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.
WASHINGTON: Pertubuhan Bangsa Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) memberi amaran bahawa krisis makanan global yang meruncing mungkin berterusan selama beberapa tahun sekiranya tidak dikawal. PBB mengeluarkan amaran itu ketika Bank Dunia mengumumkan pembiayaan tambahan sebanyak AS$12 bilion (RM53 bilion) bagi mengurangkan 'kesan buruk' akibat krisis itu.
PHARMANIAGA Bhd is setting up a RM300 mil halal insulin and vaccine plant in Puchong, Selangor, which is expected to be fully completed by end of 2023. Group managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope said the plant, which began construction two years ago, would start marketing activities in early 2024.
Pandemik COVID-19, pemanasan global dan terbaru, krisis Russia-Ukraine memberi kesan terhadap jaminan keselamatan makanan dunia. Ketidakstabilan situasi global ini pasti memberi kesan terhadap negara yang masih banyak bergantung kepada sumber luar.
Super GT is the first championship in Asia to run on 100% biofuel. With the decision to use the fully sustainable fuel Renewablaze GTA R100 from ETS Racing Fuels, the GT Association has achieved a major milestone in leading the motorsport industry towards a more sustainable future. ETS Racing Fuels, a leading fuel development partner for the racing industry and a...
MALAYSIA must examine the growth strategies and models of China, Japan, and South Korea to accelerate its own economic development, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. According to Dr Mahathir, the Look East Policy – introduced in 1982 during his tenure as prime minister – can serve as a platform to express the development models of the Asian...
GENEVA: A Covid-19 vaccine effective against multiple variants is possible before the end of 2022, the head of US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said Wednesday. Chairman Albert Bourla said the firm was also working on producing a vaccine that could provide good protection for a whole year, meaning people would come back annually for boosters, as with influenza shots.
Perstorp Group, a leading sustainability-driven global specialty chemicals company, today said that it is to be acquired by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG). PCG announced today that it has signed a Securities Purchase Agreement on 14 May 2022 to acquire the entire equity interest in Perstorp Holding AB. The agreement was signed with Financière Forêt S.à.r.l, a company under...
KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Who would have thought that food waste that we consider to be worthless can actually help generate a source of side income, especially in the face of today’s uncertain economic situation.
The State of the Climate 2021 indicates that extreme weather – the day-to-day face of climate change – wreaked a heavy toll of human lives, triggered shocks for food and water security, and led to hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses last year. The report, which describes yet more clear signs that human activity is causing harm on a...
Eli Lilly’s Verzenios (abemaciclib) has received a marketing authorisation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), in combination with endocrine therapy for the adjuvant treatment of patients with HR+, HER2-, high risk node-positive early breast cancer (EBC).
The Chinese agriculture ministry announced plans to allow more genetically modified maize varieties developed by local companies. According to ISAAA, China was the seventh-largest producer of biotech crops globally in 2019. It is also one of the six countries that initially adopted biotech crops in 1996. In 2019, approximately 3.2 million hectares were planted with biotech cotton and papaya in China. Early this year, Chinese agriculture ministry...
KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): Malaysia saved 132.43 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity amounting to RM48.34 million as at Dec 31, 2021 via the Energy Management Gold Standard (EMGS), which places emphasis on efficient energy use by the industrial and building sectors, said Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Ali Biju.
In The News
DIGITAL Transformation (DX) among businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak was a watershed moment, as it required businesses to relocate to online platforms in order to stay viable. Over the last two years, there has been an increase of DX among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but there is still a percentage of businesses that are truly hesitant to adopt it.
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd's net profit rose 15 per cent to RM20.29 million in the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2022, from RM17.61 million a year ago. The company's revenue also increased by 12 per cent to RM185.94 million in Q1 2022 from RM166.45 million a year ago.
SHAH ALAM: The country's first sustainable dog food with the use of black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) as an alternative protein source will be developed soon. Pet World Nutritions Sdn Bhd, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Selangor (SPCA Selangor) and Nutrition Technologies embarked on a strategic partnership today with the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU).
ALL state governments have agreed to partake in the “No Plastic Bag” campaign where a minimum of 20 sen will be charged for the use of a plastic bag. According to a Bernama report today, the decision came after Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man held a meeting with environment authorities and Members of the State Executive Council Responsible...
WASHINGTON: The World Bank on May 18 announced actions it plans to take as part of a comprehensive, global response to the ongoing food security crisis, with up to US$30 billion (RM131.7 billion) financing in existing and new projects, Xinhua reported.
Two Rutgers University engineers specializing in the process of making drugs derived from living organisms have created an analytical tool they expect will accelerate the discovery and production of biologic drugs that are often at the cutting edge of biomedical research.
Agriculture and farming are two of the oldest and most essential professions the world over. Humans have relied on agriculture as a primary food source for thousands of years. Today, food security is becoming a concern for the entire world. By 2050, the world population is expected to have grown to an estimated 10 billion. In this regard, our ability to...
Can you imagine running a computer chip on algae – yes, algae – for more than six months? Apparently, that’s now possible thanks to biochemists at the University of Cambridge who created the biobased battery alternative to power small electronics during their “pandemic project”. And speaking of the pandemic, goodness knows we’ve taken more COVID-19 tests than we thought...
KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 — For more than two years, Malaysians have adjusted to changes in our everyday lives and adopted what the government has termed the “new normal”: social distancing, wearing of face masks, disinfecting our hands and saying goodbye to some activities.
JOHOR BAHRU: Lebih tiga juta telur nyamuk aedes mengandungi bakteria Berwolbachia akan dilepaskan secara berperingkat untuk membiak, sekali gus mengurangkan 40 peratus kes demam denggi di kawasan panas di Projek Perumahan Rakyat ( PPR) Kempas Permai di sini.
A new article published in Reviews in Aquaculture and co-authored by scientists from CATRIN, the Faculty of Fisheries and Water Conservation at the University of South Bohemia in Vodňany and the Biological Centre of the CAS in České Budějovice is exploring the advances in oral vaccines for aquaculture.
PARIS, May 18 — Barley and carob. These are the ingredients used in a brand new kind of chocolate whose manufacturing process relies on fermentation to avoid using cocoa. The London-based company WNWN FoodLabs has worked on an ethical concept in order to take the issue of child laborers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, as well as deforestation generated by...
From developing therapeutic vaccines to biotechnology breeding, China has mapped out measures to develop bioeconomy in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2125) with rollout of a new development plan document.
KOTA BARU, May 8 — Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) through the Faculty of Bioengineering and Technology (FBKT) is developing a pilot project to commercialise agroforestry farming and black ginger-based health products.
By 2050, food production needs to increase by 60 percent to feed a world population of 9.3 billion. With climate change and its consequent impact on existing food production systems, there is tremendous pressure to meet the rising food security and nutritional demand. As we navigate these complex challenges, we need to rethink how we feed the people. There is...
Malaysia is considering slowing its implementation of its biodiesel mandate and cutting its export tax on palm oil to help meet global demand amid an edible oil shortage. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said in an interview with Reuters her ministry has already proposed the cut to the finance ministry, which has set up a committee to look...
In The News
Expo 2020 Dubai was timely and opportune for Malaysia to promote its palm oil industry and highlight the importance of the agri-commodity to the global community, says Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) secretary-general Datuk Ravi Muthayah.
PUTRAJAYA: An additional funding of RM15 million under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme has been approved for the third phase of the SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance project, said the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
PADANG BESAR - Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI) menyasarkan pengurangan import makanan ternakan sebanyak 30 peratus menjelang tahun 2030 menerusi Projek Pembangunan Industri Jagung Bijian untuk makanan ternakan.
Devices such as mobile phones are ubiquitous these days, be it among adults or children. Walk into a family restaurant, and chances are you will see children glued to their tablets or phones as they play games or scroll through an endless amount of online content.
THE continuous rise in food price inflation not only affects the purchasing power and income of the increasingly squeezed M40 and perennially struggling B40, which materially and adversely impacts household and private sector spending at a time when we are supposed to be in the endemic phase (i.e., steadily recovering from the economic impact of the lockdowns), but also exacerbates...
BEIJING - Syarikat farmaseutikal China, Sinopharm memaklumkan vaksin tidak aktif varian Omicron telah mendapat kelulusan bagi menjalani ujian klinikal oleh Pentadbiran Produk Perubatan China.
Farming needs a reboot. According to a 2019 IPCC report on climate change and land, agriculture is to blame for about 8.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest sources are nitrous oxide from soils, and methane from livestock and manure.
Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg has described the state as a rising tiger in the renewable energy arena and is opening its frontiers to help traditional industries become more sustainable.
KUALA LUMPUR (May 11): The upcoming ASEAN-US Special Summit provides a great opportunity for Malaysia to push forward its economic agenda through the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement.
SEREMBAN: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) announced that it has simplified the application procedure to expedite subsidy payments to chicken breeders. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the application and review procedures that were implemented at three levels previously were reduced to a single level, namely the state level, and the approval of payment at the...
The continuous rise in food price inflation not only affects the purchasing power and income of the increasingly squeezed M40 and perennially struggling B40 which materially and adversely impacts household and private sector spending at a time when we are supposed to be in the endemic phase but also exacerbates our food security problem.
We aggregated thousands of records from GlobalData's proprietary themes, jobs, deals and patents databases to identify the most active companies in the area of Covid-19 in the medical devices sector.
Amid the often-distressing news about climate change, some good news: Existing strategies could mitigate livestock methane emissions by enough to help the sector limit its share of global warming to the 1.5°C target by 2030.
Renewables are currently expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year and 23 percent in 2023, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released May 10. Renewables accounted for 20 percent of U.S. electricity production last year.
A receptor that was first identified as necessary for insulin action, that also is located on the neural stem cells found deep in the brains of mice, is pivotal for brain stem cell longevity, according to a Rutgers study, a finding that has important implications for brain health and future therapies for brain disorders.
India is facing a water and food crisis, exacerbated by extreme climate cycles such as the current heatwave during which temperatures well above 40℃ have been commonplace. With 1.4 billion people to feed, and such heatwaves set to become more common, the country clearly needs more sustainable agriculture.
The annual water consumption of the textile industries (including cotton farming) is nearly 93 billion m3 which is almost 4% of the global freshwater withdrawal. A large portion of this freshwater turns into industrial effluents which contain a wide range of dyestuffs and chemicals. As a result, many of the production countries around the world are facing major challenges with water...
Sarawak has doubled its efforts to achieve the target of 60 per cent of students enrolling in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) package classes by 2030 as planned under the Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030).
Across the globe, peatlands are under threat and their destruction is contributing to climate change. Damaged peatlands are responsible for roughly five per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount of clinical waste produced in 2020 grew by 18.1 per cent to 39,900 tonnes from 33,800 tonnes in 2019, according to the State Environment Statistics 2021 report. Selangor generated the most clinical waste in the year with 9,700 tonnes, followed by Sarawak (4,100 tonnes) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (4,100 tonnes).
Personal care is going green at a breakneck pace. While most industries, including the chemical industry, are targeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the consumer product brands that make soap, shampoo, lotion, and cosmetics are setting their sustainability goals at 2030, just 8 years away.
MD-Farm offers vertical farming systems alongside a platform including their own technology such as know-how services for customers. Potential customers that will use MD-Farm’s technology are either large-sized greenhouse growers, supermarkets, or food processors. In order to prove that the system and platform work, MD-Farm will build its own vertical farm where strawberries are grown and will be located...
A new study by Juniper Research has found hearables shipments will exceed 200 million units by 2024, up from 165 million in 2022; representing total growth of 30% over the next two years.
Penduduk dunia yang berdepan isu kelaparan meningkat kepada 193 juta tahun lalu ketika konflik, perubahan iklim dan krisis ekonomi merosakkan kehidupan manusia, kata Pertubuhan Makanan dan Pertanian (FAO) hari ini.
It’s still a global reality that antibiotics of many important classes in human medicine are still given to livestock animals not only for treating diagnosed illnesses, but also to prevent disease and for growth promotion. This varies by livestock species and country.
In the future, public health experts may recommend getting an annual COVID-19 vaccine the same way a flu vaccine is recommended every fall, according to a new viewpoint article published in JAMA, which is authored by three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials.
It is encouraging that science is getting more attention from the nation's leaders lately. New developmental policies that emerge are mostly centred around science. The 12th Malaysia Plan has a high percentage of scientific content. Digitalisation, Industrial Revolution 4.0, biomass harnessing, hydrogen economy and renewable energy are all about science.
In France, the next City of Lights might just be illuminated by bioluminescent bacteria for an eco-friendly solution. And a new packaging alternative made from calcium carbonate, a naturally occurring material found in rocks, eggshells, and gastropods, is being launched in Florida. McD’s is getting on the bio-bandwagon too with their biobased cups pilot in Savannah, Georgia.
Let’s say you want to save the planet, and you have a lot of cash to throw around. Be on the lookout for snake oil salespeople claiming they have the silver bullet solution in biotech meat aka cell-cultured meat. The fantasy of biotech meat is a dangerous distraction from the entrenched politics that made conventional meat production so ubiquitous in...
What do gunpowder, penicillin and Teflon all have in common? They were inventions that took the world by storm, but they were all created by complete accident. In a new study published in the journal Science, researchers used electricity to develop a tool that may make it easier and cheaper to fabricate the compounds used in pharmaceuticals and other natural products. Yet this...
ASEAN has many structural advantages that offer investment opportunities for both growth and value investors. As the post COVID recovery gains momentum in the region, active investors seeking differentiated ideas can add alpha to their portfolios by tapping the diverse ASEAN markets.
Glove manufacturers could switch their focus to tap the non-medical industry players as their clients to make the industry lucrative and continue to thrive rather than banking their focus on the healthcare sector per se, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.
Kerajaan Kanada mengumumkan satu pelaburan bagi menyokong penambahan eksport gandum, ketika permintaan produk gandum Kanada meningkat di pasaran global. Menteri Pertanian dan Agro Makanan Kanada, Marie-Claude Bibeau, berkata pelaburan itu selaras kepentingan penghasilan gandum negara itu yang disifatkan sebagai perkara penting dalam keselamatan makanan global.
Women, those who are obese and those on mechanical ventilation are all more likely to suffer from the effects long-term COVID-19. New research has revealed that only one in four UK patients hospitalised with COVID-19 say they are fully recovered 12 months later.
From “care delivery manager” to “diversity and inclusion manager”, job titles have evolved indeed. Traditionally, the above job titles were more commonly scoped towards the operations manager and human resource manager roles respectively. These designations have evolved now as companies opt for job titles more relevant to modern times.
A bank card resides in the wallets of almost every Malaysian and has become part and parcel of daily life. Current bank cards are chip-based, which works in one of two ways — contact-based or contactless. Where once people used to have to insert their card in the automated teller machine (ATM) or point-of-sale (POS) terminal and key in their...
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is facing a new serious threat in malaria infection, which is an increase in zoonotic malaria infections, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said zoonotic malaria infections in the country had increased drastically from 376 cases in 2008 to 3,575 in 2021 and emerged as the leading cause of malaria deaths in Malaysia since 2017.
KOTA KINABALU: The first agriculture production collection centre (APCC) run by the Rural Development Corporation (KPD) will open its doors next month. The collection centre has the capacity to cater for up to 50 metric tonnes of high-value agricultural products such as fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers at any given time.
PARIS, April 27 — The number of coal-fired power plants in the pipeline worldwide declined in 2021, according to research released yesterday, but the fossil fuel most responsible for global warming still generated record CO2 emissions, threatening Paris climate goals.
In The News
Cisco’s latest Broadband Index reveals that Malaysian workers value access to the internet more than ever before, as hybrid working continues to be the norm in 2022. Workers believe that universal access to fast and reliable internet is critical to economic and societal growth, according to the global survey of almost 60,000 respondents across 30 markets, including Malaysia, about...
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) said the relaxation of the standard operating procedures (SOP), including lifting mask mandates for outdoors, was another positive development in the management of the pandemic.
APRIL 24 — Over 70 farms in Lim Chu Kang in the north of Singapore are about to have their land leases terminated. The facilities were granted final extensions on their leases — the extensions ranged between seven and 14 months — but after this time, the land they sit on will be taken over by the military for use...
WE celebrated our 52nd anniversary of Earth Day last Friday on April 22. It should serve as a reminder to continue our efforts in protecting the environment, restoring damaged ecosystems and ensuring a more sustainable way of life. The three pillars of sustainable living are economic development, environmental integrity and social wellbeing.
PUTRAJAYA: Petunjuk bagi tiga bulan pertama 2022 menunjukkan prospek ekonomi Malaysia yang positif dalam masa terdekat dengan mobiliti yang tinggi dijangka berlaku susulan pembukaan sempadan antarabangsa, kata Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia (DOSM).
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust are trialling an investigational medication for high blood pressure. It marks the first time that scientists will be trialling an injection-based approach with a long-acting medicine to treat hypertension.
Population growth, more food production, loss of arable land, water resources, and CO2 emission concerns are all on the forefront of food producers. Given the fact that the U.N. predicts that 86% of the developed world’s population will live in cities by 2050, shifting food production to urban centers would seemingly solve all of these problems. Vertical farms have begun...
An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.
Digital adoption has accelerated dramatically over the past two years, mainly due to nationwide lockdowns to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For example, according to McKinsey, companies that adopted digitalisation in the business model have seen significant transformation in their growth prospects because they are adapting to the ever-evolving and rapidly developing socio-economic landscape.
So called “smart” vaccine manufacturing technologies, i.e., systems that gather and exchange process data, have been vital in the battle against COVID-19. The availability of higher quality data helped industry accelerate process development and start making billions of doses of vaccine less than a year after SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was sequenced.
The consumption of avocado has been on the rise in the latest trend, especially in healthy eating diet plans. When it comes to salad and wraps, avocado is usually added as one of the toppings. Nowadays, the fruit is widely used even in drinks such as milkshakes, as well as in baked goods such as cakes and muffins.
A team of scientists are developing innovative techniques that utilise photosynthesis to harness solar energy, creating new methods of energy storage. As part of their Horizon 2020 programme, the EU have created A-LEAF and SoFiA. These two novel projects are aiming to realise the full potential of solar energy, investigating the method of artificial photosynthesis to devise new strategies for energy...
LETTERS: By 2050, urban areas are expected to house two-thirds of the global population of approximately 10 billion people. While cities are hubs of economic growth and technological advancement, rapid urbanisation can lead to significant health problems and social inequality such as overnutrition, malnutrition, poverty and overcrowding.
A team of Yale-led researchers can now quantify the factors causing changes in the DNA that contribute most to cancer growth in tumors of most major tumor types. They write in a new paper, published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, that their new molecular analysis approach brings clarity to a longstanding debate over how much control humans have over developing cancer...
PARIS, April 24 — Climate change could lead to more small-bodied bees but fewer bumblebees, according to research published Wednesday, warning of potential “cascading” effects on plant pollination and across whole ecosystems.
From sports enthusiasts going more biobased in their gear like Wilson tennis rackets and Saucony sneakers made from pineapple leather to groovy biobased LP records for music fans, it’s been a fun week with bioeconomy innovations.
KOTA TINGGI, April 24 — The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) plans to introduce drone industry and technology in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education syllabus to produce more future industry players.
AHMEDABAD: With greater awareness of alternatives to branded medicines and more willingness to try them out, sales of generic medicine in Gujarat are estimated to have grown by 50% in the past two years, i.e., since the pandemic hit, according to government and industry sources.
Xishuangbanna is one of the most suitable areas for banana cultivation in China. Heavy application of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation in banana plantations has disturbed the soil environment. However, the basic characteristics of soil properties and water transport in banana plantations are unknown yet, which hinders the understanding of the soil hydrological process and restricts the analysis of...
One way to overcome the chemical industry's dependence on fossil fuels is to replace oil and gas with renewable carbon within the existing structures of the chemical industry. But it applies also to innovation, the development of new processes, building blocks and materials.
GURUN: The RM400 million investment pledge by United Arab Emirates-based Hotpack Packaging Industries LLC will boost Malaysia's position as the regional biodegradable manufacturing hub for Asean in the next 10 years.
Tissue regeneration technology has been a widely discussed topic for the past 3 decades. Its framework provides us with concepts that enable the regrowth of parts of the body or bones without having to graft bone from another part of our body. Due to the potential of this technology and the clinical evidence supporting its adoption in clinical practice,...
THE Permanent Food Production Park (PFPP) programme is one of the initiatives that the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Sarawak (Manred) is seriously looking into.
KUALA LUMPUR: The World Economic Forum has recognised and awarded Western Digital's factory at Batu Kawan, Penang, as a Sustainability Lighthouse. By leveraging its vertically integrated smart factory model and implementing 4IR technologies such as IoT sensors, digital twin modeling, analytics powered plant management system and lights-out automation with machine learning, the site achieved a normalised (per unit) reduction in...
Enza Zaden Asia Sdn Bhd, a Netherland based leading vegetable breeding company has finally completed its first South East Asia Research and Development (R&D) infrastructure facility in Perak, Malaysia.
Overnight, Chris Callewaert acquired body odor. The bioengineer, then a student, had led a largely odorless life. But several years ago, in the space of just 12 hours, he suddenly noticed that he had acquired a distinctly unpleasant smell. The question of what and why has since set him on a scientific mission to understand how the population of...
World Animal Vaccination Day, observed yesterday, celebrates the contribution of vaccines to the health and welfare of animals across the world. Dawn Howard, chief executive, an organisation that represents the UK animal health industry, explained that making best use of the vaccines already available, sits alongside the development of exciting new technologies, in the fight to protect animals from disease.
In 2021, the EU’s natural gas import dependency rate was 83%. This is 1 percentage point (pp) less than 2020 (84%). This small decrease in import dependency was significantly influenced by the fact that most EU Member States used stocks of natural gas that were imported in previous years. In fact, the drop in natural gas stocks in 2021 was the largest since the...
THE Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement entered into force for Malaysia on March 18. It is a treaty between 15 countries: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
After a bustling, record-setting 2020 for private biotechs raising cash, the bar heading into 2021 was exceptionally high. Turns out, private investors elected to just take the bar and do pull-ups, breaking 2020’s record by a whopping 26%.
The inclusion of a high-flavonoid corn, developed by a Penn State maize geneticist, in the diet of broiler chickens reduced the incidence and severity of a fatal intestinal disorder known as necrotic enteritis.
KOTA KINABALU (April 20): Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has produced a prototype of river cleaning machine to resolve worrying river pollution. The innovation, known as the UMS River Cleaning Machine, can pick up garbage and solid waste up to 60 liters or 90 percent of trash in the river.
BOAO, Hainan, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The economic growth of Asia will reach 4.8 percent in 2022, an expert said at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Wednesday. The forecast was made by Zhang Yuyan, head of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, on behalf of a research team for a...
Scientists say they have identified a mechanism that explains how fine air pollution particles might cause lung cancer, according to a study (“Air pollution particles hijack peroxidasin to disrupt immunosurveillance and promote lung cancer”) published in eLife. The findings could lead to new approaches for preventing or treating the initial lung changes that lead to the disease, according to the researchers.
GLOBAL players are welcome to diversify into value-added activities in the agriculture and food processing industries in Malaysia, the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) said. In a statement yesterday, Mida CEO Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman said by leveraging Malaysia’s business ecosystem and established local supply chain, it serves as an ideal destination for companies to establish regional production hubs while...
As a University of Arizona professor of astronomy and planetary sciences who studies planets orbiting other stars, Daniel Apai spends much of his time thinking about what makes worlds habitable.
Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia, has concluded her Economic and Agricommodities Promotion Mission to Egypt and Qatar from April 16 till 20, 2020.
FLORIDA, April 14 ― According to an American study, cardamom, a plant of Indian origin, could fight against triple negative breast cancer cells. This discovery could enable scientists to look for new ways to fight this kind of cancer, which may develop resistance to the usual treatments.
PAITAN, April 17 — The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (Mafi) will improve the existing agrofood policy to ensure a sustainable supply of food for the country, Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Ahead of Earth Day, Dell Technologies announced the launch of its new products and sustainable materials to help address the growing issues of waste and resource constraints. Build on Dell's recent reveal of Concept Luna – an ambitious prototype that explores revolutionary design ideas to reduce resource use and keep even more circular materials in the economy, the...
Ada negara membuat 'naratif palsu' mengenai pandemik sudah berakhir kerana kadar vaksinasi tinggi dan tahap kematian akibat COVID-19 rendah, tetapi realiti menunjukkan sebaliknya. Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) menegaskan COVID-19 masih jauh untuk beralih kepada endemik kerana jangkitan virus ini masih tidak menentu, malah boleh mencetuskan wabak besar di seluruh dunia.
GENEVA: A Covid-19 vaccine effective against multiple variants is possible before the end of 2022, the head of US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said Wednesday. Chairman Albert Bourla said the firm was also working on producing a vaccine that could provide good protection for a whole year, meaning people would come back annually for boosters, as with influenza shots.
A new project led by the University of Cambridge aims to help make mussels into a seafood staple for UK consumers. The university is working alongside food manufacturers and has a vision to support the development of a range of consumer-friendly products – such as fish cakes and fish fingers – in which mussel and clam meat replace some, or all, of...
Between 20-30% of all food produced worldwide is lost at various stages of the supply chain before it is ever consumed, said Dr. Patrick Webb, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and director of USAID’s Feed the Future’s Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab. Webb was the keynote speaker at the April 12 Speaker Series...
In The News
KUALA LUMPUR (April 14): Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research said Malaysia, which is facing an energy trilemma of energy security, energy accessibility and environmental sustainability, needs to strike the right balance to avoid an energy crunch crisis, which would have negative ramifications for the economy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, welcomed the setting up of a new Heads of State and Government Group to get the world back on track to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart and lung disease, by a third – in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - and promote mental health and well-being.
PUTRAJAYA (April 14): The rollout of the fifth-generation (5G) network will transform the digital-based economy in the country, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa. In this regard, he said institutions such as the Keluarga Malaysia Family Digital Economy Centre (PEDi) and the newly launched Mercu Ekonomi Digital (MEDi) needed to be further enhanced to support the digital-based...
European medical cannabis company Cantourage has received two British government licenses that authorise the company to import medical cannabis to the UK. Additionally, the company has received the required regulatory registration to prescribe medical cannabis products to clients via a new facility.
Currently, the global agricultural industry is facing challenges with deteriorating soil health. In order to combat this, Australian scientists are exploring the manufacture of a sustainable organic nitrogen fertiliser composed of aquatic cyanobacterial biomass, which is suitable for severely damaged areas that are dependent on chemical fertilisers.
In October 2016, students from the Dutch universities TU/e (Eindhoven), TU Delft, Avans (Breda, 's-Hertogenbosch, and Tilburg), and the Eindhoven’s vocational colleges built a footbridge on the TU/e campus. The unique thing about this bridge was not that it was built on the TU/e campus, but that it was made from a biocomposite material that included flax, and it...
KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 (Bernama) -- Currently there are some ongoing projects between Uzbekistan and its Malaysian partners in the field of agriculture, food industry, pharmaceuticals and Information and Communications Technology (ICT), said Uzbekistan's Ambassador to Malaysia Ravshan Usmanov.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 (Bernama) -The National Science Council (NSC) which met yesterday discussed the National Nanotechnology and Products Roadmap 2021-2025 which should be applied to various industries, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s rainforests are endowed with a multitude of herbs that are believed to have medicinal and nutritional values. Popular herbs such as rosary pea, gotu kola (better known as pegaga), mint or pudina and eurycoma longifolia (commonly known as tongkat ali) possess great potential to expand their reach in the field of modern medicine.
THE implementation of biodiesel for the domestic sector is still worth it, according to FGV Holdings Bhd as the group could channel Malaysia’s crude palm oil (CPO) as the main feedstock to produce biodiesel under the Malaysian 10% palm oil blend in diesel known as B10 or B20.
In The News
ACCORDING to recent findings of the 2022 Hays Asia Salary guide, 62% of employers in Malaysia said that they were confident about hiring the skilled talent their organisations need in 2022.
GENEVA: Gergasi farmaseutikal Amerika Syarikat (AS), Pfizer memaklumkan vaksin COVID-19 yang berkesan terhadap pelbagai varian boleh dihasilkan sebelum penghujung 2022. Pengerusinya, Albert Bourla berkata, firma itu juga sedang berusaha menghasilkan vaksin yang boleh memberikan perlindungan yang baik sepanjang tahun, yang bermaksud orang ramai hanya akan kembali mendapatkan dos penggalak setahun sekali sepertimana suntikan influenza.
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and Agrocorp International have launched a research programme to further studies on plant-based food alternatives. This programme will leverage science and technology to also improve ingredient extraction from plant feedstocks. The 4-year collaboration is expected to yield Singapore’s first Research & Development (R&D) platform for extraction and processing capabilities.
Renewables are expected to account for 22 percent of U.S. electricity production this year, increasing to 23 percent next year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released April 12. Renewables accounted for 20 percent of electricity production in 2021.
Middle East companies focusing on ASEAN are positive about business growth in the region – and a significant 78 per cent view Malaysia as their top ASEAN market for expansion. This is according to a survey commissioned by Standard Chartered for its Borderless Business: Middle East-ASEAN Corridor, a strategic report that explores high-potential opportunities for cross-border growth in this corridor.
A "broken" investment model means a new antibiotic may not reach the market for another decade, according to the head of a $1 billion Big Pharma-backed fund focused on the growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria.
KUALA LUMPUR (April 12): Commercial farming of guarana (Paullinia cupana) in Malaysia is not allowed by the Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI). In a statement Tuesday (April 12), the department said this followed a ban on the importation of guarana (also known as P.crysan, P.sorbilis) as it can harm the country’s rubber industry.
Because beauty is overwhelmingly addressed from the outside in, brands with 2021 nutricosmetic launches—such as those meeting consumer desire for nutricosmetic powders—boost the growing awareness of nutricosmetic trends and bring welcomed attention to the beauty-from-within category.
It's not halfway through the year and it is already time to think about 2023. With a six-month (or more) lead time, this is when many companies are considering what to do for next year and beyond.
Biological products are the fastest-growing class of pharmaceuticals in the United States. Biosimilar and interchangeable products may offer additional treatment options and potentially lower health care costs for patients requiring biological therapies. Since the first FDA-approved biosimilar in 2015, the list of approved biosimilars has grown to 31, with many more in the pipeline.
Contrary to popular belief, the world is not running out of land for farming and we are not running out of food, says a Canadian expert in a field known as deeptech — instead, we are actually running out of farmers.
Last week, players teed off in The Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia, and Scottie Scheffler emerged as champion because in golf, lowest score wins. You’d think it would be the same in the world of carbon emissions — lowest carbon score wins. In golf, one often hears the phrase “the scorecard has no pictures”, yet in the bioeconomy, the...
KUANTAN: Fifty out of 63 graduates or 79 per cent who participated in the Bio-Agrotech and Bio-Pharmaceutical Career and Entrepreneurship (BeST 2.0) apprenticeship programme run by the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) managed to secure permanent jobs in the fields of modern agriculture and bio-pharmaceuticals.
It’s fair to say that the entire world has become more fluent in the language of biology in the last few years. In 2019, to most people, a pandemic was merely a science fiction story, a movie thriller, or something they learned about in history class. Now, anyone can knowledgeably discuss personal protective equipment (PPE), antigens, and how to...
JASIN: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting about 80,000 hectares nationwide to be cultivated with grain corn by 2033 to meet the growing domestic demand, thus reducing import dependence.
OSLO, April 4 — Extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by planting forests and developing controversial high-tech industries will be essential to meet global goals to curb climate change, a UN report said today.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 88 peratus pekerja di Malaysia menyifatkan pandemik menjadi pendorong untuk meningkatkan keseimbangan antara tuntutan kerja dan kehidupan, demikian mengikut hasil kaji selidik terkini Randstad.
People who are vaccinated and have had a booster shot against COVID-19 recover from symptoms from the Omicron variant more than three days earlier than those with the Delta variant, a study said Friday.
Farming may be among the oldest professions in the world; but if it is to have any future, it will increasingly need to rely on new technological breakthroughs to cope with the existential threat of climate change.
Innovation often leads to new products, but new methods can be just as groundbreaking. It was the chance to help develop those methods that drew chemical engineering doctoral student Soumil Joshi from his native Mumbai, India, to Virginia Tech in 2019.
PETALING JAYA, April 4 (Bernama) -- Prudential Malaysia, AstraZeneca and Pantai Premier Pathology are collaborating to provide cancer patients access to genomic testing for a more accurate diagnosis of their cancer based on its genetic profile.
Bananas are the second most common tropical fruit consumed globally, with approximately 119.83 million tons produced worldwide, comprising 16% of world fruit production. But with a lot of consumption comes a lot of waste. Most of the waste produced from banana consumption comes from the peel, which makes up 30% to 40% of the weight, resulting in approximately 3.5...
The bioeconomy is up and roaring with lion burgers and tiger tacos, but don’t worry, no animals are actually killed for the exotic meat. It’s Primeval Foods lab-grown, cultivated exotic meats that people would otherwise not get to consume. And if that’s not fun enough for you, check out Mattel’s new biobased, carbon neutral toys from the preschool houses...
KUCHING, April 1 (Bernama) -- A special committee will be set up involving the Federal and Sarawak governments to cooperate on further strengthening the country's food security. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the establishment of the special committee comes following his discussions with Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen...
High-throughput (HTP) combinatorial methodologies—which include microarrays, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidics, parallel pipetting, or robotic-assisted methodologies—are essential to accelerate synthetic biochemical technologies and discovery platforms. They can greatly minimize human input, and offer automated parallelized screening of small molecules. That said, they are often reliant on large-scale analyses which makes them limited by long running time and excessive materials costs.
IN LINE WITH the growing digitalisation trend driving Agriculture 4.0, Malaysia’s leading Agarwood plantation company, DAdvance Agarwood Solutions Sdn Bhd (DAAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently with Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) to implement cloud-based digital solutions within the Agarwood sub-industry.
Unlike polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles which are recycled without difficulty, plastic waste comprising litter such as contaminated food packaging, styrofoam and plastic bags, poses recycling challenges. Unfortunately, this means that this waste is currently burned or buried in landfills, resulting in water, air, and ground pollution.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s economy is expected grow 5.5 per cent this year, driven by recovery in domestic demand and expansion in exports, according to a World Bank report. It said the external sector will continue to lend its support, especially that of electrical and electronics (E&E) goods and medical rubber gloves.
COVID-19 is shifting to an endemic disease, and life is getting back to whatever this new normal will be. But for biotech, the pandemic made for Earth-shattering disruptions that will have a long-lasting impact on drug development timelines—and bottom lines.
Barely a day goes by without one media outlet or another waxing lyrical over the numerous benefits of seaweeds, and how they are going to save the planet. Some of it may be hype, but there is also much to be said for this sector, which is newly emerging in the Western world.
Protecting forests, changing diets, and altering farming methods could contribute around a quarter of the greenhouse gas cuts needed to avert the worst impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations' climate panel. But the changes are unlikely to happen unless governments act to spur them along, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released on Monday...
In The News
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi. This quote best explains how noble the civil service is, to sacrifice our life for the benefit of the people. You can find the essential purpose of human beings - ability, sympathy, empathy, connection and solidarity, by serving your people and your...
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its Emergency Use Listing (EUL), which now includes a recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine booster in adults 18 years and older. The updated EUL allows people who have had a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to get a booster from the same company, but it also allows...
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, US — Benson Hill, a US-based food tech company, and Denofa, a Scandanavia-based protein producer, on April 4 announced a plan to form a strategic alliance to introduce sustainable soy protein ingredients into the Northern European aquaculture feed market.
Tonnes of non-degradable waste is screened – filtered out – at wastewater treatment facilities each year and brought to landfills. Edinburgh-based start-up Carbogenics is looking for a more sustainable way to deal with those screenings – diapers, wet wipes and sanitary products.
TOKYO, March 29 — After the world missed almost all of its targets to protect fast-dwindling nature for the last decade, observers following a new round of negotiations are focusing as much on how goals will be put in place as the headline targets.
PETALING JAYA, March 29 — For the longest time, Asian women were unable to get an accurate picture of their breast cancer diagnosis and suitable treatment plans to prevent cancer. This was because the majority of cancer mutation prediction tools were skewed towards women of European descent and were less accurate for Asian women.
Patrik Lundström is pleased with his new pair of Levi’s 501s. “The touch and feel is exactly the same as your cotton jeans,” he says. Lundström is CEO of Renewcell, a Swedish start-up that has created Circulose, a cellulosic fiber made by chemically recycling postconsumer waste cotton. About 16% of the cotton in Lundström’s Levi’s has been replaced with...
In The News
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd has announced its environmental pledges in conjunction with its latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) roadmap. The company said for the environment pillar within the ESG strategy, it had targeted climate performance as a key focus area, aiming to reduce and minimise activities that contribute to an adverse climate impact.
PUTRAJAYA - Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) memperkukuhkan kerjasama dengan China bagi membangunkan perubatan tradisional Cina. Menteri Kesihatan Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar berkata, usaha itu selari dengan visi untuk mengintegrasikannya bidang perubatan moden sebagai suatu usaha meningkatkan kesihatan dan kualiti hidup rakyat.
KUALA SELANGOR: Agriculture land developers, including corn growers, have been urged to join the Large-Scale Smart Padi Field (Smart SBB) programme. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said collaboration with the government's selected leading companies will result in better yields for the country, which would then lead to reduced dependency on imported agricultural products.
There’s power in numbers, which is why 20 pet food brands from the US, Canada, and New Zealand have now joined in a partnership with rePurpose Global, claimed as the world’s leading Plastic Action Platform. The result: 2,000 tons of plastic waste have been recovered from nature over the past year, which is the equivalent of 111 million plastic...
Green. Bio. Natural. Clean. Organic. Eco-friendly. Sustainable. These are words we are confronted with constantly: on billboards, online and on TV. They are pervasive in advertising and appear on the products we see on supermarket shelves. But what do they really mean and how do companies use them to convince environmentally conscious consumers to buy their products?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an effective tool for fracture detection that has potential to aid clinicians in busy emergency departments, according to a study in Radiology. Missed or delayed diagnosis of fractures on X-ray is a common error with potentially serious implications for the patient. Lack of timely access to expert opinion as the growth in imaging volumes continues to outpace...
MUAR (March 28): The Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae is expected to be an alternative food source for livestock, and a breeding project focused on the larvae is capable of being a game changer and overcome the dependence on imported animal feed.
KUCHING, March 29 (Bernama) -- A Sustainable Sarawak Blueprint will be developed to guide all government agencies, businesses and communities in achieving the state’s desired environmental sustainability goals, Premier of Sarawak Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said today.
Many countries sequencing SARS-CoV-2 genomes are sharing only a fraction of them on public repositories — and many sequences are missing important information, according to a global analysis of genomic surveillance. But the study also found that despite these challenges, countries have become faster at sharing sequences over the course of the pandemic.
Entrepreneurs, researchers, and amateur mycologists have long been intrigued by the challenge of harnessing mycelium to cultivate mushrooms. There are a variety of different methods to grow mushrooms, including stumps, logs, buckets, trays, bottles, and polypropylene bags.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 30): Creative and innovative ways in utilising technology are crucial to maintain the palm oil industry’s competitive advantage, said Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) executive director Tan Sri Dr Yusof Basiron.
Across the country we are witnessing a resurgence in student activism. On campuses far and wide, one can hear calls for racial justice, worker rights, divestment, environmental action and gender equity ringing out.
AMSTERDAM, March 26 ― Scientists have discovered microplastics in human blood for the first time, warning that the ubiquitous particles could also be making their way into organs. The tiny pieces of mostly invisible plastic have already been found almost everywhere else on Earth, from the deepest oceans to the highest mountains as well as in the air, soil and...
KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has launched Smart Plantation Management Solutions (SPMS) to strengthen the farm management of its settlers with the assimilation of technology and the concept of smart plantation.
NEW YORK, March 29 — New research suggests that the world’s forests play an even more important and complex role than previously thought. In addition to being powerful carbon sinks, they may have a direct effect on global and local temperatures.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian economy is projected to expand between 5.3% and 6.3% this year, driven by continued external demand and improved domestic economic activity, according to Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus (pix).
PHARMANIAGA Bhd has expanded its presence in the international market by partnering with Prime Healthcare Group, one of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) leading healthcare service providers.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 29): The Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) shall facilitate the development of a talent ecosystem to cater for the development of a large-scale, state-of-the-art integrated dairy farm project in the Chuping Agro Valley of the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER) Agri Economic Zone (NAEZ).
The application of life sciences to chemical synthesis is referred to as biotechnology. Over the last few decades, there has been a critical convergence of forces that help more biorenewables reach the market. People around the world continue to seek more biobased products. For all stakeholders in the biomaterials business, this convergence of commercially feasible renewable feedstocks and consumer...
On Day 2 of ABLC in Washington, DC, The Digest announced the 50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022. This year, the focus was on advanced bioeconomy manufacturing sites, completed or in development, at pilot, demonstration or commercial scale for intermediates or finished products, rather than companies.
A common food source has been converted into a biomanufacturing platform that offers a way to rapidly produce mass quantities of biologic drugs for common diseases that currently lack effective treatments. Researchers at Lumen Bioscience report their groundbreaking genetic engineering methods to highly express bioactive proteins in spirulina using large-scale cultivation and processing methods appropriate for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
REDTONE Digital Bhd in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), Department of Agriculture (DoA) and Malaysian Digital Economy (MDEC) will be hosting its first one-day smart farming virtual conference.
Newly published Michigan State University research details how switchgrass, a biofuel crop, can mitigate effects of climate change when grown on marginal land—agricultural land of little value. For farmers, it may also provide economic returns in these otherwise unproductive spaces.
Staple crops are limited in their tolerance of a changing climate, forcing researchers and breeders to start to investigate new ways to ensure future food security. A review in New Phytologist examines the value of studying underutilized crops, which are locally important crops grown in limited regions, and identifying the specific genes that underpin the crops' adaptive and valuable traits.
Artificial sweeteners reduce added sugar content and corresponding calories while maintaining sweetness. A study publishing March 24th in PLOS Medicine by Charlotte Debras and Mathilde Touvier at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and Sorbonne Paris Nord University, France and colleagues suggests that some artificial sweeteners are associated with increased cancer risk.
Your next trendy handbag could be fashioned from "leather" made from a fungus. Today, researchers will describe how they have harnessed this organism to convert food waste into sustainable faux leather, as well as paper products and cotton substitutes, with properties comparable to the traditional materials. They explain that this fungal leather takes less time to produce than existing...
Local agri-commodity industry participants need to take advantage of the global market of about US $ 756 billion (RM3.19 trillion), to position Malaysia as the world’s leading exporter. Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, said, in turn, drive Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) forecasts Malaysia to register a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6% for 2022 and 5.5% for 2023.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has approved CanSino's single-dose Convidecia Covid-19 vaccine to be used as a heterologous booster. The MOH, in a statement on its website yesterday, said application for the CanSino-type booster dose would be available via MySejahtera soon.
LONDON, March 20 — Ever heard of wakame, nori or spirulina? These are all types of algae. Currently still quite niche, these marine foods are expected to take a larger place on our plates in the coming years. For nutritional, but also environmental reasons, Europe plans to promote the algae industry via a digital stakeholder platform, which will bring...
KUALA LUMPUR (March 22): Local authorities in the country have recorded a total reduction in greenhouse (GHG) emissions in 2021, totalling 157,923.23 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent for low carbon zones.
Malaysia trade for February rose by 17.5% to RM184.75 billion compared to February 2021, the 13th consecutive month of double-digit growth. Exports surpassed RM100 billion marks for the first time for the month of February, increased by 16.8% to RM102.27 billion. This was also the seventh consecutive month of double-digit growth. Imports expanded by 18.4% to RM82.48 billion and trade...
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center report evidence from lab experiments that a chemical derived from a compound found abundantly in broccoli and other cruciferous plants may offer a potentially new and potent weapon against the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common cold. COVID-19 has already killed more than 6 million people worldwide, and studies have shown that...
KUALA LUMPUR: Pelaksanaan konsep SMART Sawah Berskala Besar (SMART SBB) mencatatkan manfaat lebih baik, dengan pengurusan lebih efisien yang bermatlamat mempertingkat produktiviti dan pengeluaran padi serta beras negara.
KUALA LUMPUR – In line with its establishment over 90 years ago, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) remains optimistic about providing the best input through research and development (R&D) in the sustainable management of forest resources in the country.
As was perhaps inevitable, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is facing the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, with cases rapidly rising over the past few weeks — Malaysia, for example, is seeing its highest-ever infection numbers. However, as most countries in Asean have now received vaccine supplies sufficient for double-dosing, the economy and businesses are regaining...
Pharmacy Times interviewed Shannon Hough, director of ClinReview in Clinical Content for McKesson, on the growing shift to biosimilars in oncology, which is impacting patients and practices by reducing the financial burden of oncology treatments and increasing access to therapies resulting in greater medication adherence.
According to FAO (2020), Indonesia produced 9.3 million tonnes of seaweed in 2018 (29 percent of the global total) – capitalising on the country's 99,000 km coastline. This makes it second only to China, which produced 18.6 tonnes, in the global seaweed rankings.
THE Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) plans to prepare a framework for a carbon deal and is in discussion with Bursa Malaysia to establish a single entity in all carbon transactions in Malaysia. Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (picture) said any states that want to manage their carbon must go through the federal government or agencies under the ministry.
MALAYSIA continued to register the highest number of active jobseekers in Asia, according to the 2022 Hays Asia Salary Guide. Now in its 15th edition, the Guide compiled and presented salary and sector overviews based on real data and a survey of skilled professionals across China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Industry 4.0 technologies are tools CDMOs can use to meet customer needs, not an end in and of themselves. For some projects, traditional systems will be the better option and understanding this is vital. So says Sebastien Ribault, PhD, head, end-to-end solutions, life science business, Merck KGaA, who advocates for a technology agnostic approach to bioprocessing.
SINGAPORE: In the waters off the north-western coast of Pulau Ubin, Timothy Ng's fish farm gently bobs up and down as each wave passes. Away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, everything is quiet except for the occasional bark from dogs at nearby fish farms.
Dr Stephen Wise, Chief Strategic Development Officer for biotechnology business Advetec, talks about the need to improve recycling rates as well as hold producers accountable and how green technology is also essential for the waste management sector.
Malaysian Biotechnology company, GK Aqua Sdn Bhd (GK Aqua) has launched the Malaysian Udang Galah Aquaprenuers (MUGA), an initiative to drive employment opportunities amongst the B40 community while increasing Malaysia’s standing as an export country of top-quality freshwater prawns.
The results of a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center suggest that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) might also boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy against some types of cancer by inhibiting pathways that drive drug resistance.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 16): Entrepreneurs involved in vegetable production have been urged to use pesticide-free modern agricultural technology to produce products that are safe to eat. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the country’s vegetable production industry needed to move towards modern technology-based agriculture to reduce production costs.
We’ve reached peak biotech formation just as interest in the life sciences industry has created a talent war among executives—and it’s time for musical chairs. For patients, there’s never been a better time for medical innovation. Investors can be choosy about where they put their money—but there’s also a lot of competition for the industry’s gems. Emerging scientists have never been in...
THERE is high likelihood that the dual wholesale network (DWN) model will be favoured over the single wholesale network (SWN) championed by state-owned entity Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) in the deployment of Malaysia’s 5G infrastructure.
Roche will not be beaten when it comes to pharma R&D. The company has topped our list of top pharma R&D budgets year after year, and 2021 was no different. The Swiss pharma landed in the No. 1 slot with a budget of 14.8 billion Swiss francs ($16.1 billion), a 14% increase over 2020. Total revenue for the year was...
KUALA LUMPUR: Driven by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, Malaysia is now reviewing its existing policies to further boost agricultural produce to improve its self-sufficiency.
Mercedes-Benz AG has firmly established the principle of sustainability as an integral part of its corporate strategy. In addition to CO2-neutral production and the switch to an all-electric vehicle portfolio, a closed loop of recyclable materials is also crucial to reducing resource consumption. In addition to circular design and value retention, Mercedes-Benz is equally focused on recycling. With a view...
Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus in her speech at the launch of the joint report with the World Bank, Exploring Nature-related Financial Risks in Malaysia said that the local financial sector has stepped-up response to the urgent and existential threat posed by climate and environment-related risks.
Using mRNA technology like that in the COVID-19 vaccines, researchers have demonstrated a successful way to deliver a potential HIV vaccine, researchers at Duke Human Vaccine Institute report.
KUALA LUMPUR – Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) has expanded the Large-Scale SMART Paddy Field (SMART SBB) programme to 12 paddy cultivation locations nationwide compared to four locations at the beginning of last year, with the involvement of nearly 465 farmers.
Dubai-headquartered international waste management company Averda announced on Wednesday that it is launching a Used Cooking Oil (UCO) service in the UAE to improve local waste management and reduce carbon emissions from road transport.
MALAYSIA will reactivate a business council with Egypt to strengthen the economic collaboration between the two countries. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah (picture; right) said both Malaysia and Egypt offer a lot of potential and attractive business and investment opportunities.
WASHINGTON: Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday they had formally asked the United States drug regulator for emergency approval of a second booster shot of their Covid vaccine for people aged 65 and older. The companies said in a press statement that their request is based off two Israeli studies that show "an additional mRNA booster increases immunogenicity and lowers rates...
PUTRAJAYA, March 11 -- The Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuklear Malaysia) is working to enhance the resilience of padi seeds to withstand the unpredictable weather in the country. In a statement today, Nuklear Malaysia said its research team had started research to produce a new padi variety, IS22, in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara.
Pandemic tailwinds, including the resurgence of per capita income and healthy business activity, are expected to provide a favorable outlook for the waste and recycling industries in 2022, says Capstone Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm with headquarters in Boston and Denver, in its recently released February 2022 Waste and Recycling Update.
In The News
KOTA KINABALU: Institutions of higher learning should play a bigger role to leverage their resources for a sustainable future, said Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin. The Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) vice-chancellor said they should discuss and explore new possibilities to expand the roles of universities in promoting sustainability.
One afternoon in April 2018 I answered my rarely-used home telephone to a barrage of questions. On a crackly landline, a researcher from the University of Exeter, UK, ran through a standard interview to check my suitability for a clinical trial. She was part of a team seeking to test the effectiveness of ketamine – an anaesthetic drug which is being...
This week the massive Natural Products Expo resumes after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The show is a must-attend for any emerging brand in natural and organic foods because it’s where retail buyers go to sample what’s new and trending.
Strings of sugars called polysaccharides are the most abundant biopolymers on Earth. Because of their versatile and environmentally friendly properties, these molecules could eventually replace some plastics. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have identified a previously unknown bacterial enzyme that can make a new type of polysaccharide, which is similar to the biopolymer chitin. The new molecule is biodegradable...
The term Metaverse is pretty hot right now. More and more brands are striving to conquer the Metaverse using various integration formats. For example, Gucci is creating its own world in the Sandbox metaverse. The luxury brand has announced that it will buy the virtual land in The Sandbox to start building its world on the platform.
A British biotech firm this week got the green light from U.S. regulators to release over 2 million genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and California as part of an expanded effort to combat transmission of diseases like Zika, dengue fever and canine heartworm.
A recent systematic review published in Reviews in Aquaculture has evaluated the environmental consequences of insect farming and insect-based diets in aquaculture. The results suggest that the sustainability picture of insect meals and oils isn’t as straightforward as it initially appears.
When Starbucks reopened its Seattle headquarters last week, its returning workforce found that the coffee chain’s disposable paper and plastic cups had been replaced by reusable options. It’s a change that the company is trying to bring to the rest of its cafes worldwide, which run through roughly 7 billion disposable cups every year.
A circular economy focuses on minimizing the negative impact of waste materials on the environment, society, and economy. It aims to reduce the generation of waste materials as well as develop proper guidance for its sustainable production.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 7): Malaysia through the National Vaccine Development Roadmap (PPVN) is developing methods to administer the Covid-19 vaccine orally or using nasal spray, said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim.
JOHOR BAHRU: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) will continue giving due attention to the needs and issues faced by livestock industry players to ensure optimal production as well as enhance the resilience of the country’s food system.
KUALA LUMPUR: Every year, Malaysia loses an estimated RM476 million in recyclable resources in an industry that is considered as high value simply because recycling practices have yet to become a norm in this country.
JOHOR BAHRU (March 7): The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) will continue giving due attention to the needs and issues faced by livestock industry players to ensure optimal production as well as enhance the resilience of the country's food system.
PARIS, March 9 — You might have already heard about dogs sniffing out cancer. Now, it seems that some ants might also be able to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells in humans, thanks to their sense of smell. But more clinical tests must be carried out before these creepy crawlies could one day be used in clinical settings...
MERSING, March 9 -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has asked the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) to focus on producing two varieties of padi seeds which can give high yields with quality.
PARIS, March 7 — A vast study carried out by researchers in more than 400 forests around the world provides clues for restoring or preserving these ecosystems, which are essential in the fight against global warming. The research focuses on ways to optimize carbon storage in forest soils.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia gained new economic growth with RM306.5 billion worth of approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors in 2021. The country remained an attractive investment destination for global and regional business expansion as total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) numbers exceeded expectations with stellar performance in 2021, increasing...
COVID-19 can cause the brain to shrink, reduce grey matter in the regions that control emotion and memory, and damage areas that control the sense of smell, an Oxford University study has found.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI) optimis pelaksanaan program SMART Sawah Berskala Besar (SMART SBB) mampu membantu mencapai sasaran Tahap Sara Diri (SSL) beras negara mencecah 75 peratus menjelang 2025 atau sebelum berakhirnya Rancangan Malaysia Ke-12 (RMK-12).
A team of researchers working within the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has discovered a pathway to encourage a type of lignin formation in plants that could make the processing of crops grown for products such as sustainable jet fuels easier and less costly.
The Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to the largest remote work “experiment” in history, accelerating a long-term trend towards flexible, remote work, and digitalization. The percentage of people working from home in the U.S. alone rose from 5% to 37% during the height of the pandemic. Now, companies are experimenting with different models of remote work as we come out of the crises. Recent surveys show that 91%...
KUALA LUMPUR (March 9): The government may be releasing the details of its 2050 net-zero emissions target this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
By uncovering the subtle difference between two varieties of a protein, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania may have discovered how to eliminate the risk of weight gain from a certain type of diabetes medications. Through this, it's possible that more patients with diabetes could get more effective treatment from modified thiazolidinediones, which...
NILAI (March 7): The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme offered at universities, especially in the field of agriculture, will be able to produce agripreneurs, thus helping to increase productivity and ensure the country’s food security.
Headquartered in France, Valneva, is an established European specialty vaccine company that has already commercialised the Japanese encephalitis vaccine IXIARO/JESPECT and the oral cholera vaccine DUKORAL. It has recently developed VLA2001, a COVID-19 vaccine that stimulates an immune response to target the entire virus, rather than just its spike proteins. With such claims, VLA2001 could become the top-choice as...
According to Ohad Maiman, founder and CEO of The Kingfish Company, they can indeed – although he warned that sustainability is by no means “a free pass” to profitability. Speaking at The Economist’s 9th World Ocean Summit, Maiman delivered some valuable insights on how the Kingfish Company had, since being established in 2015, managed to build a successful business with strong sustainability credentials and...
Lately, we all seem to need a drink and world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch’s Brazilian arm is making it more green by tapping into Israel’s UBQ for integrating waste-based plastics into its packaging mix. Coors Light is ditching the plastic ring packaging that hold six packs together. And vineyard waste, specifically grape marc, is being converted into designer handbags.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia recorded RM306.5 billion worth of approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors in 2021 -- the highest amount of approved investments since 2006.
Researchers have found that the “mother” of all stem cells, known as totipotent stem cells, have a much slower rate of DNA replication, which helps improve their efficiency at differentiating into other cells. Putting the brakes on DNA replication in lab-grown totipotent stem cells improved their efficiency, which could lead to major breakthrough for regenerative medicine.
Hopes for docile agriculture markets in 2022 have already been blown out of the water. Instead, we could be headed for a volatile year – or more – in both ag commodities and energy. Here are just a few reasons for strong prices.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 -- The global market cannot replace the loss of Black Sea's vegetable oil exports without sizeably reducing oil and fat consumption in the energy sector, ISTA Mielke GmbH (oil world) executive director Thomas Mielke said.
Malaysia’s sustainable agriculture sector has launched a new initiative to use the UAE as a springboard to penetrate new markets across the GCC region in particular, and the wider Middle East region at large. Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation), the lead development agency for the bio-based industry in Malaysia, launched the new initiative, titled Sustainable Agriculture Week, at the...
KUALA LUMPUR: The ProDetect® COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, manufactured in Malaysia by Medical Innovation Ventures Sdn Bhd (Mediven®), recently obtained a 100 per cent accuracy score in the well-regarded External Quality Assessment Programme (EQAP) conducted by the European Society for external quality assessment (EsFEQA).
PARIS, March 1 — From searing “heat islands” to flash floods and rising seas, an increasing torrent of climate change impacts threatens half of the world’s population living in urban areas, a major report by UN experts said yesterday.
More than 20 years after the first release of the human genome, scientists at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, have for the first time deciphered the highly complex genome of the potato. Their impressive technical feat, published in Nature Genetics, will accelerate efforts to breed superior varieties.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Any policy embracing initiatives to boost food productivity holistically is deemed conducive to addressing national food security risks only if it takes into consideration the use of modern cultivation techniques as well as promotes entrepreneurship, according to an academic.
LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Vaccinating 70% of the population in every country in the world against COVID-19 by mid-2022 has been the World Health Organization's (WHO) rallying cry to end the pandemic. But recently, public health experts say that while boosting immunity globally remains essential, the figure is neither achievable nor meaningful.
MERSING (March 1): The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has always worked closely with industry players in charting the direction of the agro-food sector to ensure it is in line with current needs. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the problems and needs of industry players were given due attention to improve the...
NAIROBI: The United Nations on Wednesday agreed to start negotiating a world-first global treaty on plastic pollution in what has been hailed a watershed moment for the planet. Nearly 200 nations at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi unanimously agreed to create an intergovernmental committee to negotiate and finalise a legally binding plastics treaty by 2024.
The Halal industry is set to expand globally from USD$3.1 trillion in 2018 to USD$5 trillion by 2030, with a similar upward trend from USD$1.6 trillion in 2018 to USD$2.8 trillion in APAC. With an existing demand-supply gap of 80%, manufacturers are looking to expand their Halal production. But how exactly do you begin?
DUBAI: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) has managed to attract potential investments worth RM455 million through its participation in the Sustainable Agriculture Week at Expo 2020 Dubai from Feb 21 until today, exceeding its initial target of RM350 million.
The Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance today called on all countries to reduce the amount of antimicrobial waste entering the environment. This includes researching and implementing measures to safely dispose of antimicrobial waste from food, human health and animal health systems, and manufacturing facilities.
GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Wednesday of a sharp increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression related to the Covid-19 pandemic, caused largely by social isolation, said Xinhua.
According to new research, life sciences firms in England and Wales are hiring R&D and laboratory scientists in record numbers, as the government continues to promote the UK as a global life sciences hub. A report by specialist recruiters Cpl Life Sciences and data analysts Vacancysoft revealed that the sector experienced a very fruitful 2021 and levels of all new...
The topline of the official press release of the latest report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls global warming “a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet,” while optimistically noting that “taking action now can secure our future.”
There's no doubt about it: Livestock operations create waste that must be dealt with in some way. Animal manure is a valuable fertilizer, but it also sheds methane in the process, and that's considered a greenhouse gas. But a California-based startup sees value in that methane and wants to help farmers tap into that business.
KUALA LUMPUR (March 3, 2022): An ambitious purpose on innovation, a synergised ecosystem and a ‘bridge’ between research and commercialisation - these are among the elements needed for Malaysia to pull ahead in the region and achieve its ambition to be among the Top 20 most innovative nations by 2030 in the Global Innovation Index. Malaysia is currently ranked 36,...
KUALA LUMPUR: The demand for paracetamol has doubled due to the Covid-19 Omicron wave, with the price of its raw materials increasing more than 100 per cent. This was based on the initial feedback received from the Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (Mopi), said the Health Ministry's Pharmaceutical Services senior director, Norhaliza A. Halim, on Tuesday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 -- The National Farmers Organisation (NAFAS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). worth RM100 million, with ARJ Holding LLC (ARJ Holding) which is one of the largest companies based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) announced earlier this week that Diamond Edge Ventures, Inc. (DEV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MCHC”) has invested in Lingrove, Inc. (San Francisco, California, USA).
FOLLOWING warnings that Malaysia may be one of the countries to be hit by cyber-attacks following the war in Ukraine, a cyber security company urged relevant parties to develop enough capability to protect the nation’s sovereignty and independence in security operation.
The FDA has accepted for review a biologics license application (BLA) supporting interchangeability for Alvotech’s high-concentration, citrate-free formulation of its adalimumab biosimilar referencing Humira (AVT02; 100 mg/ml).
Air is the most important factor affecting silage fermentation. It exerts its influence through the activities of aerobic micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast and aerobic fungi. These micro-organisms act together on lowering the nutritive value of silage by altering its chemical and physical characteristics.
The emergence of electric vehicles has created a spike in the usage of lithium-ion batteries. Consequently, there is a need for diagnosing battery health reliably to prevent accidents from unexpected operational issues. To this end, scientists from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have now developed a rapid non-destructive analysis technique using cycling at high and low...
DUBAI (Feb 21): Eight Malaysian companies today inked over US$47 million (RM197 million) worth of investments with United Arab Emirates (UAE) based enterprises during the Sustainable Agriculture Week in Expo 2020 Dubai, in a bid to spur sustainable agriculture between the two nations.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – Malaysia is poised to have its own medical town of international standard in the city with the completion of the ‘Health Technopolis’ project within the next 10 years, spearheaded by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
DUBAI (Feb 21): Malaysia is an ideal partner in sustainable agriculture as the country has all the elements, as well as opportunities required for sustainable agriculture to grow and prosper such as invaluable reserves, natural resources and raw materials.
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): Global plastics use in 2020 is estimated to have declined by around 10 million tonnes (Mt) or 2.2%, which is 4.5% below the pre-Covid projection, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
PHNOM PENH (Feb 24): Malaysia’s economic development and total foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2021 showed that the country is on good track to keep its projections to achieve its economic targets, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
Electricity use has a much bigger environmental impact than waste when it comes to single-use technologies (SUT), and drug makers trying to make medicine production eco-friendly should keep this in mind.
PARIS, Feb 22 — Less than 10 per cent of the plastic used across the world is recycled, the OECD said today, calling for “coordinated and global solutions” ahead of expected talks on an international plastics treaty.
With innovation, drug pricing, IPOs, follow-on markets, and the M&A deal environment top of mind across biotech, we again gathered a diverse group of industry CEOs to discuss these trends and others, including insights gleaned from the 2022 J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference and the 2022 EY M&A Firepower report.
PUTRAJAYA: Kesan advers susulan imunisasi yang dipantau secara dekat (AESI) seperti radang otot jantung atau lapisan jantung (miokarditis/perikarditis) serta pembekuan darah vena dengan kiraan platelet rendah (thromboembolism with thrombocytopenia) bagi penerima vaksin di negara ini adalah lebih rendah berbanding yang dilaporkan di peringkat global.
The sunlight that hits Earth for approximately one hour corresponds to humanity’s total energy consumption for an entire year. Using the Sun’s energy to capture greenhouse gases, reduce the globe’s CO2 emissions, and convert it into fuel or another useful chemical, is a research focus for many scientists as they attempt to combat this growing issue. However, until now, there has been...
Plant-based meat alternatives could account for 6% of total meat consumption by 2030 if the sector continues to expand at the current rate, according to analysis by the Good Food Institute reported by World Grain on 7 February.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 — The halal industry which has been identified as a strategic and high-impact sector under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) would enhance Malaysia’s capacity and capabilities in uplifting the development of halal talent, accelerating industry development including Bumiputera participation, increasing product competitiveness and positioning Malaysia as a global halal hub.
FRANKFURT: The world is becoming "better prepared" to deal with future variants of the coronavirus, the CEO and co-founder of German vaccine-maker BioNTech told AFP Thursday, as the company works on an Omicron-specific shot.
KUCHING, Feb 21 -- Sarawak aims to attain sustainable growth and prosperity by becoming a Southeast Asian powerhouse to provide the region with affordable and reliable renewable energy, says Chief Minister Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
A circular economy is a recent fashionable way of redefining growth, moving away from the current “take-make-waste” industrial model, which tries to create growth through the circular process of maximising usage of resources and minimising waste and pollution, so that society and nature end up with better well-being. The circular economy recognises that we have limited planetary resources, and...
Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart diseaseTrusted Source, affects the body’s heart and blood vessels. An estimated 18.2 millionTrusted Source adults aged 20 years and older have coronary artery disease in the United States.
Who’s hot, what are they building, where, how and with whom? Where’s your opportunity in the bioeconomy boom? If you missed last week’s ABLC CONNECT, check out these slides highlighting the 50 hottest projects in the advanced bioeconomy. Let the countdown begin!
The European Commission announced an investment of over €110 million into LIFE programme integrated projects for environmental and climate protection, selected after a call for proposals covering the year 2020. The funding will support new major environmental and climate projects in 11 EU countries - Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The...
Malaysians are grappling and fighting for improvement of the economy following the outbreak of COVID-19. Good communication is a fundamental tool in achieving strong human capital to maintain productivity and strengthen working relationships at all levels in an organisation. The employer or head of the organisation or institution needs to practise effective communication, either verbal or non-verbal, to ensure that...
Total medical devices industry venture financing deals worth $585.7m were announced in Asia-Pacific in January 2022, led by $100m venture financing of Yikun Bio, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
Despite only representing about 1 percent of global seaweed cultivation volumes, green macroalgae (Chlorophyta) could play a decisive role in the commercial seaweed sector as it expands and diversifies.
Bacteria are known for breaking down lactose to make yogurt and sugar to make beer. Researchers headed by teams at Northwestern University, LanzaTech, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have now selected, engineered, and optimized a strain of Clostridium autoethanogenum bacteria that can convert waste carbon dioxide (CO2) selectively into industrial chemicals.
THE Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) is committed with its target of attracting RM350 million worth of investments during the Sustainable Agriculture Week in EXPO 2020 Dubai. The event wi be held from Feb 21 to 26, 2022 with the support from the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) as the implementing agency.
As part of an ongoing initiative to nurture local talents in biomedical engineering, Universiti Malaya (UM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siemens Healthineers Malaysia (SHS MY) to renew their collaborative educational program with the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering for another three years.
To help make the Philippines more food secure, the country’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is expanding fish hatchery capacity and targeting higher production volumes.
New advancements in industries such as technology, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all hallmarks of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and are merely the tip of this disruption iceberg. These 21st-century technologies that continue to emerge and drastically affect our lives do however come with an apparent side effect –...
Krisis rantaian bekalan melanda dunia mula memberi impak kepada negara. Pengguna melaporkan kesukaran mendapatkan bekalan bahan makanan seperti telur ayam dan sayur-sayuran. Harga bahan makanan seperti ayam juga melambung tinggi kesan krisis inflasi disebabkan pandemik COVID-19.
Researchers say that just two to three average-sized cups of coffee per day contains enough caffeine to trigger a cascade effect, which reduces the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad’ cholesterol. High bloodstream levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Madagascar is the most important country for vanilla production—the fragrant ingredient that is a favorite flavor for ice cream, cakes and cookies. The vanilla orchid is cultivated in the tropical northeast of the island.
Indonesia's energy ministry plans to begin road tests for a biodiesel programme using 40% palm based bio-content (B40) this month. The world's largest palm oil producer mandated that biodiesel sold in the country be blended with 30% of palm-based biodiesel to cut its energy imports and increase consumption of palm oil - the feedstock to the fuel - a senior...
THE Malaysian economy is well-positioned to continue benefitting from the expansion in global trade and investment activities following the acceleration of the Covid-19 booster vaccination programmes are set to improve domestic economic activities and strengthen the recovery momentum.
DUBAI, Feb 11 -- The Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai takes pride in showcasing sustainable food-based agricommodities, namely palm oil, cocoa and pepper with impactful activities such as debate and pocket talks, as well as sealing a number of collaborations for the benefit of the precious crops.
Among the dozens of policy innovations that Congress must consider in climate change legislation is a tool that could help trigger the next stage in decarbonizing one of the most significant industries in the world: aviation.
KUALA LUMPUR – Biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines Moderna, Inc. today announced plans to establish a new subsidiary in Malaysia, alongside three additional subsidiaries in Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia Pacific (Apec) region recorded a double-digit growth in trade volume and value between January and September last year, according to an Apec Policy Support Unit report. The region, which is home to half of world trade, posted higher volume of merchandise exports and imports by 14 per cent and 16 per cent respectively compared to the...
Australians with diabetes will now have access to the next-generation Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), ensuring they can use the latest technology to manage their diabetes. From 1 March, 58,000 eligible Australians participating in the CGM Initiative will have the option of using the new Dexcom G6 CGM device, as the current Dexcom G5 CGM device is phased out.
KUCHING: Lembaga Kemajuan Sagu dan Nipah (LKSN) bakal memacu perkembangan industri sagu dan nipah dalam memperkasa ekonomi masyarakat luar bandar di Sarawak. LKSN diluluskan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sarawak hari ini, selepas Rang Undang-Undang (RUU) Lembaga Kemajuan Sagu dan Nipah 2022 yang dibentangkan Menteri Pemodenan Pertanian dan Pembangunan Wilayah negeri, Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom mendapat sokongan sebulat suara...
The vivid blue color of a new brand of Dutch soda doesn’t come from food coloring: The startup making the product, called Ful, makes the drink with spirulina, a blue-green algae that gives the soda more of a nutritional punch than the standard carbonated beverage. The company wants to use the product to make algae a more popular ingredient in...
Despite the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus and the occurrence of severe flooding in the Klang Valley and several states in December 2021, Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2021 (Q4 2021), compared to a 3.4% contraction during the same period last year.
Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd, a genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist, today announced that it recorded revenue of RM7.63 million for the second quarter ended 31 December 2021 (“2Q FY2022”), a significant increase of RM7.49 million compared with revenue of RM0.14 million for the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
STOCKHOLM, Feb 15 — The torrent of man-made chemical and plastic waste worldwide has massively exceeded limits safe for humanity or the planet, and production caps are urgently needed, scientists have concluded for the first time.
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 — Observations showing a roughly donut-shaped cloud of cosmic dust and gas shrouding a huge black hole at the heart of a galaxy similar in size to our Milky Way are providing scientists with new clarity about the universe’s most energetic objects.
The "acute phase" of the Covid-19 pandemic could end this year if 70% of the world’s population is vaccinated by July, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Friday.
NEW YORK, Feb 14 — Two heads of broccoli, a spoon of mustard and a sprinkling of red onion. It may sound like a culinary creation, but these foods are actually the latest essentials coming to your new beauty routine. In recent months, natural ingredients have become the stars of the bathroom cabinet, giving rise to unusual cosmetics with...
PARIS, Feb 17 — Sneakers made from banana or pineapple leaves, dresses from nettles or fish scales — the search for sustainable materials has taken the fashion industry to some wild places. Experts warn these new textiles are not a quick fix for fashion’s enormous problems with over-consumption and waste, but may be a necessary step in developing cleaner technologies.
PUTRAJAYA: The agrofood insurance and takaful scheme, which among others provides income protection to farmers whose crops are damaged due to natural disasters or diseases, will be launched in the second quarter of this year, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 7): Bioalpha Holdings Bhd has obtained the approval from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) to commence human clinical trials in Malaysia for the botanical drug for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
JERANTUT (Feb 8): The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) are working hand in hand on the best solution to overcome the shortage of eggs which is rumoured to stretch till Ramadan.
KUALA NERANG: Kedah Rubber City (KRC) is set to attract potential investments worth RM10 billion and create 15,000 job opportunities by 2025, which will provide various spillover benefits to the local community.
KUALA LUMPUR: Various indicators are clearly showing that the country is on an excellent track towards recovery from the health and economic crisis that began two years ago, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
A new survey by Kidney Cancer UK has revealed that two-fifths (40%) of patients are waiting over 84 days for a diagnosis, which is three times longer than NHS England’s Faster Diagnostic Standard (FDS).
German chemical giant Bayer has entered into an agreement with Canadian agriculture biotech company MustGrow to commercialise bio-pesticides from mustard seed, according to Biomarket Insights. As part of the agreement, Bayer will test MustGrow’s products and the will also have the option of acquiring exclusive rights to MustGrow technologies for pre-plant soil fumigation, bio-herbicide applications, and post-harvest potato preservation in Africa, Asia,...
NEW YORK, Feb 4 ― The Future Forum consortium's new Pulse report shows just how massively remote working has been adopted by the world's knowledge workers. It also notes the significant increase in remote working among demographics previously underrepresented in knowledge work, including women and mothers, and underlines how “proximity bias” is emerging as a new risk in the...
PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry is strengthening the Covid-19 Clinical Care Pathway for the purpose of introducing the latest antiviral drugs to treat high-risk Covid-19 patients, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said the antiviral drugs would be given to early-stage patients with mild symptoms to prevent the infection from worsening.
Soil tillage on farms may significantly reduce in crops the availability of ergothioneine (ERGO), an amino acid produced by certain types of soil-borne fungi and bacteria that is known as a "longevity vitamin" due to its potent antioxidant properties, according to new research by an interdisciplinary team at Penn State. The study is among the first to demonstrate that...
DUBAI, Feb 9 -- Malaysian palm oil-based products namely food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals will be made available at LuLu Hypermarkets in Dubai, following a collaboration sealed between the Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC) and Lulu International Group.
A light caramel liquid shines in a line of flasks in a New Zealand laboratory. It could easily be mistaken for the latest batch of kombucha in the kitchen of a fermentation enthusiast. Except this tangy beverage isn't intended for human consumption – it's for cows. This is Kowbucha, an experimental probiotic culture aimed at altering the mixture of...
If you've already had COVID-19, your natural antibodies may last as long as 20 months, a new study suggests. While this is reassuring, experts are quick to caution that the new findings don't necessarily mean you're protected against reinfection, and that vaccines remain an important part of a COVID-19 prevention strategy.
The M&A splurge in ethanol was the most intense in five years. Four out of the five top ethanol producers were involved in a transaction in 2021. That included a big prize: the acquisition of Flint Hills’ ethanol business by POET, giving it 800 million gallons per year (MGPY) of additional capacity.
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 8): The labour market has been improving since last December with a lower unemployment rate of 4.2% with 687,600 unemployed, while employment continued to rise, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) in a statement on the Statistics of Labour Force Malaysia, December and Fourth Quarter of 2021.
Malaysia’s pharmaceutical industry recorded RM397.67 million of approved investment from January to September 2021, exceeding the highest full-year figure approved in 2017. The sector also achieved astounding export figures for 2021, amounting to RM2.42 billion, a 24 percent increase from 2020.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 7 -- Peru’s agrifood product exports to Malaysia rose by 51.7 per cent year-on-year during the period of January to October 2021. According to a statement from Fruitnet Media International, Malaysia was the second biggest export market in Southeast Asia for Peruvian agrifood products in 2020, valued at US$6.4 million (US$1=RM4.18).
LONDON, Feb 5 — Coral reefs that anchor a quarter of marine wildlife and the livelihoods of more than half-a-billion people will most likely be wiped out even if global warming is capped within Paris climate goals, researchers said Tuesday.
Washington long has demonstrated the benefits of innovative companies. Boeing was founded here and powered an aerospace industry that transformed the world. Microsoft was created in New Mexico but soon moved to the hometown of founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, going on to alter our daily lives. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos recognized the potential of online retail, landed his...
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 8 -- The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has received 1,047 reports of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) associated with the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as of Jan 31, said its director Dr Roshayati Mohamad Sani.
Studies by Embrapa Suínos e Aves (SC) show that from a nutritional point of view rice can complement or replace corn in animal feed. The conclusion could be great news for Brazilian swine and poultry farmers facing high prices stemming from the rising appreciation of corn and soybeans. At the same time, the excess supply of rice in the national market,...
NIBONG TEBAL, Feb 8 -- To support government policy in the implementation of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) will establish a Skills Training Centre at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for graduates to earn a subsidiary certificate.
Malaysia has become the most attractive country in Southeast Asia for foreign investors, driven by the success of attracting more than RM220 bil approved investments in 2021 for the manufacturing and services sectors, according to the 2022 Milken Institute Global Opportunity Index (GIO).
Disinformation around Covid vaccines has existed as long as the jabs themselves. Unverified studies, unproven claims and out-of-context data are regularly shared on websites and social media across the globe -- fuelling dangerous myths about the virus and the vaccines. As Austria becomes the first European Union country to make vaccines mandatory this week, AFP looks at some common disinformation surrounding...
Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are now one step closer to developing plants with the ability to harness nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Nitrogen is essential to plants, but plants can only absorb it in some of its chemical forms. Some of these forms are naturally found in soils, but not in quantities needed to reach...
The World Health Organisation warned Tuesday that the vast amount of waste produced in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic posed a threat to human and environmental health. The tens of thousands of tonnes of extra medical waste had put a huge strain on healthcare waste management systems, the WHO said in a report.
Malaysia's external trade improved exponentially in 2021, registering historic performance with trade, exports, imports and trade surplus reaching an all-time high. The country's total trade surpassed RM2 trillion for the first time and recorded the fastest growth since 1994, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
China will toughen law enforcement to curb monopoly practices and unfair competition in the pharmaceutical industry as the government seeks to foster a good business environment, the industry ministry said on Sunday.
Selama 50 tahun, Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor (PKPS) teguh berbakti kepada rakyat Selangor seiring dengan peredaran zaman yang memerlukan adaptasi teknologi dan inovasi untuk kekal relevan. PKPS menjadi sebahagian daripada sejarah penting kepada industri pertanian Selangor dan memainkan peranan signifikan dalam usaha meningkatkan taraf hidup dan sosioekonomi rakyat khususnya petani dan peniaga kecil.
The Climate Law adopted by the European Commission requires that EU greenhouse gas emissions and removals should be balanced within the Union, at the latest by 2050, with the aim to achieve negative emissions thereafter. For the land sector, the target date has been set for 2035. Farmers and foresters will therefore have an increasingly important role to play in the...
The Government-Industry TVET Coordination Body (GITC) has been established as a collaborative platform in steering the national TVET (technical and vocational education and training) agenda. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said GITC would be involved directly in the country's TVET human capital development, particularly in development of skills and workforce, the first of such cooperation.
The potential demand for biosimilars undoubtedly generates an enormous opportunity for biopharmaceutical companies. However, biosimilar development and commercialiszation is an inimitably complex endeavour requiring a precise, stepwise strategy to ensure timely regulatory approval and optimum market access. Even companies that are aiming to protect the market share of a branded biologic product are compelled to adapt to the increased...
A Chinese and US team investigated the effect of feeding amla fruit on he nutrient digestibility, fermentation parameters, and milk production of lactating dairy cows. Due to its sour and astringent taste, the Asian amla fruit (Phyllanthus emblica) is not considered suitable for human consumption, resulting in significant food waste. Which sparked the interest of the Chinese and US...
Expectations for a more sustainable supply chain within the apparel sector keep growing. Designers and their peers working within clothing and retail brands are rapidly changing their products’ materials to meet ever-evolving customer requirements.
Malaysia has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic for more than two years now. It has brought about a huge transformation to several matters such as communication, education, the labour market, and the social, political and economic sectors. Hence, we are adapting to the new norms. Teachers, lecturers and students have had to equip themselves with technology, and buy or...
Coalition urges reformation of EU-wide drug research and development to drive treatment optimisation. A coalition of 29 leading European cancer organisations led by The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) is urging the EU Institution and policymakers to reform EU-wide drug development.
Supporting holistic health and wellness continue to be at the forefront of trends in the food and beverage (F&B) industry, with the COVID-19 pandemic still a key driver. The consumers of today have gone through this mentally and physically stressful time, resulting in a hyperfocus on self-care through nutrition.
An environment-friendly process to treat and recycle wastewater in Oman has won an award from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The process involves a wetland system consisting of locally sourced gravel, sand, and reeds to treat wastewater by natural methods so that it can be repurposed for irrigation.
Malaysia's export performance will continue to benefit from external demand and the global technology upcycle, while high commodity prices will provide further impetus to export growth. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said, nonetheless, the trade outlook remains contingent on the path of the pandemic and global supply chain disruptions.
A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has developed a predictive computer programme that could be used to detect individuals who are at increased risk of depression.
In those plants with a single reproductive episode, called monocarpics, the onset of reproduction is marked by the formation of the first flowers. The signals that control the start of flowering are highly studied (light, seasonal changes, temperature, age of the plant, etc.). However, there is another critical event for reproduction: its end.
As we sprint toward 2022, it is hard not to reflect on the pandemic-driven lessons that life sciences innovators have shared across the globe. Life sciences companies that are exceeding expectations all now have one thing in common: a growing understanding and commitment to collaborate and connect within their own organizations and more broadly.
A protein that masterminds the way DNA is wrapped within chromosomes has a major role in the healthy functioning of blood stem cells, which produce all blood cells in the body, according to a new study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine.
We’re keeping our finger on the pulse and bring you a comprehensive summary of the latest business updates from the global poultry industry this January.
The color of smoke coming out from chimneys can vary greatly based on its source and how it is produced. For instance, small coal or biomass stoves typically release dense, black smoke, while power generation plants produce lighter-colored plumes of smoke.
VARIOUS incentives for hiring employees and training programmes through Biokerjaya @ My Future Agro have proven to develop groups of skilled employees and entrepreneurs in line with the needs of the agriculture- and food-related industries.
Biomedical researchers at Case Western Reserve University report that their latest innovation in developing synthetic platelets could help save lives by rapidly stabilizing clots to reduce blood loss from traumatic injuries.
NILAI: Sektor penternakan merekodkan pengeluaran berjumlah lebih RM20 bilion pada tahun lalu. Ketua Pengarah Veterinar, Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor, berkata jumlah itu menunjukkan potensi besar industri berkenaan bukan sahaja untuk pasaran tempatan, malah bagi tujuan eksport, sekali gus mampu membantu menambah pendapatan negara.
KUCHING (Jan 26): Samsung Engineering Co Ltd, one of the world’s leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and project management companies, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Sarawak.
Traditionally, Malaysian enterprises tend to see and use technology in a supporting role within the business, divorcing it from larger business strategy. Research has shown that most companies focus on the ‘digitisation’ aspect of digitalisation, which involves converting traditional or manual processes into more efficient digitally-enabled methods.
GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant would herald the end of COVID-19's acutest phase, exhorting nations to stay focused to beat the pandemic.
The Philippines' overall agricultural output grew at an annual pace of 0.6% by value in October-December, after four consecutive quarters of contraction, reported Reuters. Gains were made in crops, poultry and fisheries, which offset losses in livestock due to African swine fever outbreaks, data on Wednesday showed.
While filming the two most recent special episodes of Follow the Food, I visited several farms around the world that, on the surface at least, look like any other farm on the planet. But scratch below that surface and you will find some quite remarkable things growing.
The 2022 Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum on Jan 11 has a grim outlook for the future. Experts and decision makers surveyed for the publication shared deep concerns about how 2022 will evolve amid geopolitical crises, uncontrollable natural events and deepening inequalities.
Pfizer and BioNTech have announced the beginning of a clinical study to evaluate the safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of an Omicron-based vaccine candidate in healthy adults aged from 18 to 55 years. The study aims to examine different regimens of the current Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or an Omicron-based vaccine.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 26): IOI Corp Bhd is targeting to reduce its reliance on oil palm by planting 200ha of durian within five years (2020-2024). In its CGS-CIMB 14th Annual Malaysia Virtual Corporate Day slide deck, the group said it is also aiming to plant 5,000ha of coconut and 300ha of kenaf, a type of cordage crop.
THE circular economy is an environmentally friendly economic approach aimed at reducing waste of resources, maximising use of materials and allowing regeneration of the natural ecosystem. This can prevent buildup of waste in landfills and put existing waste through a recovery process that turns it into usable heat, electricity or fuel. It also forms a closed-loop cycle that extends the...
A digital economic plan at the state level will be coordinated through the National Council of Digital Economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution (MED4IR) to ensure the implementation mechanism of initiatives is closer to the targeted recipients, in line with the Keluarga Malaysia.
There were many memorable moments for the European biotech sector in 2021. Over the past year, investors and companies in the life sciences sector have been raising larger amounts of money than in previous years, bringing forth a new year full of potential.
Mariculture – the farming of marine species in ocean and coastal environments – is rapidly gaining attention for its potential to be a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, climate-friendly source of protein, particularly in comparison to some of its terrestrial counterparts. But the sustainable intensification of low-emissions mariculture is not a certainty.
The Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) has partnered with the Biogas Technology and Information Center (BTIC) to promote the investment of commercial biogas technologies.
MALAYSIA's trade surpassed the RM2 trillion mark for the first time for the period of January to November last year, thanks to the resilient business sector. Trade, exports, imports and trade surplus recorded the highest value for the period and exports increased by 25.7 per cent year-on-year to RM1.116 trillion, which is a significant achievement.
In the 41-year HIV epidemic, no treatments have been approved to completely clear the virus largely because of its ability to live on in hidden form in the genomes of T cells. Now, researchers say an approved cancer drug might help flush the dormant HIV from immune cells, potentially paving the way for new treatment options.
NILAI: The country's livestock industry, including poultry and ruminants, recorded a total production worth more than RM20 billion last year, said Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director-general, Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor.
LONDON, Jan 25 — Known for its bags made from scraps and other recycled materials, the Been London brand has now gone one step further with a first prototype of a compostable, plastic-free bag.
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) akan memfokuskan kepada tiga bidang utama iaitu kenderaan elektrik (EV), sekuriti kesihatan negara dan inovasi sosial pada tahun ini, selari dengan tema 'Merakyatkan Sains, Menginsankan Teknologi'.
Data on clinical trials conducted in 2021 show breast cancer was the most studied disease, with COVID-19 in second place, says pharmacutical company Phesi Phesi, a clinical development analytics company, has released the results of its worldwide study of 2021’s clinical trials.
A research team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has discovered that with appropriate agricultural management, Methane (CH4) and Nitrous Oxide (N2O) production in paddy fields is decreased under elevated Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Recycling Alliance (MAREA), which comprises the country's 10 leading fast-moving consumer goods companies, has targeted to recycle an initial 5,000 tonnes of plastic waste by year-end. Marea also pledged to reach a minimum recycling rate of 25 per cent or 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste of members' packaging volumes by 2025.
PUTRAJAYA: The National Agricommodity Policy (DAKN) 2021-2030 will drive the development of the agricommodity sector in a more sustainable, competitive and market-oriented manner in line with new norms and increased digital technology use post-Covid-19, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.
JAKARTA: Indonesia is targeting to start local production of two COVID-19 antiviral pills, Molnupiravir and Paxlovid, in April or May this year in order to guarantee the availability of the medicines during the pandemic. “The government continues to ensure adequate domestic supply of COVID-19 medicines to anticipate waves of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said the government’s COVID-19 task force spokeswoman Reisa...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 -- The application of smart farming in Malaysia is still in the early stages with more room for enhancement once the implementation of the fifth generation (5G) technology is fully available that could help the industry to adopt the automation process, said REDtone Digital Bhd.
Seventy leading companies and financial institutions have called on the United Nations (UN) to start negotiations on a comprehensive, legally binding treaty to tackle plastic pollution. In a joint statement issued on Monday, the companies and institutions urged the negotiations for the treaty to be launched at the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).
As digital adoption becomes essential, the public sector and private enterprises should also be wary of security functions that must be included in their discussion with their IT vendor. In looking at what the trends will be in 2022, users can prepare themselves and be involved in those discussions.
TOKYO, Jan 16 — A Japanese university said Friday it has successfully transplanted stem cells into a patient with a spinal cord injury, in the first clinical trial of its kind. There is currently no effective treatment for paralysis caused by serious spinal cord injuries, believed to affect more than 100,000 people in Japan alone.
Weather in 2021 showed up in superlatives. Wettest. Driest. Hottest. Coldest. Deadliest. Our collective consciousness around the changing climate was no doubt elevated. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just due to the scientists and experts who’ve been ringing the alarm bells for decades. It was also because a series of climate disasters unfolded, personally, at our doorsteps.
JAKARTA (Jan 17): Indonesia's Energy Ministry plans to begin road tests for a biodiesel programme using 40% palm-based bio-content (B40) in February, a senior government official said on Monday (Jan 17).
THE Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) is committed to building a sustainable investment ecosystem for Malaysia this year. In its recent annual media appreciation and networking event, Mida CEO Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman, shared a brief insight into the organisation’s theme for this year, which is to rebuild a sustainable economy through quality investment and strategic investment in supply chain...
SUNDAY, Jan 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The time to upgrade your mask is now. In a departure from its prior advice on face masks, new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges properly fitted N95 or KN95 masks as the best protection against COVID-19, rather than cloth masks.
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Hasnul Amri Jamaluddin joins a growing number of young agripreneurs who are capitalising on booming consumer demand for the MD2 pineapple (Ananas comosus) variety.
Globally, we are witnessing an ongoing worldwide energy shortage, environmental crisis and rising raw renewable energy material costs. Along with this, we see rising concern for climate change and sustainability, increased governance (ESG) considerations.
KUALA LUMPUR: HSBC believes the Malaysian economy has one of the brighter outlooks in the region and will emerge from a "double-dip" recession despite a lot of uncertainties. The bank expects the country's gross domestic product (GDP) to rise 3.6 per cent in 2021, before accelerating to 5.6 per cent this year.
Our world is undergoing climate changes that have triggered a spate of calamitous disruptions on agricultural production and overall food security. From the devastations of tropical typhoons to droughts that are increasingly pervasive and severe, it appears that Nature is trumpeting her rather boisterous bid to furnish us with a new order.
Researchers from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and Duke University, U.S., have created a new family of polymers from sustainable sources that retain all of the same qualities as common plastics, but are also degradable and mechanically recyclable.
The move to Bioprocessing 4.0 depends heavily on advancing sensor technology. Only then can one accurately monitor and control biochemical reactions occurring in living cells. At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Govind Rao, PhD, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, and director of the center for advanced sensor technology (CAST), and his colleagues develop new sensors...
In The News
That mornin’ cup of joe will taste even better knowing it was brewed in a biobased coffee maker. Yep, biobased appliances are going mainstream with Philips launching an entire line of home appliances – toaster, kettle, and coffee maker – made out of polypropylene manufactured from used plant-based cooking oil. Then you can head out with your BIOPROT face...
KUALA LUMPUR: New Zealand-based Malaysian researcher Dr Vickneswaran M Veloo believes that Nexus air disinfection technology using UV-C developed in Malaysia (NX-UVC Shield) is safe for humans but lethal for viruses. He said this could be a "game changer" to mitigate the spread of airborne Covid-19 virus and other pathogens for better air quality.
Many Kenyan poultry farmers still opt to use antibiotics to treat infections. Studies show however, there is a high prevalence of resistance to clinically relevant antibiotics for example. Bacteriophages could aid in alleviating antibiotic resistance in poultry farming in Africa. Africa’s population continues to boom, from 476 million in 1980 to 1.4 billion today to a projected 2.5 billion by...
High-value metals make the modern world go round, but the way we extract and dispose of them is far from sustainable. Biomining could be an elegant and lucrative alternative. From the gold and silver in consumer electronics to the rare earth elements needed to power renewable energy technologies, metals underpin the transition to a high-tech, low-carbon economy.
TECHNOLOGY is applied to meet the world's food security needs and ensure the sustainability of the food supply chain. Synthetic technology in food science is emerging as a new development that can affect the quality and quantity of food, and production efficiency of food supplies.
Exxon Mobil on Tuesday pledged to cut to zero its net carbon emissions from its global operations by 2050, catching up with rivals who are minimizing their carbon footprints. Exxon’s 2050 plan, first mulled last year, covers emissions from its oil, gas, and chemical production and from the power those operations consume, so-called scope 1 and 2 targets. It made no commitment...
Sea Green aims to enhance aquacultural value chains from end-to-end through the digital, organisational, and commercial enablement of coastal communities. Operating within the guiding principles of the UN’s SDGs, the startup is already working alongside coastal communities in Indonesia to promote inclusive growth, strengthen coastal resilience, and tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
In recent years, sophisticated technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), have been invaluable resources throughout a growing number of industries. The healthcare sector is set to significantly grow when it comes to the adoption of medical technology for diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of diseases and conditions. In fact, research shows that the total medical technology...
This famous saying by Peter Drucker highlights this: You can come up with a gold-standard strategy, but it will fail if your organisation’s culture can’t or won’t make it a reality. After all, people are the ones who will make strategy a reality.
GENEVA (Jan 13): The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday cautioned and urged for preparedness against concurrent outbreaks of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during the coming spring.
SETIU: Kajian Lembaga Pembangunan Nanas Malaysia (LPNM) mendapati 90 peratus pengusaha nanas hasil program LPNM, berjaya memperoleh purata pendapatan RM5,000 sebulan, sekali gus mengeluarkan mereka daripada kategori kumpulan isi rumah berpendapatan rendah (B40).
JAKARTA, Jan 7 (Bernama): Green investment in the circular economic system will create 4.4 million new job opportunities in Indonesia by 2030, according to an official from the Indonesian National Development Planning Ministry.
PUTRAJAYA: Eksport Malaysia pada November 2021 meningkat sebanyak RM27.5 bilion atau 32.4 peratus kepada RM112.2 bilion berbanding tahun sebelumnya. Sementara itu, jumlah dagangan Malaysia bagi November 2021 bernilai RM205.5 bilion, meningkat 34.9 peratus tahun ke tahun, manakala import menokok 38 peratus kepada RM93.3 bilion.
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) said that current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated if they are to provide continued protection against emerging variants, including Omicron. WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC), a group of 18 experts, said that although current vaccines provide a high level of protection against severe disease and death caused by Variants...
Malaysia's agriculture and food sector has been experiencing significant supply chain disruptions ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit us in early 2020. The sector is facing rising costs as producers are still unable to restore foreign labour supply, together with other related problems.
A team of scientists from NTU Singapore and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has developed a ‘smart’ food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and kills microbes that are harmful to humans.
Bosa Malvasia wine is native to the idyllic hillscapes of Western Sardinia. The best way to sample it is via the Bosa Malvasia Route. Founded through a public-private partnership, its itinerary takes visitors through the region’s gastronomic highlights. Its first stop is the family-run AgriBosa vineyard. Here, wine-tasting tours, a restaurant, and on-site accommodation add product value whilst helping...
Nowadays, our livestock can be seen as Olympic athletes and the question is how to keep high productive livestock healthy. Feed plays a major role in the well-being of animals and in the reduction of antibiotic use. The use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in animal feed, banned in the EU since 2006, has a positive effect on production performance....
As an Earth scientist, I was pleased to see it was the soil. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Farmers have known this for centuries. Soil texture and soil microbes are key. It’s what a farmer does when he reaches down, scoops up some soil in his hands, looks at it, smells it and sighs.
A new review paper presented in the Sustainability journal looks at key questions around the current issues, debates, and trends surrounding the development of a sustainable bioeconomy. The paper’s primary aim is to discuss whether an economy based on biomass would be more sustainably sound than existing economies, particularly when taking into account that this economy would need to be boosted while...
Last year began with a surge of hope as the first vaccine doses protecting against COVID-19 rolled out worldwide. Then, in July, that surge of hope was followed by a surge of worry when the Delta variant became the dominant strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States. Delta touched off new waves of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Toward the end of...
SETIU, Jan 11 — A study conducted by the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) found that 90 per cent of pineapple entrepreneurs, produced under the board’s programmes, have obtained an average income of RM5,000 a month, thus removing them from the low-income household group (B40) bracket.
Biofuel demand in the European Union is set to fall by 2031 as the transport sector shifts from fossil fuel. Palm oil imports are also set to fall following tighter environment regulation, the European Commission revealed. In its 2021-2031 Agricultural Outlook, the Commission projected that EU biodiesel use will fall 24% to 14.3 billion litres in 2031 after a peak at...
In The News
Evolution is a great concept. As AI scientists we use it all the time to develop better algorithms rewarding and punishing them according to their actions in simulated environments. But when nature does it to us it feels very cruel. Our objective is to master our environment, compete, reproduce, take care of our young, the young of our young,...
According to researchers, a newly developed strategy could improve the quality of generic drugs by assessing process control and process risk. In addition to enhancing generic drug quality consistency, the approach could also serve as a basis for regulatory decision-making.
Humanity's efforts to modify food plants is as old as farming itself, some 10,000 years. Before genetic engineering became possible, farmers have used simple selection inter- and intraspecies and crossing – for instance, today's strawberries are a cross between a strawberry species native to North America and a strawberry species native to South America. As biotechnologies progressed, more advanced...
HULU LANGAT (Jan 10): The Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) collected 82,850 tonnes of solid waste from six states affected by the floods recently, said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Abd Muttalib.
LONDON, Jan 11 — Only one in 10 World Economic Forum members surveyed expects the global recovery to accelerate over the next three years, a poll of nearly 1,000 business, government and academic leaders found, with only one in six optimistic about the world outlook.
China has been overhauling its health-care system with the aim of providing broader access to quality drugs for its enormous population. The result: Drug prices are tumbling and the once-high profit margins of drugmakers, both local and foreign, are eroding. For manufacturers, the pressure is set to intensify as China hones its strategy of demanding mega-discounts in exchange for...
Embrapa Florestas, part of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and Brazilian company Polli Fertilizantes Especiais are developing a nano-fertiliser to combat one of the biggest problems in agriculture: the very low nutrients absorption by plants.
Natural gas can be used as fuel for generating electricity, heating and powering transportation. It is also the raw material to manufacture hydrogen and ammonia. Currently, biogenic and thermogenic processes are the two widely accepted methods for natural gas production. A high content of CO2 in gas products is inevitable during these processes, which cannot satisfy the composition requirements of pipeline natural...
Washington/Berlin, Jan 5 -- Ten trends in technology, career-making and finance are on course to radically change people’s lives in the next decade. While the coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on public health and the economy, it has also accelerated technological progress in the worldwide effort against climate change and disease.
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 1): Preliminary results of a study conducted by the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile (UC) showed that the Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine booster dose could activate cellular immunity against the Omicron variant, on subjects who were given two doses of the same vaccine previously.
Malaysia intends to implement its nationwide adoption of the B20 palm oil biofuel programme by the end of the year, the country's palm oil board has announced. The mandate to manufacture biofuel with a 20% palm oil component - known as B20 - for the transport sector was first rolled out in January 2020 but faced delays due to movement...
A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2022? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2021 gives way to the dawn of 2022, once again roll the dice as we list the Digest’s 10 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions...
These are the heavy hitters of medtech, the 100 biggest companies in the medical device industry ranked by annual revenue. They have approximately $421 billion in combined sales, employ more than 1.4 million people and invest more than $24 billion per year in research and development.
Soil health refers to the ability of soils to perform vital living system functions in accordance with their potential and over time, and is the foundation of productive, sustainable agriculture. Conservation tillage, such as no-till and retention of crop residues, has been widely performed in global agricultural ecosystems to maintain soil health at a satisfactory state.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (MPOB) berjaya membangunkan lebih 10 jenis poliol berasaskan sawit baharu untuk diaplikasikan dalam bahan polimer, khususnya poliuretana yang mesra alam.
PARIS, Jan 6 — The most basic everyday activities, from working to shopping and going to school, have completely transformed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and may never be the same again. As the world marks nearly two years since China announced the first death from Covid-19 — a 61-year-old man in Wuhan — on January 11, 2020, here’s a look...
BERLIN, Jan 6 — Germany’s BioNTech and US pharma giant Pfizer, which together developed a Covid-19 vaccine in record time, said Wednesday they are working on a shingles shot using the same mRNA technology.
And so, 2022 is shaping up to be the year of natural beauty, with a focus on superfoods, but also, and above all, on age-old ingredients that are making their way into many of our cosmetics.
Turkey’s waste management policy should be renewed, and the treatment systems should be operated at full efficiency so that the marine mucilage invasion in the Marmara Sea would not happen again, according to experts.
TWO years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malaysian economy is coming out of its economic trough in 3Q2021 (gross domestic product (GDP) at -4.5% year-on-year) and is on a path to recovery in 2022, supported by the reopening of economic and social sectors.
A team of researchers have concluded that savings from biosimilars from 2021 to 2025 could total $38.4 billion, if the downward pressure biosimilars exert on reference drug prices is included, and that savings could be higher if managed care and other clinical settings increase biosimilar use.
ALOR GAJAH: Sektor agromakanan negara dianggarkan mengalami kerugian kira-kira RM67.72 juta membabitkan 5,500 pengusaha sektor berkenaan yang terdiri daripada penternak, peladang dan pesawah, akibat bencana banjir yang berlaku di beberapa negeri baru-baru ini.
This is a top 10 Ranking of the most influential people in Bioplastics. This ranking is based on my personal opinion having followed the news in 2021
Many traditional talent management processes were not designed for today’s increasingly digital landscape. Working in the Human Resources Department, I genuinely feel that more professionals must be equipped to drive and navigate change in this age of digital evolution and rapid changes of technology.
With the U.S. facing the biggest surge of COVID-19 infections to date, the FDA has decided to amend the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to cover adolescents aged 12 to 15 and for some immunocompromised children between the ages of 5 and 11. The agency has also reduced the window between the second and third...
Aquaculture producers are using probiotics as a sustainable way to prevent disease, boost growth and improve the health of their fish – but a recent review in Aquaculture Reports has raised concerns over the safety of many commercially available probiotics. After conducting genetic analyses of multiple probiotics for the aquaculture industry, researchers noted that many formulations were mislabelled and did not contain...
In a year highlighted by unexpected disruptions and mounting uncertainties, China is set to secure stable growth with the help of its swift policy response. The world’s second-largest economy expanded 9.8 percent year on year in the first three quarters, a hard-won result amid various challenges including pandemic resurgences and mounting debt pressures, reflecting the effectiveness of policies to support...
The secret to producing large batches of stem cells more efficiently may lie in the near-zero gravity conditions of space. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai report that microgravity has the potential to contribute to life-saving advances on Earth by facilitating the rapid mass production of stem cells.
It’s no secret that enteric disease costs the poultry industry billions of dollars each year, and that maintaining intestinal health has become significantly more challenging with the removal of subtherapeutic antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) from feed rations.
Converting annual crops to perennial bioenergy crops can induce a cooling effect on the areas where they are cultivated, according to a new study. Cultivation area under bioenergy crops occupies 3.8 per cent ± 0.5 per cent of the global total land area, but they exert strong regional biophysical effects, leading to a global net change in air temperature of −0.08 ~...
2021 was predicted to be the year of recovery for Malaysia. However, many events this year turned out to be reminiscent of some events in the past, with some dating more than five decades ago. The national Emergency, implemented early this year, and the recent massive floods that had since claimed 47 lives were almost eerily similar to what had...
AN international team of scientists, led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has linked increased air pollution to an uptick in cases of lung adenocarcinoma (LADC) worldwide. The same study also concluded that an overall lower consumption of tobacco worldwide is statistically linked to less people contracting lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC).
KUALA LUMPUR: Ancom Crop Care Sdn Bhd (ACC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancom Bhd, has acquired an 80 per cent equity interest in Shennong Animal Health (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (SAH) and Vemedim Sdn Bhd (VSB) for RM16.6 million and RM7.3 million in cash, respectively.
As the world's appetite of palm oil is see rising along with global population, the edible oil will continue to be under watchful eyes, especially in the area of environmental, corporate and social governance (ESG) to ensure that the industry remains sustainable and attractive for investors.
All the large feed producers are looking for new and more sustainable feed ingredients, substituting fish meal and soy as protein and omega-3 ingredients. The aquaculture industry has been growing for decades and is now producing more food than traditional fisheries. The commonly-used feed ingredients like fish meal and oil are in demand and should, to a larger extent,...
In The News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's trade breaches the RM2 trillion mark for the first time, in just 11 months, with economists saying the latest November figures are more robust than expected. The stellar figures also suggested that the country's economy was entering recovery and then stabilisation modes, they said.
JAKARTA, 27 Dis -- Indonesia is building a new international hospital in Denpasar City, Bali in a bid to woo medical tourists and encourage its citizens to get medical treatment domestically instead of going abroad. President Joko Widodo said currently there were two million Indonesians who travelled abroad, including to Malaysia, Japan, Singapore and the United States, for health care valued at 97 trillion rupiah...
Avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) is a costly disease in poultry and can affect broilers and breeders as well as layers. In long-lived birds it can be damaging for profitability as it can hit after the upfront cost of rearing birds to their point of lay, according to Manuel Da Costa, DVM, PhD, associate director of outcomes research at Zoetis.
A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, US, has developed a 'smart' food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and kills microbes that are harmful to humans. It could also extend the shelf-life of fresh fruit by two to three days.
MANY traditional talent management processes were not designed for today’s increasingly digital landscape. Working in the Human Resources Department, I genuinely feel that more professionals must be equipped to drive and navigate change in this age of digital evolution and rapid changes in technology.
WASHINGTON, Dec 24 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday authorized American pharmaceutical company Merck's oral antiviral for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19, the second pill approved for treating COVID-19 following the one from Pfizer.
The acacia gum, also known as gum Arabic or E414, has been recognised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a dietary fiber. This means that products that contain this functional ingredient can include it in the fiber section of Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels in the country. It is typically utilised in flavorings, beverages, confectionary, bakery,...
(Dec 29): Climate tech funding saw explosive growth in 2021, yet the startups garnering the most investment are not necessarily the ones that go the furthest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Yahoo! Finance reported.
When news of COVID-19 first spread, few of us could have imagined how disruptive the pandemic would be, how it would impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives—and that we would still be dealing with it two years later. The ramifications of the pandemic will continue to influence capital markets in 2022. I gathered eight of our investment managers...
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — The availability of a vaccine to the dreaded SARS-CoV-2 virus in 2021 was like a light at the end of a very dark tunnel that had been 2020, the year of the pandemic. But for Malaysia, the light that 2021 brought at the start of the year was very dim. Just 12 days into the...
SABAK BERNAM: Working in air-conditioned machines in padi fields was at one time unheard of. However, second generation padi farmer Khairul Affendi Jarnuri from Sekinchan said the community is becoming more tech-savvy and willing to adopt new technologies, including using the latest transplanters and crop-spraying drones for fertilisation.