12 April 2017 - Issue 572
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In The News
   Call to Use Latest Technology for Halal Products
Malaysian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are asked to increase efforts in incorporating and investing in new technologies to develop their halal products or services.
   Najib: India Visit Paradigm Shift Needed by Two Countries to Realise Each Other?s Potential
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak described his recent working visit to India as a paradigm shift needed by the two countries in realising each other?s potential.
   University Plans Digital Platforms for Rural Communities
Swinburne Sarawak University of Technology will work with Sarawak Information Systems Sdn Bhd (Sains) to set up digital platforms for rural communities in Sarawak.
   Evaluating Staff and Students, the 21st Century Way
Digital assessment technology is now more necessary than ever, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
   'Ecer Has Attracted RM101.4b in Private Investments This Year'
The East Coast Economic Region (Ecer) has attracted a total of RM101.4 billion in private investments as of this year said the council that is managing its development.
Contract Pharma-April 2017

  • The Challenges in Developing Therapeutic Cannabis
  • Elemental Impurities: A Virtual Company Perspective
  • Continuous Processing in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Pharma Packaging Solutions Has New Capabilities
       How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-dollar Industry
    Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes.
       Dengue Vaccine Approved, Conditionally
    The Health Ministry has given conditional registration for the world?s first dengue vaccine to be used in Malaysia.
       Boustead Sees Another Year of Good Performance
    Diversified group Boustead Holdings Bhd expects to have another year of good growth due to its exposure to six main sectors that are seeing growth in line with the improving economy.
       KKM Detects Three Cosmetic Products Containing Scheduled Poisons
    Consumers are advised to refrain from buying and using three cosmetic products which have been detected to contain scheduled poisons, namely mercury, hydroquinone and tretinoin.
       It's All in Your DNA
    You and your friend have been on the same diet for months. While she is losing weight, you are putting on the kilos despite following every step consistently.
       EU Clears Chemchina's $43 Billion Takeover of Syngenta With Conditions
    ChemChina won conditional EU antitrust approval on Wednesday for its $43 billion bid for Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta (SYNN.S), a deal that could help China boost its domestic agricultural output.
       Autumn Set for ?world's First? Low-gi Bread, Sugar, Noodle Launches
    Low-GI bread, sugar and noodles, and salt with 40% less sodium content, are all poised to blast onto the market this year, thanks to a Malaysian-Australian company that specialises in developing ?groundbreaking? ingredients.
       Balik Scientist Paves Way for Collaborative Seaweed R&D
    A Balik Scientist specializing on seaweed and algal studies initiated a collaborative research and development activity on seaweed between the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) and the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) in Catarman, Northern Samar.
       Philippines Looks to Asia-pacific Partners to Advance Agriculture Exports
    Increased export opportunities in the region should help drive further growth in the Philippines? agriculture industry, which expanded strongly last year after overcoming the impact of natural disasters.
       Nuclear Technology Application in Agriculture Will Be Widened
    Nuclear technology applications in the field of agriculture to produce premium grade mushroom seeds, specifically the Volvariella mushroom, will be expanded to cut down import dependence.
       MTDC Plans to Approve RM170mil in Loans This Year
    Khazanah Nasional Bhd subsidiary, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), is targeting to approve RM170mil in loans to technology-based companies this year.
       Dutch PIB Palmeres Consortium Signs Mou With AIM to Collaborate in Biomass Sector
    Eight Dutch companies under PIB Palmeres Consortium from the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) to collaborate in the biomass sector.
       Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil for Cash While Doing Your Part to Save the Environment
    For many people, they don?t know how to dispose of their used cooking oil that has been used repeatedly, so many resort to dumping it into the drain.
       Zuellig Pharma to Invest Over $50 Million in Singapore-based Innovation Centre
    Zuellig Pharma has today officially launched Zuellig Health Solutions (ZHS), a new Singapore-based innovation centre, established with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
       C-CAMP Launches Accelerator Programme for Life Science
    The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms ? C-CAMP (is a Department of Biotechnology initiative and is a member of the Bangalore Life Science Cluster, which includes NCBS and inStem) has launched its Accelerator Programme for Life Science ? healthcare, med-tech, agri-biotech and industrial biotech start-ups.

    We appreciate these materials which are obtained from:The Star, News Straits Times, The Edge, Bernama, http://www.genengnews.com/, http://www.eweek.com/, http://www.bio-itworld.com, http://www.wired.com/, http://www.latimes.com/, http://www.lifescience-insights.com/,http://www.biospectrumasia.com/, Bio SmartBrief, FierceBiotech, FierceHealthCare, PharmaLive.com, AgBioView, MIT Technology Review, and other numerous internet sources