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"Armbiotechnology" Scientific and Production Center
"Armbiotechnology" Scientific and Production Center
Division of Natural Sciences
Specialisation: Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Genetic Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Ecology, Food and Agricultural Safety
Founded year: 2010
Director: Academician, Dr. of Chem. Sci., Professor
Ashot S. Saghyan
Address: 14 Gyurjyan Str., 0056 Yerevan, Armenia
Phone number: (+374 10) 654180
Fax: (+374 10) 654183
E-mail: armbiotech {[ at ]} gmail.com
Website: http://www.armbiotech.am/
General Information

“Armbiotechnology” Scientific and Production Center NAS RA, State non-profit organization (“Armbiotechnology” SPC SNPO NAS RA), was established by the RA Government Decision in 2010 as a result of merging the “Scientific Research Institute of Biotechnology” CJSC and “Center of Microbiology and Microbial Depository” NAS RA. It is the legal successor of the joint organizations.

The “Institute of Biotechnology”, “Institute of Microbiology” and “Center of Microbial Depository” are institutions of the “Armbiotechnology” SPC NAS RA.

The following Associations are established and operate in the Center: “Biotechnological Association of Armenia” (BAA, 2007) and “Armenian Microbiological Association” (AMA, 2009). The latter exercising its full membership rights is included into the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS).

The Center has 127 researchers including 1 Academician of NAS RA, 1 Corresponding Member of NAS RA, 8 Doctors of Sciences and 54 Candidates of Sciences.

Main Fields of Activity
  • Fundamental research in biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, genetic engineering and organic chemistry.
  • Synthesis, production of protein and non-protein amino acids, peptides, enzymes and other biological preparations.
  • Development and optimization of biotechnological processes of BAS production.
  • Medical and biological screening of synthesized preparations.
  • Genetics, gene engineering, genetic construction of producers.
  • Solution of urgent problems in medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, food industry and ecology.
  • Study of microbial diversity of Armenia. Maintenance, deposition and study of the Collection of microorganisms’ cultures of research and production significance.
  • Scientific-research grants, contracts.
  • Scientific-educational activity.
  • Biotechnological productions (non-protein amino acids, biological fertilizers, fermented dairy products, galenical and non-galenical preparations).

Main scientific activities

- Biomimetic asymmetric synthesis. Development of efficient methods for the asymmetric synthesis of enantiomerically pure non-protein amino acids, peptides and their analogs used in pharmaceutics, PET diagnostics.
- Biotransformation and biocatalysis. Production of amino acids, enzyme preparations, polysaccharides and other biologically active substances (BAS).
- Microbiological synthesis. Search, production of BAS producing strains (L-, D-amino acids, enzymes, bioinhibitors, biostimulators, biofertilizers, bacterial insecticides) for the needs of medicine, pharmaceutical and food industries, agriculture.
- Biopreparations and bioadditives. Development of techniques for producing BAS for food, medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes.
- Management of biotechnological processes. Development of fundamentally new technological approaches of management.
- Processing of agricultural and food waste products. Development of efficient technologies.
- Study of microbial biodiversity of atmenia: systematics, taxonomy, morphology, physiology, biochemistry, cytology and genetics of microorganisms.

Main Results
  • Production of non-protein optically active (R)- and (S) α-amino acids and short peptides was set up.
  • Production of biological fertilizers “Azotovit” “Ecobiofeed” and “Ecobiofeed+” based on free-living nitrogen-fixing bacteria was set up.
  • High-yield producers of L-amino acids (proline, valine, alanine, ornithine, arginine, histidine) were obtained by gene-engineering and selective methods. More than 20 technological regulations for production of L-amino acids were developed.
  • To produce D-amino acids (alanine, aspartic acid, proline, methionine, leucine), microbial degradation and enzymatic hydrolysis methods were developed.
  • Technologies for production of enzyme preparations (amylase, glucoamylase, bactorennine) for food industry were developed.
  • Manufacture of health-improving vegetable and fruit-berry syrups, inuline, fructose and fructose-glucose syrups, β-cyclodexrins, plant and essential oils for medical and cosmetic purposes, was established.
  • Production of the fermented dairy product "Narine", yoghurts was organized.
  • Technologies for producing new bacterial insecticidal preparations and growth inhibitors of infectious diseases agents were developed.
  • The Collection of cultures of microorganisms (more than 13000 strains) was created. 
International Activity

The Center successfully collaborates with a number of scientific-research and industrial organizations of the USA, EU, CIS, China that resulted in fulfillment of joint scientific research projects and contracts within the framework of the following programs: INCO-COPERNICUS, ISTC, INTAS, CRDF, NFSAT, ANSEF, EURASIA, NATO, VOLKSWAGEN.

For contribution in the development of biotechnology and achievements in scientific collaboration the Center and, particularly, director of the Center, Academician of NAS RA, Ashot S. Saghyan were awarded “Descartes Prize” (EU, 2001), “Award of Friendship” (the Government of the Chinese People's Republic, 2002), “Golden Star” Special Prize of the International Business Initiative Directions Organization in the category “Quality and Leadership” (“International Quality Star Award”, 2003), RA President’s Prizes (2004, 2011), State Prize of RA (2016), “Tien-Shan” Prize (the Government of Xinjiang province, China, 2002, 2005), RA Prime Minister’s Diploma (2006).

Latest Announcements
In the framework of BSH project National Academy of Sciences of RA announces 3rd call for networking grants for participation in Brokerage Events related to Horizon2020 as well as in Preparatory Meetings for the development of concrete project proposals for selected thematic calls within H2020

International Scientific-Educatioanl Cente of NAS RA announces admission to master programs for 2017-2018

2018թ. հունիսի 24-29-ը Լինդաույում տեղի կունենա Նոբելյան մրցանակակիրների հետ 68-րդ (ֆիզիոլոգիայի/բժշկության) հանդիպումը: Դիմելու վերջնաժամկետն է 2017թ. հոկտեմբերի 23-ը:

L. Orbeli Institute of Physiology of NAS RA announces the beginning of Hands-on Course on Tissue Engineering which will be organized during FALL SEMESTER (September -December 2017) every Tuesday and Thursday from 3.00pm until 5.00pm

On 8-14 October 2017 the 5th IGCP 630 Field Workshop

2018թ. փետրվարին Թեհրանում կայանալու է Khwarizmi միջազգային մրցանակաբաշխությունը, որը կազմակերպում է Իրանի Իսլամական Հանրապետության Գիտության, հետազոտության և տեխնոլոգիայի նախարարության Իրանի գիտության և տեխնոլոգիայի հետազոտական կազմակերպությունը: Մրցանակաբաշխությանը մասնակցելու համար անհրաժեշտ է մինչև 2017թ. հոկտեմբերի 10-ը գրանցվել և ներկայացնել պահանջվող փաստաթղթերն առցանց՝ http://khwarizmi.ir/fakia/ էլեկտրոնային հասցեով

L.A.Orbeli Institute of Physiology of NAS RA organizes the International jubilee session dedicated to the 135th anniversary of Leon Orbeli, which will take place on 11-13 October, 2017, in Yerevan

On October 11-13, 2017 H. Buniatian Institute of Biochemistry of NAS RA and the Armenian Association of Biochemists organize the 2nd International conference "Armenian Women Achievements in Biological Sciences" supported by the State committee of science of MES RA

On 16-22 October, 2017, Department of Physics and astrophysics of NAS RA and Institute of Applied Problems of Physics NAS RA is organizing the traditional International conference on

On October 24-25, 2017, by the initiative of the Department of Armenian and Social Studies of NAS RA an International conference dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Mekhitarist Congregation in Venetian island of St Lazarus will be organized

On 5 November, 2017, the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA is organizing International Workshop "Boyajyan Readings"

The Institute of Biochemistry after H. Buniatyan of the NAS RA is pleased to announce the International Young Scientists Conference "The Past, Present and Future" dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the founder of the Institute academician H. Buniatian, which will be held on 7-8 of November, 2017 in Yerevan

On 28-30 November, 2017, the Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA and the Salford University (UK) are organizing a NATO funded Advanced Research Workshop "BRITE (Biomarkers of Radiation In The Environment): Robust tools for risk assessment"

The Institute of Literature after M. Abeghyan of the National Academy of Sciences of RA organizes a republican scientific session for the Young literary theorists, which will take place in Yerevan from 14-15, December, 2017

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