7th Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry to be Co-Located with LabAsia 2019

Held in conjunction with the upcoming LabAsia 2019, the 7th Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ACCC7) will be proudly hosted by Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM) from 15 – 18 October 2019, at Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

ACCC7 aims to gather inorganic and coordination chemists all over the world to present their most recent research findings and to exchange ideas on the most frontier research topics in inorganic and coordination chemistry. The conference also serves to showcase the fast development of coordination chemistry in the Asia-Pacific region.

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Synthesis ● Main group element chemistry ● Bioorganic chemistry ● Catalysis
  • Biomedical materials ●Coordination chemistry ● Energetic materials
  • Emerging materials and emerging themes ● Functional inorganic materials
  • Lanthanides and actinides ● Supramolecular ●Organometallic
  •  Molecule-based magnets   ● Metal organic frameworks
  • Electronic structure and bonding

For enquiries, please contact:

ACCC7 Secretariat

C/o Institut Kimia Malaysia

127B, Jalan Aminuddin Bakl

Taman Tun Dr Ismail

60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel : +603 7728 3272/3858

Fax : +603 7728 9909

Email : [email protected]

ColdBlock Technologies enters the Asia Pacific

DKSH Business Unit Technology and ColdBlock Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of innovative sample digestion systems have signed an exclusive agreement. DKSH Business Unit Technology will provide sales, marketing and after-sales services for ColdBlock’s full range of products in Asia Pacific.

ColdBlock offers an innovative sample digestion technology: ColdBlock Digestion. This versatile, patented technology shortens the sample digestion process to just minutes with reliable and precise results consistently demonstrated across multiple industries and a variety of sample types. Using focused short-wave infrared radiation, within ten minutes and without any perchloric and hydrofluoric acids in the digestion process, it dissolves solid matter into solution for multielement analysis, hence has a broad applicability spectrum across industries.

“Our product is the next generation of sample preparation. With local expertise and market knowledge, DKSH is a strong partner to support our efforts to broaden our market share globally”, said Nick Kuryluk, CEO of ColdBlock Technologies.

“With our unparalleled regional coverage, sales and service professionalism and industry knowledge, we are confident that we will duplicate our success and grow the market for Coldblock,” said Hanno Elbraechter, Head Business Unit Technology, DKSH.

About ColdBlock
ColdBlock Technologies was incorporated in 2014 after several years of research and development to test, and bring to market their innovative sample digestion technology, ColdBlockTM Digestion. Since that time, the company has collaborated with government, academia and industry to demonstrate their innovative solution while elevating the efficiency, productivity and safety of sample digestion.

About DKSH
DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. As the term “Market Expansion Services” suggests, DKSH helps other companies and brands to grow their business in new or existing markets. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange since 2012, DKSH is a global company headquartered in Zurich. With 825 business locations in 37 countries – 800 of them in Asia – and 31,970 specialized staff, DKSH generated net sales of CHF 11.0 billion in 2017. DKSH was founded in 1865. With strong Swiss heritage, the company has a long tradition of doing business in and with Asia and is deeply rooted in communities and businesses across Asia Pacific.

Source : DKSH Technology Sdn Bhd

Science journal hails Yeo Bee Yin as a ‘force for environment’

PETALING JAYA: Yeo Bee Yin is a person who matters to the environment, according to scientific journal Nature Research.

The Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister was named in “Nature’s 10”, a list that celebrates 10 people who mattered this year. 

Labeling Yeo a “force for the environment”, Nature celebrated Yeo as a strong voice against plastic pollution.

“Since taking office on July 2, Yeo has made several bold steps in reforming how Malaysia manages its environment and research,” it said.

It highlighted Yeo’s efforts to reform the electricity market and her battle against plastics pollution, which parallels an escalating global concern over single-use plastics.

“On Oct 31, Yeo launched a 12-year roadmap and legal framework towards eliminating single-use plastic in Malaysia by 2030, which also calls for research and commercialisation of eco-friendly alternatives, such as biodegradable plastics,” it said.

Reefcheck Malaysia general manager Julian Hyde told Nature that Yeo’s efforts and roadmap was over a realistic time-scale.

“Yeo said that by funding local research and adopting foreign techniques, Malaysia can develop the technology for biodegradable plastic,” it said.

The journal featured a quote by Yeo: “Some people think of problems to solutions, and not solutions to the problem… When business as usual is not possible, you find another solution.”

Original article featured in The Star, article can be accessed here

France, Malaysia launch Hubert Curien Research Partnership

KUALA LUMPUR: France and Malaysia have agreed to create a joint funding programme for the innovative development and high-level joint research projects, known as Hubert Curien Partnership France-Malaysia Hibiscus (PHC Hibiscus).

The first call for the projects will be sent out in February next year, the French Embassy here and the Malaysian Education Ministry said in a joint statement which made available to Bernama today.

French Ambassador to Malaysia, Frederic Laplanche who officiated the launch on Wednesday has highlighted the ongoing efforts on the research partnership of the two countries.

“Higher Education and Research Cooperation is a major component of the French diplomacy. The research cooperation has advanced for the last 35 years, it involves over 60 researchers from each country working with 20 Malaysian universities and 50 French universities or laboratories from prestigious French research institutions.

“The PHC Hibiscus programme is meant to intensify further our efforts and to imagine and prepare future developments,“ he said.

The partnership between Malaysia’s Higher Education Department and Education Ministry, with the French government, aims to support research projects carried out jointly by Malaysian and French teams, particularly by facilitating knowledge exchanges between researchers, lecturers, post-doctoral and PhD students of both countries.

The cooperation will develop synergies between the research communities of the two countries in order to create structured and sustainable high standards research networks recognised at the European and international level.

The PHC Hibiscus involves academic partners as well as private companies to develop common research on environment, biodiversity, sustainability of agriculture landscape, green chemistry, natural substances, computer sciences and data analysis, nuclear and material physics, food behaviour and health, sciences engineering, social and political sciences or archaeology. — Bernama

French Ambassador to Malaysia, Frederic Laplanche. — Bernama

Original article featured in The Sun Daily, article can be accessed here.

MARGMA eyes 10pc export growth to RM18b in 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (Margma) is hopeful of achieving more than 10 per cent export growth to RM18 billion this year, as global demand surpasses supply.

“This year, rubber glove exports should expand by more than 10 per cent to RM18 billion, from last year’s RM16.20 billion,” said Margma president Denis Low Jau Foo.

“In the first two months of the year, we have shipped out RM2.86 billion worth of gloves. That is 12 per cent more than last year’s first two months of RM2.54 billion,” he told NST Business in an interview here.

Margma represents 90 per cent of local glove manufacturers. Malaysia is the world’s top supplier of rubber gloves. All over the world, rubber gloves are used in the healthcare, food-handling and other industries.

Glove-making giants listed on Bursa Malaysia include Top Glove Corp Bhd, Hartalega Holdings Bhd, Supermax Corp Bhd and Kossan Rubber Industries Bhd. They export medical gloves, a healthcare necessity, to over 190 countries.

BIMB Securities Research has a ‘buy’ call on Top Glove’s shares and thinks the glovemaker’s share price can rise as high as RM11.40 from the current RM9.85. The analyst is bullish on Top Glove’s earnings as it will book in higher profits, following the purchase of sizeable rival Aspion Sdn Bhd.

MIDF Research maintained its ‘buy’ call on Supermax as the glovemaker is receiving higher glove orders from China and eastern Europe. Supermax’s new glove production lines in Klang are expected to come onstream in the quarters ahead to meet these additional demand.

Hong Leong Investment Bank rated Kossan as ‘neutral’ and sees its share price inching up further to RM8.90 from the current RM8.70, citing the glovemaker’s subdivision of one share into two by the third quarter of this year will promote liquidity. Kossan’s additional lines of three billion pieces will boost this year’s revenue and earnings.

JP Morgan placed a ‘neutral’ outlook on Hartalega as it felt that upside volume and earnings is hampered by the glovemaker’s capacity constraint. Hartalega’s 1-for-1 bonus issue which has taken effect by the end of the first quarter has buoyed the share price at a high of RM6.20.

In giving a better insight into the business, Low cited Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council’s (MREPC) data highlighting global consumption rate of medical gloves is averaging at 25 pairs.

In China, however, the per capita usage is only four pairs while in India, it is three pairs.

“There’s room for growth in Malaysia’s rubber glove exports, especially from emerging markets. MREPC and MARGMA are working very hard to help raise hygiene awareness in the healthcare sector,” he said.

“Hospitals, dental clinics and nursing homes are placing more orders of medical gloves for the protection against cross contamination among healthcare workers and patients alike.”

“The industry’s ability to consistently churn out high quality medical devices at affordable pricing through innovation ensures our global lead,” he added.

When asked on challenges the industry faces, Low noted as the ringgit strengthens against the US dollar, manufacturers have no choice but to raise glove prices accordingly to protect shareholders’ interests.

“It is normal for manufacturers to pass on costs to buyers as we work on a cost-plus basis. The production of medical gloves is capital intensive and the return on investments is the driver for the industry’s sustained growth,” he said.

Original article featured in New Straits Times, article can be accessed here.

DeNovix Honored With Prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Award for Life Science Product of the Year 2017

WILMINGTON, DE – April 7, 2017 – The DeNovix DS11 FX+ spectrophotometer / fluorometer has been awarded the coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Life Science Product of the Year 2017 at a special ceremony held during the meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Washington D.C., USA.

Hosted by SelectScience®, the Scientists Choice Awards® recognize life science products that have made the greatest contribution to enabling scientists in their work. The Reviewers’ Choice Award for Life Science Product of the Year 2017 is given in recognition of the product most highly rated by scientists around the world based on criteria such as ease of use, after sales support and value for money. The DS-11 FX+ is a unique combination of sample microvolume spectrophotometer, cuvette absorbance and fluorometer that enables researchers to gain quick and accurate quantification of nucleic acids and proteins, robust sample quality control and perform a range of UV-Vis and fluorescence applications.

DeNovix Inc. Business Director Kevin Kelley said ”It is a real honor to receive this award that reflects the experience of thousands of scientists around the world who use our products. The number of five star ratings we receive across all the review categories is testament to the dedication and experience of all members of the team we have here at DeNovix and their drive to support our customers.”

DeNovix CEO Fred Kielhorn added, ”Our mission at DeNovix has always been to provide scientists with innovative products that accelerate their work while providing a user experience and level of support that exceeds their expectations. This award demonstrates that we have achieved this with the DS-11 Series. We look forward to sharing future innovations with the scientific community for years to come.”

The DS-11 FX+ is a stand-alone instrument engineered for rapid and accurate UV-Vis and fluorometric analysis across a wide range of applications and industries. The system includes DeNovix’ custom Android™ operating software, Wi-Fi / Ethernet network connectivity and a glove-compatible HD touch screen. Each new instrument is calibrated for life, maintenance free and backed by an industry-leading three-year factory warranty.

The primary applications for the instrument are UV-Vis measurements for nucleic acid and protein quantification, kinetic studies and microbial cell quantification. The intuitive interface helps users quickly create custom methods that may be defined and saved in password-protected accounts. Results are automatically stored and easily exported to e-mail, USB, network folders, network printers, LIMS, USB drives and label printers. IQ/OQ documentation and performance verification software is available to help achieve compliance in GLP/GMP environments.

Source: BioLifeHaus Sdn Bhd

Malaysia still Taiwanese investors’ favourite

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 (Bernama) – Malaysia remains Taiwanese companies’ favourite investment destination, judging from the cumulative investment of US$12.4 billion (US$1 = RM3.94) as at last September, said Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia Representative James Chang Chi-Ping.

He said the Taiwanese investors were mainly involved in the manufacturing, electronic, biotechnology and high-technology related sectors, investing about US$110 million in Malaysia in 2016.

“We believe the value would be even greater for 2017, as an electronic investment of about RM1 billion alone had been approved last year,” he told reporters after officiating the second edition of the Taiwan Excellence 2018 here, today.

The three-day event, starting today, serves as a promotional platform to raise awareness and interest among Malaysians on Taiwan’s breakthroughs, culture and traditions.

About 100 products ranging from beauty, home living, sports, as well as information and communications technology from 33 Taiwanese companies are being showcased at the event.

Chang believes with the strong presence of Taiwanese firms totalling 1,700 in Malaysia, coupled with the New Southbound Policy launched in August 2016 and close relationship between the two economies, the two-way trade would grow about 10 per cent in 2018 from US$17.56 billion last year.

In his opening remarks, Chang said Taiwan’s total imports from Malaysia rose 14.5 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to US$7.19 billion last year, while exports to Malaysia jumped 32.7 per cent y-o-y to US$10.67 billion.

“Malaysia was Taiwan’s seventh largest trading partner in 2017 (2016: eighth), while Taiwan was Malaysia’s fourth largest investor after Japan, the United States and Singapore last year,” he said.

On halal segment, Chang said 150 hotels and restaurants in Taiwan, as well as more than 800 Taiwanese products had obtained the halal certification from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia thus far.

“We will continue our efforts to make Taiwan a Muslim-friendly destination,” he said, adding that Muslims made up one-tenth of the 528,000 Malaysian tourist arrivals on the island last year.

Original article featured in New Straits Times, article can be accessed here.

Notable Highlights on Malaysia’s Budget 2018

Photo credits: The Star
On 27 October 2017, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the Budget for 2018 in Parliament. Here are some of the notable highlights for the lab equipment market:
Education Sector:

  • RM400 million for research and development grants is provided to Public Higher Learning Institutions (IPTAs), compared with RM235 million allocated previously
  • Special allocation for University of Malaya to achieve the status of Top 100 Universities in the World

Healthcare Sector:

  • RM2.5 billion to be allocated for medical supplies
  • RM1.6 billion for consumable and medical support items
  • RM1.4 billion is allocated for upgrading and maintaining healthcare facilities, medical equipment and ambulances.
  • A sum of RM100 million is allocated to upgrade hospitals and clinics, including wiring systems
  • Construction of international forensic medical service centre at Kuala Lumpur Hospital with a cost of RM380 million

The full budget speech can be read The Star article here.
Further details on the healthcare sector can be read from MIMS Today article here.

Huge increase in R&D grants

PETALING JAYA: Public universities will be receiving a substantial boost in grants for research and development (R&D) purposes.

Describing R&D as vital in bolstering innovation and knowledge, Universiti Malaya (UM) deputy vice-chancellor (Research & Innovation) Prof Dr Noorsaadah Abd Rahman said the budget increase would provide the opportunities for Malaysia to compete at a global level.

“If Malaysia intends to be a developed, high-income nation, we need to have our own knowledge and technology rather than continuously buying them from other countries.

“Without R&D, we will be forever subservient to others,” she added.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) vice-chancellor Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said thanked the Government for the huge increase in the R&D allocation for public universities.

“This will enhance research capabilities and provide greater opportunities for innovation and commercialisation by local researchers,” he said.

He added the R&D allocation would also put local universities on par with many top foreign universities.

Educationist Datuk Dr T. Marimuthu said the 7% target for Indian students to enter higher education institutions, is much needed.

“We need a quota system for now because many Indians are in the B40 category, or bottom 40% of households.

“Eventually our students must compete on merit but for now, we need help.

“Ensuring that Indians have a place in university is important but the government must also address the social-economic issues plaguing the community,” he said, adding that many Indians drop out of school without sitting for the SPM.

“They have the brains to compete on merit but issues like poverty and social ills among the youth must first be addressed,” he said.

  • Research and development grants to public universities increased to RM400mil from RM235mil allocated in previous budgets.
  • Special allocation for Universiti Malaya to achieve Top 100 Universities in the World status in the near future.
  • RM90mil for MyBrain Programme for 10,600 individuals to further their studies in Masters and PhD.
  • New intake of Indians to public universities will be increased to a targeted 7%.