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RM6.8b investment made from BioNexus firms

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...

Budget 2018: Full speech

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...

USDA Announces $9.6 Million in Available Funding to Grow the Bioeconomy

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...

PetChem approves US$442m investment for new plant in Pengerang

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 in Asia-Pacific collab with Antengene, Tigermed as clinical support

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.

Taiwan draws foreign biotech IPOs

A Singaporean biotechnology company working on experimental cancer drugs is listing in Taiwan, potentially opening the door for more foreign peers to go public on the island.

Make renewable energy competitive

The demand for electricity and energy has been rapidly increasing over the years in step with population and economic growth, leading to budding industries and sectors. This development is especially prolific in Southeast Asian countries,...

MoU inked for human vaccine development

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today to explore the potential of joint projects for the development of the local vaccine ecosystem for the country’s preparedness in facing the pandemic threats in the...

Malaysia, Russia to improve bilateral trade in agriculture and fishing sectors

Malaysia and Russia are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the agriculture and fishing sectors this year to further strengthen the existing bilateral relationshionship and trade between both countries.

Kenaf industry must seize opportunities in international market

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has called on the country's kenaf industry to seize opportunities in the international market in line with market demands and current economic conditions.

New government must tackle food security

Malaysia’s food security has caught the public’s attention in recent years, with global events revealing significant weaknesses in the domestic supply chain. This was most acutely experienced during the recent chicken shortage, which resulted...

Nova MSC partners Theta Edge on healthcare, AI solutions in M’sia, ASEAN region

ACE Market-listed Nova MSC Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Theta Edge Bhd, a member of the Tabung Haji Group, to collaborate on joint marketing and promotion of healthcare, public sector...

Breaking Barriers in University-Industry Partnerships for Innovation

University-industry collaboration entails the collaboration of corporations and academic institutions for the combined development and sharing of knowledge, technology, and expertise. This form of partnership gives industry partners access to advanced research equipment and...

KPKT, MYSA apply space technology to locate illegal waste disposal sites

The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT), in collaboration with the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA), has been applying remote sensing (space technology) to accurately track the location of illegal waste disposal sites throughout the...

Tingkat penggunaan sistem pintar atasi kekurangan buruh

Baru-baru ini, masalah kekurangan tenaga buruh di Malaysia untuk pelbagai sektor ekonomi semakin meruncing. Secara umumnya, langkah mudah boleh diambil untuk mengatasi masalah ini dengan segera sudah pastilah menerusi pengambilan tenaga buruh asing.

Kerajaan bincang kaedah penggunaan ketum, ganja

Kerajaan akan berbincang dengan Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) bagi melihat kesesuaian dan kaedah penggunaan ketum serta ganja dalam bidang perubatan sekiranya ia dibenarkan di negara ini. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, berkata beliau akan...

Sharing the benefits of nature

Earlier this month, we visited the National Science Centre in Damansara. The children were amazed by the exhibition, especially the section that displayed biological sciences, asking questions about cells, genes, and biodiversity. Against the...

Keeping an eye on cognitive health with lutein: 2023 Ingredient trends for food, drinks,...

Screen time. Two words we all know too intimately at this point as screens consume both our professional and personal lives. While limiting our screen time would be beneficial, this is not realistic in a...

Injecting stem cells to treat this inherited cause of blindness

Within the spectrum of IRD, retinitis pigmentosa is reported to be one of the common causes of blindness. It is a debilitating condition that affects the retina and its functional response to light, with approximately...

Hair memory and fish-inspired SPF: Biotech can create categories ‘we haven’t yet been able...

As beauty continues its shift away from animal-based ingredients to plant-based, it’s going to be worthwhile diving much deeper into biotechnology for more sustainable, sophisticated, efficient and innovative formulas, says the CEO of US...

Novi’s Director of Science & Research discusses benefits and drawbacks of natural preservatives in...

As consumer demand for natural ingredients in personal beauty care products continues to rise, cosmetics manufacturers are considering replacing synthetic preservatives with natural alternatives – but at what cost?

What does regenerative agriculture on a reservation look like?

Traditional agriculture has started to inch slowly towards bringing indigenous communities and practices back to farming lands in order to rehabilitate the soils and create a climate resilient farming industry.

What’s Holding Cell Therapies Back? A Look Into The Evolution And Future Of Stem...

Cell and gene therapies have grown in popularity and effectiveness over the past several years, reaching 27 approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by December 2022. What’s more is that the FDA anticipates...

Managing the Risks of Biotechnology Innovation

Biotechnology advances offer immense public health and consumer potential, but come with serious risks. A recent workshop held by the Council on Foreign Relations brought experts together to discuss new forms of global governance...

What the new Global Biodiversity Deal Means for Bioenergy

2022 ended with a brand new global deal to save nature at the 15th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), where the Parties agreed to halt and reverse the...

Federal govt plans to implement modern agriculture projects on idle state land

The federal government through government-linked companies (GLCs) under the Ministry of Finance is looking to rent or lease idle state land to implement modern agricultural projects. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad said this is...

New generic drug to make breast cancer treatment more affordable

Oncologists have welcomed the newly introduced generic version of Palbociclib (a CDK4/6 Inhibitor) that will change the breast cancer treatment scenario in the country. Indian companies have introduced a generic version of Palbociclib (a...

Like Terminator’s T-1000, this robot liquefies before returning to its original form

Researchers in China have published their work on the development of a small robot capable of switching from a solid to a liquid state to overcome various obstacles in its path. In the future,...

Teknologi AI mampu tangani cabaran jaminan makanan

NEGARA kini menghadapi dua cabaran semasa iaitu perubahan iklim dan jaminan makanan yang memerlukan campur tangan teknologi tinggi untuk menanganinya. Kedua-dua cabaran ini mempunyai hubung kait yang boleh mendatangkan kesan buruk yang besar jika tiada...

Medical technology trends for 2023: from sustainably to remote monitoring

The medical device industry is thriving with innovation, with ongoing endeavours to improve efficiency, productivity and sustainability, as well as trends towards smarter and miniaturised devices. In its Medical Device Predictions 2023 report, GlobalData identified the...

Agriculture: The next engine of growth

An estimated 840 million of the world’s population will face food insecurity by 2030 if the issue is not addressed immediately, according to the United Nations. This is especially urgent with the increase in...

Circular Economy: Offering an alternative to fossil fuels

A unique characteristic of oil is that it never loses its properties. Used engine oil, for instance, can be transformed into fuel oil to power boilers in factories. The flip side of this quality is...

Generating High-Value Carbon From Oil Palm Waste

It is one thing to be a leading producer of palm oil but it is quite another thing to be a huge producer of palm oil waste which, if it is not manage sustainably,...

Could Urban Farming Provide a Safe and Reliable Source of Food in Malaysia during...

As a result of rural-urban movement, immigration, the creation of new townships, and the extension of urban limits, Malaysia's urban population is projected to grow from 34.3 per cent in 1971 to 77.2 per...

Talk to the bot: AI assistant marks breakthrough for UK mental health

An artificial intelligence (AI) driven assessment tool for predicting mental health disorders has become the first mental health chatbot to secure a Class IIa UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) medical device certification.

Repurposing food waste into sustainable alternatives

A new study highlights the incentive for food producers to repurpose food waste – by turning it into useful chemicals, sustainable fuels and more. Roughly 2% of the 80 billion pounds of food discarded every...

Driving the change in smart waste management: what were the top trends in 2022?

The waste industry is undergoing a great transformation. Smart solutions and data driven technology is becoming more and more state of the art. Sensoneo is staying on top of the trends, each year developing...

Five Food Technologies To Curb Climate Change

Although the new year just started, we’re already facing a looming deadline. We have until the end of this decade - only seven years - to curb the worst of the climate crisis. Responsible for one-third of...

Malaysia, Iran agree to cooperate in field of agricultural R&D

Iran is prepared to share its experience and expertise with Malaysia in the field of agricultural research and development as well as the latest technology in crop irrigation and water management systems. This was among...

What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines? Scientists and regulators chart a course amid uncertainty

Just over 2 years ago, the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived—and a roller coaster ride of hope and science began. It soon became clear that although the vaccines protected against severe disease, their ability to...

Plans to make Sabah high-tech state next four years

The Sabah Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (KSTI) is expected to meet federal-level agencies next month to discuss the formula for empowering the Science, Technology, Innovation and Economy (STIE) initiative and making Science,...

Could insects, algae and agri-food by-products be the future building blocks of aquafeeds?

Ittinsect, a Rome-based biotech startup, is developing a range of high-performance aquafeeds based on insects, microalgae and agriculture by-products to replace the use of ocean-sourced fishmeal in aquaculture.

Biosimilar Market Outlook Looks Strong

In recent years, specialty medication spending has significantly increased. Specialty medications accounted for 55% of total prescription medication spending in 2021 in the United States. Most specialty medications are large molecule biologics. In 2019,...

Get youths interested in urban farming

The number of people involved in urban agriculture in Malaysia jumped from 18,687 in 2019 to 40,219 in 2020. City inhabitants, who realised the importance of food production, started growing vegetables in yards, verandas and...

Palm kernel expeller safe for use in dairy cattle feed

Palm kernel expeller (PKE) is safe to be used as feed material for dairy cattle, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). Its director-general Datuk Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir (pix) said studies using...

MAFS targets export growth in agro fruits this year

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) is targeting agro fruits export to trend higher in several foreign countries this year. “For these fruits, Malaysia is targeting an increase in export trends to countries...

First-in-human implants for Amber Therapeutics’ bioelectrical therapy

Amber Therapeutics – an Oxford University spin off developing next-generation bioelectrical therapies – has announced that the first participants have been implanted with Amber-UI, the company’s proprietary therapy for urge and mixed urinary incontinence...

Global output growth to slow down to 1.9% in 2023, says UN

Global output growth is projected to decelerate from an estimated 3.0% in 2022 to 1.9% in 2023, marking one of the lowest growth rates in recent decades, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic,...

Malaysia renewables growth hindered by unrealistic targets, new report

Malaysia has set a target to achieve 31% of its total power generation from renewables by 2025 and 40% by 2035. Both objectives are highly unrealistic, as only 3.3% of electricity is generated through...

‘This ticks every box worth ticking’: The agri-tech start-up aiming to grow water lentils...

UK-based food production company Sustainable Planet has unveiled technology to use desertified land to grow the highly nutritious and potentially climate positive duckweed plant.

10 Malaysian Companies Vying For RM33.31 Billion MENA Healthcare Industry

MATRADE is looking to create export opportunities for Malaysian medical devices and healthcare services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by spearheading the participation of Malaysian companies at Arab Health 2023,...

#TECH: Expect more cyber threats

Advanced technologies like 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), Metaverse, cloud and many more undoubtedly bring a lot of benefits to businesses and consumers. However, the adoption of these technologies also means...

Mosti’s initiatives to help communities

Developing a prevention model against threats of natural disaster; health and food supply, as well as bridging the technology gap through smart systems for connected urban-rural communities are goals for the Science, Technology, and...

Pharma giants advancing innovation for holistic healthcare

Pharmaceutical companies’ roles as manufacturers, suppliers and distributors have grown significantly in importance — especially since the outbreak of Covid-19 — where there is heightened demand for accessible medicines and supplements. 

How R&D and technology can change the fortunes of agriculture

NO country is spared from the food crisis that is inflicting the world. Just scan the media, both social and traditional. Developed and developing economies alike are engrossed in finding solutions to food inflation. Strikes...

How an increase in self-driving cars could harm the environment

Self-driving vehicles are expected to go mainstream in the near future, but mass numbers of such vehicles could result in a significant increase in CO2 emissions, mainly due to the energy needed for the...

Wastewater Surveillance In COVID-19 Control

Recently, local media reported that the Ministry of Health, Malaysia had detected SARS-CoV-2 during wastewater surveillance at entry points (airports) in the country, and internationally, it was also reported that China had begun SARS-CoV-2...

New innovations by UniSZA students: Sardine and plant-based food products

Students from Sultan Zainal Abidin University (UniSZA) have come up with nine new food products that are based on protein from plants and sardines. UNISZA Dean of Faculty of BioResources and Food Industry, Prof....

2023 predictions and challenges in the healthcare business

With a new year comes an opportunity for professionals in the healthcare industry to evaluate goals and initiatives for 2023. In business, we’re constantly reminded that with even the best-laid plans there come unforeseen...

Govt to restructure economy based on three main strategies

The government will restructure the country's economy based on three main strategies, namely to eradicate poverty, restructure and restore the economy, as well as generate the economy anchored on the concept of Malaysia Madani.

‘Transition to targeted subsidy no longer an option’

The government has started the transition to targeted subsidies by reducing subsidies for non-domestic medium and high voltage electricity users as the blanket rebate is inefficient and unsustainable, says Natural Resources, Environment and Climate...

AI for agriculture: How Indian farmers are harnessing emerging technologies to sustainably increase productivity

The World Economic Forum's Artificial Intelligence for Agriculture Innovation (AI4AI) initiative aims to transform the agriculture sector in India by promoting the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies. Led by the Centre for the Fourth...

How tech can tackle workloads and staff shortages to optimize healthcare

Medical workers are under increasing pressure to do more with less and global healthcare is facing serious staff shortages. The adoption of innovative digital technologies can help address these issues and improve care for...

MOSTI gariskan tujuh landasan utama berteraskan STI

Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) menetapkan tujuh fokus utama pada tahun 2023 melalui pendekatan berteraskan komuniti dan kerjasama dalam sains, teknologi dan inovasi (STI) dalam menyelesaikan masalah rakyat dan negara.

Scientists develop method to convert plastic into useful biochar

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have developed a method to convert two common forms of plastic into a highly porous form of charcoal, or char, that can potentially be used as a...

Understanding The Cellular Agriculture Industry’s Impact And Growth

The key to food, similar to medicine, is in the hands of the smallest units of life—cells! Cells are made of proteins, fats and other life-essential components, but they also actively make them. It...

Sabin Vaccine Institute secures up to US$214 mln funding

The Sabin Vaccine Institute has been awarded a multi-year contract with funding potential up to US$214 million from BioMedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to advance the development and production of single-dose vaccine...

Interview: OPEC chief “very confident about China’s economy”

The secretary general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is "very confident about China's economy," he told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) here...

How Do Microbes Remove Radioactive Waste?

Radioactive elements emit a spectrum of ionizing emissions that hurt humans. Thankfully, numerous genera of environmental microbes possess an array of biophysical and biochemical defenses that can help. These defenses allow certain microorganisms to withstand...

Maxis and MARDI in partnership to explore agricultural sector

Maxis Bhd has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) to collaborate and co-develop agricultural and agrifood-based solutions.

Budget 2023: Top 5 things India’s healthcare sector is craving for

The Indian Healthcare Sector requires a comprehensive sector development program under the government of India to foster private sector investment, medical education infrastructure development, support structured financing at low cost, drive digitization in the...

Malaysia’s exports jump 25% in 2022 to RM1.6 tril in record-breaking trade performance, says...

Malaysia’s trade performance in 2022 surpassed RM2 trillion for the second consecutive year and registered the fastest growth since 1994, with exports expanding 25% to RM1.55 trillion.

Opinion: Artificial intelligence can’t reproduce the wonders of original human creativity

The biggest story of the year – the story we should all be paying attention to – is the increasing power of artificial intelligence. Computer code can write itself, chatbots can generate academic papers,...

Can Google searches forecast medical device demand?

Medtech industry analysts at Needham & Co. who are tracking Google search trends for 20 elective medical procedures say interest is near or above pre-pandemic levels. “We believe that Google Trends data may provide insight...

China Approves 8 New GM Crops; Renews Approvals for 2 More

China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) issued new and renewed biosafety certificates for eight genetically modified (GM) crops on January 13, 2023, following the conclusion of the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) meeting in December...

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Momentum and bioeconomy project development

Momentum envisions a world where clean energy, water, and transportation are abundant, affordable, and available to all. Momentum designs, develops, and deploys innovation campaigns for organizations working on transformative water, energy, transportation, and manufacturing technologies.

Healthcare issues that need to be resolved in 2023

The year 2022 saw Malaysia recovering from the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, with floods and the Batang Kali landslide providing unfortunate finales to the year. Lives were lost in the landslide and...

Chinese investors keen to do business in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: More Chinese investors are looking to expand their businesses here as Malaysia continues to be the preferred destination for entrepreneurs from China. Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing (pic) said amid increasing global...

Lab-grown unagi could arrive at dinner tables as early as 2024 in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (The Straits Times/ANN): Cell-cultured meat of the Japanese eel and other exotic fish may be added to restaurant menus by 2024, thanks to a collaboration between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Singapore...

How plastic waste could one day be used to build roads

In recent years, about half a dozen US states have been testing a new mix of materials for road construction, using plastic recycled from shopping bags, bottles, printer ink cartridges and a host of...

The State of Biotech Recap

This is an exciting yet perplexing time for biotechnology. The industry delivered RNA vaccines to save countless lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and has created impressive early clinical results using CRISPR gene editing to treat patients...

Malaysian Genomics explores R&D collaboration with SIRIM in medical, biotechnology fields

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has established a strategic cooperation with SIRIM Bhd to explore the commercialisation of joint research and development (R&D) projects in the medical and biotechnology fields. Under the...

Cambodia unveils plans for ‘luxury’ agriculture produce

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh/Asia News Network): The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is promoting key production chains to boost exports of high-quality produce to international markets, according to minister Dith Tina.

Goodyear’s New Tire Is Made From Soybean Oil, Rice Husks And Pine Resin

While most experts agree that EVs are more environmentally friendly than internal combustion vehicles, the quest for greening transportation goes beyond what's under the hood. For Goodyear, it literally starts where the rubber meets...

Will Tackling Inflation Be So Hard in 2023?

Let me get this straight: inflation will likely come down in 2023. Inflation is already moderating in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU) and Malaysia. So, cheer up because the...

UMK, Bio Angle komersialkan vaksin untuk kambing dan biri-biri

BACHOK: Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) memeterai memorandum perjanjian (MoA) dengan Syarikat Bio Angle Vacs Sdn. Bhd (BAV) untuk mengkomersialkan vaksin STVAC7 bagi mencegah penyakit ‘pneumonia’ terhadap haiwan peliharaan seperti kambing dan biri-biri.

SDEC launches high-end agriculture facility at Centexs

KUCHING (Jan 12): Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC) launched the first-of-its-kind Precision and Discipline Agriculture Facility (PDAF) at the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) yesterday.

EIA updates bioenergy generation, capacity forecasts

Renewables are expected to account for 24 percent of U.S. electricity generation this year, increasing to 26 percent in 2024, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, released Jan. 10....

Next Steps for the Bioeconomy: 5 Sustainable and Unusual Materials to Watch in 2023

The bioeconomy of the future is beginning to take shape, and it is emerging in many different directions. Replacing petrochemicals with plant-based material is still a leading concern. Researchers are also taking advantage of...

Lab-grown unagi could arrive at dinner tables as early as 2024 in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (The Straits Times/ANN): Cell-cultured meat of the Japanese eel and other exotic fish may be added to restaurant menus by 2024, thanks to a collaboration between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Singapore...

Why agricultural subsidies must be reformed to enable a regenerative food system

Today’s agricultural production systems are a primary source of environmental degradation. They put the Earth beyond its planetary boundaries and exacerbate biodiversity loss, accelerate climate change and increase pollution.

Investing in forests to solve the climate and biodiversity crises

Forests cover about 30 percent of the Earth’s land mass and host about 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity. They provide subsistence, employment opportunities and income to a quarter of the world’s population –...

What Biotechnology’s Paradigm Shift Means for Businesses

The past three years have changed nearly every industry. Where business used to be conducted in person, in offices and laboratories, the coronavirus pandemic forced a change. When remote work became mandatory, even traditional industries like the biopharmaceutical...

Health Ministry and WHO discuss collaborations and healthcare reform

PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa said that the Health Ministry is committed to work together with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the country's healthcare reform. In a Facebook post uploaded today (Jan 10),...

More than 100 Tons of Golden Rice Harvested in the Philippines

The Department of Agriculture Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has announced that more than 100 tons of fresh paddy of beta carotene-enriched Malusog Rice (Golden Rice) have been harvested in 17 pioneer production sites across the...

World’s Oceans Were Hottest Ever In 2022, Study Shows

The world’s oceans were at their hottest ever on record in 2022, according to a new study. “The Earth’s energy and water cycles have been profoundly altered due to the emission of greenhouse gases by...

Labour market continues recovery, number of unemployed dips to 600,900

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 10): The labour market is on a steady path to recovery with the unemployment rate in the country showing a downward trend with only 600,900 (persons) in November 2022, compared to...

9 health conditions that bone marrow transplant, stem cell therapy can cure

There’s no doubt that various disorders can be treated and cured by stem cells where stem cell treatment, commonly referred to as regenerative medicine, uses stem cells or their byproducts to encourage the repair response of sick,...

Hurdles remain for insect use in livestock feed

Costs of livestock feed containing insect products and legislation remain key obstacles for the European animal feed sector. Livestock feed containing insect products is currently relatively expensive compared to conventional feed because insects are now...

Natural Products Insider: Then and now — Creatine investigations

This series looks back at the stories we were covering in Natural Products Insider 25, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years ago this month. In addition to providing some interesting history, I explore why...

The commodities boom will continue in 2023

WHATto Expect in 2023: The global economy is hard-pressed to satisfy its own commodity needs. Despite the past year of sky-high prices, the natural resources industry isn’t rushing to invest in more capacity to...

New, innovative treatments for burns in the works

Far from the humble sticking plaster, medical firms and researchers are seeking to create the “ultimate dressing”: artificial skin they hope will revolutionise the treatment of severe burns. For the last 18 months, researchers from...

Innovation in agriculture and food and its vital role in fighting climate change

When we talk about current challenges in global warming, we face two main ones that are complementary but often seen as antagonistic: the fight against climate change and the increase in demand for food. In...

Anaerobic System More Effective For Treatment Of Livestock Wastewater-UPM

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 4 (Bernama) – Case 1: In October last year, eight Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS)-licensed pig farms were identified as the source of the foul-smelling wastewater discharged onto the coast at...

Malaysia’s GDP Growth Projected To Halve at 4.2% For 2023

Research house MIDF opines that Malaysia’s leading index was little changed in Oct-22, only +0.4%yoy higher than a year ago (Sep-22: +0.3%yoy). The increase was attributable to similar factors: new units of housing approved...

To Lead Us into the Future, U.S. Biomanufacturing Needs to Expand

Biomanufacturing is the key to unlocking a more sustainable future. It can improve the production of food and medicine, help fortify local supply chains, and make countries more resilient in the face of global...

5 COMPANIES WHO SHAPED THE FUTURE OF AG IN 2022

Each year, new innovations emerge in the ag sector that transform the field. As our climate patterns become more unpredictable and extreme, these innovators offer a glimpse into a more resilient future shaped by...

Leather resolutions beyond 2023

A couple of days before Christmas, I sat in a coffee shop in Street, Somerset, in the modern retail site where the footwear brand Clarks started in 1825. What should have been a short...

The Importance Of Labeling Products Made In The European Union

With the advent of the European Union, labeling products made in the Union has become an important part of its legislation. This is because labeling products accurately allows consumers to know where their products...

A stronger, more positive comeback for Malaysia’s medical tourism

Malaysia's health tourism sector, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, is showing signs of a stronger comeback as the nation heads into 2023, propelled by the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Industry Blueprint 2021-2025.

Livestock in plantations the way to boost meat supply

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has huge potential for integration of domestic livestock farming with the oil palm plantation to increase the state’s self-sufficiency in meat. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said that with...

World Bank seeks more funds to address climate change and other crises

The World Bank is seeking to vastly expand its lending capacity to address climate change and other global crises and will negotiate with shareholders ahead of April meetings on proposals that include a capital...

Aplikasi DEMA kurangkan pekerja asing di ladang

KUALA LUMPUR: Nectar Consortium Sdn Bhd (Nectar) membangunkan aplikasi pengurusan perladangan digital pertama Malaysia yang dipanggil Aplikasi Pengurusan Harta Digital (DEMA) untuk mendigitalkan proses kerja dalam sektor perladangan, sekali gus menjadi alternatif yang lebih...

Why Do Vaccine Responses Vary From Person to Person?

Vaccines are highly effective at protecting against infectious diseases, but not everyone responds equally well to them. There are various factors that can affect a person’s immune response to vaccination, including specific biomarkers within...

#JOM! GO: Farm-tastic tours in Malaysia

A LOT has happened this year. After two years of being plagued by Covid-19 worries, Malaysia has finally transitioned to the endemic phase in April. As the world slowly adapts to the virus and borders...

CPO futures up on weaker output, higher demand ahead of Indonesia’s biodiesel programme

KUALA LUMPUR – Crude palm oil (CPO) futures contracts on Bursa Malaysia Derivatives ended higher on the first trading day of 2023 on concerns over weaker output, in line with the seasonal weakness, a dealer...

FMM: “Reintroduce GST in 2024 to accelerate economic growth”

THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is convinced the revival of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a timely lifeline for the country’s debt dilemma as well as well as to shore up...

Top Biosimilars-Related Regulatory Developments of 2022

In July, we reported that Katherine Vidal, the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, published a letter summarizing several initiatives designed in collaboration with the FDA to “get generic, biosimilars and more affordable...

Life lessons and keeping a mussel farming business afloat

As farmers of the sea, it is well known that some of the biggest challenges that are going to be faced are natural ones. And although we are new to mussel farming, we have both...

More EV-related incentives in revised Budget 2023 — minister

CYBERJAYA (Jan 5): More electric vehicle (EV)-related incentives are in store in the revised Budget 2023, said Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

A Highly Graded Workforce Essential To Attain High-Value Investments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global economic and labour market crisis, affecting millions of workers and businesses. Some businesses have opted for unpaid leave or pay cuts due to closure or limited...

Medical Design & Outsourcing’s top stories of 2022

There were exciting and encouraging developments in medtech innovation, big challenges from supply chain and labor shortages, and spin-offs, purchases and partnerships among the biggest names in the industry.

Keeping chicken affordable during major cost and supply challenges

Energy costs have become the largest challenge facing the poultry sector, with higher feed, distribution and labour costs affecting the industry in Europe, North America and northeast Asia. Rabobank warns that in Europe, the...

Lignin: A way towards the sustainable biorefinery

Various sources of lignocellulosic biomass, such as forestry waste and agricultural feedstocks, are available all over the world. The Lignocellulosic biomass consists of three major components: cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. Cellulose and hemicellulose form...

123 Food and Agriculture Organizations to Watch in 2023

The year is coming to a close, but the efforts of food and agriculture systems advocates continue to bring awareness and advocacy to some of our most pressing problems. As we look ahead to...

Malaysia preferred destination for global clinical trials — Dr Zaliha

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 23 — The large number of experienced clinical research professionals, streamlined processes in clinical trial startup and conduct as well as vast options of capable sites have boosted Malaysia’s position as a...

Penang allocates RM6.9m for agricultural sector next year

BUTTERWORTH: The Penang government has allocated RM6.9 million for the agricultural sector in the state next year in an effort to ensure increased agricultural yields and food security. Penang Agriculture Department director Mohd Muhaimin Ibrahim...

Human hair recycled in Belgium to protect the environment

BRUSSELS: Coiffeurs across Belgium are sweeping up and bagging hair clipped from their customers, and then handing it over to an NGO that recycles it to protect the environment. The Hair Recycle project feeds locks...

DoSM: Malaysian economy to start moderating going into 2023

THE Malaysian economy is expected to start moderating in the months ahead in 2023, impacted by global economic uncertainty, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).  Looking at the smoothed long-term trend in October 2022, the...

Singapore to have five vaccine plants

PRIOR to Covid-19, Singapore did not have a single facility producing finished vaccines. Over the past two years, however, five pharmaceutical companies have committed to set up plants here, which will, at steady state,...

How Technology Can Improve Sustainable Aquaculture

Right now, there’s legislation before Congress to add basic standards, regulations and safeguards for offshore aquaculture in the U.S., called the AQUAA Act. (Aquaculture means farming fish and aquatic life as opposed to hunting them.)...

Will we soon be using new-gen fuels made from recycled plastic waste?

LOS ANGELES, Dec 29 ― Among the many alternatives to fossil fuels being developed and tested, is an innovative solution for converting plastic waste into fuel that comes from an American startup. A first...

Cari formula, strategi ekonomi terbaik pastikan rakyat terbela

ajet Mini 2023 yang sudah pun diluluskan menggambarkan satu matlamat jelas, iaitu usaha untuk terus fokus, meneruskan dan meningkatkan lagi agenda memakmurkan ekonomi rakyat yang menjadi keutamaan utama kerajaan pasca-Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-15 (PRU15). Sememangnya...

Omicron sub-variants drive medical device sales in China

BEIJING: The demand for medical supplies like oxygenators and pulse oximeters, which measure the oxygen concentration in arterial blood, has grown exponentially, as authorities optimised Covid-19 prevention and control measures to tackle the less...

Extreme weather had serious impact on Italy’s agricultural production: union

ROME, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- The hottest year on record in Italy has resulted in dramatically lower output for the country's farming sector, Italy's main agricultural union said on Wednesday. Following the announcement on Tuesday...

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the IRA’s Impact on Low Carbon Fuels

As you wait for the clock countdown to 2023 this week, check out this slide guide from Mike McCurdy, Managing Director of Fuels & Power at ICF on how low carbon fuels are being driven...

How The US Dept. Of Defense Is Shaping The Bioeconomy Of The Future

Fossil energy stakeholders have a new reason to worry. During the last weeks of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense announced that it had lent some of its financial muscle to BioMADE,...

Duopharma first company to get halal certification for oncology product

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd became the first pharmaceutical company in Malaysia to receive the halal certification for an oncology product awarded by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

An investor’s perspective on indoor shrimp farming

In a heavily attended session on indoor shrimp farming at the inaugural Global Shrimp Forum, Aurore Gil gave an investor’s take on the pilot projects emerging in North America, East Asia and Europe – and...

Scientists explore using paper-thin solar cells to generate renewable energy

Imagine ultra-thin photovoltaic films that could be added to your windowsill, the back of your smartphone or even your clothes! That's the idea of a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),...

How Response Planning can help Protect Your Organisation from Cyberattacks

This year, Malaysia witnessed some of its biggest cyberattacks. This included a ransomware attack on a well-known local budget airline that saw the personal data of some five million people stolen, the theft of...

Severe Obesity in Children Linked to Genetic Rearrangement

A genetic rearrangement, undetectable by most routine genetic tests, that leads to high levels of the agouti-signaling protein (ASIP), has been detected in five children with obesity. Abnormal expression of the mouse homolog of...

Experts see challenges to global food system

AN international refereed journal published by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), the Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development (AJAD), published the latest papers that paints a...

Soft plastic, not fantastic: what to do with Australia’s bread bags and chip packets

In a warehouse in Melbourne’s south-west, plastic confetti is being liquefied. Amid the whirring and beeping of machinery, a table displays shredded soft plastics – colourful flakes of empty chip packets, bin liners and...

Across China: Biotechnology turns waste into green feed

In Longzhou County of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, farmers are busy harvesting sugarcane in the fields. Sugarcane leaves, which used to be waste, will be processed and made into cattle feed at...

How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agriculture

African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture. This involves embracing technology (information technology, mechanical and biotechnology) and also private sector partnerships. There also needs to be confidence in the citizenry to manage...

Generic, Biosimilar Drugs Generate Record Savings of $373 Billion in 2021

Generic and biosimilar drugs generated a record $373 billion in savings for employers, patients, and tax-payers in 2021, according to data presented by IQVIA in the Association for Accessible Medicine (AAM) 2022 US Generic...

The Global Economy: No escaping this slowdown

After two years defined by a strong economic rebound from the pandemic, the global economy will sputter in 2023, according to CoBank's report titled The Year Ahead: Forces That Will Shape the U.S. Rural Economy in...

Malaysia – Four Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Trade

The interplay of several forces since the turn of the 21st century demonstrates what can happen when risks become reality and resilience is put to the test for the trading system. It began with...

#HEALTH: Digital health – the way forward

DIGITAL health seems like a complex concept but in truth we have all been exposed to it in many different ways. "Much of our lives has already been digitised, and this will grow faster and...

By the numbers: the state of the world’s soil in 2022

For this year’s world soil day, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reminded us that 95% of the food we eat comes directly or indirectly from our soils. In other words, ultra-processed alt meats made with...

Hydrogenated vegetable oil — the new clean energy alternative

With the current trend of rapid climate change experienced worldwide, contingency plans such as shifting to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources are critical in ensuring the sustainability of Mother Nature.

12 Most Advanced Countries in Biotechnology

In this article, we take a look at the 12 most advanced countries in biotechnology. You can skip our detailed analysis of the sector and go directly to 5 Most Advanced Countries in Biotechnology. The Covid-19...

Fierce Biotech’s Rotten Tomatoes of 2022

2022 has been a tough year for biotech. After a rush of investment and excitement poured in due to goodwill from the pandemic, the industry slammed headfirst into reality. Layoffs, pipeline culls and a lack of M&A...

ADB pours US$93mil loan to advance Indonesia’s shrimp farming

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a US$93 million loan to advance shrimp farming for smallholders in seven provinces in Indonesia. Called The Infrastructure Improvement Project for Shrimp Aquaculture,...

COP 15: Four goals, 23 targets of The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework adopted

MONTREAL (Canada), Dec 19 (Bernama) -- The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which consists of four goals and 23 targets, has been adopted Monday at the United Nations (UN) 15th Convention on Parties (COP 15)...

RHB Research cautiously optimistic on Malaysia’s outlook in 2023

RHB Investment Bank Research is cautiously optimistic about the country’s outlook for 2023 and has maintained its GDP growth forecast at 4.5%.  “Our outlook for next year remains cautiously optimistic, supported by resilient domestic demand,”...

Medical Marijuana Soars to New Heights

As far as scientists are concerned, medical marijuana is exciting because it contains compounds that stimulate the endocannabinoid system, an intricate cell-signaling network that regulates many physiological processes, including those involved in pain, memory,...

Seaweed-based liver health product gears up for market launch

A product from seaweeds that’s been developed by CMFRI to combat liver disease is due to the hit market within four months. Called Cadalmin LivCure extract, it is a patent-protected nutraceutical developed by the ICAR-Central Marine...

Petronas, Eni and Euglena eye new biorefinery plans

Eni, Euglena and Petronas are jointly studying the possibility of developing and operating a biorefinery in the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC). This is one of the largest integrated refinery and petrochemical developments in Southeast Asia.

EAC approves bio-economy strategy to improve food security

DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The regional bio-economy strategy approved recently by the East African Community (EAC) Council of Ministers will be a key factor in promoting food security and sustainable agriculture...

Vaccine security: ‘No one is safe until everyone is safe’

A phrase that was often quoted throughout the 2nd Vaccine Cooperation Forum in the Indo-Pacific Region held earlier this month (December 2022) was that “no one is safe anywhere until everyone is safe everywhere”.

Poultry set to take nearly half of the global meat market by 2031

The long-term shift towards poultry will continue to strengthen, in part due to a preference for white meat among high-income countries. This is because poultry is seen as easy to cook, healthier and it...

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioplastics: A Crucial Pillar for Circular Bioeconomy

As society moves towards sustainable development and a circular economy, one aspect that needs urgent attention is the use of plastic and plastic-based products. Praj has been developing best-in-class, lowest-in-carbon, and lowest-cost technologies for...

EVENING 5: Five things you need to know today

Dirty dealings. Corporate battles. Consumer woes. Here are five things you need to know today.

Domestic healthcare sector to remain vital in upcoming revised 2023 Budget, says HLIB Research

KUALA LUMPUR: The domestic healthcare sector is expected to remain a key focus for the country in the upcoming revised 2023 Budget regardless of the political landscape, said Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd (HLIB...

Blue light might be bad for humans—but good for mangoes

We're often told to limit our "screen time," thanks in part to the harsh blue light that screens can emit. Plants can detect blue light too, but instead of causing sleepless nights for our...

Bumper green aluminium output is good news for climate

ALUMINIUM makers are set to boost low-carbon metal output by 10% in 2023 and churn out even more in the years ahead, driving down the cost for carmakers seeking climate-friendly supplies and shrinking the...

Kukuhkan peranan APEC sebagai inkubator idea – Zuki Ali

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia telah menekankan keperluan untuk mengukuhkan lagi peranan APEC sebagai inkubator idea dan seterusnya menyumbang kepada pemulihan ekonomi global. Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, berkata keperluan itu memandangkan APEC berada...

Malaysia must prepare to face impact of long Covid on healthcare, economy

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21): When former journalist Ali Imran Mohd Noordin got COVID-19 in July this year, it was a bad one. He had trouble breathing. He had to be hospitalised for four days....

’22 in review: Regal Springs

This year has been a varied one for Regal Springs. However, there have still been plenty of positives for the flagship multinational tilapia producer, according to Laurent Develle and Vernon Bradley – respectively, the...

Ten commandments for sustainable waste management in Serbia

Waste management, much like healthcare or education, requires a country to have an appropriate system in place. In Serbia, however, the waste management system is not simply poor, but virtually non-existent. This, in a...

Malaysia raih pelaburan RM193.7 bilion sembilan bulan 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia mencatat pelaburan diluluskan bernilai RM193.7 bilion dalam sektor perkhidmatan, perkilangan dan utama yang membabitkan 2,786 projek bagi tempoh Januari hingga September 2022. Dalam kenyataan hari ini, Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA) berkata,...

The Anti-Prediction Article: What Won’t Change In Healthcare In 2023?

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, which in healthcare means we’re starting to see a lot of predictions about what will come to pass in 2023. Some authors have proven remarkably prescient in...

Brazil chicken production, exports expected to rise in 2023

Brazilian chicken processors including heavyweights JBS SA and BRF SA will collectively increase output and exports in the new year, Reuters reported, citing projections from meat industry group ABPA on Thursday. Brazilian companies will process up to...

Sustainability And Climate Tech Predictions For 2023

Climate change and sustainability have been hot topics for decades, but progress has been painfully slow and the stakes get higher with every year that passes. Will 2023 be the year this begins to...

Reliable, efficient energy key to economic recovery

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will ensure electricity supply remains reliable despite the energy crisis because energy is the core infrastructure to shape economic growth, especially when tapping into post-pandemic opportunities.

Pharmaniaga to co-develop children’s vaccine with annual market value of RM200m

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 13): Pharmaniaga Bhd’s unit signed a research collaboration agreement (RCA) with a Thailand-based company to develop a six-in-one combination vaccine for children’s healthcare with an annual market value of RM200 million...

Feeding apple waste to chickens may boost their health

An apple a day may keep the livestock veterinarian away. Juice, pulp and other waste from Empire apples, when injected into chicken eggs before hatching, show signs of boosting the animal's intestinal health, according...

Sawit Malaysia patuh MSPO, bebas penebangan hutan – MPOB

BANGI: Malaysia amat komited untuk menghasilkan minyak sawit mengikut prinsip dan kriteria mampan di bawah Skim Pensijilan Minyak Sawit Mampan Malaysia (MSPO) yang telah dilaksanakan secara mandatori mulai 1 Januari 2020, kata Lembaga Minyak...

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must consider national interests — Nik Nazmi

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): As a megadiverse country, Malaysia takes the stand that the implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (Post-2020 GBF) must take into account current developments and interests.

Robust outlook for healthcare players

PETALING JAYA: The healthcare sector can look forward to a resilient earnings in 2023, particularly among players in the private hospitals, pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as well as immunotherapy.

Enjin ekonomi baru ketika Malaysia beralih kepada bahan api biojisim

KUALA LUMPUR: Isu Alam Sekitar, Sosial dan Tadbir Urus (ESG) dan perubahan iklim sudah tentu telah mengubah cara kita bekerja, hidup dan bermain, dan disebabkan oleh perubahan corak tingkah laku, parameter ESG kini menjadi...

5 AUTOMATION COMPANIES TO LOOK OUT FOR

In vertical farming, efficiency is key for those looking to increase their profit margins. Automation is one way to cut costs and increase efficiency in a vertical farm. By using robots to help with...

AstraZeneca launches Evusheld monoclonal antibody combination for Covid-19 prevention in high-risk individuals

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 14): AstraZeneca Malaysia has launched its Evusheld monoclonal antibody combination in local private hospitals for the prevention of Covid-19 in high-risk individuals. In a recent statement, the company said the National Pharmaceutical...

Tuna fisheries mask US$411-million blue shark industry — Oceana

A new Oceana-commissioned study reveals that vessels authorized to fish in the waters of designated tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) are operating major shark fisheries, propping up a massive blue shark (Prionace glauca) commercial fishery...

These entrepreneurs are helping reduce plastic in our ecosystems

We use over 460 million tonnes of plastics a year, according to the OECD – and that number is set to almost triple by 2060. Less than 10% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled – the...

BERLIN, Dec 14 — A summit commemorating 45 years of diplomatic relations between Asean and the EU is expected to usher in an era of better economic ties, Vietnam News Agency reported, quoting German newswire DW.  

Corporate sector leaps in parallel with GDP growth in 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian corporate sector rode on the strong gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2022, which was driven by the low base effect and the ramping up of...

Generic drug maker goes bust, could lead to shortages

The bankruptcy of the biggest Dutch generic medicine maker InnoGenerics may have an impact on the supply of some types of drugs in several months time, health minister Ernst Kuipers has told MPs in...

5 Things Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About Agriculture

"Betting the farm" isn't just a saying. It's something farmers do every year. When a farmer invests in new technology — be it a new irrigation system or a self-driving tractor — they're often, quite literally,...

Plastic Rain Is a Now a Thing, And We’ve Underestimated Just How Heavy It...

A plastic mist descends from the sky each day. You can't see it. Or feel it. It has no smell or taste. But researchers think we are seriously underestimating the invisible downpour. New estimates by...

Imagine Malaysia as a green economy powerhouse

IT has been 51 years since John Lennon penned the iconic song Imagine. In a soothing voice, he pleaded for peace and tolerance in a turbulent time of the raging Vietnam War, soaring inflation and...

Even after COVID, the world’s vaccine strategy is failing

Four weeks ago, I visited Mulago National Referral Hospital, in Kampala, where I used to work. Today, it is home to one of Uganda’s Ebola isolation wings. During my visit, I witnessed some of...

Vietnam eyes double investment in agriculture to US$34bil by 2030

HANOI (Vietnam News/Asia News Network): Vietnam has set a target to double the amount of foreign investment in agriculture to US$34 billion by the end of 2030. However, there were a number of shortcomings...

Pelepasan metana meningkat ketika sekatan pandemik – Kajian

PARIS: Misteri peningkatan gas metana yang memanaskan planet pada 2020 walaupun sekatan COVID-19 mengurangkan banyak sumber disebabkan manusia diperjelaskan oleh pelepasan lebih besar daripada alam semula jadi.

Want A Biotech Lab? This Start Up Is Revolutionizing The Bioeconomy With On Demand...

The age of biotechnology is here. Products across a broad range of markets are made with biology, and conscious consumers demand a level of sustainability that only biomanufacturing can provide. The next generation of...

Malaysia healthcare sector in good shape

PETALING JAYA: The recovery of the healthcare sector in Malaysia is expected to gain further traction over the medium term amid further easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Hospital service providers, for instance, are witnessing an increase...

Opinion: Food and Beverage Scientists in the ‘Bioeconomy’

Those advancing the “bioeconomy” as a unique economic driver appear to be including the food & beverage sector and its supply chain. A recent Executive Order reflects its growing clout in both North America and Europe. The...

NanoMalaysia introduces BICEP to promote use of biomass for sustainable agriculture

KUALA LUMPUR: NanoMalaysia Bhd (NMB) has introduced the Biomass Innovation Circular Economy Programme (BICEP), an initiative for sustainable agriculture by promoting the use of biomass waste materials from agricultural sources to produce high-quality advanced...

Global renewable energy capacity set to double over next five years: IEA

PARIS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Global renewable energy capacity is expected to almost double in the next five years as the ongoing energy crisis is driving a sharp acceleration of installations of renewable power...

Despite Some Obstacles, Biosimilars Promise Enormous Cost Savings

As biosimilar approvals and implementation continue to accelerate, the US health care system can expect to see enormous cost benefits if payers challenges and other questions are addressed, according to an expert at the American...

Microalgae firm partners with L’Oréal and raises €15 million in Series B round

Microphyt, an emerging leader in microalgae-based products for nutrition and well-being, announced its new round of funding earlier this month. This investment was led by L’Oréal through its venture capital fund BOLD Business Opportunities...

Malaysia should continue engaging with EU on deforestation-free product regulation, says MPOC

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): While a provisional agreement on the European Commission’s Proposal for the Deforestation-Free Products Regulation has been reached, Malaysia should continue to engage with the European Union (EU) regarding the new regulation...

Economists call on government to review tax structure to increase revenue

KUALA LUMPUR: Economists have called on the government to review the overall tax structure and look into additional measures to increase its revenue stream. Khazanah Research Institute senior adviser Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram said while...

Scientists Just Caught Bacteria Using a Never-Before-Seen Trick to Avoid Antibiotics

Researchers have just caught bacteria sidestepping antibiotic treatment with a never-before-seen trick. Bacteria's troublesome talent for developing resistance against antibiotics is a rapidly growing health threat. This ability has ancient origins and allows drug-resistant bacterial infections like MRSA and gonorrhea to kill...

Local DSR to launch Musang King integrated tracking system next year

BANTING: DSR Taiko Bhd (DSR) will launch the Musang King Integrated Tracking System (MKITS) in the first quarter of next year to promote the king of fruits in the international markets.

‘Without nature, we have nothing’: UN chief sounds alarm at key UN biodiversity event

The conference is being billed as a major biodiversity COP, because it is expected to lead to the adoption of a new Global Biodiversity Framework, guiding actions worldwide through 2030, to preserve and protect our...

Asia’s Economic Outlook in 2023 – Gloomy Start but Not for Long

Experts and analysts have warned of an impending recession come 2023. Inflation is affecting many on a global scale due to various socio-economic factors, particularly the Russia-Ukraine conflict and supply chain disruptions. The rise...

DOC2US inks deal to provide genetic testing and blood screening

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 8): Digital health platform and e-prescriptions issuer DOC2US has inked a deal with genetic testing company SuperDNA Sdn. Bhd to provide patients with a preventive health ecosystem through its bundled packages...

US company turns air pollution into fuel, bottles and dresses

CHICAGO, Dec 4 — At LanzaTech’s lab in the Chicago suburbs, a beige liquid bubbles away in dozens of glass vats. The concoction includes billions of hungry bacteria, specialised to feed on polluted air —...

Redesigning the Food System through Circular Economy to improve the Nation’s Food Security

CHICAGO, Dec 4 — At LanzaTech’s lab in the Chicago suburbs, a beige liquid bubbles away in dozens of glass vats. The concoction includes billions of hungry bacteria, specialised to feed on polluted air —...

Malaysia received US$5 bil in health-related greenfield investments from 2008 to 2021 — report

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 7): Malaysia received US$5 billion (RM22.06 billion) in health-related greenfield investments from 2008 to 2021, according to a recent report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and...

#HEALTH: The controller of hormones

THE pituitary gland is called the "master gland" because it controls several other hormone glands in your body. As a result, a pituitary tumour can lead to serious health problems. The pituitary gland is a...

The future of farming: from eating insects to urban agriculture 

The issue of how to feed a growing population, and do it sustainably, is a crucial issue for the 21st century and has been brought more sharply into focus by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,...

European Bioplastics forecasts increased production of bioplastics by 2027

European Bioplastics (EUBP) has presented a positive outlook for the global bioplastics industry at the 17th EUBP Conference, with the global capacity of bioplastic production expected to increase by 4.7 million tonnes between now and...

MSMEs must ‘seriously address’ ESG aspects in their biz models

MICRO, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are urged to “seriously address” the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects in their business models to meet sustainability goals, as well as to remain relevant in the global...

$5 billion bispecific antibody pharma collaboration

Biopharma Akeso Inc. has announced it will enter into a collaboration potentially worth up to $5 billion with Summit Therapeutics Inc., by out-licensing its breakthrough bispecific antibody, ivonescimab (PD-1/VEGF, AK112) for development and commercialisation in the US,...

Researchers Identify Genes to Help Fruit Adapt to Droughts

Researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Cornell University have completed the first study that provides a comprehensive picture of changes in gene expression in response to water stress in tomatoes and identified genes that...

New EU funded project to develop biofuels from organic waste with negative emissions

In Norway, multidisciplinary and multinational team will work together over the next 42 months to develop innovative and sustainable processes to produce biofuels from organic waste with negative emissions CARBIOW (Carbon Negative Biofuels from Organic...

Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia among top 20 halal economy exporters

ISTANBUL – Turkey is one of only three member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that are among the world’s top 20 halal economy exporters, according to a report released Tuesday by the...

Firma bioteknologi Jepun guna cacing saring kanser pankreas

TOKYO: Firma bioteknologi Jepun memaklumkan sudah membangunkan ujian saringan awal kanser pankreas pertama di dunia, menggunakan cacing. Hirotsu Bio Science melancarkan ujian N-NOSE plus Pancreas, bulan ini, memasarkan terus kepada pengguna di Jepun dengan sasaran...

RM808m for agri, industrial and tourism

KOTA KINABALU: A total of RM808.06 million will be allocated in the 2023 Sabah Budget for the development of productive growth sectors, namely agriculture, industrial and tourism. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said strategies and...

Malaysia should engage with EU on new corporate sustainability reporting directive, says MPOC

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 28): Malaysia should engage with the European Union (EU) on the EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and any future rules that will have a significant impact on a broad...

Why CEOs should stop expecting their high performers to overwork

One of the puzzling features of the 2022 working world is the extent to which overwork has increased rather than decreased. For example, about a third of Microsoft’s 100,000 employees are now working a ‘triple...

Claritas HealthTech begins validation of AI tool for bladder cancer detection

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 1 (Bernama) -- Claritas HealthTech (Claritas), which specialises in medical angel accessory and artificial intelligence-assisted analytic tools, has began clinical validation of a software which it had accordingly developed via a research collaboration with...

Seabass farming under spotlight in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina advised farmers to step up cage and pond farming of lates perches and groupers, and recommended that the...

Talks kick off on global plastic trash treaty

PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY: Despite decades of effort, plastic pollution is only getting worse – a gloomy fact that representatives of almost 200 nations meeting here on Monday (Nov 28) are determined to change.

Expats rank the best and worst cities to live and work

Three different cities on three separate continents are the best places for expats to live and work, according to a new survey. Spain’s Valencia topped the InterNations Expat City Ranking list 2022 — with respondents...

US approves new drug addressing Type 1 diabetes

LOS ANGELES: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new therapy that slows the onset of type 1 diabetes. "It targets one of the root causes of this type of diabetes...

Growing padi in recycled paint cans

KUALA KANGSAR: After seeing his aunt’s success in growing padi in flower pots, Eddrus Iskandar Abd Hamid came up with the idea of cultivating padi on a small scale at his house compound in...

UK start-up behind algae-based packaging bids for Earthshot glory

LONDON, Nov 29 — A British start-up founded by two ex-students from France and Spain, crafting biodegradable packaging from marine plants, is aiming to seal royal approval this week when Prince William unveils his...

Plenty of opportunities for smart industry cooperation between Malaysia and Taiwan

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 29): The annual Taiwan Expo in Malaysia is the best platform to showcase Taiwan’s world-class smart industries, cultural tourism and technical talent, Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade director-general Cynthia Kiang said.

#HEALTH: World AIDS Day – Living with HIV

JUST like Covid-19, there was much we didn't know about HIV and AIDS in the early years of the disease. This led to fear and isolation and stigmatisation of HIV-positive individuals and their families. Patients had...

Vietnam agricultural sector aims to raise organic fertilizer proportion to 25% in 2025

HANOI, Nov 27 (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set a target of raising the proportion of organic fertilizer products authorised for circulation to 25% in 2025. It also planned...

Amid health fears, plastic makers pledge greater transparency over chemicals

Plastic makers need to be more transparent about the chemicals used in their products, a leading chemicals industry group has said, as concern mounts about the health impacts of the everyday material finding its...

Encouraging growth, stable labour market ensure economy on track, says DOSM

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 30): Malaysia’s encouraging economic growth and stable labour market situation ensure the country’s economy remains on track, said the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin...

In praise of research in fundamental biology

How did eukaryotic life — the domain that includes humans — evolve? A decade or so ago, this was the question occupying Thijs Ettema and his colleagues. They found the answer in the genomes...

Making face creams from coffee beans as cosmetics get greener

Cosmetics often use unsustainable ingredients, but new research is answering the growing demand for eco-friendly products. "Plant ingredients have always been used in cosmetics," said Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at VTT, a Finnish research center. "But...

Business confidence grows 3.2% for 4Q22

BUSINESSES in Malaysia are expected to remain positive for the fourth quarter of this year (4Q22) despite a slower pace. Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM) chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said businesses have...

Overweight women most likely to suffer long COVID, according to new research

Overweight women are more likely to experience symptoms of long COVID according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The new study, published today, is one of the largest studies on long COVID...

ORKA Food Technology launches latest innovation: Egg Tester Plus

Once an egg is laid, its quality cannot be improved. Thus, the need for reliable egg monitoring and measurement to ensure the highest level of quality is consistently maintained in layer operations. In The...

Projek Keluli Hijau bakal beri limpahan ekonomi di Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Oil and Gas Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SOGDC) telah memeterai perjanjian pajakan tanah dengan Esteel Enterprise Sabah Sdn Bhd (ESTEEL Sabah) untuk projek keluli hijau di Taman Perindustrian Minyak dan Gas...

COP 27 – Five Key Takeaways

The lead-up to COP27 was inauspicious. Only 26 out of 193 countries had tightened pledges – made a year ago in Glasgow – for 2030 emissions reductions, while the Russia/Ukraine war dramatically intervened to...

The 2022 Biotech Graveyard

In honor of one of the spookiest biotech markets in recent memory (yes, we’re aware Halloween is long over, but let us live!), we at Fierce Biotech thought it was only right that we...

Data snapshot: Agribusiness Marketplaces poised to ‘positively impact’ Asia-Pacific’s smallholder farmers

Asia-Pacific Agribusiness Marketplaces scooped up $628 million in 2021, according to AgFunder’s first-ever Asia-Pacific AgriFoodtech Investment Report. “Agribusiness Marketplaces” is AgFunder’s term for online marketplace platforms that link farmers to a variety of services, from inputs...

Palm oil sustainability debated on sidelines of G20 summit

The Indonesian Government, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) and the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) hosted the first Sustainable Vegetable Oil conference on the sidelines of the G20.

Malaysia’s economic fundamentals remains robust – RHB IB

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — Malaysia’s economic fundamentals remain quite robust heading into 2023, despite the uncertainties on the political front following the just-concluded 15th General Election (GE15), said RHB Investment Bank (RHB IB).

Medicines for Malaria Venture and Novartis move to phase 3 trial

Ganaplacide/lumefantrinein new study as world faces emerging resistance to malaria treatments Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture MMV have announced that they are to progress the ganaplacide/lumefantrine solid dispersion formulation (SDF) into phase 3 development.

Learning from chickens at the University of Illinois Poultry Research Farm

The first thing I notice when we step through white double doors of the growers’ house is that every one of the 1,200 or so chickens in this enormous room has stopped whatever it...

Transitioning to green energy could produce more harmful carbon emissions

As the world strives to become carbon neutral and align with countries’ low-carbon policies, more countries are looking to ditch fossil fuels and transfer to green energy sources. However, a recent study indicates that moving...

Digitalisation, REEs, healthcare to be Malaysia’s new sources of growth

DIGITALtransformation, rare earth elements (REEs) and the healthcare industry are expected to become the new, major sources of growth for Malaysia in the next five years.  Socio-Economic Research Centre (SERC) ED Lee Heng Guie said...

First Gene Therapy Approved for Adults with Hemophilia B

The FDA approved UniQure’s Hemgenix (etranacogene dezaparvovec), an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy for the treatment of adults with Hemophilia B (congenital Factor IX deficiency).

Why less can be more for Asia’s shrimp farms

As the shrimp veteran explains, biosecurity practices on Asian farms were initially largely focused on preventing whitespot syndrome virus (WSSV) by using “the exclusionary principle”: namely by stocking specific pathogen-free (SPF) post-larvae and killing off/excluding the wild crustaceans...

Sequencing project to unleash the biotechnological potential of single-celled algae

An ambitious plan to sequence the genomes of all known species of euglenoids over the next decade has been launched today. The network of scientists behind the initiative believe it has the potential to...

Employers survey: Salaries expected to rise next year

PETALING JAYA: Salaries for executives are expected to rise by 5.44 per cent and for non-executives by 5.43 per cent next year. This was based on the findings of the Malaysian Employers Federation's (MEF) latest...

Biomarker predicts resistance to immunotherapies in melanoma

Duke Cancer Institute researchers have identified potential biomarkers that predict the likelihood for checkpoint inhibitor drugs to backfire, driving hyper-progression of melanoma cells instead of unleashing the immune system to fight them.

Could lab-grown meat pave the way for more ethical, environmentally friendly food?

After the Food and Drug Administration's recent declaration that a lab-grown meat product is "generally recognized as safe" for consumption, don't be surprised if you see that label on a menu in years to come.

Decarbonising with green solar hydrogen energy

GLOBAL urbanisation and industrialisation are leaving mighty dents in the environment and enormous carbon footprints that can no longer be 'absorbed' from the atmosphere. As the world comes together in an attempt to halt, or...

Everyone has a role to play in sustainable development

THERE has been an excessive push for economic growth across the globe, and this push has led to the depletion of natural resources and social inequality. The private sector is seen as the engine of...

World’s first industrial model of a flow photo-on-demand synthesis system that uses chloroform as...

Various chemical products, such as polymers and pharmaceutical intermediates, are currently synthesized with phosgene as their precursor or raw material. However, phosgene is highly toxic and this usage poses safety risks. Thus, there is...

The bigger picture: Early feed access to improve growth

Swedish researchers at the department of animal nutrition and management of the university in Uppsala looked at early feed access in chicken starter diets. They found that early feeding can be used to improve growth...

Malaysian plastics industry remains resilient with steady growth — MIDA

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 23): The Malaysian plastics industry exhibited resilience during the pandemic and has continued on a steady growth path. The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) said as of June 2022, 33 projects in the...

Ekonomi APEC perlu giat usaha capai pertumbuhan ekonomi inklusif

BANGKOK: Pemimpin Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) berikrar untuk mempergiatkan lagi usaha ke arah pemulihan ekonomi yang inklusif, pasca pandemik. Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri (MITI) dalam satu kenyataan berkata Mesyuarat Pemimpin-Pemimpin Ekonomi Asia-Pasifik (AELM)...

Vaccinate to prevent pneumococcal disease

GLOBALLY, pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people a year, especially the elderly and those with comorbidities. In Malaysia, pneumonia is ranked among the top three diseases that cause death in adults and children under five,...

Scientists add ‘invisible fiber’ to foods for a healthier diet

Scientists have converted native starches such as wheat, corn and cassava to dietary fiber that can be added to food to make it healthier without changing its texture, color or taste. Researchers at RMIT University...

These electric trucks are almost entirely recyclable

STOCKHOLM, Nov 21 — Volvo Trucks is preparing to deliver its first electric trucks made partly of fossil-free steel. This is a world first, made possible thanks to the firm’s collaboration with its Swedish...

Political stability strengthens economy, boosts investors’ confidence – Economist

KUALA LUMPUR – Political stability adds strength to the economy and boosts investors’ confidence in the country, said Juwai IQI global chief economist Shan Saeed. “Political stability is part of macroeconomic stability and is embedded in...

BioNTech Acquires mRNA Manufacturing Facility in Singapore

BioNTech reports that its Singapore affiliate, BioNTech Pharmaceuticals Asia Pacific, signed an agreement Novartis Singapore Pharmaceutical Manufacturing to acquire one of its GMP-certified manufacturing facilities. The acquisition is part of BioNTech’s expansion strategy to...

Why Seaweed Is The Sustainability Super-Plant Of The Future

While seaweed has long been part of daily life in some parts of the world – like China and Japan – it has always often been overlooked in the Western Hemisphere. Fortunately, companies like Oceanium...

Malaysia practises zero-burning techniques, says MPOB

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 17): Malaysia, the world’s second largest producer of palm oil, has been practising zero-burning techniques, with a ban on open burning since 1998, according to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

Time to revisit food security issue

KUALA LUMPUR: The Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the Eastern European conflict and climate change have put the country's food security at risk. The situation has increased the country's dependency on food imports, which rose to...

Smart farming tech offers sprout of hope in Greece

IMATHIA, Greece, Nov 12 ― Eyes glued to his mobile phone, farmer Sotiris Mournos pores over the latest microclimate and humidity data about his fields on the plain of Imathia in northern Greece. The high-tech...

How Close Are We To Passing 1.5 Degrees Celsius Of Global Warming?

Since the last Ice Age ended nearly 12,000 years ago and human civilisations developed, the Earth’s long-term average global air temperature has never varied by more than 1.5 degrees above a stable 14 degrees...

Disturbing trend of growing number of diabetes patients: Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR: The prevalence of diabetes is still showing an alarming increasing trend every year despite globally agreed targets to control the rise of diabetes by 2025. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah...

Rising concerns over food security

WITH an abundance of land, resources and government policies, Malaysia remains food insecure. Five years ago, Malaysia ranked 40th on the Global Security Food Index (GSFI), with a heavy reliance on imports for essential food...

Duopharma Biotech to see improved export revenue ahead, says CGS CIMB Research

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd (DBB) is expected to record improved export revenue in the coming quarters, aided by the globally phased lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. CGS-CIMB Research noted that the company's export revenue for...

Giatkan R&D teknologi pertanian atasi kebergantungan import

Isu kenaikan harga bahan mentah, terutama ayam dan telur sudah lama dibangkitkan. Menurut Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP), Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, ia disebabkan kebergantungan penternak ayam daging dan...

RFA joins ag bioeconomy coalition

The Renewable Fuels Association announced today that it has joined the Ag Bioeconomy Coalition, a group of leading industry associations committed to developing and expanding the agricultural bioeconomy. The Ag Bioeconomy Coalition was founded earlier this...

Bioeconomy 2.0: Creating a bio-based, resilient future

Bioeconomy 2.0 refers to the research and development of the next generation of bio-based solutions aimed towards renewable, reusable, recyclable and sustainable production. We asked Ali Harlin, research professor at Finland’s VTT research centre about the...

Malaysia ranks among world’s top offshore manufacturing hubs for medical devices, says report

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 14): Malaysia has established itself as one of the world's top offshore manufacturing hubs for medical devices, with close to 300 medical device manufacturing companies undertaking a variety of activities ranging...

NGO: Long-term initiatives will attract more to agriculture sector

KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation has proposed that the government introduce a long-term incentive plan to encourage more people to venture into the agriculture sector. Malaysian Food Security and Sovereignty Forum coordinator Nurfitri Amir Muhammad...

Commission proposes action to fully harness the potential of algae in Europe for healthier...

Today, the Commission adopted the Communication ‘Towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector', a pioneering initiative to unlock the potential of algae in the European Union. The Communication proposes 23 actions to create opportunities...

Majority of companies in Malaysia have yet to achieve robust finance digital transformation

A majority of Malaysian companies are still lagging in finance digital transformation, with only 2% of Malaysian finance and IT leaders reporting that they currently have a robust digital finance transformation strategy, according to...

Can We Predict How Well Someone Will Respond to a Vaccine?

According to past research, vaccines work better for some people than others. Factors such as age, diet, and sex may influence a vaccine’s efficacy, but genetics is also thought to play a role. As of now, scientists don’t have a...

Passion fruit yields high antioxidant ingredient for stable edible food coatings

The high antioxidants and polyphenols content in passion fruit peels show significant potential to preserve fresh fruits and fresh cuts in an edible food coating, shows research from the University of Johannesburg. Such a...

Hot, Superhot, Uberhot: The leading lights in renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials make big moves

Among the newest adopters, we’re reporting this week that cactus leather slip-ons prove G.H. Bass isn’t “loafing about” on sustainability. In addition Tarform has revved up use of renewables for its electric motorcycles, using...

World population hits eight billion — here’s how researchers predict it will grow

According to the models of the United Nations (UN), the world’s population will reach 8 billion today — a mere 12 years since it passed 7 billion, and less than a century after the...

Research reveals why stem cell transplants are so successful in MS patients

Blood stem cell transplantation is a radical but highly effective therapy for multiple sclerosis. A study led by the University of Zurich has now examined in detail the way in which the treatment curbs...

Global aquaculture deemed to be “in decline”

If we were to rely only on aquaculture to meet the demand for seafood by 2030, the world’s production would need to grow at three times the current projected rate, the study found.

The race to create the first sustainable cult sneaker

Innovation and sustainability are becoming more entwined, as companies like On Running, Allbirds and Athleta focus their product design and development on getting the best of both worlds.

Only 4% of local businesses say they receive value from sustainability strategies

ON the day the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (more commonly known as the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC or COP27) kicked off in Egypt, global enterprise solutions provider SAP hosted...

Duopharma’s 9M2022 exceeds expectations but yet to see insulin contract contribution, says analysts

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 10): Duopharma Biotech Bhd's first nine months of 2022 (9M2022) exceeded analysts' forecast on earnings per share (EPS) and core earnings. However, in separate notes, CGS-CIMB Securities and RHB Investment Bank (RHB...

Smart agriculture way forward to address climate change

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7 (Bernama) - Malaysia believes that climate-smart agriculture could contribute to the advancement of agricultural system transformation to ensure food security in changing climate.

KAB plans 1st biogas power plant with RM15m acquisition

ENGINEERING and energy solutions provider to acquire 100% stake in 2.4MW biogas power plant in Kedah supplying energy to the national grid until 2034 Kejuruteraan Asastera Bhd (KAB) is growing its sustainable energy solutions (SES) segment...

Salary increments for 2023 back to pre-pandemic levels, says Mercer

EMPLOYEES in Malaysia can look forward to a median 5% increase in their salaries next year, according to Mercer’s annual Total Remuneration Survey (TRS) 2022. The TRS polled 637 organisations — of which 98% are multinational...

Covid-19 pandemic is not over, warns WHO expert

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 10): American infectious disease epidemiologist and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said the Covid-19 pandemic is not over.

Peruntukan RM508.02 juta program tanam semula getah

KUANTAN: Pihak Berkuasa Kemajuan Perusahaan Kecil Getah (RISDA) memperuntukkan RM508.02 juta bagi melaksanakan program pembangunan penanaman semula getah di seluruh negara. Timbalan Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad, berkata peruntukan itu membabitkan...

Deal on stricter rules for member states’ greenhouse gas emissions

The European Parliament and Council have agreed on stricter regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in member states including less flexibility and more transparency. As the UN COP27 climate conference has started in Egypt, Parliament and...

Ekonomi halal dunia dianggar bernilai RM22.3 trilion pada 2030

KUALA LUMPUR: Ekonomi halal global dianggarkan mencecah AS$4.96 trilion (RM22.34 trilion) menjelang 2030, kata Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO) Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia (MATRADE), Datuk Mohd Mustafa Abdul Aziz.

Injections for diabetes, cancer could become unnecessary

Researchers at UC Riverside are paving the way for diabetes and cancer patients to forget needles and injections, and instead take pills to manage their conditions. Some drugs for these diseases dissolve in water, so...

Why microbiomes matter

What exactly is the microbiome and how does it affect the health, resiliency and productivity of both humans and animals? What are proven strategies for introducing beneficial bacteria into poultry, dairy, swine and other...

Low air pollution levels cause millions of deaths annually

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 4.2 million people die prematurely each year due to long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution (PM2.5). A recent study by researchers at McGill University...

Malaysia’s economic growth to remain under pressure amid global headwinds

MALAYSIA’S economic fundamentals moving forward are projected to be hampered by global headwinds such as inflationary pressures, economic uncertainty and climate change. According to Sunway University Business School professor and economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng, the...

Could coffee offer protection from catching COVID-19?

Could consuming a cup of coffee be an effective way to protect yourself against infection with coronavirus? What has not yet been proven in practice is at least very plausible according to biochemical research.

Scientists genetically engineer plants to yield more vegetable oil

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have successfully genetically modified a plant protein that is responsible for oil accumulation in plant seeds and edible nuts.

Glass fibre reinforced biopolymer compounds

Arctic Biomaterials (ABM) from Tampere, Finland, are delighted to announce the recently established collaboration with Helian Polymers (Belfeld, the Netherlands). By combining ABM's unique ArcBiox degradable and reinforcing glass fibres with Helian Polymers' signature PHAradox...

97.8 pct of positions in economic sector filled as of third quarter 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 — A total of 97.8 per cent of the 8.68 million positions in the economic sector have been filled as of the third quarter of this year, according to the...

Biotech can revolutionize healthcare. Here’s how to unlock its potential

Biotechnology, or biotech, and its applications are evolving at breakneck speed – revolutionizing industries, including medicine, agriculture, energy and chemical and materials through the creation of products and processes that have never before existed.

Wheat grown indoors offers promise for global food security

(Nov 10): Vertical farmers, known for growing herbs and salads indoors, have made a breakthrough in the quest for global food security by cultivating wheat in the same controlled environment.

Innovations and new opportunities for the waste management industry

On November 8 Ecomondo opened its 25th edition with record numbers. And a weighty endorsement. That of the newly appointed Minister for the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, who in a message sent to...

Halal certification is impetus for SME products to penetrate global market

KUCHING: Halal certification can provide impetus for the products of small and medium enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to dominate the local market and further penetrate the global market, said Halal Development Corporation (HDC) chief executive...

New system transforms healthcare sector

DIGITALISATION is streamlining the way hospitals deliver care and ensuring healthcare providers can work more efficiently. Recently, KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital 2 implemented a new clinical system called SystmOne from software company TPP based in...

What will it take to grow food on Mars?

From sci-fi novels to research reality, Anca Delgado says her newest project could change the course of space exploration by human astronauts. Delgado, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering...

Elevated energy and food prices will fuel higher inflation in 2023 — World Bank

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9): Prices of energy and food which are expected to remain elevated in 2023 driven by Covid-19-induced supply chain disruptions and further exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine are telltale signs...

The bioeconomy can mitigate climate change

INTERNATIONAL scientists are calling for a global paradigm change to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to adapt to inescapable climate change outcomes. Strengthened cross-sectoral and international collaboration of biosciences and economic actors would...

What tells our gut to vomit? Scientists think they’ve found a clue that could...

It’s probably not the top thing on your mind when you’re doubled over the toilet after eating some questionable-looking lettuce. But nonetheless, the question remains: How does the gut tell the brain that it...

Vietnamese scientist discovers anti-cancer agents from rice husks

TOKYO, Nov 5 (Bernama): Vietnamese scientist Prof. Dr. Tran Dang Xuan and his colleagues at Hiroshima University, Japan have discovered anti-cancer agents in rice husks. The research titled ‘Cytotoxic Mechanism of Momilactones A and B...

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Indonesia Power to examine co-firing up to 100% biomass

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and Indonesia Power, a sub-holding of Indonesia’s state-owned electricity provider PT. (Persero) (PLN), have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commence three feasibility studies on co-firing less carbon intensive...

The World Is Falling Far Short On Climate Adaptation Plans

A new publication from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Adaptation Gap Report 2022, has a stark message. This is clearly laid out in the report’s subtitle: Too Little, Too Slow – Climate adaptation failure...

New device launched for diagnosing prostate cancer

CamPROBE may save vital time and money while reducing the risk of infection November will witness the launch of a new device that is set to transform the historically uncomfortable process of prostate cancer diagnosis.

Improving aquaculture will give us more protein for less environmental impact

Global fish consumption has been growing at 3.1 percent annually for decades, far outpacing both the rise in the world's population (1.6 percent) and its meat consumption (1.1 percent). With so much demand for...

Shell to boost biofuel production with latest acquisition

Shell Eastern Petroleum has announced that is has purchased the Asia-based waste oil recycling firm EcoOils. The oil and gas major said this acquisition will help it to expand its biofuels production.

Digitalisation and sustainability drive export

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian companies, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), are doing well to embrace digital transformation and sustainability to achieve strong growth in the export market.

Flu vaccine lowers risk of stroke

Researchers at the University of Calgary say the flu vaccine lowers the risk of stroke among adults even if they are not at high risk for stroke. Investigators evaluated the health records of over...

Limiting antibiotics for cows may create new dairy market

Consumers would be willing to buy milk from cows only treated with antibiotics when medically necessary—as long as the price isn't much higher than conventional milk, according to researchers at the College of Veterinary...

New system converts sewage to biogas

A Washington State University research team has tested a pre-treatment technology in waste management systems, adding an extra step to typical treatments and using oxygen-containing high-pressure steam to break down sewage sludge. It was found...

Malaysia is 18th most peaceful country in the world

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has moved up four spots in the 2022 Global Peace Index (GPI) to claim the 18th place as the most peaceful country in the world. This achievement, according to GPI, was amid...

Seven drugmakers agree to work together to hit emissions goals

Seven drugmakers pledged to work together to reduce carbon emissions in supply chains, health-care delivery and clinical trials, saying a joint effort will enable the industry to achieve more than individual companies could alone. AstraZeneca...

SC, agro-based agencies eye alternative financing for agriculture sector

THE Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and key agriculture agencies have discussed ways to address financing gaps faced by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) involved in the agriculture sector in a bid to boost the...

A clean energy super grid across Asia is closer to reality

PLANSfor a web of sub-sea cables that would create a continental power grid spanning Japan to India are rapidly becoming cheaper and more feasible, according to a study commissioned by advocates of the technology.  The...

Planet Earth: 8 billion humans and dwindling resources

United Nations - Are eight billion humans too many for planet Earth? As we reach this milestone on November 15, most experts say the bigger problem is the overconsumption of resources by the wealthiest...

Covid vaccine hoarding might have cost more than a million lives — journal

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 7): More than one million lives might have been saved if Covid-19 vaccines had been shared more equitably with lower-income countries in 2021, according to mathematical models incorporating data from 152...

Petronas Chemicals to produce fertiliser in deal with US company

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 3): Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) and US-based fertiliser maker Anuvia Plant Nutrients have entered into an agreement, under which PCG will produce and market Anuvia's fertiliser in the Asia-Pacific region.

Turning plastic waste into food

It is edible, the stuff being produced in Stephen Techtmann’s lab. Or it’s meant to be. It doesn’t smell bad, he said, a bit like a yeast extract or the Australian food spread Vegemite. But he...

Malaysia needs stable political ecosystem to face economic challenges – Analysts

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs a stable political ecosystem to face the coming economic challenges, economic analysts said. Future Labour Market Studies (EU-ERA) chief economist Associate Professor Dr Mohd Yusof Saari said political stability was crucial...

This diet can reduce feelings of stress, say scientists

DUBLIN, Nov 4 ― The foods that can lift your mood aren't necessarily the ones you might think. Now, researchers have developed a “psychobiotic” diet capable of reducing stress over the course of a...

SC, agensi pertanian kaji pembiayaan alternatif sektor pertanian

KUALA LUMPUR: Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Malaysia (SC) dan agensi pertanian utama telah mengadakan perbincangan mengenai kaedah menangani jurang pembiayaan yang dihadapi oleh perusahaan mikro, kecil dan sederhana (PMKS) yang terbabit dalam sektor pertanian dalam usaha...

Below Zero: why Less is More for the Advanced Bioeconomy

Here in the bioeconomy we have to go past Near To Zero, or We Care About Zero, or Potemkin Village Zero, or Net Zero, or Our Kinda Funky Accounting Gets Us to Funky Zero, or True Zero. The advanced bioeconomy is...

Ledakan industri herba

INDUSTRI tanaman herba pelbagai spesies yang mempunyai banyak manfaat, khasiat dan bernilai tinggi perlu diberi perhatian supaya lebih maju, berdaya saing menerusi teknologi penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) berkaitannya.

15.06 mil employed persons in 2021, 1.5 mil in agriculture, says DOSM

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 25): The number of employed persons in 2021 was 15.06 million, with 1.5 million of them involved in the agriculture sector, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

Plastic recycling remains a ‘myth’: Greenpeace study

WASHINGTON: Plastic recycling rates are declining even as production shoots up, according to a Greenpeace USA report out Monday that blasted industry claims of creating an efficient, circular economy as "fiction." Titled "Circular Claims Fall...

How much salaries will rise (or fall) around the world in 2023

(Oct 27): Soaring inflation is set to put a major dent in salary increases for the second year running in 2023, according to a new survey that sees just 37% of countries globally expecting...

Malaysian Genomics partners Middle Eastern companies to market products in the UAE

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 26): Genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has teamed up with American Spine Centre, Wellness By Design FZ LLC, Balsam Health Services and IAC International LLC to...

The 7 biggest trends in poultry and animal feed

Numerous companies from the international feed industry will present their solutions, share their innovations, and discuss new processes and feeding formulas at the upcoming Eurotier. What are the biggest trends in animal feed to...

Powering sustainable progress in Malaysia, with natural gas

Approximately 40% of Malaysia’s electricity is generated from natural gas, and it continues to play a long-term role in providing energy security to the country, while contributing towards sustainability goals. In a series of Money Matters episodes...

Cloud computing made easy for businesses

THE cloud is the future for businesses. Adopting and leveraging cloud computing solutions allow more flexibility and convenience with its on-demand availability, productivity tools and ability to connect and process data discreetly. While cloud computing...

New studies show damaging effects of vaping and smoking on blood vessels

Long-term use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), or vaping, can significantly impair the function of the body's blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the use of both e-cigs and regular cigarettes may...

Crop-battering disasters highlight climate threat

Rolling crises linked to war, weather disasters and the pandemic have shaken global food systems and tipped millions into hunger and poverty. Climate change is already playing a role, as floods, droughts and heatwaves batter...

Hitting the high roads to test run cars on biofuel

THE world’s biggest palm oil producer, is testing to see whether vehicles can run effectively on diesel blended with 40% cooking oil, and if it works well at higher altitudes. A successful outcome would...

HOW CITIES WILL FEED THEIR CITIZENS IN THE FUTURE

Between home, work or study and transportation, many people spent the majority of their time indoors. Henry Gordon Smith explains why — in a phase of a changing climate and a more urbanised society...

Malaysia Needs Access To More Generic HIV Drugs

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 – Improved access to more generic HIV drugs can help Malaysia achieve its target of eliminating HIV/AIDS by 2030 as this cuts costs, gets more people living with HIV (PLHIV)...

Biotech regulator approves GM mustard, now Centre to take a call

A genetically modified hybrid variety of mustard, also known as GM mustard, has received a state-run biotech regulator’s recommendation for commercial cultivation. However, several biosafety mechanisms have been ignored during the approval, according to...

Malaysia and EU explore SAF options

Malaysia and the European Union (EU) have agreed to explore further cooperation under the Transport Ministry to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said this included making the product...

Marine protected areas are powerful carbon sinks

NEW YORK, Oct 27 — A new study demonstrates the positive impact of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the fight against climate change. According to the research, these MPAs not only promote carbon storage...

Italy could become a reference point for biotechnology in health care also for its...

“We believe that the biotechnology sector, especially in the health sector, can be an element of great value for patients in relation to what is the ability to produce and generate valuable innovation in...

India’s ‘Smart’ Protein Sector Poised for Rapid Growth

The Good Food Institute India, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, held its first in-person Summit in New Delhi last week since the pandemic, taking a look at...

High energy prices will help SEA reduce carbon footprint

SINCE Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, energy prices have skyrocketed. For example, European gas futures increased from less than 20 Euros per megawatt-hour in early 2021 to more than 270 in August this year,...

Oslo to become the first major city with 100% electric public transport

Oslo aims to become the first capital city in the world with fully electric public transport, without any CO2 emissions, by 2023. The goal is to offer users and residents of the city an...

Digital Future in Store for Vaccine Manufacturing

For vaccine makers, COVID-19 underlined the benefits of data-driven manufacturing. And as the pandemic ebbs, the jab industry’s use of innovative digital production and processing technologies continues to grow.

Honeycrisp genome will help scientists breed better apples

A team of researchers from Cornell University has sequenced the Honeycrisp apple genome, a boon for scientists and breeders working with this popular and economically important cultivar.

Scientists discover material that can be made like a plastic but conducts like a...

Scientists with the University of Chicago have discovered a way to create a material that can be made like a plastic, but conducts electricity more like a metal. The research, published Oct. 26 in Nature, shows how...

Future of agriculture sector lies in our youths

Although food security received considerable emphasis in Budget 2023, it made no specific mention of connecting youth with agriculture. The Young Agropreneur Programme (Program Agropreneur Muda, or PAM for short), launched in 2014 to supplement...

Cannabis-based medication can be registered if proven safe, effective

SERDANG: The Health Ministry (MOH) will allow registrations for cannabis-based medication if there is solid evidence the product can be used safely and effectively to treat patients, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.

Mardi launches five innovative products ready for commercialisation

SERDANG: The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) today launched five of its latest innovative products which are ready for commercialisation, using the latest technology in an effort to advance the country's agrofood...

Palm oil is here to stay

Malaysia’s palm oil industry will remain resilient in the future. The government’s continuous efforts to encourage downstream development and improve the level of sustainability in the palm oil industry promise a bright future for...

Malaysia has much to offer in halal economy, other areas in Muslim world

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19): Malaysia, as a leading nation in the Muslim world, still has much to offer in best practices, trade and innovation, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri...

Smelly Skin Compounds Draw Mosquitoes to Some People More than Others

Scientists and laypeople alike have long wondered why mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others. Growing evidence suggests that a person's unique odor plays a large role in determining how alluring they are to the insects, with...

Cocoa, cocoa products export revenue at RM 3.6b as of June 2022

KUALA LUMPUR •The export revenue of cocoa and cocoa products had reached RM3.6 billion as of June 2022, said Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) chairman Rahimah Majid. She said the achievement is due to the high...

BioEneco on track to tap Japan’s 20m metric tonne biomass fuel demand

HOME-GROWN biomass manufacturer Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd (BioEneco) is well-poised to expand its biomass fuel sales exponentially in tandem with increased demand from countries like Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

Mosti: Radiation detection equipment managed by Malaysia to be used at Fifa World Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — The radiation detection equipment managed by Malaysia will be used during this year’s Fifa World Cup which will take place in Qatar to ensure nuclear safety and security during...

Collaborative team discovers new natural products, to be used as sources of antibiotics, at...

Many of the drugs we utilize in modern medicine are naturally produced by microbes. Penicillin, an antibiotic derived from certain molds, is one of the most notable natural products due to its recognition as...

Using spray drones in agriculture

It's a familiar sight for many—a ground sprayer slowly making rounds in a field, applying pesticides to row crops to give producers the best chance of protecting crops from pests and seeing high yields...

Transparent wood could soon replace plastics

Transparent wood promises to be an environmentally friendly substitute for glass or plastic used for making car windshields, see-through packaging and biomedical devices, according to a study.

MITI: Malaysia Reaps Double-Digit Growth In Trade Once Again In Sept Rising By 31.4%...

Malaysia’s trade continued its upward trajectory in September 2022, registering double-digit growth for trade, exports, imports and trade surplus. The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) released its Malaysia External Trade Statistics for the period...

High Levels of Biomarker suPAR May Predict Risk of Heart Failure, Death

Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) levels may predict heart failure and death, according to a study from Michigan Medicine and the Emory Clinical Cardiovascular Research Institute. SuPAR, an immune protein that impacts kidney...

Holdfast food: sustainable seaweed packaging

The new non-pollutive biomaterials that they are developing are designed to replace conventional plastic coatings used in grease-resistant fast-food packaging. Grease-resistant paper is typically coated with plastic and other environmentally harmful chemicals, such as polyfluoroalkyl...

High gas prices spur green hydrogen investment: Report

LONDON: Soaring natural gas prices have made hydrogen produced from fossil fuels increasingly uneconomic and spurred more than US$70 billion (RM330.6 billion) of new investment in hydrogen from renewables since war broke out in...

TVET: the heart of the nation’s workforce

Technical and Vocational Education and Training, more commonly known as TVET, had previously assumed various persona, including career and technical education, apprenticeship training, and professional and vocational education, to name a few.

500 mln people at risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, if physical activity not...

GENEVA – A new World Health Organisation report on Wednesday warned that almost half a billion people could develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, or other noncommunicable diseases attributable to physical inactivity between 2020 and...

AI could fuel factory farming—or end it

Despite the fact that artificial intelligence is already transforming everyday life, most people don’t know much about it. Simply put, AI is a method of making software “think” intelligently like the human mind.

Yayasan Sabah meterai usaha sama keluar tenaga boleh diperbaharui

KOTA KINABALU: Yayasan Sabah semalam memeterai perjanjian usaha sama dengan G Capital Berhad untuk menghasilkan tenaga boleh diperbaharui menerusi loji jana kuasa hidroelektrik mini di seluruh Sabah bagi melengkapkan penjanaan bekalan elektrik di negeri...

September trade surplus a new high for Malaysia

MALAYSIA recorded a trade surplus of RM31.71 billion in September, a new record high for the country. The trade surplus expanded 20.9% from RM26.23 billion in September 2021, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Exports...

Breast cancer technologies that improve patient outcomes

Great strides have been made over the last few decades that see more women and men surviving breast cancer, but the journey leaves survivors with physical, mental and emotional impacts that can take years...

Algae-based food goes global: Scaling up marine aquaculture to produce nutritious, sustainable food

Terrestrial agriculture provides the backbone of the world's food production system. An opinion article publishing October 17 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Charles H. Greene at University of Washington, Friday Harbor, Washington, U.S.,...

Redox, reuse, recycle: Novel process extends life cycle of valuable catalysts

Imagine a typical recycling plant. Now imagine that the plant is a chemistry lab, and the crushed soda cans and waist-high stacks of junk mail have been replaced by microscopic structures worth tens of...

Adopting IR4.0 helps multiply manufacturing sector’s production

THE Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) technologies are revolutionising all sectors around the world, including agriculture, education and services; as well as promising to replace the planet’s polluting, dangerous and degrading industries.

World Mental Health Day 2022: Mental Health for All

To commemorate World Mental Health Day 2022, News-Medical speaks to Prof. Charlotte Hanlon, psychiatrist and researcher, about her work within the field of Global Mental Health and the importance of raising awareness around this year's...

Budget 2023 allows Mafi to enhance food security initiatives

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM372.3 billion allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) in Budget 2023 will allow the ministry to implement various strategic and targeted initiatives to boost the country's food...

Petronas Chemicals selesai ambil alih Perstorp

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PCG) telah menyelesaikan usaha pengambilalihan syarikat bahan kimia khusus global berpangkalan di Sweden, Perstorp Holding AB (Perstorp) pada RM7.31 bilion. Pengambilalihan itu dijangka mempercepat kepelbagaian portfolionya dan usaha niaga...

Political stability key to attract investors

MALAYSIA must ensure a stable political climate to remain an attractive prospect for foreign direct investments (FDIs), according to analysts.  Centre for Market Education CEO Dr Carmelo Ferlito said political stability is one of the most...

How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings

NEW YORK, Oct 11 ― Research about what is healthy comes so thick and fast ― red meat can appear good for you one week, stroke-inducing the next ― that a confused public often...

Optimising feed utilisation with guanidinoacetic acid

Could you improve the profitability of production by adding Creamino on top of an application or energy-saving effect? And would this make a valuable contribution to reducing the impact of currently skyrocketing feed prices...

Evaluating Hydropower Within Energy Systems: Plotting A Nature Positive Path To A Sustainable Energy...

The approaching UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), to be held in Egypt in November, focuses attention on the pathways needed to achieve global climate targets. A rapid decarbonization of economies is central to stabilizing...

Bank Dunia, IMF beri amaran risiko kemelesetan dunia semakin meningkat

ANKARA: Ketua Bank Dunia dan Tabung Kewangan Antarabangsa (IMF) pada Isnin berkata, risiko kemelesetan dalam ekonomi global semakin meningkat berikutan kenaikan kadar faedah serta ekonomi yang perlahan di seluruh dunia, lapor Anadolu.

Are mental health disorders the conditions that define our era?

GENEVA, Oct 11 ― Throughout the world, mental health is deteriorating in a host of populations, as shown by several studies in recent years. Are anxiety and mental health disorders linked to the times...

Black tiger shrimp revival in Asia facing a market challenge

A shift back to black tiger shrimp farming, and away from vannamei – which is becoming more prone to disease and more costly to farm – is under way in Asia. But whether the...

Engineering duckweed to produce oil for biofuels, bioproducts

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have engineered duckweed to produce high yields of oil. The team added genes to one of...

Govt targets 800 acres of idle land to help strengthen food security – Tengku...

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 7): The government will continue to strengthen food security so that it will no longer be dependent on imports in order to be resilient against any shocks in the future. Finance Minister...

E-pharmacy users to reach one billion globally by 2027 – Juniper Research

1 day ago — KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The number of e-pharmacy users will reach one billion globally by 2027, rising by 28 per cent to 795 million in 2022, according to a new study by Juniper Research.    

Corn plants with tillers work well in restrictive environments

Undeniably, corn is one of the world's most important crops. From feeding humans and livestock, to its many industrial uses, humans have been growing it for approximately 10,000 years.

TEAM USES CARBON DIOXIDE TO MAKE GREEN BIOPLASTICS

A new system that uses carbon dioxide to produce biodegradable plastics, or bioplastics, could replace the nondegradable plastics used today, researchers say. The research addresses two challenges: the accumulation of nondegradable plastics and the remediation...

Enhance Productivity Via Robotic Automation To Reduce Labour Shortage

Universal Robots (UR), the global leader in the rapidly growing market of collaborative robots (cobots), has advised industries in Malaysia to accelerate automation and adopt collaborative robots (cobots) to help solve labour shortages, increase...

Can zero-calorie sweeteners raise your risk for cardiovascular disease?

While artificial sweeteners may seem like a good alternative to sugar to reduce caloric intake, a study published in The BMJTrusted Source suggests there may be a connection between such sweeteners and an increased risk for cardiovascular...

7 investors discuss how agtech can solve agriculture’s biggest problems

Climate change and geopolitical instability are wreaking havoc on agriculture. To gauge how VCs are responding to these issues, we spoke with seven investors. For starters, rising greenhouse gas emissions are driving punishing droughts and storms,...

UAE food packaging industry set to lead the future growth of the entire industry...

Food packaging plays a pivotal role in preserving food. The UAE food packaging market was valued at $2813.5 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $6193.16 million at a CAGR of 4.6 percent...

Businesses, employees also benefit from Budget 2023 – MEF

KUALA LUMPUR: Businesses and employees are being fairly assisted through Budget 2023 to face the expected more difficult and challenging period in 2023, said the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) today. MEF president Datuk Dr Syed...

Malaysian Genomics Sealed Collaboration with NIH on Research in Genomics and Biopharmaceuticals

MGRC Therapeutics (MGRC-T), the wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian Genomics, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the National Institutes of Health, Malaysia (NIH), providing a framework for collaboration between the two parties in medical...

New Zealand outlines plans to tax livestock burps, farts

WELLINGTON: New Zealand on Tuesday unveiled plans to tax the greenhouse gas emissions from farm animals, in a controversial proposal designed to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the levy would be the...

Thailand to ban plastic waste imports

Since 2020, Thailand's government has been talking about banning the import of plastic waste. Now it is getting serious. By 2025 Thailand will no longer allow the import of plastic waste. It's decision follows...

Malaysia remains focused on enhancing economic fundamentals, structural reforms

THE government will continue to focus on strengthening the economic fundamentals and structural reforms to ensure the country’s economy remains stable following the ringgit’s depreciation against the US dollar. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz...

Duopharma Biotech bekal insulin RM375.17 juta untuk KKM

KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd dan kerajaan memeterai perjanjian untuk mendapatkan ubat insulin melalui rundingan terus dengan harga RM375.17 juta, menurutnya dalam satu makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia.

Food security: Five-point plan for Malaysia

OCTOBER 2 — In 2021, Malaysia imported a staggering RM63 billion worth of food. The recent shortage of chicken and high food prices have created awareness of food security in Malaysia. Politicians from across the...

#TECH: These solar trees can power your home or recharge your electric car

THE British firm SolarBotanic Trees has developed a prototype charging station in the form of a solar tree, standing about five metres high and spreading just as wide. This project has already taken more than...

Tiga cara bantu Malaysia depani ‘taufan’ ekonomi global

KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan mencadangkan tiga cara utama dalam membantu Malaysia mengharungi 'taufan' ekonomi global. Menteri Kewangan, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, berkata tiga kaedah yang digariskan untuk mendapat perhatian pihak berkepentingan adalah aspek...

Targeting mutation slows breast cancer spread, study finds

PARIS, Oct 2 — The progression of certain types of breast cancers can be slowed by identifying a particular genetic mutation and then quickly adapting treatment, a first-of-its-kind study showed on Friday.

Nestle commits US$1b to protect coffee from climate threat

NESTLE SA, the world’s largest coffee company, will invest more than 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion) by 2030 to encourage farmers supplying its Nescafe brand to employ more sustainable farming methods as climate change...

How to get your coffee fix at a lower cost to the environment

Ristretto, cold brew, shaken, filtered or Turkish style... Coffee is consumed in various forms throughout the world, according to cultural customs. Although its popularity shows no signs of diminishing, an increasing number of people...

Gen Z Is Driving Most Workplace Trends, There’s Good Reason To Listen To Millennials...

When it comes to changing the way Americans work, size matters: the scale of the company, the breadth of a trend, and even the magnitude of a generation. Typically, it’s been generations like the baby...

Branded vs generic medication: are they the same?

Branded medication, also known as innovator drugs, are products that are newly discovered for a specific illness/condition. Once approved, the pharmaceutical manufacturing company behind it receives a “patent market exclusivity right” to prevent other...

Tanaman alternatif mampu jamin sekuriti makanan negara – KSU

KUALA TERENGGANU: Pengenalan sumber tanaman alternatif baharu seperti ubian yang tinggi nutrisi, antara inisiatif yang mampu memastikan sekuriti makanan negara terjamin. Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Makanan (MAFI), Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid, berkata pengenalan...

MOSTI in research collaboration with NanoMalaysia-UIAM for phytomining

RANAU, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) by NanoMalaysia and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM) will conduct a analysis accord to apparatus a phytomining activity at the Kampung...

#TECH: A world without cybersecurity

WITH the world becoming more dependent on technology, many are at risk of being exposed to cyberattacks. Without us noticing, cybercriminals easily access our information, data and private accounts via devices that we use daily,...

Public have strong confidence in local healthcare, reveals survey

KUALA LUMPUR: The confidence in Malaysia's healthcare system has been rated as outperforming the global country average at 64 per cent and is the eight highest among the 34 countries surveyed. In a finding by...

Researchers in Japan Identify Genes to Help Crops Against Flooding

Flooding has become a global concern, putting people at risk of starvation due to water drowning crops. Now, researchers are getting closer to identifying the molecular processes underlying how floods deprive plants of oxygen...

Fantastic Bioplastic

Plastic’s cheapness, versatility and durability are undeniable, but in a burgeoning Ocean Internet of Things, plastic as we know it and the marine environment are a toxic combination.

Jaminan makanan, tenaga antara strategi harungi pergolakan ekonomi

KUALA LUMPUR: Menjamin keselamatan makanan dan tenaga serta persediaan menghadapi perubahan iklim dengan menumpukan kepada peralihan yang adil dan saksama serta pembinaan kapasiti adalah antara strategi penting yang perlu diambil oleh Malaysia untuk mengharungi...

Capacity to spare: US has manufacturing firepower to crank out more essential medicines, researchers...

The U.S.' “onshoring” initiative that kicked off during the Trump administration at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been carried forward by President Joe Biden, who recently committed $2 billion in a bid...

South Korea: How vertical farming can tap into foreign markets actually adding value

“We might be one of the largest vegetable producers in Korea currently, supplying the major retailers and food companies. Our B2B business model of supplying big food companies in Korea helps us to stay...

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen feedstocks for the emerging bioeconomy

The goal of this project is to develop productive, cost-effective and sustainable warm-season perennial bioenergy feedstock production systems on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. The University of Illinois (at Champaign-Urbana)’s D. K....

Economic Outlook Q4: Heading Into Another Global Slowdown As Inflation Remains High

MIDF Investment expects the global growth to moderate to 3% this year, as the low base effect wanes, the pace of growth this year will be back to more normalized levels after the robust...

How ROS loss leads to inflammatory bowel disease

Reactive oxygen species, or ROS, get a bad rap. The volatile byproducts of chemical reactions with oxygen, they’re well-known markers of inflammation. Their build-up can damage DNA, RNA and proteins in the cell.

Nestle to invest CHF1bil to make coffee farming more sustainable

KUALA LUMPUR: Nestle SA is committed to investing more than one billion Swiss francs to make coffee farming for its Nescafe brand more sustainable. Parked under Nescafe Plan 2030, the company is working with coffee...

Bioeconomy and carbon neutrality: ‘Without further investments we will miss the target’

"Without further investments in the bioeconomy, the net zero emission target will not be met." Data issued from the EU project Biomonitor point out gaps in the Green Deal and suggest speeding up procedures...

What to expect when Parliament resumes next week

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 30): The early resumption of Parliament next Monday (Oct 3) will see all eyes fixed on the tabling of the Supply (Budget) Bill 2023 or Budget 2023 on Friday, three weeks...

Vaccine appears to protect against monkeypox, CDC says

WASHINGTON: At-risk people who received a single dose of the monkeypox vaccine in U.S. efforts against the virus appeared to be significantly less likely to get sick, public health officials announced Wednesday, even as...

Farm mechanisation, fertilisation package for sweet potato cultivation can increase crop yield

BACHOK, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- Farm mechanisation and fertilisation package for sweet potato cultivation is capable of improving productivity, saving labour cost, increasing farm-scale crop yield and reducing dependence on imports.

Investing in Malaysia’s oleochemicals

THe Malaysian oil palm industry must develop more downstream oleochemical products to address the global demographic and social changes, increasing wealth as well as improvements in well-being due to rapid urbanisation. Global demand for value-added products...

Malaysia’s economy on solid and stable footing despite global headwinds

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): Malaysia’s economy is on solid and stable footing despite global economic headwinds caused by geopolitical tensions and other external events. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the...

Malaysian Genomics, Thai companies to explore joint R&D initiatives

BANGKOK, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (Malaysian Genomics), a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical specialist, is collaborating with its Thai partners to explore opportunities for research and development (R&D) of new products...

MAFI develops MyKPA to enhance water management efficiency among farmers

MELAKA, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI), through its Agricultural Irrigation And Drainage Division, has developed a National Benchmarking Index of Water Consumer Groups or MyKPA to improve water management efficiency among...

National Energy Policy signals industry players to participate in energy transition

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- The National Energy Policy 2022-2040 launched today sends a clear signal to oil and gas, services and equipment (OGSE) companies to participate in the energy transition as the government prioritises...

ADB rancang bantuan AS$14 bilion tangani krisis makanan

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Pembangunan Asia (ADB) merancang untuk menyediakan sekurang-kurangnya AS$14 bilion (RM64.28 bilion) antara 2022 dan 2025 dalam usaha mengurangkan krisis makanan yang semakin buruk di Asia dan Pasifik.

Every Child Deserves a Healthy Heart

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the world’s leading cause of death, with an average toll of 18.6 million lives lost every year. Although CVD are commonly associated with adulthood, the lesser-known fact is that children too...

Fooditive creating bee-free honey using precision fermentation biotech

Dutch plant-based ingredients company Fooditive is scaling up existing products and introducing the latest developments: LowSalt & Bee-free-Honey. “We feel like the next chapter of this journey has just begun. With the support from our...

Malaysia reiterates support for IAEA in resolving global nuclear technology issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia common its abutment for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in analytic all-around nuclear technology issues, and is accessible and committed to alive calm with the international agency.

Why Job Redesign Continues To Be Relevant In The Post-Covid World

Job redesign – the process of transforming jobs, reconfiguring tasks and redesigning responsibilities to enhance job roles and improve the organisation’s output – has been undertaken by organisations even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Is new malaria vaccine ‘world-changing’? Maybe

September 28, 2022 – A new vaccine for malaria developed by scientists at the University of Oxford was up to 80% effective at preventing disease in young children, according to trial results published in early September. Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong...

Sabah allocates RM50 million to fund agricultural research projects

SANDAKAN: Sabah will allocate at least RM50 million to fund the state's agricultural research. State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said allocation would help the Agriculture Department in meeting its target...

What Can the Bioeconomy Do For You

In many circles, “biotechnology” is a four-letter word. Whether you’re a Jurassic Park truther, an anti-Monsanto activist, or an anti-Vaxxer, the products of biotechnology—real, live dinosaurs, genetically modified foods, or the COVID-19 vaccine—are modern monsters.

Catalysing Malaysia’s digital economy

The digital economy is one of Malaysia’s key economic pillars, currently contributing 22.6% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The number is set to rise to 25.5% by 2025, says Malaysia Digital Economy...

Europe’s generic-drug makers say they may cut output due to energy bills

FRANKFURT (Sept 28): Europe's drug makers have warned they may stop making some cheap generic medicines because of surging electricity costs and are calling for an overhaul of the way they are priced, the...

Syarikat Malaysia bekal hampas kelapa sawit ke Filipina

KUALA LUMPUR: Pemaju, pengilang dan pembekal bahan api biojisim tempatan, Bio Eneco Sdn Bhd (BioEneco) mengembangkan perniagaan ke Filipina menerusi penghantaran hampas kelapa sawit ke negara itu.

Malaysia tawar UAE melabur bangunkan projek sekuriti makanan dan Bandar Malaysia

KEAKRABAN dan hubungan dua hala sedia ada Malaysia dalam pelbagai bidang dengan Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE) dipertingkatkan kepada perkongsian strategik. Ia membabitkan bidang ekonomi, pelaburan dan perdagangan, tenaga boleh diperbaharui, sekuriti makanan serta minyak dan...

Italian Journal foresees Vietnam becoming “New Asian Tiger”

Vietnam may become a new tiger in Asia, according to Italy’s La Repubblica daily after the World Bank raised the Southeast Asian country’s growth forecast. The journal cited data from the World Bank East Asia...

Optimizing Cell Characteristics a Challenge for Stem Cell Manufacturing

Knowing which stem cell characteristics to optimize during the manufacturing process is among the biggest challenges still facing the cell therapy industry. That’s according to Greg Fiore, MD, CEO of Exacis Biotherapeutics.

Türkiye ranks first in aquaculture production in EU

With its annual 800,000 tons of aquaculture production in the past three years, Türkiye has ranked first among European Union countries, according to data from the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry.

First ever shoe made from carbon emissions

This is a significant moment in On’s journey to move away from petroleum-based resources by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first...

Implementation of national low carbon plan will expand average GDP growth by RM13b annually...

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 — The holistic implementation of the National Low Carbon Aspiration 2040 plan is expected to expand gross domestic product growth (GDP) by RM13 billion a year and generate over 207,000 jobs.

Malaysian Genomics inks LoI with UMS, Rinani Genotec for genetics R&D, alternative medicines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Rinani Genotec Sdn Bhd (RGSB) to...

Malaysia has huge potential to become feedstock supplier to SAF – Wee

SINGAPORE (Sept 20): Malaysia has a huge potential to supply feedstock to companies involved in producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Energy policy to boost GDP by RM13bil

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has set a goal to raise the country's annual average gross domestic product (GDP) by RM13 billion with the implementation of the National Energy Policy 2022–2040. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob...

Agriculture Ministry, state govts to maintain gazette on food production parks

KUALA LUMPUR: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry has agreed in principle for state governments to maintain the gazette on Permanent Food Production Parks, as well as to gazette those that have not yet...

Apex Healthcare and Shanghai Pharmaceuticals to jointly market healthcare products in Asean markets

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 21): Apex Healthcare Bhd has proposed to team up with Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holdings Co Ltd to market their branded pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products and medical devices in selected Asean and other...

MAFI Looking At Gazetting Underdeveloped Land To Increase Food Production

Ministery of Agriculture and Food Industry is mulling on Gazetteing, Maintenance, and Modernization of the Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) as well to look at ways in optimizing existing and undeveloped agricultural land to...

New lactic acid bacteria create natural sweetness in yoghurt

Researchers at DTU have developed a yoghurt bacterium, which can cleave lactose in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. This makes it possible to create natural sweetness in yoghurt with less added sugar.

President Biden to Launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order to launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative that will ensure we can make in the United States all that we invent in the United States. This...

Scientists engineer mosquitoes that can’t spread malaria

Scientists have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth of malaria-causing parasites in their gut, preventing transmission of the disease to humans. The genetic modification causes mosquitoes to produce compounds in their guts that stunt the growth of...

PepsiCo, ADM Announce Groundbreaking Agreement Aiming to Reduce Carbon Intensity by Supporting Regenerative Agriculture

CHICAGO and PURCHASE, N.Y., September 14, 2022 – ADM (NYSE:ADM), a global leader in sustainable agriculture and nutrition, and PepsiCo (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced a groundbreaking 7.5-year strategic commercial agreement to closely collaborate on projects that...

Use oil palm biomass as feedstock for “green” jet fuel: Transport Minister

SINGAPORE: Malaysia hopes that oil palm biomass will be accepted as a feedstock for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) given the rising demand for the use of the jet fuel alternative worldwide. Transport...

How To Manage Anxiety At Work

Feeling anxious at work? Here’s how you can manage it according to the Advanced Psychiatry Associates.

Access to essential generic medicines can save 10 million lives annually

GOING by the World Health Organisation (WHO), "essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority healthcare needs of the population. "They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence of efficacy and safety,...

A new, genetically modified purple tomato may hit the grocery market stands

It tastes like a tomato, smells like a tomato, and even looks (mostly) like a tomato. There's just one catch: It's purple. The USDA has approved a genetically modified purple tomato, clearing the path for the unique...

Is there a good alternative to peated compost?

In a greenhouse in Nottinghamshire, Barbara Wright is growing peat. Well, not peat exactly. Wright's company, BeadaMoss, is growing sphagnum moss – the main component of natural peat extracted from northern peatlands for use in...

€3 billion hydrogen bank ensures Europe’s hydrogen economy

The Hydrogen Bank will invest €3 billion to capitalise on the rapidly developing hydrogen economy, helping Europe to forge a future market for hydrogen in Europe, alleviating the continent’s reliability on fossil fuels and...

WHO Advises against Antibody Drugs for COVID-19 Patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group recommended that patients with COVID-19 not receive the antibody drugs sotrovimab and casirivimab-imdevimab. The Group’s recommendation replaces previous conditional recommendations “Rapid Recommendations: A living WHO guideline on drugs...

Anina – reshaping the future of food by upcycling rejected vegetables

Two industrial design students were so concerned by the huge amounts of perfectly good fresh produce being wasted, they spent two years working on a healthy solution. Esti Brantz and Meydan Levy noticed that fruit...

Manufacturer finds new material for toilet paper

FRANKFURT: Choked by soaring energy and wood pulp costs, German toilet paper maker Hakle is turning to waste from coffee production to stay afloat and help the environment. Just two years ago, at the height...

Cutting just 1g of salt a day could prevent millions of heart disease cases

A modest cut of just 1g in daily salt intake could ward off nearly nine million cases of heart disease and strokes and save four million lives by 2030, suggest the estimates of a...

This Blood Stem Cell Research Could Change Medicine of the Future

New discoveries about embryonic blood stem cell creation made independently by biomedical engineers and medical researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney could one day eliminate the need for blood stem...

Why Ecuador’s aquaculture operators have created “business class for shrimp”

Ecuador’s relatively extensive shrimp farming techniques have ensured that their shrimp are robust enough to cope with the presence of pathogens that would be disastrous in most parts of Asia – allowing them to...

Global emissions targets spell growth for CO2 tech sector

Companies that produce technologies to remove or reduce carbon emissions are “poised for strong continued growth,” reaching an expected value of $1.4 trillion by 2027, according to new market research. The research report, recently released...

Biotechnology community lauds DBN 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- The country’s biotechnology fraternity has lauded the government’s launch of the National Biotechnology Policy 2.0 (DBN 2.0). The National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) chief executive professor Prof Datuk...

3D Gens muncul syarikat tempatan pertama di Malaysia hasilkan implan khusus pesakit

KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat teknologi 3D Gens Sdn Bhd (3D Gens) tampil menjadi syarikat tempatan pertama di Malaysia menghasilkan implan khusus pesakit (PSI) dengan menggunakan cetakan logam 3D yang disasarkan kepada pesakit yang memerlukan bantuan...

Food supply chain approach, alternative imported food sources to be reviewed, says Annuar Musa

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 12): The Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation will review the aspects of the food supply chain approach and distribution, and find alternative sources of imported food to reduce price and...

How can the waste sector face the current challenges?

Waste management is a universal issue affecting the daily health, productivity and cleanliness of communities. Poorly managed waste is contaminating the world’s oceans, clogging drains and causing flooding, transmitting diseases, increasing respiratory problems through airborne...

DBN 2.0 fokus sekuriti makanan, kesihatan, perubahan iklim

KUALA LUMPUR - Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0) yang dilancarkan pada Isnin akan memberi tumpuan kepada tiga tunjang utama dalam memperkasakan sektor berkenaan seiring aspirasi menjadikan Malaysia sebagai negara berteknologi tinggi menjelang 2030.

Malaysia’s vaccine development at animal preclinical trials

KUALA LUMPUR: The status of vaccines being developed under the National Vaccine Development Roadmap (PPVN) is now at the stage of preclinical trials on animals, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr...

26 agricultural items record over 100% self-sufficiency rate in 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): A total of 26 selected agricultural commodities recorded Self-Sufficiency Ratio (SSR) of over 100% in 2021, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).

White House Unveils Strategy To Grow Trillion Dollar U.S. Bioeconomy

The U.S. bioeconomy is booming. Valued at nearly one trillion dollars and predicted to grow globally to over $30 trillion over the next two decades, bioproducts now include everything from the food that we...

RM7mil to boost growth and development in biotech

KUALA LUMPUR: The biotechnology sector will receive RM7mil in allocation to stimulate growth and development, says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. The Prime Minister said the allocation consisted of RM5mil for the Bio-Based Accelerator (BBA)...

MRANTI Park’s Integrated Healthcare Cluster to strengthen initiatives at five hospitals chosen as Health...

PETALING JAYA, Sept 9 — Technological advancement for healthcare in Malaysia is set to flourish further with the selection of five hospitals as Health Technology Hubs. The hubs are a part of the National Technology...

‘Ikan kembung’: How the climate crisis is feeding Malaysia’s fish shortage

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The Indian mackerel, also known locally as ikan kembung, is one of the most beloved fish of Malaysians. The stout, torpedo-shaped fish is so popular it has earned the nickname ikan rakyat,...

Cellulose Powder–Filled PP Biocomposite Under Development Image courtesy of Mitsui Chemicals

Japan’s Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsui Chemicals are set to partner in the development of a new biocomposite with a high cellulose powder content. The two companies intend to develop products and bring them...

Mosti focuses on financing start-ups

THE Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) will continue to finance the green economy, electric vehicle (EV) industry and semiconductors, electronics and electrical start-up companies to ensure they do not migrate to other countries for...

EU approval for medical-device silicone incorporating nanotubes

Luxembourg - A silicone rubber compound incorporating graphene nanotube concentrate and tailored for use in medical devices has been granted entry to the EU market, developer OCSiAl has announced. According to OCSiAL, a Chinese silicone...

137 initiatives outlined for agri sector

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and its eight Departments/Agencies have worked hard over the past year to realise the achievement of Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) aspiration which celebrates its first anniversary on March...

Prolexus, SIRIM to cooperate on waste materials R&D

KUALA LUMPUR: Prolexus Bhd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SIRIM Bhd to promote cooperation on various projects, which include exploring research and development (R&D) for waste materials. Prolexus executive director Datuk Au Yee...

Kerajaan tubuh Gabungan Pusat Penyelidikan Bioteknologi Malaysia laksana DBN 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR: Gabungan Pusat Penyelidikan Bioteknologi Malaysia ditubuhkan bagi merealisasikan Dasar Bioteknologi Negara 2.0 (DBN 2.0). Mengumumkan perkara itu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata gabungan itu membabitkan semua institusi dan institut penyelidikan...

Fierce Biotech’s 2022 Fierce 15

The 20th century was the century of technology. The 21st century, meanwhile, has been heralded by geneticists Craig Venter, Ph.D., and Daniel Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., as the century of biology. Those with a penchant for science...

5 AGRICULTURE TOPICS ANY CLIMATE-RELATED EVENT SHOULD INCLUDE

Across the world of ESG investing, SDG impact, and climate change mitigation, a consistent omission has been bothering us at Agritecture: few events - if any - cover the full breadth of agriculture-related solutions.

How to make kelp aquaculture a better carbon sink

Cost-effective carbon dioxide removal technologies play a key role in combating climate change. A team of researchers at the University of Maine in collaboration with Conscience Bay Research have developed a kelp aquaculture model...

IMF eyes expanded access to emergency aid for food shocks, say sources

LONDON, Sept 12 — The International Monetary Fund is looking for ways to provide emergency funding to countries facing war-induced food price shocks and will discuss measures at an executive board meeting on Monday,...

New malaria vaccine results raise hopes of mass rollout

PARIS: A booster dose of a new malaria vaccine maintains a high level of protection against the disease, researchers said Thursday, expressing hopes the cheap jab could be produced on a massive scale in...

“The rise, fall and resurrection” of the black tiger prawn

Advances in black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) genetics are leading to an impressive renaissance of the species in multiple regions, according to Robins McIntosh. Speaking at last week’s Global Shrimp Forum, McIntosh – who is senior...

Phnom Penh encourages Vietnam firms to invest in waste-to-energy, water treatment

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng said the capital welcomes Vietnamese companies keen to invest in the recycling or conversion of waste into electricity and wastewater into...

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MOSTI hoping for allocation under 2023 Budget to empower bioeconomy industry

KUALA TERENGGANU - The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) hopes that the 2023 Budget scheduled to be tabled this Oct 7 will be able to help the ministry in empowering the country's...

Finance Ministry committed to supporting medical device sector

GEORGE TOWN: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is committed to continue supporting the medical device sector as one of the main growth sectors at the tabling of Budget 2023 on Oct 7. Minister Tengku Datuk...

Food security should be top priority in 2023 Budget, says Kiandee

KEPALA BATAS: The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry hopes for an increase in allocation in the 2023 Budget to continue its various initiatives to bolster food security in the country. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr...

EU-ASEAN summit to deliberate on environmental, global plastics management issues

The forthcoming Asean-EU Commemorative Summit to be held in Brussels, Belgium this December is set to open doors for more engagement in bilateral environmental cooperation between both regions, with key topics-such as addressing plastic...

Create a peaceful multi-polar world — PM

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 7): Malaysia opines that every nation-state should be brave to move towards creating a peaceful and harmonious multi-polar world that respects international diplomacy. In expressing Malaysia’s stand at the 7th Eastern Economic Forum...

Primary healthcare ‘a huge part’ of Malaysia’s health reforms in next 15 years, says...

KUCHING (Sept 5): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is making primary healthcare a huge part of Malaysia’s health reforms for the next 15 years. He said moving the country away from sick care to healthcare and...

Sarawak sets RM1 bln shrimp export target by 2030 — Rundi

KUCHING, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- Sarawak’s shrimp export is expected to reach RM1 billion by 2030, said Sarawak Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Stephen Rundi Utom. He said the effort is also...

How Businesses Win by Investing in Green Technology

The events of the past two years have prompted a renewed focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues including a marked shift in what consumers value in the companies and products they purchase...

#TECH: Telenor study identifies 5 reasons why people are spending more time on mobile...

NO sign of slowing down, instead, a study by Telenor Asia found that three in four expect mobile usage to increase and one third of Malaysians expect to "significantly increase" their mobile usage. The study,...

Innovative health financing must ensure sufficient funding investment to meet needs of all, says...

PUTRAJAYA: Any innovative health financing should ensure that there is sufficient investment into funding a "Health for All" approach, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today. He said this at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Health...

Growing agriculture sector for food security, income

Johor has potential to become the food basket of Malaysia and a food source for neighbouring countries through the national food security agenda. Johor agriculture, agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Datuk Zahari Sarip...

Clever compost: Organic materials could help recycle electronic waste

Neodymium may be a strange-sounding chemical element that you've never really heard of. Yet it is found in many of our everyday electronics, from computers to television screens to the engines of hybrid cars.

MITI: Malaysia secures RM9.3bil investments from Japan

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has secured investments worth RM9.3 billion via the latest Trade and Investment Mission (TIM) to Japan led by Senior Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Healthcare industry will continue to enjoy growth, says Kenanga Research

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 8): Kenanga Research has maintained its “overweight” rating on the healthcare sector and said there was a slight sequential deterioration in the recently concluded 2QCY22 results season (against expectations).

Can the queen of Thai fruits cure your inflammation? Research says its peels might

A research team from Thailand has researched and replicated the vital extracts rich in antioxidants found in mangosteen peels that kill germs and halt infections in the intestinal mucosa (hydroxy-xanthones or HDX) and hopes...

Power to Gas with biological methanisation: German researchers focus on new biogas upgrading method

German researchers at the PFI are looking into how existing plants could be integrated into a long-term energy storage strategy based on Power to Gas (P2G). They developed special reactors for biological methanisation as...

Ekonomi Malaysia bernilai tambah tinggi – penganalisis

KUALA LUMPUR: Ekonomi Malaysia bergerak ke arah nilai tambah yang lebih tinggi meskipun berdepan kesan negatif daripada perang perdagangan global dan juga pandemik COVID-19, demikian kata penganalisis.

Singapore sets up world’s first integrated pre-clinical & clinical ageing research institute

The National University Health System (NUHS) has established the NUHS Centre for Healthy Longevity – a world's first integrated pre-clinical and clinical ageing research institute that is poised to lead the Longevity Medicine field with clinical research to...

How are genetic technologies being applied to combat infectious diseases in aquaculture?

Disease and parasitism cause major welfare, environmental and economic concerns for global aquaculture. A broad team of scientists has been assembled to examine the status and potential of technologies that exploit genetic variation in...

Play your role to reduce reliance on fuel oil, says minister

AKARTA: Indonesian citizens need to play a role in reducing reliance on fuel oil and shift to alternative energy sources. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister, Erick Thohir said this was because fuel subsidies provided by the...

Nine Things To Remember As You Chase Success As A Business, A Team, Or...

Everyone has a different definition of success. For some, it has to do with monetary gains, but for others, it’s about recognition, respect, and impact. Writer Ameen Al-Sabbagh, expressed in Entreprenuer.com recently that the COVID-19...

MGRC to establish strong presence, tap genetic testing market in MENA

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Bhd (MGRC) is drawing up plans to set up a regional headquarters and establish new partnerships to tap the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region for its genomics, biopharmaceutical...

Part 1: Key performance indicators for poultry processing

The meat market is an environment of intense competition and the commercialisation requirements increases the need to preserve and guarantee the credibility of the way the animals are slaughtered, and the carcasses processed in...

EU set to intervene to ease liquidity strains in energy markets

(Sept 7): The European Union is poised to take steps to ease the mounting stress in energy markets caused by surging collateral requirements, as companies cry out for government help. Amid growing signs of stress,...