1 March 2017 - Issue 567
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In The News
   Malaysia?s GDP Seen Advancing 4.4%, Economy Bottomed Out Last Year
The Malaysian economy is expected to grow by as much as 4.4% this year, a slight improvement from 2016?s 4.2%, anchored by the ongoing implementation of infrastructure projects in the country, said economists.
   Malaysia Aims to Boost Closer Ties With Saudi Arabia in Trade, Tourism, SMEs
Malaysia hopes to forge closer ties with Saudi Arabia in various sectors including trade, tourism, the halal sector and in developing small-medium enterprises.
   Paving the Way for Green Energy
Enough ?solar juice? to power up to 12,400 homes will be coming out of the Pulau Burung landfill through a 20MWh (megawatt/hour) photovoltaic station, one of the largest solar farms in the country.
   Malaysia Says Saudi Aramco Will Invest USD7 Billion in Oil Hub
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says oil major Saudi Aramco will invest $7 billion in a mammoth oil processing hub in Malaysia, making it the single largest investor in the Southeast Asian country.
   Malaysia, UK Develop TVET Capability
The UK, with a strong track record in both academics and TVET, is a global leader in supporting other countries to develop excellence in their respective education and training systems.
Biomass-March 2017

  • Biomass: A 2017 Policy Outlook
  • Biomass Thermal Legislative Advances
  • Trump, Obama and Wood Stoves
  • North Central Area?s Biomass Reboot
       Coffee Meeting in Singapore Inspires Novel Way to Kill Cancer
    A meeting between an immunologist and an oncologist in a Singapore cafe seven years ago may go down as one pivotal moment in the war on cancer.
       Sanofi and Lonza to Build New USD285 Million Swiss Biologics Facility
    French drugmaker Sanofi and Swiss manufacturer Lonza will invest 270 million euros (US$285 million) in a new large-scale biologics facility that will produce monoclonal antibodies by 2020, the two companies said.
       These Were the 10 Biggest Pharmaceutical Deals of 2016
    A contentious presidential election where both candidates slammed the biopharma industry, with a healthy assist from a cast of cartoonish, price-gouging villains, marred the entire sector.
       The Most Exciting Region in Asia for Pharma and Medical Devices
    With an economic potential still largely untapped, the Greater Mekong Region (GMR) should be front and center in the plans of any pharma, medical device, or biotech organization looking to expand its market in Asia.
       Frost & Sullivan Sees Increased Healthcare Spending Across APAC
    The healthcare industry in the Asia-Pacific region will see increased spending on healthcare, albeit at varying levels, according to research analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
       Alor Gajah Goat Farmer Sees Big Potential in Agro-tourism
    Klas Farm Sdn Bhd has turned its goat farm at Bukit Apit in Alor Gajah near here into an agro-tourism site.
       Sabah to Be Leader in Buffalo Breeding
    Sabah is set to become a leading buffalo research and breeding centre in the country, according to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin.
       Boost for Agriculture
    In an effort to promote food and environmental issues through agriculture, a green house growing organic vegetables was set up in a school in Kulai.
       Research and Study Fostering the Adoption of New Techniques in Biotech Agriculture
    Progress made in the field of agriculture over the last two decades is significant. Technological advancements have played an influential role to supplement the growing adoption of modern and high-yielding techniques.
       Minister Tumwesigye Seeks Brazil Agricultural Cooperation
    The minister and a team of Ugandan MPs are in Brazil to learn how the country has used modern biotechnology to increase agricultural productivity.
       UK Organic Market Now Worth Over 2 Billion
    The Soil Association's 2017 Organic Market Report reveals the UK organic market is now in its fifth year of strong growth and worth 2.09 billion.
       Growing Together ? the Future of Aquaculture in the UK
    Following the success of the Aquaculture UK Exhibition in 2016, 5m Publishing, part of Benchmark Holdings, is delighted to announce plans for an innovative Aquaculture UK Conference to be held in Stirling, Scotland from June 14-15, 2017.
       Entrepreneurship Institute Trains 14 Biotechnopreneurs in Gujarat
    Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) on Tuesday said it has created 14 biotechnopreneurs in Gujarat recently.
       Using Waste Biomass for the Sustainable Production of Industrial Chemicals
    Each year more than half a billion tons of oil?more than an eighth of the total global oil consumption?are used to produce chemicals and plastics.
       Danimer Scientific and Pepsico to Collaborate on Biodegradable Resins
    Biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific and global food and beverage company PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) have announced an agreement that includes development of Danimer Scientifics? biodegradable film resins to meet the sustainable flexible packaging requirements of PepsiCo?s global food and beverage business.
       European Paper Industy Launches Investment Roadmap
    The European paper industry has today launched the reviewed version of its 2050 Roadmap detailing the pathways and investment needed to cut its carbon emissions by 80% while creating 50% more added-value.
       Neutral Fuels First in the World to Created Dairy Waste-based Biofuel
    Dubai-based Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream, and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel.

    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