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The real risk in life sciences

Over the past decade, compliance programs at life sciences companies have grown in scope and complexity. Now, executives and boards of directors are questioning whether these larger programs are effectively reducing their risks, or have they become too onerous to deliver real business value?

Bumiputera Empowerment Agenda generates RM108b: Najib

A total of RM108 billion was generated through all the initiatives under the the two Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agendas until March this year.

Most Malaysians unaware of country’s achievements in producing innovative products

Most Malaysians are unaware of the country’s achievements despite Malaysia having made great strides in producing high technology and innovative products.

Latest IMF Report, What Does It Say About Economic Growth In 2017

In the last year, mention economic forecast and many economists tend to sigh or hedge around the answer as the global outlook had been unrelentingly gloomy.

Malaysian economy to keep growing over next few months

The Malaysian economy is expected to continue expanding four to six months ahead based on the annual change of the Leading Index (LI), said the Statistics Department.

Healthcare Bio

Taiwan eyes opportunities in precision medicine industry

Taiwan’s biotech and pharmaceutical industry was one of the first to be named in the original Tsai Administration’s 5+2 economic policy to transform the nation’s economic structure, and is viewed as the upcoming medical treatment trend that Taiwan cannot miss out on, said Johnsee Lee (李鐘熙), the Honorary Chairman of Taiwan Bio Industry Organization (Taiwan […]

South Korean biotechnology firm Hugel in €762 mn acquisition deal

The global private investment firm, Bain Capital, agrees to purchase almost half of South Korean biopharmaceutical firm Hugel.

New malaria vaccine to undergo first large-scale test in Africa

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

Challenges facing halal vaccine industry

THE recent state visit of King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia to Malaysia significantly drew high-impact investments to the country.

Colorado biotech firm is being acquired to create $90M company in Seattle

A Seattle biotech company is acquiring Boulder’s Nivalis Therapeutics, merging with it to become publicly traded and use Nivalis’ $44 million in cash to fund new immunotherapy cancer and inflammatory disease treatments.


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Scientist at work: Bio-prospecting for better enzymes

When people hear about prospecting, they might imagine old forty-niners (miners) with pickaxes hunting for gold, or maybe an agent for the San Francisco 49ers (football team) scouting for new talent. In my lab we do another version, called bio-prospecting – searching for useful substances from natural sources. Bio-prospecting has produced many valuable products, including […]

French company’s bio-based carotenoids pass test with flying colors

Biotech company, Deinove, is moving up a gear in the process of getting its natural carotenoids for use in feed marketable.

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, […]

Fuel from water resources

Foreign investors have shown interest in producing hydrogen fuel from the abundant water resources in Sarawak. Minister of Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship, Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this augurs well for the state’s drive to be a regional green energy powerhouse.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution

A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.


Agricultural mega-merger could make China leading GMO producer

A $43 billion takeover deal that would merge Chinese state-owned agriculture company ChemChina and Swiss-owned seed company Syngenta is expected to turn the world’s second largest economy into a biotech titan.

Felcra eyes collaboration with CAB Cakaran

Felcra Bhd, which in December retracted its intention to collaborate with Kuantan Flour Mills Bhd, has now expressed interest in partnering with another listed company, CAB Cakaran Corp Bhd.

Farming Strategies for the Future

There was a time in agriculture when greater yields always meant greater profitability. Today’s economic environment is characterized by high input costs and depressed commodity prices.

£1.7million investment for Bristol cereal genomics group

The University of Bristol has been awarded £1.7 million by the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of a major investment in the UK’s bioeconomy totalling £77.9 million.

MDTCC allocates RM39.4 million for MyFarm outlet project under CCM

The Ministry of Domestic trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) is allocating RM39.4 million this year for implementation of the MyFarm Outlet project under the Cooperatives Commission of Malaysia (CCM).


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