget, time, and effort to maintain and derive them.
2. To support and maintain bio-based digital platforms for sustainable use of nation’s bioresources including:
Biological databases and knowledge management
Computational infrastructures and bioinformatic tools
Specimen management systems
Benefits for utilizing biodata
Value-added service: using reference data to verify identities of valuable bioresources via NBT comprehensive databases
New findings/business opportunities: harnessing genomic data via our computational platforms
Standardized biobanking services: maintaining high standard with our specimen management systems, procedures and other key protocols that help achieve the long-term conservation goals
National Biobank of Thailand is infrastructure to support the long-term conservation of biological resources. Research to produce knowledge from integrating information and creating tools for sustainable use of information. As well as supporting the processing and management of Thai population genetic information
Genome Data Bank (50K GeTH)
Processing and management of 50,000 Thai populations genetic data by establishing a data access system for research, develop standards of data and diagnostic tools. Create system for Security and maintaining data privacy of volunteers
Sissades Tongsima, Ph.D.
Technology supports the Mission
Automated sample deep freezing storage and management systems: Brooks Life Science Systems (Brooks BioStoreTM II -80 Celsius & SampleStoreTM II -20 Celsius)
A high-throughput automated seed viability testing system: LemnaTecTM Scanalyzer
Advanced Plant factory system providing a computerized-control cultivation environment
Plant tissue culture and Cryopreservation systems
Microbial Identification platform: MALDI Biotyper system
Specimen Management System (SMS)
High Performance Computing system (HPC) and big data storage and analytical systems