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Bio Halal 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, DEC. 16 -- The inaugural hosting of BioHalal Malaysia 2013 seminar by TPM Biotech Sdn Bhd marks yet another innovative means to educate and inform the business community on the importance of halal and safety issues needed to be adopted by the biotechnology sector in serving the Muslim community globally. 

With the aim of promoting Malaysia’s strengths in halal development issues, the two-day seminar will see the deliberation of topical issues and highlight the economic opportunities that could be tapped by the biotech industry in accordance with the Islamic principles and regulations.

The seminar was officiated by Tuan Haji Mohamad Nordin Ibrahim, Deputy Director of JAKIM.

Leading the prominent speakers is Prof. Dr. Faridah Hj. Hassan, Dean of the Business Management, UiTM Shah Alam, who will share her knowledge and research on the topic entitled: “Marketing Strategy of Halal Products and The Global Market Potential”. 

Other speakers are En. Aminuddin Amenon, Head of Investment, PUNB;  Ustaz Muhammad Amri Abdullah, Assistant Director of Halal Hub, JAKIM; Puan Rozanida Tan Sri Abdul Rahman, Konsultan e-Advantage Sdn Bhd; Prof. Madya Dr. Rosidah Musah, Asst. Director Institute of Business Excellence, UiTM Shah Alam; and En. Noramin Mohd Noor, TPM Biotech. 

Speaking at the opening of BioHalal Malaysia 2013, Tuan Haji Mohamad Nordin said the annual global demand for halal products and services is on the upward trend among the 1.6 billion Muslim population.

He said the estimated the global halal market is worth more than RM6.9 trillion (USD2.3 trillion) annually. Of this, halal foods alone are worth about RM2.1 trillion, accounting for about 30.4 per cent.

“The opportunities to be tapped in the global market continue to remain bright and this will be especially advantageous for Malaysia as the leading advocator for halal food production and services.

“BioHalal Malaysia 2013 is timely. It should serve as an invaluable platform for all relevant agencies and the business community, especially the biotech industry, to update themselves on the topical issues, development and strategies needed for Malaysian biopreneurs and entrepreneurs to move forward in meeting the global demand,” he added.

In addition to the seminar, there is also an exhibition of a range of herbal and natural products that were successfully commercialized by more than 20 companies that have commissioned TPM Biotech’s services and manufacturing capabilities.

Meanwhile, YB Dato’ Nasarudin Hashim, Chairman of Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd said the idea of hosting the BioHalal Malaysia 2013 was conceptualized recently following the company’s observation and research into the ways and means of how to proactively promote and encourage the greater expansion of life sciences and biotechnology that has the potential to boost Malaysia’s economic transformation.

Nasarudin said since the inception of TPM Biotech Sdn Bhd in 2006, the company has made significant progress in assisting the development of biotechnology industry by successfully creating more than 560 Malaysian entrepreneurs and companies.

“Our capability and professional expertise as a one-stop centre to facilitate the development of new biopreneurs and entrepreneurs has helped generate and contribute more than 1.2 percent in revenue to the nation’s GDP over the past seven years,” he said.               

The professional services provided by TPM Biotech ranges from advisory/counseling on project evaluation for its viability, incubation services, quality manufacturing facilities, R&D services to scientific halal analysis and testing, applications and recommendations for governmental technology grants, registration of intellectual property and funding as well as a structured mentoring system.

TPM Biotech has invested about RM6 million in the recent upgrading of its Halal Science Laboratory that has been equipped with the latest technologies for the testing and analysis of halal issues in tandem with international benchmark.

“With the latest technology, we are confident that we can effectively and efficiently serve our existing and potential clients to meet the highest international standard in halal requirements for food production,” added Nasarudin. 

The TPM Biotech manufacturing facilities in both Pahang and Perlis have earned Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) status. The GMP was accorded to TPM Biotech by the Ministry of Health’s National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau.

It has earned internationally recognized accreditations with ISO9001:2008 and IEC 17025 certifications as well as being approved halal by JAKIM.

In addition, its functional food processing area is a HACCP accredited facility. All these accreditations, certifications and large commercial production capacity make TPM Biotech as the preferred choice for grassroots entrepreneur products and services.

TPM Biotech is a subsidiary of Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd, an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Date: December 18, 2013
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