Who we are
Biotechnology is the use of living systems, organisms or processes to develop or make products of interest to human purposes. The term includes a wide variety of sciences such as genetic engineering, genomics, proteomics, cell and tissue culture or bioinformatics. At the CNB we use all these tools to lead the biotechnology research in Spain. We work to unlock the secrets of living things and to apply our research results to the development of new, safer, more effective compounds and technologies that will allow us to improve health, agriculture and environment.
We research to improve life.
The National Centre for Biotechnolgy (CNB) is a research centre that forms part of the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), Spain’s most important public scientific institution. The CNB opened in 1992 to lead in developing modern biotechnology in Spain. Our principal objectives are to:
- Acquire knowledge and develop new technologies in the areas of human and animal health, agriculture and the environment.
- Promote knowledge and technology transfer for the benefit of society.
- Train future generations of researchers and technologists.
- Engage and inform society about advances and the benefits of biotechnology.
The CNB is distinguished by its versatile interdisciplinary research that combines molecular biology methods with the latest technology in the fields of functional and structural biology. We are a team of more than 600 professionals committed to research excellence. The CNB has been recognised by an international jury as one of the eight Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence in medicine and the life sciences.
We hope these pages will awaken the reader’s interest in our work and our results. Here you will find up-to-date information on our centre’s organisation and mission, our research lines, our recent contributions to science and innovation, forthcoming scientific events and outreach activities, as well as training opportunities, job offers, and other useful data.
Welcome to the CNB!
Fernando Rojo de Castro