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Dr Mohd Shuhaizam dilantik CEO Bioeconomy Corporation

KUALA LUMPUR: Perbadanan Pembangunan Bioekonomi Malaysia (Bioekonomi Corporation), agensi pembangunan ekonomi mengkhusus dalam memacu pertumbuhan industri berasaskan bio di Malaysia, melantik Dr Mohd Shuhaizam...

Loji biokimia pertama dunia di Iskandar Puteri

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor menjadi pendahulu dan peneraju hab bioekonomi negara dengan pembinaan Loji VerdePalm, kemudahan pembuatan bahan kimia boleh diperbaharui pertama seumpamanya di dunia.

6.5 million pounds (25 billion-pesos) to kick-start Colombian bioeconomy

Colombian innovation is to benefit from nearly £6.5 million (25 billion-pesos) of UK funding. The award is one of 37 announced by Research Councils...

Calls for scientists to simplify information on biotechnology

Scientists have been asked to simplify information about their work and technologies for easier public comprehension. Researchers are still failing to communicate biotechnology to the...

M’sian companies ink 4 MOUs over USD50mil at Astana Expo 2017

ASTANA: Malaysia has signed four memorandum of understanding (MOUs) worth over USD50 million this week at the Astana Expo 2017. The MOUs were signed with...

BIOMEDICAL

Turmeric can be used to fight cancer in children, find U.S. scientists

Scientists in the US have found yet another use for curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric. Scientists in the US have found yet another use...

Probiotics offer prospect of cheap, eco-friendly nanoparticles

The use of probiotics for the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) may offer a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to previous production methods, says a...

South Korean pharma emerging as manufacturing export hub

CPhI Korea returns to Seoul COEX Convention and Exhibition Centre for its fourth edition from 22nd-24thAugust 2017. Reflecting the global interest in the South Korean pharma...

Celltrion, Samsung Bioepis emerge strong in biosimilars market

South Korea’s Celltrion and Samsung Bioepis are strengthening their foothold in the fast-forming market of biosimilars — cheaper, near-replicas of live cell-based biologic drugs...

Top Eight Asia Biopharma Clusters 2017

Even in a down year, Asia’s biotech industry outperformed the U.S. in one key measure. As noted in the latest edition of EY’s annual...

AGBIOTECH

Government launches accelerator programme for food, agri startups

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management has launched an accelerator programme christened ‘AGRI UDAAN’ for startups in the food and agriculture segments. Managed by...

Economic development: Elevating agriculture

IT’S the start of the fruit season in Sabah and soon you will see people from all over the state coming out with their...

RM1.37mil grants to 55 agropreneurs in Sabah

Penampang: Fifty-five young agropreneurs in Sabah have received government grants amounting to RM1.37 million since the programme was first implemented in September 2013 until...

Transforming agriculture to prevent haze

THE majority of forest fires in Southeast Asia occur in states which grow palm oil, according to Global Forest Watch. Forests are cleared to...

Feed ingredient maker String Bio wins US$100,000 at the Future Food Asia Award

India-based start-up String Bio nabbed itself a US$100,000 grant at the inaugural Future Food Asia Award (FFAA) today. String Bio converts methane gas into...

BIOINDUSTRIAL

Produk terbiodegrasi jerami jana RM7 juta

PENDANG: Jerami padi yang dahulunya hanya dianggap sisa pertanian tidak bernilai, kini mampu ditransformasi menjadi produk terbiodegrasi yang mampu menghasilkan pendapatan lebih RM7 juta...

The sugars we can’t live without

Over two weeks in 2004, Song Zhiwei witnessed the slow death of a colony of cells. Song, a bioengineer at the A*STAR Bioprocessing Technology...

New technique to quickly and cheaply remove 99% of harmful BPA from water, developed

Carnegie Mellon University chemist Terrence J. Collins has developed an approach that quickly and cheaply removes more than 99 percent of bisphenol A (BPA) from water. BPA...

Explore palm oil bioactives market

PUTRAJAYA: The palm-based bioactives sector is set to be the future of palm oil downstream activities, given the ever-growing demand for such products from...

Verdezyne breaks ground on biobased DDDA plant

Verdezyne Inc., a synthetic biology company producing biobased chemicals, recently announced that a groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 30 for its VerdePalm plant, Verdezyne’s...