National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge (MCMIK)
The NCMIK contributes to the advancement of medical science and the improvement in the public’s health. To this end, the Center collects, processes, preserves, and provides a wide range of resources of biomedical science from inside and outside Korea. The Center also builds a sharing infrastructure as well as manages and provides research data for biomedical science.
National Biobank of Korea (NBK)
The NBK is a central bank for the collection, management, and utilization of human bioresources. The NBK contributes to the establishment of human bioresource-related policies, the standardization of human bioresource management, and the development of an efficient distribution system. The NBK also performs the role of a human bioresource supply hub, thus supporting national healthcare and medical R&D.
National Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (NCSR)
The NCSR supports research on stem cell therapies as a publicly accessible GMP facility. The Center’s aim is to bridge a translational gap between animal studies and clinical applications by providing high-quality stem cell lines derived under GMP conditions and meeting donor eligibility rules.
Biosafety Level 3 and 4 Laboratories
Biosafety level 3 and 4 laboratories in the KNIH support research on infections with high-risk pathogens that may pose a threat to humans and the environment. The KNIH also provides laboratory safety education as well as manages and certifies biosafety facilities.
Laboratory Animal Facilities
Laboratory animal facilities of the KNIH have contributed to the advancement of animal research in a variety of ways: (a) assisting animal research on infectious diseases, vaccine development, chronic diseases, etc.; (b) securing the scientific reliability and accuracy of animal research results; and (c) supporting and providing education on animal research based on the Laboratory Animal Act.
National Vaccine Research Center (VRC)
The VRC will conduct a comprehensive program for research and development of vaccines to help improve the public’s health. The primary focus of research will be on the development of vaccines to prepare for pandemic infectious diseases and bio-terrorism. Also, the VRC will carry out a nonclinical evaluation of vaccine candidate materials as well as collect and manage vaccine candidates.
National Culture Collection for Pathogens (NCCP)
The NCCP, the centralized pathogen resource bank, will be built as a facility that collects and standardizes infectious pathogens in a safe and efficient manner. The bank provides useful pathogen resources, a safe and systematic preservation of pathogen resources, a space for the management and analysis of pathogen resource information, and an administrative space.
A medical insectarium consists of eight insect-rearing rooms and a biosafetyl evel 3 containment laboratory (BSL-3 laboratory). Various arthropod vectors (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks, mites, flies, and cockroaches) are reared, bred, and studied. Furthermore, experiments using arthropod vectors infected with pathogens are conducted in the BL-3 laboratory.