COLLABORATING TO BOTH ADVANCE MIU SCIENCE AND PLACE ARISING TECHNOLOGIES WITH DEDICATED NEW VENTURES
Under the alliance agreement coordinated by MIU RMC Biotechnology Cluster with Eman BioDiscoveries Sdn Bhd, an initial technology platform has already been identified for incubation under the alliance, with promising applications in generating somaclonal variants of herbal plants to increase active ingredient of metabolites for treatment of cancer cells. In the MIU lab of School of Biotechnology, Prof Dr Arokiaraj Pappusamy, PhD, have developed a means to culture in vitro explants of tissues of Orthosiphon stamineus that can regenerate into complete plants via callus induction retaining their regenerative potential, for use in possible cell therapies. Eman BioDiscoveries Sdn Bhd is now funding the lab’s continuing work on the platform, aiming to further validate it, in a project. Our mission at RMC MIU Biotechnology Cluster is to make a new generation of herbal plants for increased levels of rosmarinic acid for healthcare purposes. Current biomanufacturing processes pose significant hurdles to increasing these metabolites quickly, and at scale, which is why we are excited to work with researchers at EmanBioDiscoveries Sdn Bhd to identify and develop the technologies needed to make this future a reality. We are truly excited for the possible impact of our innovations for the healthcare industry globally.
RMC MIU Biotechnology Cluster has formed an alliance with National Land Finance Cooperative Society (NLFCS) Sdn Bhd to develop tissue culture technology for regeneration of coconut palm at School of Biotechnology labs at MIU to provide sustainable and clonal copies of mother palms for the coconut plantations. Anticipating that MIU may carry the technology forward under license to supply coconut palms to other plantation agencies in Asia and worldwide.
RMC MIU Biotechnology Cluster is also engaged with NLFCS to convert oil palm waste into biofertilizers using a cocktail of microorganisms to improve the growth performance of oil palm seedlings in their nurseries.
The School of Biotechnology at MIU have an alliance with The Rubber Research Institute of China at The Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Hainan, China (RRI_CATAS), to build a sustainable research relationship to improve Hevea tissue culture for regeneration of plants and also to engage in genetic transformation of Hevea brasiliensis. Prof Dr Arokiaraj Pappusamy is the Science Advisor for RRI_CATAS from 2021-2023. Currently, we have proposed a project on genetic transformation of Hevea to secure funding form the Chinese Government.