Modified 10 October 2017
The Bioresource Collection and Research Center (BCRC), originally named the Culture Collection and Research Centre (CCRC) at FIRDI, was launched in 1982 and established for industrial purpose. BCRC is mainly funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and is the only institute appointed by the Intellectual Property Office, MOEA for the deposit of patent-related biological materials. BCRC is not only an “Agricultural Microorganisms Bank” of the Council of Agriculture, but also the core facility of National Health Research Institute for “Cell Bank”. BCRC is the most systematic and service-oriented bioresource center (BRC) in Asia, and has been a member of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) since 1984. The mission of BCRC is innovation, value-addition and creation. BCRC will continue to assist the development of biotech-related industries in Taiwan by providing customized and value-added services based on the science and technology in the biological resources to promote industrial activities and create industrial values. Furthermore, BCRC joined GBIF and became data provider in 2009. To date, BCRC uses IPT with the Darwin Core standard to reach the goal of microbial data exchange.