National Biotechnology Development Agency

NABDA

The Agency was established under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to implement the policy that is aimed at research, promoting, coordinating and development of biotechnology for Nigeria.

Our Mandates

Research & Development

Carry out well-focused research and development in biotechnology in priority areas of food and agriculture, health, industry, environment and other strategic sectors for national development and draw up programmes and policies for biotechnology utilization, research, and development in Nigeria.

Promote

Promote sustenance in development and application of acceptable and profitable technologies through strategic investments in biotechnology research and development to support innovation and economic development; ensure Nigeria becomes self-reliant in the development and application of biotechnology-based products and services.

Training

Initiate and encourage capacity building in all aspects of biotechnology required for the implementation of cutting edge biotechnology research and development activities in Nigeria.

Coordinate

Promote, coordinate and deploy cutting edge biotechnology research and development activities in Nigeria.

Publish

Publish and disseminate research findings and recommendations of the Agency on biotechnology.

Funding

Ensure a sustainable mechanism for adequate funding of biotechnology activities through national and international funding agencies.

Awareness

Create public awareness and participation in biotechnology development activities through strong advocacy programmes, seminars, conference, and workshop.

Collaborate

Collaborate on biotechnology with international research centers, non-governmental organization, industries, and others.

Private Sector

Encourage private sector participation in the biotechnology industry.

Projects

Our Latest Work

Recent Events

NABDA STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH ICGEB FOR IMPROVED ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINES AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

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Press Briefing by the Director General, NABDA on the significance of the NABDA Establishment Act 2022 to national development

NABDA Act’ll Catalyse Resurgence Of Nigeria’s Textile Industry, Health Sector, Others

NABDA POISED TO STIMULATE RAPID INDUSTRIALIZATION

DG/CEO NABDA, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha at the Inauguration of Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee and Technical Working Group on Local Vaccine Manufacturing.

As part of efforts to build capacity for sustainable local vaccine manufacturing, the Nigerian Government increased its advocacy and request to international partners and donor agencies to support the country.

In view of this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) listed Nigeria among the six countries to be supported with the mRA technology transfer for vaccine development and manufacturing. However, Nigeria must provide an enabling environment for the technical knowledge transfer.

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NABDA ACT 2022 TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Director General/CEO of NABDA, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha has urged farmers to use modern biotechnology to tackle challenges of low soil fertility, changing climate conditions and high pressure of insects, pests and diseases towards ensuring food security.

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NABDA FOSTERS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS NABDA BILL INTO LAW ALONG FIVE OTHERS

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the National Biotechnology Development Agency NABDA Act, 2022 along five others.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Mr. Shehu said the bill was one of six recently signed into law by the president.

A statement signed by Garba Shehu, list the law thus:

The National Biotechnology Development Agency Act, 2022.

“This Act provides legal framework for the National Biotechnology Development Agency to carry out research, create and develop public awareness in biotechnology in order to encourage private sector participation in biotechnology industry in Nigeria.”

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Ghana Commends Nigeria’s Success Story in Agricultural Biotechnology


The Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency NABDA, Prof. AbdullahiMustapha received a high leveled delegation of biotechnology and biosafety team members on a fact finding tour from Ghana to Nigeria on Monday.

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NABDA GOVERNING BOARD TOURS FACILITIES

The Director General/CEO, NABDA, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha led the agency’s Governing board on a facility tour on Monday, 28th March, 2022.

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SENATE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION’S OVERSIGHT VISIT TO NABDA

The Senate Committee Chairman on Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Uche Ekwunife, has assured NABDA of the committee’s support and collaboration to enhance the agency’s budgetary allocation and ensure an improvement in its funds releases, considering the critical role it plays in engendering economic growth for the nation.

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Advert for Short Term Research Position in Candidate Vaccine Development

Background

In recognition of the importance of biotechnology to national development, the Federal Executive Council on 23rd of April 2001 approved the National Biotechnology Policy, which led to the establishment of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in November 2001. The Agency was established under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to implement the policy that is aimed at promoting, coordinating, and setting research and development priority in biotechnology for Nigeria. Based on this premise, the programs of the Agency are structured in line with international standards bearing in mind the development of local technological contents. The Agency’s mandate weighs on the promotion, coordination and deployment of cutting-edge biotechnology research & development processes and products for the socio–economic well-being of the nation. Her mission is to make Biotechnology an engine of growth for socio-economic development of Nigeria as well as maintaining the Vision of promoting biotechnology activities that positively respond to national aspirations especially on affordable healthcare delivery.

 

To fast track its R &D activities the Agency   is hereby inviting applications for a short term position in candidate vaccine development from suitably qualified candidates who must be  of Nigeria national irrespective of country of residence. The Agency therefore wishes to engage experts willing to contribute in developing mRNA candidate vaccine and/or applying other approaches such as subunit protein technique at its  Medical Biotechnology  Facility  in Abuja, Nigeria.

Position Description

We are seeking interested candidate to describe and  design  mRNA vaccine candidates   and/or apply other 3rd/4th generation approaches that will have potent application in disease of interest currently being researched  on in the facility. The funded project covers a range of fundamental and applied areas in vaccine development.  However, the selected candidate will have access to these laboratories; immunovirology, infectious disease & human biospecimen and the Forensic DNA situated in Medical Biotechnology Department of the Agency. The position involves a collaborative activity of these laboratories as well as  other partner laboratories  to achieve the project aim.

The Fellow therefore, will work on developing and/or deploying technologies aimed at rapidly producing inexpensive, globally appropriate recombinant vaccines for pathogens of high priority that includes viruses. The work will involve classical molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, synthetic biology, recombinant expression systems and a variety of immunological techniques. The Fellow will also assist to work on optimizing candidate vaccine immunogens as well as the workflow systems. It is intended that candidates must have a background in any of the specialized areas of biological/medical sciences related to vaccine development while possessing skills in human cell line, vector construction, PCR and molecular cloning. The successful candidate  will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at  NABDA.

Desired Skills:

Main requirements:

  • Ph.D in   Bacteriology, Virology, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Medical  Biotechnology or a closely related specialty  or
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent)   with extensive experience in  vaccine  technology or molecular diagnostics  with background in any of the following  Bacteriology, virology, Immunology, Genetic Engineering, Medical  Biotechnology or a closely related specialty.

Other requirements:

  • Knowledge and expertise in cell line, RNA, technique, molecular cloning, electrophoresis, recombinant technique, and vector construction.
  • Have a tract record in areas of nucleic acid vaccine development and/or recombinant technology
  • Very good communication skills in English
  • The successful applicant should have a strong work ethics, resilience and commitment to working  as a team player.

Restrictions:   Applicants must be  a Nigerian who may be residing  within or outside the country

Duration: 4-6 months renewable on satisfactory performance.

Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Research plan (max 3 pages).

Selection Process:  Candidates will be screened and selected for interview

Renumeration: Monthly allowance not below Research Officer cadre on CONRAISS 14 as provided for in the Federal Public Service however, experience may be considered.

 

Submission

Applications should reach the undersigned within two (2) weeks of this publication.

Director Human Resources Management

National Biotechnology Development Agency, Umaru Musa Yaradua Express Way, Lugbe, Abuja

Or

submitted online at https://nabda.gov.ng/portfolio/nigeria-immunology-and-infection-network/then click “FOR MORE INFORMATION  VISIT”

Applications may also be emailed to b.ibeh@nabda.gov.ng

 

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

 

Note that successful applicant  is expected to resume around April,2022

 

For additional information please contact  b.ibeh@nabda.gov.ng

The Executive Governor of Kano State, His Excellency, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, OFR, and the Permanent.Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology who doubles as the Chairman of NABDA’s Governing Board, Mr. Sunday Edet Akpan, were received by the DG/CEO, NABDA, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha and his management team to the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) today, Thursday 28th. January, 2021
ICGEB Meetings and Courses 2022 : Call for Proposals

ICGEB provides support for the organisation of scientific events in the Life Sciences in ICGEB Member States. Funding is available for Meetings, to be held in the three ICGEB Components (Trieste, Italy; NewDelhi, India, Cape Town, South Africa); Workshops, co-sponsored by local organising institutes; Courses, providing theoretical and/or practical training. The “Future of Science” programme supports scientific events on currently hot scientific topics, with open communication to media and public; Seeds for Science, supports small meetings aimed at building networks for future research collaborations; Sponsorship is also provided to scientific events relevant to the ICGEB mandate in the ICGEB Member States.

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2021

Scientific institutions located in ICGEB Member States are encouraged to apply.

for more info: https://www.icgeb.org/activities/meeting-and-courses/

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Umaru Musa Ya'adua Way
Lugbe, Airport Road
Abuja-Nigeria.

Email: Info@nabda.gov.ng