Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Data Center Description
Located at the world-renowned Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, the Center for Marine Biotechnology and
Biomedicine (CMBB) is a campuswide UCSD research division
dedicated to the exploration of the novel and diverse resources
of the ocean. Research programs focus on marine biomedicine and
marine drug discovery, with an emphasis on cancer and both
infectious and inflammatory diseases. CMBB scientists
investigate a wide range of biotechnologies, from the special
properties of deep-sea marine microbes to the genetic
engineering of commercially viable marine animals.

CMBB is unique. Nowhere else in the world is research of such
magnitude being conducted on the biomedical potential of marine
resources. The program integrates Scripps's leading expertise in
marine science with the frontline medical research activities of
the UCSD School of Medicine. The combined efforts represent an
unprecedented approach to the development of new drugs and the
fight against disease.

CMBB has established its remarkable research programs by
encouraging collaboration among scientists from many disciplines
and departments on the UCSD campus. Further, its location near
the La Jolla high-tech community provides exciting opportunities
for interaction with many pharmaceutical and biotechnology
companies. An important goal is to foster involvement by the
local biotech community in accessing marine resources, in
placing CMBB graduate students within local industry, and in
developing joint programs in marine biomedicine. CMBB is also
fostering collaborations with other cancer research foundations
such as the Burnham Institute in La Jolla.

[Summary provided by CMBB.]