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"Armbiotechnology" Scientific and Production Center
"Armbiotechnology" Scientific and Production Center
Division of Natural Sciences
Specialization: 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 Armenia: 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








The Institute of Physiology after L.Orbeli NAS RA organizes the event dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the known Armenian physiologist, Academician and vice-president of the Science Academy of Armenian SSR Victor Fanarjian. The event will be held at 13:00, March 29, in the Institute of Physiology after L.Orbeli

ՀՀ ԳԱԱ-ն հայտարարում է 2019թ-ի «ՀՀ ԳԱԱ համակարգի ինստիտուտների գիտական սարքավորումների սպասարկում, վերազինում, գիտափորձերի իրականացման համար նյութերի ձեռքբերում և չնախատեսված անհետաձգելի ծախսերի կատարում» և «ՀՀ ԳԱԱ համակարգի կազմակերպությունները սարքավորումներով վերազինում» ծրագրերից համակարգի կազմակերպություններին ֆինանսավորում տրամադրելու մրցույթ

ՀՀ ԳԱԱ-ն հայտարարում է «ՀՀ գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիայի համակարգի գիտական գործուղումների իրականացում» ծրագրի միջոցներից 2019 թ. գիտական գործուղման ֆինանսավորման մրցույթ: Մրցույթն անցկացվելու է «ՀՀ գիտությունների ազգային ակադեմիայի համակարգի գիտական գործուղումների իրականացում» ծրագրի միջոցների օգտագործման կարգին համապատասխան

The list of scientific events guaranteed for financing by State Budget for 2019

On May 22-23, 2019, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA in collaboration with the "Matenadaran" Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts is organizing an international Armenological conference dedicated to the 90-th anniversary of the birth of the prominent Armenologist, academician Sen Arevshatyan. For more information see here

2019թ. հունիսի 30-ից հուլիսի 5-ը տեղի կունենա Նոբելյան մրցանակակիրների 69-րդ հանդիպումը ֆիզիկայի բնագավառի ներկայացուցիչների հետ

Institute of Molecular Biology NAS RA together with Interdisciplinary Center of Bioinformatics of Leipzig University (Germany) and Russian-Armenian University organizes Workshop and Summer School “Genome Bioinformatics for Health” for students and young scientists on July 1-5. Registration deadline is May 1, 2019

On 23-27 September, 2019, the VI International Conference on “Chemistry and Chemical Technologies” will be held in Yerevan, organized by the M.G. Manvelyan Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry NAS RA and Division of Chemistry and Earth Sciences NAS RA

Оn November 21, 2019, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing international scientific conference dedicated to UNESCO’s World Philosophy Day. For more information: e-mail:jijyan@mail.ru

Оn November 26, 2019, the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law of NAS RA is organizing the scientific conference dedicated to the 50-th anniversary of the Institute. For more information: e-mail:jijyan@mail.ru

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