Program Seminar “Flavour-Savour Your Life “
JOHOR BAHRU, 14 December 2014 – More than 90 industrial representatives, attended a one-day Technology Transfer Showcase & Forum 2014 held at the Institute of Bio-Product Development (IBD), Johor Bahru campus.
This programme was a collaboration between IBD and UTM Innovation and Commercialization Centre (ICC) with the objective to match the best and most suitable business partners in marketing UTM products.
The ICCUTM Innovation Manager, Zarina Mohd Yassin said that several activities were implemented which aims to give adequate explanation on products and expertise available in UTM.
“We started with a briefing session. This was then followed by a forum with the industrial representatives given an explanation about products to be commercialized. The explanation was in fact given by the respective product inventor. which allows the industrialists to ask pertinent questions in relation to the products.”
“Besides forum and briefing sessions, the organizer of this programme also took the initiative to provide access to discussion rooms which may be used to discuss business opportunities between the industry, entrepreneur and the university itself,” she said.
Among the positive output obtained from the programme was representatives from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce placing an order on Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah from IBD.
“This programme has been successful in attracting outside communities and industries in conducting business with UTM. It has also managed to highlight the expertise available in UTM, which could attract more future commercialization activities,” said Zarina
IBD and OPCW collaborated in organizing the 3rd Natural Product Chemistry and Development Programme
29, Oct 2014, UTM Johor Bahru – The Organisation of The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) together with the Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have organised the 3rd Natural Products Chemistry Training and Development Program for the Asian State members. The program commenced from 12th until 28th October 2014 in UTM Johor Bahru Campus. This intensive program focused on the development of bioproducts with commercial value that would eventually assist with the economic development of the participants’ home country.
17 participants hailing from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Mongolia, Maldives, Indonesia and Jordan joined the programme. The participants hold prominent posts in their home country and are mostly expert researchers in the field of biochemistry and natural products chemistry development. They were here to work together with experts in IBD in an interactive knowledge sharing programme focusing on fundamental research and hands on projects towards the developments of bioproducts.
The program concluded on 28 Oct 2014. The appreciation night and certificate presentation ceremony was held at Pulai Spring Resort. The ceremony was graced by the presence of the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Y.Bhg. Prof. Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Omar, Mr Kumaresh Kumar, Head of International Cooperation Branch, OPCW and Dato Tan Seng Sung, The Chairman of National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention, Ministry of Foreign Affair.
IBD’s Director, Prof Ramlan was pleased with the outcome of the programme. He was confident that the success of the programme will assure OPCW that IBD was the best place to train 158 member countries in using natural product chemistry as a way to develop a vibrant industry that can create economic opportunities and promote wellness using their traditional herbal knowledge. 15 years of experience in developing Malaysian herbal industry was shared with the participants so that similar policies and effort can be adopted and tailored to the individual country’s landscape.
The participants were happy to go back to their home countries with valuable experience gained during the two and half weeks.
“Natural products chemistry training and development program has given me valuable information in the area of pharmaceutical natural products formulation. I have got more confidence and the program has opened my eyes on immerse knowledge regarding natural products. I thank IBD UTM for organizing and conducting this program very efficiently and smoothly and has given me the chance of conducting experiments on natural products. I wish and pray success for the team of IBD for their tedious work on development of the institute”
Senior Pharmaceutical Officer
Maldives Food and Drug Authority
Ministry of Health
“I’m very happy to attend this course. I think UTM’s education system is very good and IBD is very professional and the staff are very nice. I think this course is very beneficial. It helps us in trying to use natural organic products to replace chemical sensitized products. Thank you very much“
Disaster Research Institute of National Emergency
“The training was very well organized, I have 6 courses in different Europe countries but this training was the best one. The Malaysian people were very hospitable and thank you for all Malaysian brotherhood”.
“This recognition has put UTM on the world map, especially on efforts done by IBD not only in research work related to natural product chemistry but also the socio-economic value derived from the initiative for the wellbeing of the community at large”.
Azimjon Maamdrahimov, PhD
Harita Go Green Sdn. Bhd., a Biotechnology company from Malacca has agreed to do a collaborative research project with IBD under the topic of ‘Bioprocess Development for Semi-industrial Production of Bacillus thuringiensis: A Biocontrol Agent Against for Agriculture Application’. The main objective of this research collaboration is toward product development of Bacillus thuringiensis as biocontrol agent for agricultural application. This is a one year research work involving optimization of high cell mass production concomitant with high spore production and toxin crystals formation by Bacillus thuringiensis in pilot-plant cultivation. The project is worth of RM110,000.00.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation through Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD). The MOU was signed on 28th August, 2014 after the launching of Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Mah Siew Keong. The launching was commenced during Innovating Malaysia Conference (IMC) 2014 held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.UTM was represented by Prof Dr Amran Bin Rasli, Director of Innovation and Commercialisation Centre, UTM and the signing was witnessed by Prof Ramlan Bin Aziz, Director of Institute of Bioproduct Development, UTM.Dr. Abdul Reezal Bin Abdul Latif, the Chief Executive Officer of Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation was the signatory on behalf of Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation.
Steinbeis Malaysia Foundation is an established non-profit organization based on the Steinbeis model developed in Germany. Its core focus is to link industry players to researchers and subject matter experts from academia and research institutions to promote effective and efficient cooperation. The purpose of the MOU is to lay the general foundation and terms and conditions of the collaboration that will allow Steinbeis Malaysia to promote IBD’s services to Steinbeis’ network in Germany and Europe and also to offer IBD’s subject matter expert consultancy to industries requiring services from IBD. The duration of the MOU is for a three year period.
Source : Institute of Bioproduct Development, UTM (2 September 2014)