Cibinong – BRIN Public Relations. In accordance with the mandate of Presidential Regulation No. 78 of 2021, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has government duties in the fields of research, development, studies, application, invention and innovation, in addition to implementation of nuclear energy and integrated national space program, as well as monitoring, control, and evaluation of the implementation BRIDA’s duties and functions pursuant to laws and regulations.

Implementation of these duties requires research facilities and infrastructure that are adequate and support the works of research human resources and research management. Various research infrastructure facilities have been built under the financing of State Sharia Securities (SBSN) in several locations of BRIN’s work areas. For Cibinong area, one of the research infrastructure facilities that have been ready for use since September 2021 is the building of the National Integrated Center for Genomic, Tropical Biodiversity and Environment (Genomics Laboratory).

Currently in the second week of January 2022, the Genomic Laboratory is cleaning up. The process of furniture installation and removal of laboratory equipment is underway including equipment from the Eijkman Molecular Biology Research Center (PRBM) which has now been placed on the 4th floor. “Construction of building has completed and furniture has arrived. The target is completion of this cleaning work this week so that next week all of them should function properly,  said Ishak Siregar, Coordinator of Scientific Collection Infrastructure from the Directorate of Scientific Collection Infrastructure – Deputy for Research and Innovation Infrastructure of BRIN, on Tuesday (10/01).

Ishak explained that the Genomics Laboratory is one of the supporting infrastructure facilities for integrated research from several laboratories in Research Centers within the Life Sciences Research Organization, namely the Biomaterials Research Center, Biotechnology Research Center, Biology Research Center, and Eijkman PRBM.

This integrated Genomics Laboratory facility also provides state-of-the-art research equipment for biotechnology and molecular engineering for the public. This facility is projected as the national research facility to produce molecular biology engineering-based useful products (hereditary materials, sequences, DNA & RNA, hosts, synthetic genes, vaccines, pharmaceutical proteins) based on local materials. In addition, this standardized modern facility can be used as a reference laboratory in the fields of biotechnology and bioengineering; and as the center for knowledge exchange at the regional and international levels.

There is an improvement in the lab management system.  The concept of all Genomic Laboratory is now open space and centralized. In relation thereto, Ishak said that anyone can use them, both BRIN’s internal researchers and from outside, including students. “So it is different from the previous scheme when the laboratories and their equipment could only be used for internal researchers and as if they belonged to researchers or certain work units,” he explained.

In general, most of the rooms in the Genomics Laboratory in a total area of ​​16,000 square meters are rooms for research laboratories, equipped with  supporting rooms such as Co-Working Space, Front Office, Meeting Room, Workshop & Training, Administration, IT Room, Prayer Room and Warehouse. “Rooms in the form of co-working space have been provided for researchers in this building for research process, but researchers do not stay or have their own workspace,” concluded Ishak.

Based on the type, the laboratory rooms consist of Biodiversity Utilization and Bioprospection Laboratory (Wing A) and Biodiversity and Tropical Environment Laboratory (Wing B).

The laboratories in Wing A consist of: Bioprocess Engineering and Fermentation Technology Lab. on the 1st floor, Bioprospection and Bioassay Lab. on the 2nd floor, Genetic, Protein and Metabolic Engineering Lab. on the 4th floor. While Wing B accommodates Preparation Lab. and Waste Treatment Lab. on the 1st floor, Tropical Biodiversity Lab. and Climate Change Mitigation Lab. on the 2nd floor, Advance Environmental Analysis Lab. and Basic Environmental Analysis Lab. on the 3rd floor, and Environmental Health Lab. and Toxicology Lab. on the 4th floor. (dk ed sl)