Chemical biology is an interdisciplinary field of study that is often defined as “chemistry-initiated biology.” As biological processes all stem from chemical events, it should be possible to understand or manipulate biological events by using chemistry. Although chemical biology is a basic research, this emerging field of study is expected to open new avenues for future drug discovery and for novel medical applications of chemistry. The missions of Asian Chemical Biology Initiative are: (1) to speed up Asian chemical biology research by fostering international collaborations and by sharing research resource among Japan, Korea, China (the mainland and Hong Kong), Singapore, UAE and New Zealand; and (2) to promote chemical biology in emerging Asian countries (Vietnam, The Philippines, and Thailand) by recruiting and training brightest graduate students from those countries. Currently ~80 top-notch chemical biology professors from Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, UAE and New Zealand participate in this international initiative. Specifically, this newly established initiative organizes annual meetings over five years in Hanoi, Bangkok, Manila, Kota Kinabalu and Jakarta, where top-notch Asian chemical biologists will get together to foster mutually beneficial collaborations and to interview local student candidates. The initiative also supports research interactions and chemical biology collaborations among six participating countries.

This program is supported by JSPS



ACBI 2017 Ho Chi Minh Meeting (invitation only)


ACBI 2016 Jakarta Meeting (invitation only)