National Institute of Biology (NIB)



Večna pot 111, 1000 Ljubljana



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NIB is the largest independent Public Research Institution for Life Sciences in Slovenia. It consists of 4 departments (Organisms and Ecosystems Research, Genetic Toxicology and Cancer Biology, Biotechnology and Systems Biology, Marine Biological Station Piran) and its basic activity is basic, developmental and applicative research in the fields of biotechnology, biophysics, biomedicine and system biology. Its numerous activities are related to the environment, agriculture, food and, more recently and increasingly so, to human health.

NIB is a project-oriented institution and is simultaneously involved in numerous international collaborations and, increasingly, in long-term contract research for the Centres of Excellence, pharmaceutical companies and a number of small and medium-sized enterprises. NIB works in close cooperation with affiliated higher education and research institutions in Slovenia and abroad. This synergy ensures that the knowledge produced at the Institute is widely accessible to the society through education and outreach activities and is beneficial to the economy by being transferred into practice. Undergraduate and post-graduate education represents another important aspect of NIB activities. NIB has established its own technology transfer office responsible for the management of intellectual property and business development.

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