About Bent Creek Institute
Bent Creek Institute : Who We Are & Where We Work
A Center for Innovation Through Collaboration in Botanical Sciences
BCI forms collaborative partnerships in botanical research and quality assurance, integrative medical research, technical education, biodiversity conservation, technology transfer, and public outreach that together serve the national need for affordable wellness solutions. BCI will bring international attention to the Western North Carolina region’s unique biodiversity and botanical quality assets, along with its exceptional reputation for health, wellness, and cultural distinctiveness. BCI’s intent is to harness government and private industry needs for unbiased, scientifically validated botanical research and safety testing via services contracts that will develop, over time, an economic cluster for Western North Carolina yielding higher paying jobs in farming, horticultural sciences, manufacturing, distribution, and applied botanical sciences, as well as expanding our already robust integrative healthcare economy.
Grounded by the efforts of Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy, Director of Research at The NC Arboretum Germplasm Repository, the research arm of The North Carolina Arboretum, BCI’s unique approach to botanical research, testing services, and technology transfer will:
· Develop new tools and therapeutic protocols to help understand the health benefits and drug interaction risks of botanical medicines;
· Validate botanically-based approaches to complementary and alternative medicine, including traditional approaches under the world’s revered medical systems (Ayurveda, TCM, etc.), through clinical trial design and development assistance;
· Serve the nation as an international repository and clearinghouse for the study, protection, and careful commercial use of medicinal plants and endophytes;
· Create unique research and work-study opportunities for graduate students as well as undergraduate and K-12 students;
· Discover knowledge and create economic incentives to drive informed environmental public policy that will protect Western North Carolina's unique biodiversity assets.
The careful collaborative work of BCI and its partners, situated within Western North Carolina's biodiversity, history, and culture of reverence towards naturally co-evolved medicinal plant therapies will position Western North Carolina as the logical place for clients at federal regulatory agencies and international certifying bodies to seek out robust scientific solutions serving the ever-changing needs of human wellness.
Research and botanical quality testing that demonstrate the superiority of Western North Carolina natural medicines will be used to brand regional growers’ products, support higher raw and finished product price points, establish ancillary processing, manufacturing, marketing and distribution businesses and establish Western North Carolina as an international center for natural medicine innovation.