Nonprofit Organization Management

Your partner in botanical research and economic development

Potential end markets

Crop and Plant Biotechnology

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Laboratory Services

Tissue culture, engineering or storage

Nutritional or Natural Products

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Support categories

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.  

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Technology Transfer

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Economic Development

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Consulting, Research and Scientific Support

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Natural Product Business Accelerator

What our partners say

We are incredibly proud of the work that our inspiring entrepreneurial partners have accomplished. 

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About us

Mission

Bent Creek Institute, Inc., a non-profit research and economic development organization, accelerates research, development, and production of safe plant derived wellness products in western North Carolina.

 

Core capabilities

Bent Creek Institute, Inc. (BCI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit business incubator conserving and developing WNC’s unique plant biodiversity assets by anchoring our nation’s emerging integrative wellness economy through science in botanical quality and safety. BCI is a collarborator of The North Carolina Arboretum (TNCA), an affiliate of The University of North Carolina. BCI will collaborate with Asheville’s extraordinary integrative healthcare community to make our region synonymous with safe, effective, and affordable botanical therapies as a primary wellness support system backed by ethical life sciences, sustainable cultivation practices, and thousands of years of traditional use worldwide.

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Develop

Develop new tools and therapeutic protocols to help understand the health benefits and drug interaction risks of botanical medicines

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Validate

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.

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Serve

Serve the nation as an international repository and clearinghouse for the study, protection, and careful commercial use of medicinal plants and endophytes.

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Create

Create unique research and work-study opportunities for graduate students as well as undergraduate and K-12 students.

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Discover

Discover knowledge and create economic incentives to drive informed environmental public policy that will protect Western North Carolina’s unique biodiversity assets.

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