Excellence in Science
"Excellence in Science: Profiles of Research Institutions in Developing Countries", is a series of books published by TWAS that explore the achievements of some of the South's most successful science centres. Each profile details how the research center was founded, the challenges it has overcome and its role in a nation's sustainable economic development. TWAS's publication partners have included the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Science Initiative Group.
2008 - National Institute of Biodiversity, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to an estimated 500,000 species, including 40,000 species of beetles and 20,000 species of butterflies. The 'Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad' (INBio), or National Institute of Biodiversity, is one of the key organizations "to promote a greater awareness of the value of biodiversity as a means of ensuring its conservation and improving the quality of life". Published with support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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2008 - Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, China

The Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing seeks to ensure the continued existence of the valuable heritage of Traditional Chinese Medicine by applying the tools of modern science to ancient tradition. The principal aims of the Institute are to protect, develop and utilize medicinal plant resources using modern scientific techniques.

– Published with support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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2007 - Central Drug Research Institute, India

The Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India, is one of the 38 institutes and 80 field stations that make up India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – an organization that employs some 20,000 staff, 15,000 of whom are scientists and technicians. The Institute, dedicated to the discovery and development of new drugs, plays a key role in translating basic research into commercial products.

– Published with support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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