Malaysia’s bio-based industry recorded an approved investment worth RM6.81 billion from 283 certified local biotechnology companies. Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the investment was a 2.2% increase from RM6.6 billion recorded in 2016. “The investment was made through bio-based firms who had received the BioNexus status from Mosti through Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp Sdn...
The Budget 2018 speech by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Prospering an Inclusive Economy, Balancing Between Worldly and Hereafter, For The Wellbeing of the Rakyat, Towards the TN50 Aspiration Mr Speaker Sir, I beg to move the Bill intituled "An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2018...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $9.6 million in available funding for projects to support the development of new biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources such as crops, trees, and waste materials from farmland and forests. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the...
Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) has approved a final investment decision for an Isononanol plant within the Pengerang Integrated Complex in Pengerang, Johor, for a total investment cost of US$442 million.
Celgene is licensing rights to develop its TORC1/2 inhibitor CC-223 in East and Southeast Asia to Antengene, and CRO Tigermed will help the latter with clinical development.
The demand for electricity and energy has been rapidly increasing over the years in step with population and economic growth, leading to budding industries and sectors. This development is especially prolific in Southeast Asian countries, including Malaysia.
Malaysia and Russia are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the agriculture and fishing sectors this year to further strengthen the existing bilateral relationshionship and trade between both countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has called on the country's kenaf industry to seize opportunities in the international market in line with market demands and current economic conditions.
Malaysia’s food security has caught the public’s attention in recent years, with global events revealing significant weaknesses in the domestic supply chain. This was most acutely experienced during the recent chicken shortage, which resulted from US dollar imports for corn-based chicken feed amid the geopolitical situation in Ukraine and the passing down of costs to input buyers.
ACE Market-listed Nova MSC Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Theta Edge Bhd, a member of the Tabung Haji Group, to collaborate on joint marketing and promotion of healthcare, public sector and applied artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and products in Malaysia and the ASEAN region.
University-industry collaboration entails the collaboration of corporations and academic institutions for the combined development and sharing of knowledge, technology, and expertise. This form of partnership gives industry partners access to advanced research equipment and the knowledge of university teachers and students while also providing students and faculty with real-world projects and industry exposure. Forming an industrial lab within a...
The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT), in collaboration with the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA), has been applying remote sensing (space technology) to accurately track the location of illegal waste disposal sites throughout the country.
Baru-baru ini, masalah kekurangan tenaga buruh di Malaysia untuk pelbagai sektor ekonomi semakin meruncing. Secara umumnya, langkah mudah boleh diambil untuk mengatasi masalah ini dengan segera sudah pastilah menerusi pengambilan tenaga buruh asing.
Kerajaan akan berbincang dengan Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) bagi melihat kesesuaian dan kaedah penggunaan ketum serta ganja dalam bidang perubatan sekiranya ia dibenarkan di negara ini. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, berkata beliau akan memperincikan perkara itu termasuk melakukan perbincangan dengan pihak industri, persatuan dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang berkaitan.
Earlier this month, we visited the National Science Centre in Damansara. The children were amazed by the exhibition, especially the section that displayed biological sciences, asking questions about cells, genes, and biodiversity. Against the wall, there was also a video projection showing flora and fauna in Sabah and Sarawak.
Screen time. Two words we all know too intimately at this point as screens consume both our professional and personal lives. While limiting our screen time would be beneficial, this is not realistic in a professional or educational setting. One solution that has been devised is blue light–blocking glasses. Another is dietary supplementation, with lutein being a particularly well-known and...
Within the spectrum of IRD, retinitis pigmentosa is reported to be one of the common causes of blindness. It is a debilitating condition that affects the retina and its functional response to light, with approximately two million people diagnosed worldwide.
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As beauty continues its shift away from animal-based ingredients to plant-based, it’s going to be worthwhile diving much deeper into biotechnology for more sustainable, sophisticated, efficient and innovative formulas, says the CEO of US biology startup Arcaea.
As consumer demand for natural ingredients in personal beauty care products continues to rise, cosmetics manufacturers are considering replacing synthetic preservatives with natural alternatives – but at what cost?
Traditional agriculture has started to inch slowly towards bringing indigenous communities and practices back to farming lands in order to rehabilitate the soils and create a climate resilient farming industry.
Cell and gene therapies have grown in popularity and effectiveness over the past several years, reaching 27 approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by December 2022. What’s more is that the FDA anticipates approving another 10 to 20 therapies each year by 2025.
Biotechnology advances offer immense public health and consumer potential, but come with serious risks. A recent workshop held by the Council on Foreign Relations brought experts together to discuss new forms of global governance to manage those risks.
2022 ended with a brand new global deal to save nature at the 15th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), where the Parties agreed to halt and reverse the loss of nature, or "biodiversity," by 2030.
The federal government through government-linked companies (GLCs) under the Ministry of Finance is looking to rent or lease idle state land to implement modern agricultural projects. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad said this is part of the government’s efforts to ensure food security in the country.
Oncologists have welcomed the newly introduced generic version of Palbociclib (a CDK4/6 Inhibitor) that will change the breast cancer treatment scenario in the country. Indian companies have introduced a generic version of Palbociclib (a CDK4/6 Inhibitor) in the country and brought the cost down from Rs 90,000 to less than Rs 5,000 per month, which will make the drug...
Researchers in China have published their work on the development of a small robot capable of switching from a solid to a liquid state to overcome various obstacles in its path. In the future, this type of device could, in miniature form, prove highly useful in the medical field.
NEGARA kini menghadapi dua cabaran semasa iaitu perubahan iklim dan jaminan makanan yang memerlukan campur tangan teknologi tinggi untuk menanganinya. Kedua-dua cabaran ini mempunyai hubung kait yang boleh mendatangkan kesan buruk yang besar jika tiada sebarang perancangan rapi jangka masa panjang dibuat. Tambahan lagi, kebergantungan sumber makanan Malaysia yang tinggi dari luar negara yang melebihi nilai RM60 bilion pada tahun...
The medical device industry is thriving with innovation, with ongoing endeavours to improve efficiency, productivity and sustainability, as well as trends towards smarter and miniaturised devices. In its Medical Device Predictions 2023 report, GlobalData identified the top themes that will impact the industry. Here, we take a look at the key takeaways.
An estimated 840 million of the world’s population will face food insecurity by 2030 if the issue is not addressed immediately, according to the United Nations. This is especially urgent with the increase in climate change and global population as well as supply chain disruptions such as those experienced during the pandemic.
A unique characteristic of oil is that it never loses its properties. Used engine oil, for instance, can be transformed into fuel oil to power boilers in factories. The flip side of this quality is that when used oil is dumped, it becomes a dangerous pollutant that does not go away. The 2019 Kim Kim River pollution incident, which affected...
As a result of rural-urban movement, immigration, the creation of new townships, and the extension of urban limits, Malaysia's urban population is projected to grow from 34.3 per cent in 1971 to 77.2 per cent in 2020. Urbanisation increases population density, causes difficulties and shortages in some urban areas to buy fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables. Food supplies...
An artificial intelligence (AI) driven assessment tool for predicting mental health disorders has become the first mental health chatbot to secure a Class IIa UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) medical device certification.
A new study highlights the incentive for food producers to repurpose food waste – by turning it into useful chemicals, sustainable fuels and more. Roughly 2% of the 80 billion pounds of food discarded every year in the United States is because of food manufacturing and processing. Food waste solids are mostly sent to landfills or composted, and liquids are...
The waste industry is undergoing a great transformation. Smart solutions and data driven technology is becoming more and more state of the art. Sensoneo is staying on top of the trends, each year developing new technologies and tailoring them to the needs of individual countries, cities, and businesses.
Although the new year just started, we’re already facing a looming deadline. We have until the end of this decade - only seven years - to curb the worst of the climate crisis. Responsible for one-third of global emissions, the food system plays an undeniably significant role in this critical problem.
Iran is prepared to share its experience and expertise with Malaysia in the field of agricultural research and development as well as the latest technology in crop irrigation and water management systems. This was among the essence of the discussion between Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Mohamad Sabu and Iranian ambassador to Malaysia Ali Asghar Mohammadi during a meeting...
Just over 2 years ago, the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived—and a roller coaster ride of hope and science began. It soon became clear that although the vaccines protected against severe disease, their ability to fend off infection was limited and faded fast. Meanwhile, SARS-CoV-2 began to evolve rapidly to elude immunity. By now, many people have had four or...
The Sabah Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (KSTI) is expected to meet federal-level agencies next month to discuss the formula for empowering the Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (STIE) initiative and making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a subject that students will be interested in.
Ittinsect, a Rome-based biotech startup, is developing a range of high-performance aquafeeds based on insects, microalgae and agriculture by-products to replace the use of ocean-sourced fishmeal in aquaculture.
In recent years, specialty medication spending has significantly increased. Specialty medications accounted for 55% of total prescription medication spending in 2021 in the United States. Most specialty medications are large molecule biologics. In 2019, biologic medications represented 43% of all invoice-level medicine spending in the United States, reaching $211 billion. Thus, controlling biologic spending is the key to reducing...
The number of people involved in urban agriculture in Malaysia jumped from 18,687 in 2019 to 40,219 in 2020. City inhabitants, who realised the importance of food production, started growing vegetables in yards, verandas and rooftops. Urban farming can lead to food security. It helps every household get fresh food. It has environmental, social and economic benefits.
Palm kernel expeller (PKE) is safe to be used as feed material for dairy cattle, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). Its director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir (pix) said studies using different batches of PKE, also known as palm kernel cake (PKC), have consistently showed positive effects on the performance and health of the dairy cattle.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) is targeting agro fruits export to trend higher in several foreign countries this year. “For these fruits, Malaysia is targeting an increase in export trends to countries such as China, Australia and New Zealand, which will contribute to higher export income,” MAFS said.
Amber Therapeutics – an Oxford University spin off developing next-generation bioelectrical therapies – has announced that the first participants have been implanted with Amber-UI, the company’s proprietary therapy for urge and mixed urinary incontinence (UI).
Global output growth is projected to decelerate from an estimated 3.0% in 2022 to 1.9% in 2023, marking one of the lowest growth rates in recent decades, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and resulting food and energy crises, surging inflation, debt tightening, as well as the climate emergency.
Malaysia has set a target to achieve 31% of its total power generation from renewables by 2025 and 40% by 2035. Both objectives are highly unrealistic, as only 3.3% of electricity is generated through renewables at present, according to new figures from Global Data.
UK-based food production company Sustainable Planet has unveiled technology to use desertified land to grow the highly nutritious and potentially climate positive duckweed plant.
MATRADE is looking to create export opportunities for Malaysian medical devices and healthcare services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by spearheading the participation of Malaysian companies at Arab Health 2023, which will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 30 January – 2 February marking its 19th year of participation in this iconic...
Advanced technologies like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), Metaverse, cloud and many more undoubtedly bring a lot of benefits to businesses and consumers. However, the adoption of these technologies also means businesses are exposed to cyber vulnerabilities. According to Palo Alto Networks in its APAC Security Predictions 2023 report, hackers will always find loopholes in these technologies...
Developing a prevention model against threats of natural disaster; health and food supply, as well as bridging the technology gap through smart systems for connected urban-rural communities are goals for the Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministry (Mosti). The ministry will use the 4K apprroach – community, collaboration, progress and prosperity – in implementing seven key initiatives this year to ensure...
Pharmaceutical companies’ roles as manufacturers, suppliers and distributors have grown significantly in importance — especially since the outbreak of Covid-19 — where there is heightened demand for accessible medicines and supplements.
NO country is spared from the food crisis that is inflicting the world. Just scan the media, both social and traditional. Developed and developing economies alike are engrossed in finding solutions to food inflation. Strikes by parties unable to cope with rising living costs are on the rise in some developed countries.
Self-driving vehicles are expected to go mainstream in the near future, but mass numbers of such vehicles could result in a significant increase in CO2 emissions, mainly due to the energy needed for the computers managing all the hardware and software on board. By 2050, they could be comparable to the total emissions of all the data centers currently...
Recently, local media reported that the Ministry of Health, Malaysia had detected SARS-CoV-2 during wastewater surveillance at entry points (airports) in the country, and internationally, it was also reported that China had begun SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance for selected cities after the cessation of the country’s ‘Zero Covid Policy’.
Students from Sultan Zainal Abidin University (UniSZA) have come up with nine new food products that are based on protein from plants and sardines. UNISZA Dean of Faculty of BioResources and Food Industry, Prof. Dr. Hafizan Juahir said the products were produced by a group of final year students taking a bachelor’s degree in food technology.
With a new year comes an opportunity for professionals in the healthcare industry to evaluate goals and initiatives for 2023. In business, we’re constantly reminded that with even the best-laid plans there come unforeseen obstacles.
The government will restructure the country's economy based on three main strategies, namely to eradicate poverty, restructure and restore the economy, as well as generate the economy anchored on the concept of Malaysia Madani.
The government has started the transition to targeted subsidies by reducing subsidies for non-domestic medium and high voltage electricity users as the blanket rebate is inefficient and unsustainable, says Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
The World Economic Forum's Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture Innovation (AI4AI) initiative aims to transform the agriculture sector in India by promoting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Led by the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) India and the Platform for Shaping the Future of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the initiative brings together government, academia and business representatives to...
Medical workers are under increasing pressure to do more with less and global healthcare is facing serious staff shortages. The adoption of innovative digital technologies can help address these issues and improve care for all. Technology can help deliver people-centred care, so patients get the care they need, when they need it and healthcare workers feel engaged and empowered...
Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) menetapkan tujuh fokus utama pada tahun 2023 melalui pendekatan berteraskan komuniti dan kerjasama dalam sains, teknologi dan inovasi (STI) dalam menyelesaikan masalah rakyat dan negara.
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a method to convert two common forms of plastic into a highly porous form of charcoal, or char, that can potentially be used as a valuable soil additive. The two forms that can be converted are polystyrene, which is used in styrofoam packing and PET which is commonly used to...
The key to food, similar to medicine, is in the hands of the smallest units of life—cells! Cells are made of proteins, fats and other life-essential components, but they also actively make them. It is almost a cartesian approach. Let’s eliminate all “unnecessary” things, find the essence (the soul of food) and rebuild it together. Cellular agriculture is a...
The Sabin Vaccine Institute has been awarded a multi-year contract with funding potential up to US$214 million from BioMedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to advance the development and production of single-dose vaccine candidates for Ebola Sudan and Marburg virus diseases.
The secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is "very confident about China's economy," he told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) here on Wednesday.
Radioactive elements emit a spectrum of ionizing emissions that hurt humans. Thankfully, numerous genera of environmental microbes possess an array of biophysical and biochemical defenses that can help. These defenses allow certain microorganisms to withstand radioactive emissions and protect us from radiation poisoning, cancer and other maladies that manifest from human exposure to radioactive waste.
Maxis Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) to collaborate and co-develop agricultural and agrifood-based solutions.
The Indian Healthcare Sector requires a comprehensive sector development program under the government of India to foster private sector investment, medical education infrastructure development, support structured financing at low cost, drive digitization in the healthcare sector, a roadmap towards universal healthcare coverage, and cohesive efforts of private and public sector towards building a “Healthy India”.
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Malaysia’s trade performance in 2022 surpassed RM2 trillion for the second consecutive year and registered the fastest growth since 1994, with exports expanding 25% to RM1.55 trillion.
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The biggest story of the year – the story we should all be paying attention to – is the increasing power of artificial intelligence. Computer code can write itself, chatbots can generate academic papers, and, with a few keystrokes, a website can produce an image worthy to be framed on any wall. Everywhere we turn, AI is outputting text...
Medtech industry analysts at Needham & Co. who are tracking Google search trends for 20 elective medical procedures say interest is near or above pre-pandemic levels. “We believe that Google Trends data may provide insight into the level of consumer interest in elective procedures,” analysts Mike Matson, David Saxon and Joseph Conway wrote in a note to clients. “Google Trends...
China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) issued new and renewed biosafety certificates for eight genetically modified (GM) crops on January 13, 2023, following the conclusion of the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) meeting in December 2022.
Momentum envisions a world where clean energy, water, and transportation are abundant, affordable, and available to all. Momentum designs, develops, and deploys innovation campaigns for organizations working on transformative water, energy, transportation, and manufacturing technologies.
The year 2022 saw Malaysia recovering from the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, with floods and the Batang Kali landslide providing unfortunate finales to the year. Lives were lost in the landslide and floods, with thousands also made homeless by the latter.
KUALA LUMPUR: More Chinese investors are looking to expand their businesses here as Malaysia continues to be the preferred destination for entrepreneurs from China. Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing (pic) said amid increasing global economy vulnerability and escalating geo-political tensions, the trade and investment volume between Malaysia and China have bucked the trend and achieved new growth.
SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (The Straits Times/ANN): Cell-cultured meat of the Japanese eel and other exotic fish may be added to restaurant menus by 2024, thanks to a collaboration between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Singapore food-tech start-up Umami Meats.
In recent years, about half a dozen US states have been testing a new mix of materials for road construction, using plastic recycled from shopping bags, bottles, printer ink cartridges and a host of other sources. The idea is to build roads from waste that often ends up polluting, whether in landfill or in the natural environment. In all cases,...
This is an exciting yet perplexing time for biotechnology. The industry delivered RNA vaccines to save countless lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and has created impressive early clinical results using CRISPR gene editing to treat patients with deadly genetic diseases. But the sector has been tarnished with safety concerns, drug failures, and layoffs.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has established a strategic cooperation with SIRIM Bhd to explore the commercialisation of joint research and development (R&D) projects in the medical and biotechnology fields. Under the strategic cooperation, both parties will evaluate the potential commercial value of various genomics-driven biotechnology R&D projects.
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh/Asia News Network): The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is promoting key production chains to boost exports of high-quality produce to international markets, according to minister Dith Tina.
While most experts agree that EVs are more environmentally friendly than internal combustion vehicles, the quest for greening transportation goes beyond what's under the hood. For Goodyear, it literally starts where the rubber meets the road. Tires are obviously a very important component of any vehicle, but let's face it, they contain materials and are made with processes that are...
Let me get this straight: inflation will likely come down in 2023. Inflation is already moderating in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and Malaysia. So, cheer up because the trend will likely persist in the coming months.
BACHOK: Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) memeterai memorandum perjanjian (MoA) dengan Syarikat Bio Angle Vacs Sdn. Bhd (BAV) untuk mengkomersialkan vaksin STVAC7 bagi mencegah penyakit ‘pneumonia’ terhadap haiwan peliharaan seperti kambing dan biri-biri.
KUCHING (Jan 12): Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC) launched the first-of-its-kind Precision and Discipline Agriculture Facility (PDAF) at the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) yesterday.
Renewables are expected to account for 24 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 26 percent in 2024, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 10. Renewables accounted for 21 percent of electricity generation in 2022.
The bioeconomy of the future is beginning to take shape, and it is emerging in many different directions. Replacing petrochemicals with plant-based material is still a leading concern. Researchers are also taking advantage of new tools and methodologies to deploy a wider range of renewable materials, and to use those materials in ways that create new efficiencies. Here are...
SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (The Straits Times/ANN): Cell-cultured meat of the Japanese eel and other exotic fish may be added to restaurant menus by 2024, thanks to a collaboration between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Singapore food-tech start-up Umami Meats.
Today’s agricultural production systems are a primary source of environmental degradation. They put the Earth beyond its planetary boundaries and exacerbate biodiversity loss, accelerate climate change and increase pollution.
Forests cover about 30 percent of the Earth’s land mass and host about 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity. They provide subsistence, employment opportunities and income to a quarter of the world’s population – not to mention storing vast amounts of carbon.
The past three years have changed nearly every industry. Where business used to be conducted in person, in offices and laboratories, the coronavirus pandemic forced a change. When remote work became mandatory, even traditional industries like the biopharmaceutical sector had to embrace new technologies.
PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said that the Health Ministry is committed to work together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the country's healthcare reform. In a Facebook post uploaded today (Jan 10), she shared that she received a courtesy call from WHO representative and head of country office to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore, Dr Rabindra Abeyasinghe,...
The Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has announced that more than 100 tons of fresh paddy of beta carotene-enriched Malusog Rice (Golden Rice) have been harvested in 17 pioneer production sites across the country.
The world’s oceans were at their hottest ever on record in 2022, according to a new study. “The Earth’s energy and water cycles have been profoundly altered due to the emission of greenhouse gases by human activities, driving pervasive changes in Earth’s climate system,” Anadolu Agency cited the report by an international group of scientists published in the Advances in...
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 10): The labour market is on a steady path to recovery with the unemployment rate in the country showing a downward trend with only 600,900 (persons) in November 2022, compared to 602,000 in October 2022, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 10)...
There’s no doubt that various disorders can be treated and cured by stem cells where stem cell treatment, commonly referred to as regenerative medicine, uses stem cells or their byproducts to encourage the repair response of sick, malfunctioning or wounded tissue. It is the next step in the transplantation of organs, replacing donor organs—which are scarce—with cells.
Costs of livestock feed containing insect products and legislation remain key obstacles for the European animal feed sector. Livestock feed containing insect products is currently relatively expensive compared to conventional feed because insects are now mainly processed in pet food and fish feed. Bigger margins are available in those 2 markets and consumers are prepared to pay higher prices than livestock...
This series looks back at the stories we were covering in Natural Products Insider 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years ago this month. In addition to providing some interesting history, I explore why these stories are still relevant today.
WHATto Expect in 2023: The global economy is hard-pressed to satisfy its own commodity needs. Despite the past year of sky-high prices, the natural resources industry isn’t rushing to invest in more capacity to alleviate supply shortages. Without an investment boom, the only way to rebalance the market in the new year is through lowering demand.
Far from the humble sticking plaster, medical firms and researchers are seeking to create the “ultimate dressing”: artificial skin they hope will revolutionise the treatment of severe burns. For the last 18 months, researchers from the French firm Urgo have been working towards achieving this holy grail of wound treatment, which would save serious burn victims from the painful and...
When we talk about current challenges in global warming, we face two main ones that are complementary but often seen as antagonistic: the fight against climate change and the increase in demand for food. In this context, we find ourselves with a sector that in our opinion will be a major player in the solution but is often seen as...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 (Bernama) – Case 1: In October last year, eight Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS)-licensed pig farms were identified as the source of the foul-smelling wastewater discharged onto the coast at Tanjung Sepat in Kuala Langat, Selangor.
Research house MIDF opines that Malaysia’s leading index was little changed in Oct-22, only +0.4%yoy higher than a year ago (Sep-22: +0.3%yoy). The increase was attributable to similar factors: new units of housing approved and increased real imports of other basic precious and non-ferrous metals. On a month-on-month basis, LI dropped further by -0.3%mom due to a reduction in...
Biomanufacturing is the key to unlocking a more sustainable future. It can improve the production of food and medicine, help fortify local supply chains, and make countries more resilient in the face of global crises. Its impact on natural resource use and climate change mitigation is especially notable. We’ve seen that the technology we’ve developed is safer, cleaner, and...
A couple of days before Christmas, I sat in a coffee shop in Street, Somerset, in the modern retail site where the footwear brand Clarks started in 1825. What should have been a short pre-Christmas conversation with an industry colleague (not a Clarks’ employee) saw minutes turn into hours as we casually swapped thoughts on the big environmental issues...
With the advent of the European Union, labeling products made in the Union has become an important part of its legislation. This is because labeling products accurately allows consumers to know where their products are coming from and it also helps to protect the Union’s economy. Labeling products can also help to ensure that products are compliant with the...
Malaysia's health tourism sector, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, is showing signs of a stronger comeback as the nation heads into 2023, propelled by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint 2021-2025.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has huge potential for integration of domestic livestock farming with the oil palm plantation to increase the state’s self-sufficiency in meat. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said that with a vast area of about two million hectares of oil palm plantations, the opportunity is there for integration of ruminant with the palm oil industry...
The World Bank is seeking to vastly expand its lending capacity to address climate change and other global crises and will negotiate with shareholders ahead of April meetings on proposals that include a capital increase and new lending tools, according to an “evolution roadmap” seen by Reuters on Monday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Nectar Consortium Sdn Bhd (Nectar) membangunkan aplikasi pengurusan perladangan digital pertama Malaysia yang dipanggil Aplikasi Pengurusan Harta Digital (DEMA) untuk mendigitalkan proses kerja dalam sektor perladangan, sekali gus menjadi alternatif yang lebih mampan untuk menangani masalah kekurangan buruh.
Vaccines are highly effective at protecting against infectious diseases, but not everyone responds equally well to them. There are various factors that can affect a person’s immune response to vaccination, including specific biomarkers within the immune system. However, it has not previously been clear whether these factors are consistent across all types of vaccines.
A LOT has happened this year. After two years of being plagued by Covid-19 worries, Malaysia has finally transitioned to the endemic phase in April. As the world slowly adapts to the virus and borders begin to reopen, many have vowed to carry out "revenge travelling", which is great!
KUALA LUMPUR – Crude palm oil (CPO) futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended higher on the first trading day of 2023 on concerns over weaker output, in line with the seasonal weakness, a dealer said.
THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is convinced the revival of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a timely lifeline for the country’s debt dilemma as well as well as to shore up adequate fiscal buffers in order to weather the next economic downturn.
In July, we reported that Katherine Vidal, the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, published a letter summarizing several initiatives designed in collaboration with the FDA to “get generic, biosimilars and more affordable versions of drugs into the hands of Americans.”
As farmers of the sea, it is well known that some of the biggest challenges that are going to be faced are natural ones. And although we are new to mussel farming, we have both worked at sea in previous roles and are used to the rough seas and cold conditions that can be regularly thrown our way.
CYBERJAYA (Jan 5): More electric vehicle (EV)-related incentives are in store in the revised Budget 2023, said Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic and labour market crisis, affecting millions of workers and businesses. Some businesses have opted for unpaid leave or pay cuts due to closure or limited business operation hours.
There were exciting and encouraging developments in medtech innovation, big challenges from supply chain and labor shortages, and spin-offs, purchases and partnerships among the biggest names in the industry.
Energy costs have become the largest challenge facing the poultry sector, with higher feed, distribution and labour costs affecting the industry in Europe, North America and northeast Asia. Rabobank warns that in Europe, the industry should prepare for a high-cost impact on production and storage, and potential disruption of the availability of inputs, such as packaging material and CO2 for...
Various sources of lignocellulosic biomass, such as forestry waste and agricultural feedstocks, are available all over the world. The Lignocellulosic biomass consists of three major components: cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. Cellulose and hemicellulose form a network in which lignin acts as a glue making the cell wall recalcitrant.
The year is coming to a close, but the efforts of food and agriculture systems advocates continue to bring awareness and advocacy to some of our most pressing problems. As we look ahead to the new year, Food Tank is highlighting 123 organizations, initiatives, and movements to follow. Youth-led networks empowering the next generation of food systems leaders, food...
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 23 — The large number of experienced clinical research professionals, streamlined processes in clinical trial startup and conduct as well as vast options of capable sites have boosted Malaysia’s position as a preferred destination for global clinical trials.
BUTTERWORTH: The Penang government has allocated RM6.9 million for the agricultural sector in the state next year in an effort to ensure increased agricultural yields and food security. Penang Agriculture Department director Mohd Muhaimin Ibrahim said the allocation next year was also the highest since 2019, and this showed that the state government was committed to helping increase the income...
BRUSSELS: Coiffeurs across Belgium are sweeping up and bagging hair clipped from their customers, and then handing it over to an NGO that recycles it to protect the environment. The Hair Recycle project feeds locks and tresses into a machine that turns them into matted squares that can be used to absorb oil and other hydrocarbons polluting the environment, or...
THE Malaysian economy is expected to start moderating in the months ahead in 2023, impacted by global economic uncertainty, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM). Looking at the smoothed long-term trend in October 2022, the Leading Index (LI) started trending below the 100 points mark, the department said in a statement last Friday.
PRIOR to Covid-19, Singapore did not have a single facility producing finished vaccines. Over the past two years, however, five pharmaceutical companies have committed to set up plants here, which will, at steady state, churn out over a billion doses annually. The products range from traditional types such as live-attenuated and recombinant vaccines to the latest mRNA ones, with the...
Right now, there’s legislation before Congress to add basic standards, regulations and safeguards for offshore aquaculture in the U.S., called the AQUAA Act. (Aquaculture means farming fish and aquatic life as opposed to hunting them.) By "basic," I mean just that: The U.S. is well behind other countries that already have a central agency and strong policies to regulate the health and growth...
LOS ANGELES, Dec 29 ― Among the many alternatives to fossil fuels being developed and tested, is an innovative solution for converting plastic waste into fuel that comes from an American startup. A first demonstration is expected in partnership with the car manufacturer Bertone.
ajet Mini 2023 yang sudah pun diluluskan menggambarkan satu matlamat jelas, iaitu usaha untuk terus fokus, meneruskan dan meningkatkan lagi agenda memakmurkan ekonomi rakyat yang menjadi keutamaan utama kerajaan pasca-Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-15 (PRU15). Sememangnya setiap kerajaan dibentuk perlu mempunyai perancangan bajet tersendiri. Jadi, adalah wajar juga bagi kerajaan diberikan sedikit masa untuk merencana Bajet 2023 sebenar.
BEIJING: The demand for medical supplies like oxygenators and pulse oximeters, which measure the oxygen concentration in arterial blood, has grown exponentially, as authorities optimised Covid-19 prevention and control measures to tackle the less lethal but highly contagious Omicron sub-variants.
ROME, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The hottest year on record in Italy has resulted in dramatically lower output for the country's farming sector, Italy's main agricultural union said on Wednesday. Following the announcement on Tuesday by Italy's National Research Council LaMMA meteorology consortium that 2022 was the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1800, the union Coldiretti released data showing...
As you wait for the clock countdown to 2023 this week, check out this slide guide from Mike McCurdy, Managing Director of Fuels & Power at ICF on how low carbon fuels are being driven by provision in the US Inflation Reduction Act. Multiple tax credits, some refundable. Lots of detail on how the values stock up in traditional McCurdy...
Fossil energy stakeholders have a new reason to worry. During the last weeks of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense announced that it had lent some of its financial muscle to BioMADE, a sprawling program aimed at accelerating the growth of a domestic bioeconomy. One of the first shoes to drop is a a dandelion-based rubber substitute...
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd became the first pharmaceutical company in Malaysia to receive the halal certification for an oncology product awarded by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).
In a heavily attended session on indoor shrimp farming at the inaugural Global Shrimp Forum, Aurore Gil gave an investor’s take on the pilot projects emerging in North America, East Asia and Europe – and why investors are staying on the fence. In her role as investment director for the London-based ADM Capital Europe and the Cibus Fund, Gil is on the lookout...
Imagine ultra-thin photovoltaic films that could be added to your windowsill, the back of your smartphone or even your clothes! That's the idea of a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who have developed thin layers of photovoltaic cells. Made from semiconducting printable electronic inks, these devices are capable of generating about 370 watts of power...
This year, Malaysia witnessed some of its biggest cyberattacks. This included a ransomware attack on a well-known local budget airline that saw the personal data of some five million people stolen, the theft of personal data of 22.5 million people from a national registry and a payment gateway data breach.
A genetic rearrangement, undetectable by most routine genetic tests, that leads to high levels of the agouti-signaling protein (ASIP), has been detected in five children with obesity. Abnormal expression of the mouse homolog of the ASIP gene is found in a commonly used mouse model of obesity—the agouti mouse—but until now ASIP mutations had not been linked to obesity...
AN international refereed journal published by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), published the latest papers that paints a grim reality of a possible global food crisis.
In a warehouse in Melbourne’s south-west, plastic confetti is being liquefied. Amid the whirring and beeping of machinery, a table displays shredded soft plastics – colourful flakes of empty chip packets, bin liners and transparent bread bags. The mound sits beside two jars of oil – that’s what the plastic will become. One is light, like olive oil. The...
In Longzhou County of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, farmers are busy harvesting sugarcane in the fields. Sugarcane leaves, which used to be waste, will be processed and made into cattle feed at local feed factories.
African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture. This involves embracing technology (information technology, mechanical and biotechnology) and also private sector partnerships. There also needs to be confidence in the citizenry to manage their land parcels. This will involve the granting of title deeds or tradable long-term leases in various African countries. And in the case of better...
Generic and biosimilar drugs generated a record $373 billion in savings for employers, patients, and tax-payers in 2021, according to data presented by IQVIA in the Association for Accessible Medicine (AAM) 2022 US Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Savings Report. Additionally, total generic and biosimilar savings for the past 10 years has been more than $2.6 trillion.
After two years defined by a strong economic rebound from the pandemic, the global economy will sputter in 2023, according to CoBank's report titled The Year Ahead: Forces That Will Shape the U.S. Rural Economy in 2023. A persistent energy crisis in Europe, China’s messy exit from zero-COVID, and higher interest rates globally will reduce world economic growth to a crawl....
The interplay of several forces since the turn of the 21st century demonstrates what can happen when risks become reality and resilience is put to the test for the trading system. It began with the global financial crisis (GFC, 2008/09), the trade war between the United States (US) and China (2018), the outbreak of COVID-19 (2020) and the conflict...
DIGITAL health seems like a complex concept but in truth we have all been exposed to it in many different ways. "Much of our lives has already been digitised, and this will grow faster and faster in the future, says IMU Group chairman, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman.
For this year’s world soil day, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reminded us that 95% of the food we eat comes directly or indirectly from our soils. In other words, ultra-processed alt meats made with pea protein need the soil’s nutrients as much as a head of lettuce does.
With the current trend of rapid climate change experienced worldwide, contingency plans such as shifting to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources are critical in ensuring the sustainability of Mother Nature.
In this article, we take a look at the 12 most advanced countries in biotechnology. You can skip our detailed analysis of the sector and go directly to 5 Most Advanced Countries in Biotechnology. The Covid-19 pandemic has awoken the world to its vulnerability to airborne viruses whose outbreaks are extremely hard to contain. It certainly wasn’t the last pandemic, as...
2022 has been a tough year for biotech. After a rush of investment and excitement poured in due to goodwill from the pandemic, the industry slammed headfirst into reality. Layoffs, pipeline culls and a lack of M&A deals have defined the year. While these issues sadly became the norm, there are a few stories from the past year that were not normal business.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$93 million loan to advance shrimp farming for smallholders in seven provinces in Indonesia. Called The Infrastructure Improvement Project for Shrimp Aquaculture, the project is designed to assist the Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry in introducing sustainable-shrimp aquaculture to increase productivity, quality, profitability and environmental preservation in...
MONTREAL (Canada), Dec 19 (Bernama) -- The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which consists of four goals and 23 targets, has been adopted Monday at the United Nations (UN) 15th Convention on Parties (COP 15) Biodiversity Summit, held here.
RHB Investment Bank Research is cautiously optimistic about the country’s outlook for 2023 and has maintained its GDP growth forecast at 4.5%. “Our outlook for next year remains cautiously optimistic, supported by resilient domestic demand,” the research house said in its 2023 outlook report titled ‘Recession fears over-done, we are bullish’ today.
As far as scientists are concerned, medical marijuana is exciting because it contains compounds that stimulate the endocannabinoid system, an intricate cell-signaling network that regulates many physiological processes, including those involved in pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function. To help medical marijuana realize its many potentialities, scientists are working to better characterize medical...
A product from seaweeds that’s been developed by CMFRI to combat liver disease is due to the hit market within four months. Called Cadalmin LivCure extract, it is a patent-protected nutraceutical developed by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) from seaweeds to combat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Eni, Euglena and Petronas are jointly studying the possibility of developing and operating a biorefinery in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC). This is one of the largest integrated refinery and petrochemical developments in Southeast Asia.
DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The regional bio-economy strategy approved recently by the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers will be a key factor in promoting food security and sustainable agriculture in the region, the EAC said in a statement late Thursday.
A phrase that was often quoted throughout the 2nd Vaccine Cooperation Forum in the Indo-Pacific Region held earlier this month (December 2022) was that “no one is safe anywhere until everyone is safe everywhere”.
The long-term shift towards poultry will continue to strengthen, in part due to a preference for white meat among high-income countries. This is because poultry is seen as easy to cook, healthier and it is perceived as a better choice. In middle and low-income countries, poultry is seen as a cheaper alternative to other meats. As a result, the...
As society moves towards sustainable development and a circular economy, one aspect that needs urgent attention is the use of plastic and plastic-based products. Praj has been developing best-in-class, lowest-in-carbon, and lowest-cost technologies for Polylactic acid and Polyhydroxyalkanoates. This Digest webinar focused on the need for bioplastics, Praj’s approach towards bioplastics, and an outline of bioplastics development with the...
KUALA LUMPUR: The domestic healthcare sector is expected to remain a key focus for the country in the upcoming revised 2023 Budget regardless of the political landscape, said Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB Research). The research house said that in the 2023 Budget unveiled by the previous administration, the Ministry of Health (MoH) was allocated a budget of RM36.1...
We're often told to limit our "screen time," thanks in part to the harsh blue light that screens can emit. Plants can detect blue light too, but instead of causing sleepless nights for our green friends, it could help make their fruits taste better. Researchers now report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that mangoes can become redder, sweeter...
ALUMINIUM makers are set to boost low-carbon metal output by 10% in 2023 and churn out even more in the years ahead, driving down the cost for carmakers seeking climate-friendly supplies and shrinking the industry’s hefty carbon footprint.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia telah menekankan keperluan untuk mengukuhkan lagi peranan APEC sebagai inkubator idea dan seterusnya menyumbang kepada pemulihan ekonomi global. Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, berkata keperluan itu memandangkan APEC berada pada kedudukan yang strategik bukan sahaja bagi melengkapkan usaha yang sedang giat dijalankan di Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia (WTO), malah juga dalam meneroka dan membangunkan inisiatif...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21): When former journalist Ali Imran Mohd Noordin got COVID-19 in July this year, it was a bad one. He had trouble breathing. He had to be hospitalised for four days. Doctors put him on Paxlovid.
This year has been a varied one for Regal Springs. However, there have still been plenty of positives for the flagship multinational tilapia producer, according to Laurent Develle and Vernon Bradley – respectively, the group’s head of corporate affairs and head of marketing and communication.
Waste management, much like healthcare or education, requires a country to have an appropriate system in place. In Serbia, however, the waste management system is not simply poor, but virtually non-existent. This, in a nutshell, is how the experts see the situation in Serbia at the moment, and why they believe a system must be built from scratch. That,...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia mencatat pelaburan diluluskan bernilai RM193.7 bilion dalam sektor perkhidmatan, perkilangan dan utama yang membabitkan 2,786 projek bagi tempoh Januari hingga September 2022. Dalam kenyataan hari ini, Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) berkata, jumlah itu bakal menjana sebanyak 98,414 peluang pekerjaan baharu di negara ini.
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, which in healthcare means we’re starting to see a lot of predictions about what will come to pass in 2023. Some authors have proven remarkably prescient in their previous predictions.
Brazilian chicken processors including heavyweights JBS SA and BRF SA will collectively increase output and exports in the new year, Reuters reported, citing projections from meat industry group ABPA on Thursday. Brazilian companies will process up to 14.750 million tonnes of chicken meat in 2023 while they are also poised to raise exports by up to 8.5% to an estimated 5.2 million...
Climate change and sustainability have been hot topics for decades, but progress has been painfully slow and the stakes get higher with every year that passes. Will 2023 be the year this begins to change thanks to new innovations in climate tech?
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will ensure electricity supply remains reliable despite the energy crisis because energy is the core infrastructure to shape economic growth, especially when tapping into post-pandemic opportunities.
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 13): Pharmaniaga Bhd’s unit signed a research collaboration agreement (RCA) with a Thailand-based company to develop a six-in-one combination vaccine for children’s healthcare with an annual market value of RM200 million in Malaysia.
An apple a day may keep the livestock veterinarian away. Juice, pulp and other waste from Empire apples, when injected into chicken eggs before hatching, show signs of boosting the animal's intestinal health, according to Cornell research.
BANGI: Malaysia amat komited untuk menghasilkan minyak sawit mengikut prinsip dan kriteria mampan di bawah Skim Pensijilan Minyak Sawit Mampan Malaysia (MSPO) yang telah dilaksanakan secara mandatori mulai 1 Januari 2020, kata Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (MPOB).
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): As a megadiverse country, Malaysia takes the stand that the implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Post-2020 GBF) must take into account current developments and interests.
KUALA LUMPUR: Isu Alam Sekitar, Sosial dan Tadbir Urus (ESG) dan perubahan iklim sudah tentu telah mengubah cara kita bekerja, hidup dan bermain, dan disebabkan oleh perubahan corak tingkah laku, parameter ESG kini menjadi pemacu utama tabiat penggunaan kita untuk memastikan kita memenuhi keperluan objektif global sifar bersih menjelang 2050.
In vertical farming, efficiency is key for those looking to increase their profit margins. Automation is one way to cut costs and increase efficiency in a vertical farm. By using robots to help with various aspects of farming, we can supplement the need for human labor to complete tasks such as seeding, transplanting, tray washing, harvesting, packaging, labeling, and...
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): AstraZeneca Malaysia has launched its Evusheld monoclonal antibody combination in local private hospitals for the prevention of Covid-19 in high-risk individuals. In a recent statement, the company said the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) had granted conditional registration for Evusheld in May this year for the pre-exposure prophylaxis (prevention) of Covid-19 in adults and adolescents aged...
A new Oceana-commissioned study reveals that vessels authorized to fish in the waters of designated tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) are operating major shark fisheries, propping up a massive blue shark (Prionace glauca) commercial fishery with a landing value worth USD $411 million.
We use over 460 million tonnes of plastics a year, according to the OECD – and that number is set to almost triple by 2060. Less than 10% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled – the remaining 90% ends up being incinerated, sent to landfill or dumped into our ecosystems, particularly oceans.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian corporate sector rode on the strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2022, which was driven by the low base effect and the ramping up of business activities across industries.
The bankruptcy of the biggest Dutch generic medicine maker InnoGenerics may have an impact on the supply of some types of drugs in several months time, health minister Ernst Kuipers has told MPs in a briefing.
"Betting the farm" isn't just a saying. It's something farmers do every year. When a farmer invests in new technology — be it a new irrigation system or a self-driving tractor — they're often, quite literally, betting the farm. If the tech doesn't deliver, it could spell financial ruin.
A plastic mist descends from the sky each day. You can't see it. Or feel it. It has no smell or taste. But researchers think we are seriously underestimating the invisible downpour. New estimates by a team of scientists from the University of Auckland in New Zealand suggest an average of nearly 5000 microplastic particles settles on every square meter of Auckland's...
IT has been 51 years since John Lennon penned the iconic song Imagine. In a soothing voice, he pleaded for peace and tolerance in a turbulent time of the raging Vietnam War, soaring inflation and the oil embargo. Is history — the 1970s — repeating itself? Today the Russia-Ukraine conflict comes with grave economic repercussions.
Four weeks ago, I visited Mulago National Referral Hospital, in Kampala, where I used to work. Today, it is home to one of Uganda’s Ebola isolation wings. During my visit, I witnessed some of the challenges that the government and health-care workers were facing to contain this terrible outbreak without the most effective tool there is: vaccines. The Sudan...
HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Vietnam has set a target to double the amount of foreign investment in agriculture to US$34 billion by the end of 2030. However, there were a number of shortcomings and limitations the country must urgently address to realise the goal, according to policymakers and industry experts.
PARIS: Misteri peningkatan gas metana yang memanaskan planet pada 2020 walaupun sekatan COVID-19 mengurangkan banyak sumber disebabkan manusia diperjelaskan oleh pelepasan lebih besar daripada alam semula jadi.
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The age of biotechnology is here. Products across a broad range of markets are made with biology, and conscious consumers demand a level of sustainability that only biomanufacturing can provide. The next generation of therapies for human health and wellness are biologics. Even the US government has taken notice with the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative.
PETALING JAYA: The recovery of the healthcare sector in Malaysia is expected to gain further traction over the medium term amid further easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Hospital service providers, for instance, are witnessing an increase in the number of patients, particularly tourist patients, following the reopening of international borders.
Those advancing the “bioeconomy” as a unique economic driver appear to be including the food & beverage sector and its supply chain. A recent Executive Order reflects its growing clout in both North America and Europe. The Sept. 12 order is titled: “Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe and Secure American Bioeconomy.”
KUALA LUMPUR: NanoMalaysia Bhd (NMB) has introduced the Biomass Innovation Circular Economy Programme (BICEP), an initiative for sustainable agriculture by promoting the use of biomass waste materials from agricultural sources to produce high-quality advanced materials and products.
PARIS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Global renewable energy capacity is expected to almost double in the next five years as the ongoing energy crisis is driving a sharp acceleration of installations of renewable power projects, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday in "Renewables 2022," its annual report on the sector.
As biosimilar approvals and implementation continue to accelerate, the US health care system can expect to see enormous cost benefits if payers challenges and other questions are addressed, according to an expert at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 2022 Midyear Clinical Meeting.
Microphyt, an emerging leader in microalgae-based products for nutrition and well-being, announced its new round of funding earlier this month. This investment was led by L’Oréal through its venture capital fund BOLD Business Opportunities for L’Oréal Development and supported by Microphyt’s current investors Bpifrance, through the “Sociétés de Projets Industriels” fund (“SPI fund”), Sofinnova Partners, IXO-Private Equity, Supernova Partners,...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): While a provisional agreement on the European Commission’s Proposal for the Deforestation-Free Products Regulation has been reached, Malaysia should continue to engage with the European Union (EU) regarding the new regulation and future implementing rules, said the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC).
KUALA LUMPUR: Economists have called on the government to review the overall tax structure and look into additional measures to increase its revenue stream. Khazanah Research Institute senior adviser Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram said while it would be relatively easy to reimplement and tweak the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as it was used before, this by itself might be...
Researchers have just caught bacteria sidestepping antibiotic treatment with a never-before-seen trick. Bacteria's troublesome talent for developing resistance against antibiotics is a rapidly growing health threat. This ability has ancient origins and allows drug-resistant bacterial infections like MRSA and gonorrhea to kill 1.3 million people globally each year.
BANTING: DSR Taiko Bhd (DSR) will launch the Musang King Integrated Tracking System (MKITS) in the first quarter of next year to promote the king of fruits in the international markets.
The conference is being billed as a major biodiversity COP, because it is expected to lead to the adoption of a new Global Biodiversity Framework, guiding actions worldwide through 2030, to preserve and protect our natural resources. The delegates and organizers will be hoping that this framework will have a more lasting impact than the previous version: at COP10, in 2010,...
Experts and analysts have warned of an impending recession come 2023. Inflation is affecting many on a global scale due to various socio-economic factors, particularly the Russia-Ukraine conflict and supply chain disruptions. The rise in commodity prices and freight rates have since been corrected, south-bent due to a sharp decline in consumer demand. Though there is a clear indication...
KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 8): Digital health platform and e-prescriptions issuer DOC2US has inked a deal with genetic testing company SuperDNA Sdn. Bhd to provide patients with a preventive health ecosystem through its bundled packages for genetic testing and blood screening.
CHICAGO, Dec 4 — At LanzaTech’s lab in the Chicago suburbs, a beige liquid bubbles away in dozens of glass vats. The concoction includes billions of hungry bacteria, specialised to feed on polluted air — the first step in a recycling system that converts greenhouse gases into usable products.
CHICAGO, Dec 4 — At LanzaTech’s lab in the Chicago suburbs, a beige liquid bubbles away in dozens of glass vats. The concoction includes billions of hungry bacteria, specialised to feed on polluted air — the first step in a recycling system that converts greenhouse gases into usable products.
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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): Malaysia received US$5 billion (RM22.06 billion) in health-related greenfield investments from 2008 to 2021, according to a recent report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).
THE pituitary gland is called the "master gland" because it controls several other hormone glands in your body. As a result, a pituitary tumour can lead to serious health problems. The pituitary gland is a tiny gland that is located inside the skull, above the nasal cavities and beneath the brain. It is located in the sella turcica, a very...
The issue of how to feed a growing population, and do it sustainably, is a crucial issue for the 21st century and has been brought more sharply into focus by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a key agricultural producer.
European Bioplastics (EUBP) has presented a positive outlook for the global bioplastics industry at the 17th EUBP Conference, with the global capacity of bioplastic production expected to increase by 4.7 million tonnes between now and 2027.
MICRO, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are urged to “seriously address” the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects in their business models to meet sustainability goals, as well as to remain relevant in the global value and supply chains moving forward.
Biopharma Akeso Inc. has announced it will enter into a collaboration potentially worth up to $5 billion with Summit Therapeutics Inc., by out-licensing its breakthrough bispecific antibody, ivonescimab (PD-1/VEGF, AK112) for development and commercialisation in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University have completed the first study that provides a comprehensive picture of changes in gene expression in response to water stress in tomatoes and identified genes that could help plant breeders develop fruit that can cope with drought conditions.
In Norway, multidisciplinary and multinational team will work together over the next 42 months to develop innovative and sustainable processes to produce biofuels from organic waste with negative emissions CARBIOW (Carbon Negative Biofuels from Organic Waste) is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe Programme that addresses green transition and circular economy by...
ISTANBUL – Turkey is one of only three member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that are among the world’s top 20 halal economy exporters, according to a report released Tuesday by the intergovernmental organisation.
TOKYO: Firma bioteknologi Jepun memaklumkan sudah membangunkan ujian saringan awal kanser pankreas pertama di dunia, menggunakan cacing. Hirotsu Bio Science melancarkan ujian N-NOSE plus Pancreas, bulan ini, memasarkan terus kepada pengguna di Jepun dengan sasaran membawa ujian itu ke Amerika Syarikat (AS) tahun depan.
KOTA KINABALU: A total of RM808.06 million will be allocated in the 2023 Sabah Budget for the development of productive growth sectors, namely agriculture, industrial and tourism. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said strategies and approaches to accelerate development would focus on these three sectors.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 28): Malaysia should engage with the European Union (EU) on the EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and any future rules that will have a significant impact on a broad range of companies operating in the world’s largest trading bloc, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said.
One of the puzzling features of the 2022 working world is the extent to which overwork has increased rather than decreased. For example, about a third of Microsoft’s 100,000 employees are now working a ‘triple peak’ day. The traditional peaks before and after lunch have been joined by a new peak in the hours before bedtime, with most activity around 10pm....
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Claritas HealthTech (Claritas), which specialises in medical angel accessory and artificial intelligence-assisted analytic tools, has began clinical validation of a software which it had accordingly developed via a research collaboration with Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina advised farmers to step up cage and pond farming of lates perches and groupers, and recommended that the Fisheries Administration study the possibility of obtaining new fish varieties from the Marine Aquaculture Research and Development Centre (MARDeC) in Preah Sihanouk province to meet...
Three different cities on three separate continents are the best places for expats to live and work, according to a new survey. Spain’s Valencia topped the InterNations Expat City Ranking list 2022 — with respondents raving about quality of life, public transport and sporting opportunities — followed by Dubai, which was lauded for the welcome it gives new arrivals. Mexico...
LOS ANGELES: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new therapy that slows the onset of type 1 diabetes. "It targets one of the root causes of this type of diabetes and can slow the onset of the disease. Better still, the drug could be the herald of a new era in treating the condition," said...
LONDON, Nov 29 — A British start-up founded by two ex-students from France and Spain, crafting biodegradable packaging from marine plants, is aiming to seal royal approval this week when Prince William unveils his latest Earthshot prizes.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 29): The annual Taiwan Expo in Malaysia is the best platform to showcase Taiwan’s world-class smart industries, cultural tourism and technical talent, Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade director-general Cynthia Kiang said.
JUST like Covid-19, there was much we didn't know about HIV and AIDS in the early years of the disease. This led to fear and isolation and stigmatisation of HIV-positive individuals and their families. Patients had to hide their HIV status over fears of being ostracised, not just by society but even family members.
HANOI, Nov 27 (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set a target of raising the proportion of organic fertilizer products authorised for circulation to 25% in 2025. It also planned to increase the amount of qualified production by 1.25 times, equivalent to 5 million tonnes per year.
Plastic makers need to be more transparent about the chemicals used in their products, a leading chemicals industry group has said, as concern mounts about the health impacts of the everyday material finding its way into the food chain and human bodies.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30): Malaysia’s encouraging economic growth and stable labour market situation ensure the country’s economy remains on track, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said Malaysia’s economy expanded by 14.2% in the third quarter of 2022 (3Q2022), driven by an encouraging performance in all economic sectors, primarily the services...
How did eukaryotic life — the domain that includes humans — evolve? A decade or so ago, this was the question occupying Thijs Ettema and his colleagues. They found the answer in the genomes of previously undiscovered microorganisms collected from deep in the Atlantic Ocean1. Lurking in those sequences were hallmarks of cells from two different types of organism...
Cosmetics often use unsustainable ingredients, but new research is answering the growing demand for eco-friendly products. "Plant ingredients have always been used in cosmetics," said Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at VTT, a Finnish research center. "But in recent years, there's been a revived interest in plant-based compounds. Consumers are interested in greener and more sustainable ingredients."
BUSINESSES in Malaysia are expected to remain positive for the fourth quarter of this year (4Q22) despite a slower pace. Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said businesses have registered a 3.2% increase in confidence from a 4.7% increase in 3Q22.
Overweight women are more likely to experience symptoms of long COVID according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The new study, published today, is one of the largest studies on long COVID in the U.K. It shows that having a higher BMI is linked with the condition, and that women are more likely to experience long COVID...
Once an egg is laid, its quality cannot be improved. Thus, the need for reliable egg monitoring and measurement to ensure the highest level of quality is consistently maintained in layer operations. In The Poultry Site’s interview with Josh Yoshida, VP of Sales and Marketing at ORKA Food Technology, he describes Egg Tester Plus, a new device focused specifically on an...
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Oil and Gas Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SOGDC) telah memeterai perjanjian pajakan tanah dengan Esteel Enterprise Sabah Sdn Bhd (ESTEEL Sabah) untuk projek keluli hijau di Taman Perindustrian Minyak dan Gas Sipitang (SOGIP).
The lead-up to COP27 was inauspicious. Only 26 out of 193 countries had tightened pledges – made a year ago in Glasgow – for 2030 emissions reductions, while the Russia/Ukraine war dramatically intervened to change short-term priorities. So what did Sharm El-Sheikh deliver and where did it disappoint? Prakash Sharma, Elena Belletti and Nuomin Han from Wood Mackenzie’s Energy...
In honor of one of the spookiest biotech markets in recent memory (yes, we’re aware Halloween is long over, but let us live!), we at Fierce Biotech thought it was only right that we revive one of our special reports from the archives. With that in mind, we bring you the 2022 Biotech Graveyard, a list of the biotechs...
Asia-Pacific Agribusiness Marketplaces scooped up $628 million in 2021, according to AgFunder’s first-ever Asia-Pacific AgriFoodtech Investment Report. “Agribusiness Marketplaces” is AgFunder’s term for online marketplace platforms that link farmers to a variety of services, from inputs to customers to agronomic support to financing. They aim to increase supply chain efficiency and more access to goods and customers.
The Indonesian Government, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) and the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) hosted the first Sustainable Vegetable Oil conference on the sidelines of the G20.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Malaysia’s economic fundamentals remain quite robust heading into 2023, despite the uncertainties on the political front following the just-concluded 15th General Election (GE15), said RHB Investment Bank (RHB IB).
Ganaplacide/lumefantrinein new study as world faces emerging resistance to malaria treatments Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture MMV have announced that they are to progress the ganaplacide/lumefantrine solid dispersion formulation (SDF) into phase 3 development.
The first thing I notice when we step through white double doors of the growers’ house is that every one of the 1,200 or so chickens in this enormous room has stopped whatever it was doing to stare at us. A few of the birds step closer, peering at our legs as if they want to peck our shoes....
As the world strives to become carbon neutral and align with countries’ low-carbon policies, more countries are looking to ditch fossil fuels and transfer to green energy sources. However, a recent study indicates that moving the world’s energy system away from fossil fuels and building green energy resources will generate carbon emissions by itself. This is because the construction of...
DIGITALtransformation, rare earth elements (REEs) and the healthcare industry are expected to become the new, major sources of growth for Malaysia in the next five years. Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) ED Lee Heng Guie said Malaysia needs to leverage on digitalisation, smart technologies and innovation, as well as knowledge, to add value to the services, manufacturing, mining and agriculture sectors.
The FDA approved UniQure’s Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec), an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy for the treatment of adults with Hemophilia B (congenital Factor IX deficiency).
As the shrimp veteran explains, biosecurity practices on Asian farms were initially largely focused on preventing whitespot syndrome virus (WSSV) by using “the exclusionary principle”: namely by stocking specific pathogen-free (SPF) post-larvae and killing off/excluding the wild crustaceans – mainly larval shrimp and crabs – that brought the virus into the ponds via the intake water.
An ambitious plan to sequence the genomes of all known species of euglenoids over the next decade has been launched today. The network of scientists behind the initiative believe it has the potential to drive breakthroughs ranging from new biofuels and sustainable foods to cancer medicines.
PETALING JAYA: Salaries for executives are expected to rise by 5.44 per cent and for non-executives by 5.43 per cent next year. This was based on the findings of the Malaysian Employers Federation's (MEF) latest survey.
Duke Cancer Institute researchers have identified potential biomarkers that predict the likelihood for checkpoint inhibitor drugs to backfire, driving hyper-progression of melanoma cells instead of unleashing the immune system to fight them.
After the Food and Drug Administration's recent declaration that a lab-grown meat product is "generally recognized as safe" for consumption, don't be surprised if you see that label on a menu in years to come.
GLOBAL urbanisation and industrialisation are leaving mighty dents in the environment and enormous carbon footprints that can no longer be 'absorbed' from the atmosphere. As the world comes together in an attempt to halt, or ultimately reverse, the effects of global warming and climate change, the question remains as to whether we have what it takes to 'decarbonise' by 2030.
THERE has been an excessive push for economic growth across the globe, and this push has led to the depletion of natural resources and social inequality. The private sector is seen as the engine of economic growth and while it has contributed to technological advancements and provided jobs to many, it is also seen as negatively affecting the environment and...
Various chemical products, such as polymers and pharmaceutical intermediates, are currently synthesized with phosgene as their precursor or raw material. However, phosgene is highly toxic and this usage poses safety risks. Thus, there is demand for the development of new methods and substitutes to replace phosgene.
Swedish researchers at the department of animal nutrition and management of the university in Uppsala looked at early feed access in chicken starter diets. They found that early feeding can be used to improve growth performance in broilers. Hatching concepts, such as on-farm hatching, provide an opportunity to supply newly-hatched birds with optimal nutrition that supports growth and the development...
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 23): The Malaysian plastics industry exhibited resilience during the pandemic and has continued on a steady growth path. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said as of June 2022, 33 projects in the sector had been approved with accumulated investments of RM503.5 million.
BANGKOK: Pemimpin Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) berikrar untuk mempergiatkan lagi usaha ke arah pemulihan ekonomi yang inklusif, pasca pandemik. Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) dalam satu kenyataan berkata Mesyuarat Pemimpin-Pemimpin Ekonomi Asia-Pasifik (AELM) yang melabuhkan tirainya pada Sabtu di Bangkok, Thailand berakhir dengan konsensus yang ditunggu-tunggu, Deklarasi Pemimpin-Pemimpin 2022.
GLOBALLY, pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people a year, especially the elderly and those with comorbidities. In Malaysia, pneumonia is ranked among the top three diseases that cause death in adults and children under five, and the number of reported pneumonia cases keeps increasing yearly.
Scientists have converted native starches such as wheat, corn and cassava to dietary fiber that can be added to food to make it healthier without changing its texture, color or taste. Researchers at RMIT University worked with Microtec Engineering Group, a technology-based engineering company that supplies starch processing equipment, to develop the starch-based product, called FiberX, which resists digestion in...
STOCKHOLM, Nov 21 — Volvo Trucks is preparing to deliver its first electric trucks made partly of fossil-free steel. This is a world first, made possible thanks to the firm’s collaboration with its Swedish compatriot SSAB. What’s more, these vehicles are 90 per cent recyclable.
KUALA LUMPUR – Political stability adds strength to the economy and boosts investors’ confidence in the country, said Juwai IQI global chief economist Shan Saeed. “Political stability is part of macroeconomic stability and is embedded in the equation. It is perhaps the most important variable in the macroeconomic calculus.”
BioNTech reports that its Singapore affiliate, BioNTech Pharmaceuticals Asia Pacific, signed an agreement Novartis Singapore Pharmaceutical Manufacturing to acquire one of its GMP-certified manufacturing facilities. The acquisition is part of BioNTech’s expansion strategy to strengthen its global footprint in Asia. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the facility will serve as BioNTech’s Regional Headquarters and become its...
While seaweed has long been part of daily life in some parts of the world – like China and Japan – it has always often been overlooked in the Western Hemisphere. Fortunately, companies like Oceanium in Scotland are making people think again about sea plants and marine algae, as they explore its many uses – from food ingredients and natural...
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 17): Malaysia, the world’s second largest producer of palm oil, has been practising zero-burning techniques, with a ban on open burning since 1998, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).
KUALA LUMPUR: The Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the Eastern European conflict and climate change have put the country's food security at risk. The situation has increased the country's dependency on food imports, which rose to RM55.4 billion in 2020 from RM51.4 billion the year before.
IMATHIA, Greece, Nov 12 ― Eyes glued to his mobile phone, farmer Sotiris Mournos pores over the latest microclimate and humidity data about his fields on the plain of Imathia in northern Greece. The high-tech farming techniques he uses are making slow progress in Greece’s tradition-bound and struggling agricultural sector, but growers like him see them as key to their...
Since the last Ice Age ended nearly 12,000 years ago and human civilisations developed, the Earth’s long-term average global air temperature has never varied by more than 1.5 degrees above a stable 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit), scientists say.
KUALA LUMPUR: The prevalence of diabetes is still showing an alarming increasing trend every year despite globally agreed targets to control the rise of diabetes by 2025. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said an estimated 537 million adults aged 20 to 79 are suffering from diabetes in 2021 globally.
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd (DBB) is expected to record improved export revenue in the coming quarters, aided by the globally phased lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. CGS-CIMB Research noted that the company's export revenue for the third quarter (Q3) rose 15.6 per cent year-on-year (YoY) as it secured new government tenders in Singapore and Brunei.
Isu kenaikan harga bahan mentah, terutama ayam dan telur sudah lama dibangkitkan. Menurut Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP), Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, ia disebabkan kebergantungan penternak ayam daging dan ayam telur terhadap soya serta jagung dari negara luar seperti Argentina dan Brazil.
The Renewable Fuels Association announced today that it has joined the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition, a group of leading industry associations committed to developing and expanding the agricultural bioeconomy. The Ag Bioeconomy Coalition was founded earlier this year to advance federal policy initiatives that foster growth toward an economy based on innovative bio-based products derived from agricultural commodities, including ethanol and other...
Bioeconomy 2.0 refers to the research and development of the next generation of bio-based solutions aimed towards renewable, reusable, recyclable and sustainable production. We asked Ali Harlin, research professor at Finland’s VTT research centre about the potential benefits of bio-based materials for the packaging industry, the impact of current solutions and some of the main challenges in this field.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 14): Malaysia has established itself as one of the world's top offshore manufacturing hubs for medical devices, with close to 300 medical device manufacturing companies undertaking a variety of activities ranging from regional headquarters and manufacturing to research and development (R&D).
KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation has proposed that the government introduce a long-term incentive plan to encourage more people to venture into the agriculture sector. Malaysian Food Security and Sovereignty Forum coordinator Nurfitri Amir Muhammad said currently, incentives introduced for players in the agriculture sector were short term in nature.
Today, the Commission adopted the Communication ‘Towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector', a pioneering initiative to unlock the potential of algae in the European Union. The Communication proposes 23 actions to create opportunities for the industry to help it grow into a robust, sustainable and regenerative sector capable of meeting the growing EU demand. The EU is one of the...
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A majority of Malaysian companies are still lagging in finance digital transformation, with only 2% of Malaysian finance and IT leaders reporting that they currently have a robust digital finance transformation strategy, according to Workday’s latest survey: The CFO and CIO Indicator Study. The survey examines the state of digital finance transformation and how these efforts are impacted by the...
According to past research, vaccines work better for some people than others. Factors such as age, diet, and sex may influence a vaccine’s efficacy, but genetics is also thought to play a role. As of now, scientists don’t have a way to know beforehand how well a jab will stimulate any individual’s immune system.
The high antioxidants and polyphenols content in passion fruit peels show significant potential to preserve fresh fruits and fresh cuts in an edible food coating, shows research from the University of Johannesburg. Such a coating can reduce spoilage and plastic packaging in supply chains.
Among the newest adopters, we’re reporting this week that cactus leather slip-ons prove G.H. Bass isn’t “loafing about” on sustainability. In addition Tarform has revved up use of renewables for its electric motorcycles, using a flaxseed and biobased resin composite dyed with algae-based pigments. Finally, Germany’s Playmobil will soon expand its Wiltopia bioplastic range of play sets to include...
According to the models of the United Nations (UN), the world’s population will reach 8 billion today — a mere 12 years since it passed 7 billion, and less than a century after the planet supported just 2 billion people.
Blood stem cell transplantation is a radical but highly effective therapy for multiple sclerosis. A study led by the University of Zurich has now examined in detail the way in which the treatment curbs the autoimmune disease and how the immune system regenerates afterwards. A better understanding of these mechanisms should help the treatment approach, currently approved in only...
Innovation and sustainability are becoming more entwined, as companies like On Running, Allbirds and Athleta focus their product design and development on getting the best of both worlds.
ON the day the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (more commonly known as the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC or COP27) kicked off in Egypt, global enterprise solutions provider SAP hosted a virtual regional media conference which focused on climate change challenges among businesses in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 10): Duopharma Biotech Bhd's first nine months of 2022 (9M2022) exceeded analysts' forecast on earnings per share (EPS) and core earnings. However, in separate notes, CGS-CIMB Securities and RHB Investment Bank (RHB IB) Research both excluded the recent insulin contract award by the Ministry of Health (MOH) from their imputations.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 (Bernama) - Malaysia believes that climate-smart agriculture could contribute to the advancement of agricultural system transformation to ensure food security in changing climate.
ENGINEERING and energy solutions provider to acquire 100% stake in 2.4MW biogas power plant in Kedah supplying energy to the national grid until 2034 Kejuruteraan Asastera Bhd (KAB) is growing its sustainable energy solutions (SES) segment with its first biogas power plant, through the proposed acquisition of the entire equity of Future Biomass Gasification Sdn Bhd (FBG) for RM15 million.
EMPLOYEES in Malaysia can look forward to a median 5% increase in their salaries next year, according to Mercer’s annual Total Remuneration Survey (TRS) 2022. The TRS polled 637 organisations — of which 98% are multinational companies (MNCs) — across 17 industries in Malaysia between April and June this year.
KUANTAN: Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Perusahaan Kecil Getah (RISDA) memperuntukkan RM508.02 juta bagi melaksanakan program pembangunan penanaman semula getah di seluruh negara. Timbalan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad, berkata peruntukan itu membabitkan program produktiviti dan pemasaran, program hasil baharu serta program keusahawanan.
The European Parliament and Council have agreed on stricter regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in member states including less flexibility and more transparency. As the UN COP27 climate conference has started in Egypt, Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional agreement on November 8 on a revision of the effort sharing regulation (ESR), which sets binding annual greenhouse gas (GHG)...
KUALA LUMPUR: Ekonomi halal global dianggarkan mencecah AS$4.96 trilion (RM22.34 trilion) menjelang 2030, kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia (MATRADE), Datuk Mohd Mustafa Abdul Aziz.
Researchers at UC Riverside are paving the way for diabetes and cancer patients to forget needles and injections, and instead take pills to manage their conditions. Some drugs for these diseases dissolve in water, so transporting them through the intestines, which receive what we drink and eat, is not feasible.
What exactly is the microbiome and how does it affect the health, resiliency and productivity of both humans and animals? What are proven strategies for introducing beneficial bacteria into poultry, dairy, swine and other animal diets? With an impressive resume as a researcher, presenter and adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Xandra Smith, Director of...
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 4.2 million people die prematurely each year due to long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution (PM2.5). A recent study by researchers at McGill University now suggests that the annual global death toll from low pollution levels may be significantly higher than previously thought.
MALAYSIA’S economic fundamentals moving forward are projected to be hampered by global headwinds such as inflationary pressures, economic uncertainty and climate change. According to Sunway University Business School professor and economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng, the current growth expectation is 4% to 5% with risks tilted very much on the downside given the rapid deceleration of the global economy.
Could consuming a cup of coffee be an effective way to protect yourself against infection with coronavirus? What has not yet been proven in practice is at least very plausible according to biochemical research.
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have successfully genetically modified a plant protein that is responsible for oil accumulation in plant seeds and edible nuts.
Arctic Biomaterials (ABM) from Tampere, Finland, are delighted to announce the recently established collaboration with Helian Polymers (Belfeld, the Netherlands). By combining ABM's unique ArcBiox degradable and reinforcing glass fibres with Helian Polymers' signature PHAradox PHA compounds, new functional material possibilities emerge due to improved mechanical and thermal properties. No less than six grades have been developed so far.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — A total of 97.8 per cent of the 8.68 million positions in the economic sector have been filled as of the third quarter of this year, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
Biotechnology, or biotech, and its applications are evolving at breakneck speed – revolutionizing industries, including medicine, agriculture, energy and chemical and materials through the creation of products and processes that have never before existed.
(Nov 10): Vertical farmers, known for growing herbs and salads indoors, have made a breakthrough in the quest for global food security by cultivating wheat in the same controlled environment.
On November 8 Ecomondo opened its 25th edition with record numbers. And a weighty endorsement. That of the newly appointed Minister for the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, who in a message sent to the organisation defined the event as 'the most important opportunity for discussion, proposal, and showcase of everything that revolves around the future in Italy, because...
KUCHING: Halal certification can provide impetus for the products of small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to dominate the local market and further penetrate the global market, said Halal Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive officer Hairol Ariffein Sahari.
DIGITALISATION is streamlining the way hospitals deliver care and ensuring healthcare providers can work more efficiently. Recently, KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital 2 implemented a new clinical system called SystmOne from software company TPP based in Leeds in the United Kingdom.
From sci-fi novels to research reality, Anca Delgado says her newest project could change the course of space exploration by human astronauts. Delgado, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, recently earned an Emerging Frontiers in Research and...
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9): Prices of energy and food which are expected to remain elevated in 2023 driven by Covid-19-induced supply chain disruptions and further exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine are telltale signs that high commodity prices will continue to be a major theme that will keep inflation high.
INTERNATIONAL scientists are calling for a global paradigm change to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to adapt to inescapable climate change outcomes. Strengthened cross-sectoral and international collaboration of biosciences and economic actors would be necessary, supported by all states worldwide.
It’s probably not the top thing on your mind when you’re doubled over the toilet after eating some questionable-looking lettuce. But nonetheless, the question remains: How does the gut tell the brain that it needs to get something out, stat?
TOKYO, Nov 5 (Bernama): Vietnamese scientist Prof. Dr. Tran Dang Xuan and his colleagues at Hiroshima University, Japan have discovered anti-cancer agents in rice husks. The research titled ‘Cytotoxic Mechanism of Momilactones A and B against Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma Cell Lines’ was published on Cancers magazine in October this year, according to Vietnam news agency (VNA).
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and Indonesia Power, a sub-holding of Indonesia’s state-owned electricity provider PT. (Persero) (PLN), have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commence three feasibility studies on co-firing less carbon intensive fuels at power plants owned and operated by Indonesia Power.
A new publication from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Adaptation Gap Report 2022, has a stark message. This is clearly laid out in the report’s subtitle: Too Little, Too Slow – Climate adaptation failure puts world at risk. In other words, preparation for floods, droughts, heatwaves, and the many other consequences of climate change is massively deficient.
CamPROBE may save vital time and money while reducing the risk of infection November will witness the launch of a new device that is set to transform the historically uncomfortable process of prostate cancer diagnosis.
Global fish consumption has been growing at 3.1 percent annually for decades, far outpacing both the rise in the world's population (1.6 percent) and its meat consumption (1.1 percent). With so much demand for protein from the marine environment, there is no prospect of maintaining the sustainability of fisheries without shifting large amounts of fish production to aquaculture.
Shell Eastern Petroleum has announced that is has purchased the Asia-based waste oil recycling firm EcoOils. The oil and gas major said this acquisition will help it to expand its biofuels production.
Researchers at the University of Calgary say the flu vaccine lowers the risk of stroke among adults even if they are not at high risk for stroke. Investigators evaluated the health records of over four million Albertans over a nine-year period. The results indicate vaccination against influenza should be strongly recommended for everyone, just like it is for those...
Consumers would be willing to buy milk from cows only treated with antibiotics when medically necessary—as long as the price isn't much higher than conventional milk, according to researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
A Washington State University research team has tested a pre-treatment technology in waste management systems, adding an extra step to typical treatments and using oxygen-containing high-pressure steam to break down sewage sludge. It was found that they were able to convert more than 85% of the organic material to biogas, which can be used to produce electricity or upgraded to...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has moved up four spots in the 2022 Global Peace Index (GPI) to claim the 18th place as the most peaceful country in the world. This achievement, according to GPI, was amid the deterioration of the average level of global peacefulness that dropped by 0.3 per cent last year. Although slight, this was the 11th deterioration in...
Seven drugmakers pledged to work together to reduce carbon emissions in supply chains, health-care delivery and clinical trials, saying a joint effort will enable the industry to achieve more than individual companies could alone. AstraZeneca Plc, GSK Plc, Merck KGaA, Novo Nordisk A/S, Roche Holding AG, Sanofi and Samsung Biologics Co. signed on to the cooperation, part of the health...
THE Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and key agriculture agencies have discussed ways to address financing gaps faced by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) involved in the agriculture sector in a bid to boost the country’s food security.
PLANSfor a web of sub-sea cables that would create a continental power grid spanning Japan to India are rapidly becoming cheaper and more feasible, according to a study commissioned by advocates of the technology. The evolution in high-voltage, direct current technology and ability to lay cables at depths of up to 3,000m — opening up previously inaccessible terrain — has...
United Nations - Are eight billion humans too many for planet Earth? As we reach this milestone on November 15, most experts say the bigger problem is the overconsumption of resources by the wealthiest residents.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 7): More than one million lives might have been saved if Covid-19 vaccines had been shared more equitably with lower-income countries in 2021, according to mathematical models incorporating data from 152 countries.
KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 3): Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) and US-based fertiliser maker Anuvia Plant Nutrients have entered into an agreement, under which PCG will produce and market Anuvia's fertiliser in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is edible, the stuff being produced in Stephen Techtmann’s lab. Or it’s meant to be. It doesn’t smell bad, he said, a bit like a yeast extract or the Australian food spread Vegemite. But he hasn’t tasted it. First, he wants to know it’s safe, free from anything that might be toxic. It is, after all, made from plastic.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs a stable political ecosystem to face the coming economic challenges, economic analysts said. Future Labour Market Studies (EU-ERA) chief economist Associate Professor Dr Mohd Yusof Saari said political stability was crucial in facilitating an efficient economic governance.
DUBLIN, Nov 4 ― The foods that can lift your mood aren't necessarily the ones you might think. Now, researchers have developed a “psychobiotic” diet capable of reducing stress over the course of a month in a healthy person.
KUALA LUMPUR: Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Malaysia (SC) dan agensi pertanian utama telah mengadakan perbincangan mengenai kaedah menangani jurang pembiayaan yang dihadapi oleh perusahaan mikro, kecil dan sederhana (PMKS) yang terbabit dalam sektor pertanian dalam usaha meningkatkan keselamatan makanan negara.
Here in the bioeconomy we have to go past Near To Zero, or We Care About Zero, or Potemkin Village Zero, or Net Zero, or Our Kinda Funky Accounting Gets Us to Funky Zero, or True Zero. The advanced bioeconomy is about Below Zero, because it is the only energy and materials platform that can go below zero, and the bioeconomy will supply that offset to the...
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 25): The number of employed persons in 2021 was 15.06 million, with 1.5 million of them involved in the agriculture sector, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
WASHINGTON: Plastic recycling rates are declining even as production shoots up, according to a Greenpeace USA report out Monday that blasted industry claims of creating an efficient, circular economy as "fiction." Titled "Circular Claims Fall Flat Again," the study found that of 51 million tons of plastic waste generated by US households in 2021, only 2.4 million tons were recycled,...
(Oct 27): Soaring inflation is set to put a major dent in salary increases for the second year running in 2023, according to a new survey that sees just 37% of countries globally expecting to report real-term wage hikes. The worst-hit region is likely to be Europe, where real salaries — nominal wage growth minus the rate of inflation —...
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): Genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has teamed up with American Spine Centre, Wellness By Design FZ LLC, Balsam Health Services and IAC International LLC to market and distribute the group's Dtect® range of genetic screening services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Numerous companies from the international feed industry will present their solutions, share their innovations, and discuss new processes and feeding formulas at the upcoming Eurotier. What are the biggest trends in animal feed to look out for? Algae and insects are an example of novel protein sources that will be discussed – a timely topic since the EU has approved...
Approximately 40% of Malaysia’s electricity is generated from natural gas, and it continues to play a long-term role in providing energy security to the country, while contributing towards sustainability goals. In a series of Money Matters episodes aired on TV3, experts chimed in on the important role that natural gas plays in contributing to the development of the nation, the state of...
THE cloud is the future for businesses. Adopting and leveraging cloud computing solutions allow more flexibility and convenience with its on-demand availability, productivity tools and ability to connect and process data discreetly. While cloud computing – in particular software as a service (SaaS) – extols various benefits, many local businesses are still struggling to jump on the bandwagon.
Long-term use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), or vaping, can significantly impair the function of the body's blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the use of both e-cigs and regular cigarettes may cause an even greater risk than the use of either of these products alone. These findings come from two new studies supported by the National...
Rolling crises linked to war, weather disasters and the pandemic have shaken global food systems and tipped millions into hunger and poverty. Climate change is already playing a role, as floods, droughts and heatwaves batter harvests from Europe to Asia and threaten famine in the Horn of Africa. And, experts warn this could be just the beginning.
THE world’s biggest palm oil producer, is testing to see whether vehicles can run effectively on diesel blended with 40% cooking oil, and if it works well at higher altitudes. A successful outcome would shift more local supply toward biofuel and curb exports.
Between home, work or study and transportation, many people spent the majority of their time indoors. Henry Gordon Smith explains why — in a phase of a changing climate and a more urbanised society — we need to bring the greenery to us in the city, and how to turn that into an opportunity to change our food system.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 – Improved access to more generic HIV drugs can help Malaysia achieve its target of eliminating HIV/AIDS by 2030 as this cuts costs, gets more people living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment, and helps improve patient adherence.
A genetically modified hybrid variety of mustard, also known as GM mustard, has received a state-run biotech regulator’s recommendation for commercial cultivation. However, several biosafety mechanisms have been ignored during the approval, according to experts.
Malaysia and the European Union (EU) have agreed to explore further cooperation under the Transport Ministry to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said this included making the product more accessible and affordable to the aviation industry players in the future, in addition to promoting the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme Agenda for International...
NEW YORK, Oct 27 — A new study demonstrates the positive impact of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the fight against climate change. According to the research, these MPAs not only promote carbon storage but also marine biodiversity as well as the reproductive capacity of ocean species.
“We believe that the biotechnology sector, especially in the health sector, can be an element of great value for patients in relation to what is the ability to produce and generate valuable innovation in favour of the well-being and health of people, but it can certainly also be a great driving force for our economic system”. Thus Professor Americo Cicchetti,...
The Good Food Institute India, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, held its first in-person Summit in New Delhi last week since the pandemic, taking a look at the smart protein industry and how India is positioning itself as a leader in the category.
SINCE Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, energy prices have skyrocketed. For example, European gas futures increased from less than 20 Euros per megawatt-hour in early 2021 to more than 270 in August this year, before dropping to around 100, which is still more that five times higher than last year.
Oslo aims to become the first capital city in the world with fully electric public transport, without any CO2 emissions, by 2023. The goal is to offer users and residents of the city an improved quality of life, with less pollution, less noise and greater comfort.
A team of researchers from Cornell University has sequenced the Honeycrisp apple genome, a boon for scientists and breeders working with this popular and economically important cultivar.
Scientists with the University of Chicago have discovered a way to create a material that can be made like a plastic, but conducts electricity more like a metal. The research, published Oct. 26 in Nature, shows how to make a kind of material in which the molecular fragments are jumbled and disordered, but can still conduct electricity extremely well.
Although food security received considerable emphasis in Budget 2023, it made no specific mention of connecting youth with agriculture. The Young Agropreneur Programme (Program Agropreneur Muda, or PAM for short), launched in 2014 to supplement the National Agrofood Policy 2011-2020 (NAP1.0) in closing the gap of youth participation in the agro sector, appears to be another programme that could have...
SERDANG: The Health Ministry (MOH) will allow registrations for cannabis-based medication if there is solid evidence the product can be used safely and effectively to treat patients, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
SERDANG: The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) today launched five of its latest innovative products which are ready for commercialisation, using the latest technology in an effort to advance the country's agrofood industry.
Malaysia’s palm oil industry will remain resilient in the future. The government’s continuous efforts to encourage downstream development and improve the level of sustainability in the palm oil industry promise a bright future for the industry. For the record, the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification or MSPO programme has successfully covered around 96% of the oil palm areas.
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19): Malaysia, as a leading nation in the Muslim world, still has much to offer in best practices, trade and innovation, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
Scientists and laypeople alike have long wondered why mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others. Growing evidence suggests that a person's unique odor plays a large role in determining how alluring they are to the insects, with several odorants identified that act as mosquito attractants.
KUALA LUMPUR •The export revenue of cocoa and cocoa products had reached RM3.6 billion as of June 2022, said Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) chairman Rahimah Majid. She said the achievement is due to the high demand abroad and the encouraging prices of cocoa products.
HOME-GROWN biomass manufacturer Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd (BioEneco) is well-poised to expand its biomass fuel sales exponentially in tandem with increased demand from countries like Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — The radiation detection equipment managed by Malaysia will be used during this year’s Fifa World Cup which will take place in Qatar to ensure nuclear safety and security during the sporting event.
Many of the drugs we utilize in modern medicine are naturally produced by microbes. Penicillin, an antibiotic derived from certain molds, is one of the most notable natural products due to its recognition as one of the biggest advances in medicine and human health. As DNA sequencing has become cheaper and faster, scientists now have access to hundreds of...
It's a familiar sight for many—a ground sprayer slowly making rounds in a field, applying pesticides to row crops to give producers the best chance of protecting crops from pests and seeing high yields at harvest. These ground sprayers, with booms that can be up to 120 feet wide, are the tool of choice for producers who are spraying...
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Malaysia’s trade continued its upward trajectory in September 2022, registering double-digit growth for trade, exports, imports and trade surplus. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) released its Malaysia External Trade Statistics for the period of January-September 2022 on Wednesday which cited the growth was the highest monthly value for the month of September.
Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) levels may predict heart failure and death, according to a study from Michigan Medicine and the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute. SuPAR, an immune protein that impacts kidney disease, levels were found to be high in heart failure patients.
The new non-pollutive biomaterials that they are developing are designed to replace conventional plastic coatings used in grease-resistant fast-food packaging. Grease-resistant paper is typically coated with plastic and other environmentally harmful chemicals, such as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).
LONDON: Soaring natural gas prices have made hydrogen produced from fossil fuels increasingly uneconomic and spurred more than US$70 billion (RM330.6 billion) of new investment in hydrogen from renewables since war broke out in Ukraine, a report said today (Oct 20).
Technical and Vocational Education and Training, more commonly known as TVET, had previously assumed various persona, including career and technical education, apprenticeship training, and professional and vocational education, to name a few.
GENEVA – A new World Health Organisation report on Wednesday warned that almost half a billion people could develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, or other noncommunicable diseases attributable to physical inactivity between 2020 and 2030.
KOTA KINABALU: Yayasan Sabah semalam memeterai perjanjian usaha sama dengan G Capital Berhad untuk menghasilkan tenaga boleh diperbaharui menerusi loji jana kuasa hidroelektrik mini di seluruh Sabah bagi melengkapkan penjanaan bekalan elektrik di negeri ini.
MALAYSIA recorded a trade surplus of RM31.71 billion in September, a new record high for the country. The trade surplus expanded 20.9% from RM26.23 billion in September 2021, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Exports to major trading partners notably Asean, the US, the European Union and Japan recorded double-digit growth, with exports to Japan registering the highest monthly value...
Great strides have been made over the last few decades that see more women and men surviving breast cancer, but the journey leaves survivors with physical, mental and emotional impacts that can take years to recover from or to learn to cope with the often disabling new realities.
Terrestrial agriculture provides the backbone of the world's food production system. An opinion article publishing October 17 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Charles H. Greene at University of Washington, Friday Harbor, Washington, U.S., and Celina M. Scott-Buechler at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, U.S., makes the case for increased investment in algae aquaculture systems as a means of...
Imagine a typical recycling plant. Now imagine that the plant is a chemistry lab, and the crushed soda cans and waist-high stacks of junk mail have been replaced by microscopic structures worth tens of thousands of dollars per gram.
THE Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) technologies are revolutionising all sectors around the world, including agriculture, education and services; as well as promising to replace the planet’s polluting, dangerous and degrading industries.
To commemorate World Mental Health Day 2022, News-Medical speaks to Prof. Charlotte Hanlon, psychiatrist and researcher, about her work within the field of Global Mental Health and the importance of raising awareness around this year's theme, "Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority."
KUALA LUMPUR: The RM372.3 billion allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) in Budget 2023 will allow the ministry to implement various strategic and targeted initiatives to boost the country's food security throughout the economic recovery period which is expected to be more challenging next year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) telah menyelesaikan usaha pengambilalihan syarikat bahan kimia khusus global berpangkalan di Sweden, Perstorp Holding AB (Perstorp) pada RM7.31 bilion. Pengambilalihan itu dijangka mempercepat kepelbagaian portfolionya dan usaha niaga dalam bahan kimia khusus, menurut kumpulan dalam kenyataannya kepada Bursa Malaysia pada Rabu.
MALAYSIA must ensure a stable political climate to remain an attractive prospect for foreign direct investments (FDIs), according to analysts. Centre for Market Education CEO Dr Carmelo Ferlito said political stability is one of the most important elements in attracting investments, as it gives clarity about the political economy direction and a sign of clear commitment.
NEW YORK, Oct 11 ― Research about what is healthy comes so thick and fast ― red meat can appear good for you one week, stroke-inducing the next ― that a confused public often struggles to keep up.
Could you improve the profitability of production by adding Creamino on top of an application or energy-saving effect? And would this make a valuable contribution to reducing the impact of currently skyrocketing feed prices on the production cost of broilers?
The approaching UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), to be held in Egypt in November, focuses attention on the pathways needed to achieve global climate targets. A rapid decarbonization of economies is central to stabilizing the climate, including achieving net zero power systems by 2050. But with the world also facing a nature/biodiversity crisis and striving to achieve a set...
ANKARA: Ketua Bank Dunia dan Tabung Kewangan Antarabangsa (IMF) pada Isnin berkata, risiko kemelesetan dalam ekonomi global semakin meningkat berikutan kenaikan kadar faedah serta ekonomi yang perlahan di seluruh dunia, lapor Anadolu.
GENEVA, Oct 11 ― Throughout the world, mental health is deteriorating in a host of populations, as shown by several studies in recent years. Are anxiety and mental health disorders linked to the times we live in or are they more apparent now due to more awareness and better comprehension of the issues?
A shift back to black tiger shrimp farming, and away from vannamei – which is becoming more prone to disease and more costly to farm – is under way in Asia. But whether the market is willing to consume the increased volume, at higher price levels, remains a question.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have engineered duckweed to produce high yields of oil. The team added genes to one of nature's fastest growing aquatic plants to "push" the synthesis of fatty acids, "pull" those fatty acids into oils, and "protect" the oil from degradation. As...
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 7): The government will continue to strengthen food security so that it will no longer be dependent on imports in order to be resilient against any shocks in the future. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said one of the initiatives is to increase food production by using abandoned lands owned by the Federal...
1 day ago — KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The number of e-pharmacy users will reach one billion globally by 2027, rising by 28 per cent to 795 million in 2022, according to a new study by Juniper Research.
Undeniably, corn is one of the world's most important crops. From feeding humans and livestock, to its many industrial uses, humans have been growing it for approximately 10,000 years.
A new system that uses carbon dioxide to produce biodegradable plastics, or bioplastics, could replace the nondegradable plastics used today, researchers say. The research addresses two challenges: the accumulation of nondegradable plastics and the remediation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Universal Robots (UR), the global leader in the rapidly growing market of collaborative robots (cobots), has advised industries in Malaysia to accelerate automation and adopt collaborative robots (cobots) to help solve labour shortages, increase productivity and improve product quality.
While artificial sweeteners may seem like a good alternative to sugar to reduce caloric intake, a study published in The BMJTrusted Source suggests there may be a connection between such sweeteners and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including stroke.
Climate change and geopolitical instability are wreaking havoc on agriculture. To gauge how VCs are responding to these issues, we spoke with seven investors. For starters, rising greenhouse gas emissions are driving punishing droughts and storms, which are harming crops, exacerbating food insecurity and threatening countless livelihoods. At the same time, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is rattling the world’s grain supply,...
Food packaging plays a pivotal role in preserving food. The UAE food packaging market was valued at $2813.5 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $6193.16 million at a CAGR of 4.6 percent from 2021 to 2026. Dubai is going to lead the growth in this industry.
KUALA LUMPUR: Businesses and employees are being fairly assisted through Budget 2023 to face the expected more difficult and challenging period in 2023, said the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) today. MEF president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman said more could be done to support existing businesses to be revitalised and create more opportunities for businesses.
MGRC Therapeutics (MGRC-T), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian Genomics, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the National Institutes of Health, Malaysia (NIH), providing a framework for collaboration between the two parties in medical research pertaining to genomics and biopharmaceuticals.
WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Tuesday unveiled plans to tax the greenhouse gas emissions from farm animals, in a controversial proposal designed to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the levy would be the first of its kind in the world.
Since 2020, Thailand's government has been talking about banning the import of plastic waste. Now it is getting serious. By 2025 Thailand will no longer allow the import of plastic waste. It's decision follows the trend of other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malysia and Vietnam, that banned plastic waste imports in the wake of China’s National Sword initiative...
THE government will continue to focus on strengthening the economic fundamentals and structural reforms to ensure the country’s economy remains stable following the ringgit’s depreciation against the US dollar. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said as stated by the World Bank, there is no quick and easy fix to the ringgit’s weaknesses compared to the strengthening US dollar.
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd dan kerajaan memeterai perjanjian untuk mendapatkan ubat insulin melalui rundingan terus dengan harga RM375.17 juta, menurutnya dalam satu makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia.
OCTOBER 2 — In 2021, Malaysia imported a staggering RM63 billion worth of food. The recent shortage of chicken and high food prices have created awareness of food security in Malaysia. Politicians from across the racial, religious and ideological divides have held forth on this issue and rightly so.
THE British firm SolarBotanic Trees has developed a prototype charging station in the form of a solar tree, standing about five metres high and spreading just as wide. This project has already taken more than seven years of work to achieve.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan mencadangkan tiga cara utama dalam membantu Malaysia mengharungi 'taufan' ekonomi global. Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, berkata tiga kaedah yang digariskan untuk mendapat perhatian pihak berkepentingan adalah aspek keselamatan makanan dan tenaga perlu terjamin; berfikir di luar kotak dolar Amerika Syarikat (AS); dan perubahan iklim menjadi 'taufan' seterusnya, namun elemen alam sekitar, sosial...
PARIS, Oct 2 — The progression of certain types of breast cancers can be slowed by identifying a particular genetic mutation and then quickly adapting treatment, a first-of-its-kind study showed on Friday.
NESTLE SA, the world’s largest coffee company, will invest more than 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion) by 2030 to encourage farmers supplying its Nescafe brand to employ more sustainable farming methods as climate change and extreme weather threaten crops.
Ristretto, cold brew, shaken, filtered or Turkish style... Coffee is consumed in various forms throughout the world, according to cultural customs. Although its popularity shows no signs of diminishing, an increasing number of people are becoming aware of the drink's not inconsiderable ecological cost.
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When it comes to changing the way Americans work, size matters: the scale of the company, the breadth of a trend, and even the magnitude of a generation. Typically, it’s been generations like the baby boomers (ages 58 to 76) and millennials (ages 26 to 41) who have introduced new ideas and protocol updates to the workforce.
Branded medication, also known as innovator drugs, are products that are newly discovered for a specific illness/condition. Once approved, the pharmaceutical manufacturing company behind it receives a “patent market exclusivity right” to prevent other companies from replicating the formula and selling it.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Pengenalan sumber tanaman alternatif baharu seperti ubian yang tinggi nutrisi, antara inisiatif yang mampu memastikan sekuriti makanan negara terjamin. Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI), Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid, berkata pengenalan beberapa varieti ubian baharu dapat mengurangkan kebergantungan negara kepada satu sumber tanaman makanan sahaja.
RANAU, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) by NanoMalaysia and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) will conduct a analysis accord to apparatus a phytomining activity at the Kampung Monggis greenhouse here.
WITH the world becoming more dependent on technology, many are at risk of being exposed to cyberattacks. Without us noticing, cybercriminals easily access our information, data and private accounts via devices that we use daily, such as smartphones, desktops and laptops.
KUALA LUMPUR: The confidence in Malaysia's healthcare system has been rated as outperforming the global country average at 64 per cent and is the eight highest among the 34 countries surveyed. In a finding by market researcher Ipsos, it also said the improvement came on the heels of the country's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Flooding has become a global concern, putting people at risk of starvation due to water drowning crops. Now, researchers are getting closer to identifying the molecular processes underlying how floods deprive plants of oxygen — and how to engineer hardier crops.
KUALA LUMPUR: Menjamin keselamatan makanan dan tenaga serta persediaan menghadapi perubahan iklim dengan menumpukan kepada peralihan yang adil dan saksama serta pembinaan kapasiti adalah antara strategi penting yang perlu diambil oleh Malaysia untuk mengharungi pergolakan dalam ekonomi global.
The U.S.' “onshoring” initiative that kicked off during the Trump administration at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been carried forward by President Joe Biden, who recently committed $2 billion in a bid to rejuvenate the U.S.’s biotech and biomanufacturing base.
“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay upfront,” says Yong Park, Global Business Operations at PlantTFarm and Chief Marketing Officer at Farm8.
The goal of this project is to develop productive, cost-effective and sustainable warm-season perennial bioenergy feedstock production systems on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. The University of Illinois (at Champaign-Urbana)’s D. K. Lee leads the team of researchers.
MIDF Investment expects the global growth to moderate to 3% this year, as the low base effect wanes, the pace of growth this year will be back to more normalized levels after the robust +6.1% rebound last year.
KUALA LUMPUR: Nestle SA is committed to investing more than one billion Swiss francs to make coffee farming for its Nescafe brand more sustainable. Parked under Nescafe Plan 2030, the company is working with coffee farmers to help them transition to regenerative agriculture while achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions.
"Without further investments in the bioeconomy, the net zero emission target will not be met." Data issued from the EU project Biomonitor point out gaps in the Green Deal and suggest speeding up procedures states, "New technologies must be fostered but length and complexity of the European approval process risk discouraging the investors."
WASHINGTON: At-risk people who received a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine in U.S. efforts against the virus appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as they urged a second dose for full protection.
BACHOK, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- Farm mechanisation and fertilisation package for sweet potato cultivation is capable of improving productivity, saving labour cost, increasing farm-scale crop yield and reducing dependence on imports.
THe Malaysian oil palm industry must develop more downstream oleochemical products to address the global demographic and social changes, increasing wealth as well as improvements in well-being due to rapid urbanisation. Global demand for value-added products such as industrial chemicals, nutraceuticals and special needs foods, cosmeceuticals, food supplements and pharmaceutical products is increasing.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Malaysia’s economy is on solid and stable footing despite global economic headwinds caused by geopolitical tensions and other external events. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the government will continue to take proactive steps to safeguard the economy.
BANGKOK, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (Malaysian Genomics), a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist, is collaborating with its Thai partners to explore opportunities for research and development (R&D) of new products and services.
MELAKA, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), through its Agricultural Irrigation And Drainage Division, has developed a National Benchmarking Index of Water Consumer Groups or MyKPA to improve water management efficiency among farmers.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- The National Energy Policy 2022-2040 launched today sends a clear signal to oil and gas, services and equipment (OGSE) companies to participate in the energy transition as the government prioritises environmental sustainability.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Pembangunan Asia (ADB) merancang untuk menyediakan sekurang-kurangnya AS$14 bilion (RM64.28 bilion) antara 2022 dan 2025 dalam usaha mengurangkan krisis makanan yang semakin buruk di Asia dan Pasifik.
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the world’s leading cause of death, with an average toll of 18.6 million lives lost every year. Although CVD are commonly associated with adulthood, the lesser-known fact is that children too are at risk of developing CVD. The most common heart disease among children is known as congenital heart defects (CHD).
Dutch plant-based ingredients company Fooditive is scaling up existing products and introducing the latest developments: LowSalt & Bee-free-Honey. “We feel like the next chapter of this journey has just begun. With the support from our shareholders, clients, partners and our team we are focused to increase our impact and make a fundamental change in the industry,” said Moayad Abushokhedim, founder...
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia common its abutment for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in analytic all-around nuclear technology issues, and is accessible and committed to alive calm with the international agency.
Job redesign – the process of transforming jobs, reconfiguring tasks and redesigning responsibilities to enhance job roles and improve the organisation’s output – has been undertaken by organisations even before the Covid-19 pandemic.
September 28, 2022 – A new vaccine for malaria developed by scientists at the University of Oxford was up to 80% effective at preventing disease in young children, according to trial results published in early September. Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases, offers some thoughts on the new vaccine and its potential impact.
SANDAKAN: Sabah will allocate at least RM50 million to fund the state's agricultural research. State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said allocation would help the Agriculture Department in meeting its target of achieving 100 per cent self-sufficiency level (SSL) for food production in the region.
In many circles, “biotechnology” is a four-letter word. Whether you’re a Jurassic Park truther, an anti-Monsanto activist, or an anti-Vaxxer, the products of biotechnology—real, live dinosaurs, genetically modified foods, or the COVID-19 vaccine—are modern monsters.
The digital economy is one of Malaysia’s key economic pillars, currently contributing 22.6% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The number is set to rise to 25.5% by 2025, says Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) CEO Mahadhir Aziz, predicated on an explosive growth in e- commerce and rising rates of digital adoption.
FRANKFURT (Sept 28): Europe's drug makers have warned they may stop making some cheap generic medicines because of surging electricity costs and are calling for an overhaul of the way they are priced, the latest industry to seek help as the energy crisis deepens.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju, pengilang dan pembekal bahan api biojisim tempatan, Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd (BioEneco) mengembangkan perniagaan ke Filipina menerusi penghantaran hampas kelapa sawit ke negara itu.
KEAKRABAN dan hubungan dua hala sedia ada Malaysia dalam pelbagai bidang dengan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) dipertingkatkan kepada perkongsian strategik. Ia membabitkan bidang ekonomi, pelaburan dan perdagangan, tenaga boleh diperbaharui, sekuriti makanan serta minyak dan gas.
Vietnam may become a new tiger in Asia, according to Italy’s La Repubblica daily after the World Bank raised the Southeast Asian country’s growth forecast. The journal cited data from the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Economic Update showing that the region may record growth of 3.2 per cent this year and 4.6 per cent next year.
Knowing which stem cell characteristics to optimize during the manufacturing process is among the biggest challenges still facing the cell therapy industry. That’s according to Greg Fiore, MD, CEO of Exacis Biotherapeutics.
With its annual 800,000 tons of aquaculture production in the past three years, Türkiye has ranked first among European Union countries, according to data from the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.
This is a significant moment in On’s journey to move away from petroleum-based resources by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first company in the footwear industry to explore carbon emissions as a primary raw material for a shoe’s midsole, specifically EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) foam, that...
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PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 — The holistic implementation of the National Low Carbon Aspiration 2040 plan is expected to expand gross domestic product growth (GDP) by RM13 billion a year and generate over 207,000 jobs.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Rinani Genotec Sdn Bhd (RGSB) to collaborate on research and development (R&D) in genetics and regenerative and alternative medicines.
SINGAPORE (Sept 20): Malaysia has a huge potential to supply feedstock to companies involved in producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has set a goal to raise the country's annual average gross domestic product (GDP) by RM13 billion with the implementation of the National Energy Policy 2022–2040. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the policy, which includes an 18-year plan to transform the country into a low-carbon nation, will also help to create 207,000 employment opportunities by...
KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry has agreed in principle for state governments to maintain the gazette on Permanent Food Production Parks, as well as to gazette those that have not yet been declared as such.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21): Apex Healthcare Bhd has proposed to team up with Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holdings Co Ltd to market their branded pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products and medical devices in selected Asean and other international markets.
Ministery of Agriculture and Food Industry is mulling on Gazetteing, Maintenance, and Modernization of the Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) as well to look at ways in optimizing existing and undeveloped agricultural land to increase the country’s food production.
Researchers at DTU have developed a yoghurt bacterium, which can cleave lactose in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. This makes it possible to create natural sweetness in yoghurt with less added sugar.
Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This Initiative will create jobs at home, build stronger supply chains, and lower prices for American families. On Wednesday, the White House will host a Summit...
Scientists have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth of malaria-causing parasites in their gut, preventing transmission of the disease to humans. The genetic modification causes mosquitoes to produce compounds in their guts that stunt the growth of parasites, meaning they are unlikely to reach the mosquitoes' salivary glands and be passed on in a bite before the insects die.
CHICAGO and PURCHASE, N.Y., September 14, 2022 – ADM (NYSE:ADM), a global leader in sustainable agriculture and nutrition, and PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced a groundbreaking 7.5-year strategic commercial agreement to closely collaborate on projects that aim to significantly expand regenerative agriculture across their shared North American supply chains.
SINGAPORE: Malaysia hopes that oil palm biomass will be accepted as a feedstock for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) given the rising demand for the use of the jet fuel alternative worldwide. Transport Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong said Malaysia had been involved in the effort to include the oil palm biomass as part of the CORSIA Eligible...
GOING by the World Health Organisation (WHO), "essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority healthcare needs of the population. "They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence of efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness.
It tastes like a tomato, smells like a tomato, and even looks (mostly) like a tomato. There's just one catch: It's purple. The USDA has approved a genetically modified purple tomato, clearing the path for the unique fruit to be sold in American stores next year.
In a greenhouse in Nottinghamshire, Barbara Wright is growing peat. Well, not peat exactly. Wright's company, BeadaMoss, is growing sphagnum moss – the main component of natural peat extracted from northern peatlands for use in gardens across the US and Europe.
The Hydrogen Bank will invest €3 billion to capitalise on the rapidly developing hydrogen economy, helping Europe to forge a future market for hydrogen in Europe, alleviating the continent’s reliability on fossil fuels and sustainably powering the journey toward carbon neutrality.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group recommended that patients with COVID-19 not receive the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab. The Group’s recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendations “Rapid Recommendations: A living WHO guideline on drugs for Covid-19,” published in The British Medical Journal two years ago, for the drugs’ use and is based on emerging evidence from laboratory studies that these drugs...
Two industrial design students were so concerned by the huge amounts of perfectly good fresh produce being wasted, they spent two years working on a healthy solution. Esti Brantz and Meydan Levy noticed that fruit and veg was getting tossed in the trash due to cosmetic reasons such as size, shape, color differences, or similar perceived imperfections.
FRANKFURT: Choked by soaring energy and wood pulp costs, German toilet paper maker Hakle is turning to waste from coffee production to stay afloat and help the environment. Just two years ago, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the firm profited from a stampede of consumers rushing to stock up on essentials.
A modest cut of just 1g in daily salt intake could ward off nearly nine million cases of heart disease and strokes and save four million lives by 2030, suggest the estimates of a modelling study published in the open access journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health.
New discoveries about embryonic blood stem cell creation made independently by biomedical engineers and medical researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney could one day eliminate the need for blood stem cell donors.
Ecuador’s relatively extensive shrimp farming techniques have ensured that their shrimp are robust enough to cope with the presence of pathogens that would be disastrous in most parts of Asia – allowing them to continuously produce shrimp sustainably for decades.
Companies that produce technologies to remove or reduce carbon emissions are “poised for strong continued growth,” reaching an expected value of $1.4 trillion by 2027, according to new market research. The research report, recently released by the financial data firm PitchBook, predicts that the sector will be worth $905 billion by the end of this year. That makes the global...
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The country’s biotechnology fraternity has lauded the government’s launch of the National Biotechnology Policy 2.0 (DBN 2.0). The National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) chief executive professor Prof Datuk Dr Raha Abdul Rahim said the focus should be given to the biotechnology industry so that Malaysia does not fall behind compared to other ASEAN...
KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat teknologi 3D Gens Sdn Bhd (3D Gens) tampil menjadi syarikat tempatan pertama di Malaysia menghasilkan implan khusus pesakit (PSI) dengan menggunakan cetakan logam 3D yang disasarkan kepada pesakit yang memerlukan bantuan tulang gantian.
PUTRAJAYA (Sept 12): The Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation will review the aspects of the food supply chain approach and distribution, and find alternative sources of imported food to reduce price and cost hikes, in a bid to curb inflation in the country.
Waste management is a universal issue affecting the daily health, productivity and cleanliness of communities. Poorly managed waste is contaminating the world’s oceans, clogging drains and causing flooding, transmitting diseases, increasing respiratory problems through airborne particles and affecting economic development.
KUALA LUMPUR - Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0) yang dilancarkan pada Isnin akan memberi tumpuan kepada tiga tunjang utama dalam memperkasakan sektor berkenaan seiring aspirasi menjadikan Malaysia sebagai negara berteknologi tinggi menjelang 2030.
KUALA LUMPUR: The status of vaccines being developed under the National Vaccine Development Roadmap (PPVN) is now at the stage of preclinical trials on animals, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): A total of 26 selected agricultural commodities recorded Self-Sufficiency Ratio (SSR) of over 100% in 2021, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
The U.S. bioeconomy is booming. Valued at nearly one trillion dollars and predicted to grow globally to over $30 trillion over the next two decades, bioproducts now include everything from the food that we eat to the vaccines we put in our arms. Plant-based burgers, recyclable bioplastics, concrete, clothing, and microbes for mining minerals are just a few of...
KUALA LUMPUR: The biotechnology sector will receive RM7mil in allocation to stimulate growth and development, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Prime Minister said the allocation consisted of RM5mil for the Bio-Based Accelerator (BBA) programme under Bioeconomy Corporation and another RM2mil to bring back the international biotechnology conference called BioMalaysia.
PETALING JAYA, Sept 9 — Technological advancement for healthcare in Malaysia is set to flourish further with the selection of five hospitals as Health Technology Hubs. The hubs are a part of the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) initiative. All sites will be used for the testing of robotics, the internet of medical things (IoMT), while leveraging 4G/5G facilities.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The Indian mackerel, also known locally as ikan kembung, is one of the most beloved fish of Malaysians. The stout, torpedo-shaped fish is so popular it has earned the nickname ikan rakyat, meaning “fish of the people.” In a typical wet market, Indian mackerels sell quickly but the climate crisis might make it harder to get hold...
Japan’s Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsui Chemicals are set to partner in the development of a new biocomposite with a high cellulose powder content. The two companies intend to develop products and bring them to market at the earliest possible opportunity, with plans to expand into a range of fields, including consumer products, housewares, containers, building materials, household appliances,...
THE Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) will continue to finance the green economy, electric vehicle (EV) industry and semiconductors, electronics and electrical start-up companies to ensure they do not migrate to other countries for more opportunities.
Luxembourg - A silicone rubber compound incorporating graphene nanotube concentrate and tailored for use in medical devices has been granted entry to the EU market, developer OCSiAl has announced. According to OCSiAL, a Chinese silicone rubber compound manufacturer selected its graphene nanotubes for use in the production of electrical devices for massage treatment.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prolexus Bhd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SIRIM Bhd to promote cooperation on various projects, which include exploring research and development (R&D) for waste materials. Prolexus executive director Datuk Au Yee Boon said SIRIM has an impeccable reputation as an organisation for research, technology and innovation.
KUALA LUMPUR: Gabungan Pusat Penyelidikan Bioteknologi Malaysia ditubuhkan bagi merealisasikan Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0). Mengumumkan perkara itu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata gabungan itu membabitkan semua institusi dan institut penyelidikan berasaskan bioteknologi, yang mengendalikan dan mengemudi penyelidikan berdasarkan permintaan industri serta kepentingan strategik negara.
The 20th century was the century of technology. The 21st century, meanwhile, has been heralded by geneticists Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Daniel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., as the century of biology. Those with a penchant for science fiction thought this would be a new, boundless biology—one where human beings can live ever longer, healthier lives and go beyond what their grandparents could...
Across the world of ESG investing, SDG impact, and climate change mitigation, a consistent omission has been bothering us at Agritecture: few events - if any - cover the full breadth of agriculture-related solutions.
Cost-effective carbon dioxide removal technologies play a key role in combating climate change. A team of researchers at the University of Maine in collaboration with Conscience Bay Research have developed a kelp aquaculture model for the Gulf of Maine that maximizes carbon sequestration and cost effectiveness of this natural carbon sink.
LONDON, Sept 12 — The International Monetary Fund is looking for ways to provide emergency funding to countries facing war-induced food price shocks and will discuss measures at an executive board meeting on Monday, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
PARIS: A booster dose of a new malaria vaccine maintains a high level of protection against the disease, researchers said Thursday, expressing hopes the cheap jab could be produced on a massive scale in a matter of years.