RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC)
- Yuichi Obata
Bioresources are crucial tools for promoting advances in science and technology and for innovation. The RIKEN BioResource Center (BRC) stores and makes available to researchers a diversity of resources including experimental mice, experimental Arabidopsis plants, human and animal cellular materials including iPS cells, genetic material, and microorganisms. The center also provides extensive information about all of these materials, as well as training courses in the handling of bioresources. By providing iPS cells and other types of stem cells to researchers both in and outside Japan, the BRC is promoting research not only in regenerative medicine but also in drug design by facilitating a better understanding of disease mechanisms, and thus contributing to advances in the medical sciences in general.