The Global Institute for BioExploration (GIBEX): is a global research and development network that promotes ethical, natural product-based pharmacological bioexploration to benefit human health and the environment in developing countries. GIBEX was established by Rutgers
, the State University of New Jersey, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both are leading US universities with strong records of building successful international programs in discovering and developing life-saving medicines.
The slow-down of the pharmaceutical industry provides an opportunity for natural product research and production, a cost effective and more easily accessible alternative to synthetic drugs. GIBEX aims to explore biodiversity in the search of new, unexploited natural medicine by working with native people in developing countries and their traditional ecological knowledge.