The Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology (MBC) is a project of establishing a common scientific centre and developmental research facility by the Jagiellonian University and the Agricultural University in Krakow. This will enable complex research on different levels of organism function, help increase the competitivity of Polish biotechnological thought and also narrow the gap between developmental research and industry. 6 research centres, comprising diverse yet complementary research themes, will be established in the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology. The areas of future scientific research of the MBC (biotechnology, infectious diseases, food safety, neurobiology, nutrigenomics and bioinformatics) comprise the Bio thematic group, one of four "strategic themes of research and technology development in Poland".
The construction of the new, unique laboratories will improve the quality of work researchers' conditions and the results of the researches. Thanks to modern equipment the research will be conducted in new areas of science (e.g. neuroadaptable technologies or modern methods of bioremediation including the usage of microorganisms living in the soil). Furthermore, building and equipping the new laboratory will contribute to the qualitative improvement of research, broaden the scope of projects carried out in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, food processing, medicine and health (the new centre of Genetic Research and Nutrigenomics will be a pillar of NuGO - European Network for Excellence of Nutrogenomics). The activity of the Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology will contribute to an increase in knowledge transfer and R&D results into industry.
The project is a response to the needs of three groups: business by opening up opportunities for cooperation and commercialization of research, scientists by creating the working conditions on high-quality research equipment and patients by the possibility of making the physical exams.
The actual development of the project will commence in the year 2009 and will terminate in 2014. The total cost of the project is estimated at 91 861 829, 53 PLN.