Wit­nesses’ par­tic­i­pa­tion of 67 com­pa­nies, over 6,000 vis­i­tors

BioMalaysia & Asia Pa­cific Bioe­con­omy 2017

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Event - Priyanka Ba­j­pai priyanka.ba­j­pai@mmac­tiv.com

Malaysia’s pre­mier biotech­nol­ogy event BioMalaysia & Asia Pa­cific Bioe­con­omy 2017 con­cluded its 15th edi­tion on Septem­ber 13, 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The 3-day event, which be­gan on Septem­ber 11 packed with fo­rums and ex­hi­bi­tions was of­fi­ci­ated by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Science, Tech­nol­ogy & In­no­va­tion (MOSTI), Dr Mohd Azhar bin Ya­haya on be­half of the MOSTI Min­is­ter, Pan­glima Wil­fred Ma­dius Tan­gau. BioMalaysia & Asia Pa­cific Bioe­con­omy 2017 was jointly or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Science, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (MOSTI), Malaysian Bioe­con­omy Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion), an agency un­der the purview of MOSTI and MyEvents In­ter­na­tional.

New Tech­nolo­gies, Re­newed In­ter­est

Over the years, the event has be­come a plat­form for the birth of fresh ideas, prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions and ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions for global and Malaysian biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants. Themed “Bioe­con­omy: Driv­ing Growth and Pros­per­ity of the Na­tion”, the biotech­nol­ogy an­nual fo­rums and ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracted more than 6,000 vis­i­tors and fea­tured dis­cus­sion top­ics re­lated to bioe­con­omy, bio­plas­tics, bioa­gro­preneur, bi­o­log­ics, fund­ing and ex­pan­sion of busi­nesses to the global mar­kets, as well as the way for­ward for bio-based in­dus­tries for Asia Pa­cific. The BioMalaysia Ex­hi­bi­tion saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 67 com­pa­nies in­volv­ing 120 ex­hi­bi­tion booths.

“Dur­ing BioMalaysia 2017, we saw po­ten­tial trade and co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas to ben­e­fit the so­ci­ety. 8 BioNexus com­pa­nies un­veiled 8 new prod­ucts at our event. From the 286 BioNexus sta­tus com­pa­nies, 37 com­pa­nies have gone global. We would like to get as many com­pa­nies as pos­si­ble to ven­ture out glob­ally in terms of part­ner­ships, build­ing busi­ness-to-busi­ness re­la­tion­ships, and get­ting the prod­ucts to those coun­tries and vice versa. This is a way for Malaysia to im­prove our global com­pet­i­tive­ness in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and this is the spirit we are look­ing to bring next year,” said Dr Mohd Shuhaizam Mohd Zain, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Malaysian Bioe­con­omy Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion dur­ing the wrap up press con­fer­ence of BioMalaysia 2017.

BioMalaysia & Asia Pa­cific Bioe­con­omy show­cased the lat­est tech­nolo­gies, in­no­va­tion and prod­ucts from ma­jor lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional biotech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. Oc­cu­py­ing three halls, ex­hibitors came from United King­dom, Aus­tralia, Korea, United States of Amer­ica, Ja­pan, Hong Kong, Tai­wan, China, In­dia, Viet­nam, Thai­land, In­done­sia and other biotech­nol­ogy-ad­vanced coun­tries. Biotech­nol­ogy en­thu­si­asts are guar­an­teed to be awed with re­fresh­ing and lat­est de­vel­op­ments that sig­nify the ad­vance­ment of biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­try.

Ef­fec­tive Plat­form for Part­ner­ships and Col­lab­o­ra­tions

The fo­rums show­cased biotech­nol­ogy ex­perts who pre­sented their find­ings, lat­est op­por­tu­ni­ties, busi­ness meth­ods, mar­ket ac­cess and fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties within the bio-based and biotech­nol­ogy in­dus­try. Among the speak­ers at BioMalaysia 2017 were Dr Mohd Azhar Haji Ya­haya, Pro­fes­sor Zakri Ab­dul Hamid and Dr Mohd Shuhaizam Mohd Zain. Pre­sen­ta­tions were car­ried out dur­ing the 3-day event from RQuest Con­ver­gent, BioAl­pha, Blubear Hold­ings & Me­laka Biotech. The event fos­tered part­ner­ships among in­dus­try play­ers to es­tab­lish stronger bioe­con­omy ties in the re­gion, and served as a cat­a­lyst to po­si­tion Malaysia as the prime bioe­con­omy and biotech­nol­ogy cen­ter in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion.

BioMalaysia has al­ways been used as a plat­form to an­nounce col­lab­o­ra­tions in­volv­ing var­i­ous in­dus­try par­tic­i­pants. This year 3 sig­nif­i­cant col­lab­o­ra­tions in­volv­ing 6 com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions were made dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, which have the po­ten­tial to boost the bioe­con­omy sec­tors in Malaysia. Among the strate­gic col­lab­o­ra­tions and part­ner­ship ex­changed dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony were with Ru­ral As­set Group of Com­pa­nies & Oud­hcom LLC, Univer­sity Pu­tra Malaysia & Malaysian Vac­cine and Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and Al­gaetech & Wat­son Malaysia.

Side­line Events:

Vis­i­tor At­trac­tions Hits the Mark

In con­junc­tion with BioMalaysia, sev­eral side­line events were or­gan­ised by Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion to strengthen the bioe­con­omy ecosys­tem and bioen­trepreneurial ef­forts in Malaysia, as well as to en­cour­age the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of lo­cal in­no­va­tive bio-based prod­ucts and in­crease hu­man cap­i­tal in the sec­tor.

The launch of 14 BioNexus Prod­ucts by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Science, Tech­nol­ogy & In­no­va­tion, Mohd Azhar Haji Ya­haya on Septem­ber 11, 2017. These prod­ucts are gen­er­ated by 8 BioNexus Sta­tus com­pa­nies – Al­gaetech In­ter­na­tional, Trop­i­cal Bioessence, Ligno Biotech, Hope­matic, Gano­farm R&D, Airestec, Ca­reena & Elescaid and Bio Tree Biotech­nol­ogy.

Bioe­con­omy Ex­cel­lence Awards is a recog­ni­tion given to qual­i­fied BioNexus Sta­tus com­pa­nies and BTP project own­ers for their ex­cel­lence con­tri­bu­tion to the bio-based in­dus­try. The awards pro­vided a plat­form to pro­mote the lat­est biotech achieve­ments as well as the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of biotech re­search find­ings, prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Bio­plas­tics Fo­rum, launched on Septem­ber 11, was a plat­form to high­light the lat­est Bioe­con­omy Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (BTP) achieve­ments and raise aware­ness about BTP and its op­por­tu­ni­ties to the pri­vate sec­tors in­volved in the bio-based in­dus­tries. The event at­tracted 200 par­tic­i­pants and ad­di­tion­ally, about 70 peo­ple from Sabah del­e­gates joined the break­out ses­sions.

United Na­tions Food & Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion (FAO) urged coun­tries in Asia and the Pa­cific to adopt a more holis­tic ap­proach and con­sider the wider range of low to high-tech so­lu­tions present in the biotech­nol­ogy tool­box. FAO was car­ried out for three-days which saw meet­ings of Asia Pa­cific gov­ern­ments, sci­en­tists, academia, civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tors.

Bioa­gro­preneur Fo­rum on Septem­ber 12, ben­e­fit­ted from the as­sis­tance and in­cen­tives pro­vided by Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion and Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sory, in­ten­sive train­ing, inkind con­tri­bu­tions, Spe­cial Fi­nanc­ing Pack­ages un­der Agro­preneur Muda and the Biotech­nol­ogy Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion Fund (BCF) un­der Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion. Agro­preneur Muda and BCDP in­creased the in­volve­ment of youths to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor thereby re­duc­ing mi­gra­tion to the city.

The Bioe­con­omy In­no­va­tion Awards 2017 (BIA 2017) on Septem­ber 12, was jointly or­gan­ised by Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion, Min­istry of Science, Tech­nol­ogy & In­no­va­tion and FAO. The BIA ac­knowl­edged the in­no­va­tive bio-based so­lu­tions by out­stand­ing play­ers from uni­ver­si­ties, re­search in­sti­tu­tions and pri­vate com­pa­nies. Among the win­ners of BIA 2017 were from Univer­sity Te­knologi Malaysia, Univer­sity Malaya, Univer­siti Malaysia Tereng­ganu (UMT) and more.

BioCa­reer was a plat­form for stu­dents and jobseekers as well as the gen­eral pub­lic to ex­plore the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the in­dus­try. The par­tic­i­pants over a span of 3-days had the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­view for open po­si­tions, lis­ten to free ed­u­ca­tional sem­i­nars and net­work with com­pa­nies to dis­cuss pos­si­ble ca­reer op­tions and re­quire­ments.

Build Your Own Prod­uct (BYOP) pro­vided a unique chance for par­tic­i­pants to work di­rectly with bio-based man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing BioNexus Sta­tus com­pa­nies. Par­tic­i­pants lever­aged on this pro­gramme to build their own brands and prod­ucts by re­ceiv­ing ex­pert ad­vise and con­sul­ta­tion.

Bi­o­log­ics Fo­rum on Septem­ber 13 fea­tured a panel dis­cus­sion to high­light the cur­rent state of the bi­o­log­ics in­dus­try in Malaysia. The dis­cus­sion also fo­cused on iden­ti­fy­ing ar­eas of im­prove­ment, and chal­lenges fac­ing the in­dus­try, and how the coun­try can strike a bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing in­no­va­tion is not ham­pered, while still pro­vid­ing the most ac­ces­si­ble med­i­ca­tions to the pub­lic.

From left to right: Jay Padasian, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Health­care Bio, Bioe­con­omy Cor­po­ra­tion – (hold­ing the mi­cro­phone), Dr. Ramli bin Zainal, Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Reg­u­la­tory Agency (NPRA), Ra­man Srini­vasan, Vice Pres­i­dent & Head of Malaysia Op­er­a­tions, Bio­con, Dr. Car­tikeya Reddy, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Dr. Reddy’s Bi­o­log­ics, DRL and Ng Su Yee, Chief Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer, CCM Duopharma Biotech Ber­had (CCMD).

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