Kuala Lumpur, 12 March 2007 – The Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Sdn. Bhd. (MGRC) announced today the launch of its MGRC Eminent Speaker Series with Dr. Mostafa Ronaghi from Stanford University, USA. MGRC will be inviting other distinguished international scientists on a regular basis to present to the local community as part of its endeavours to empower Malaysian scientists with cutting-edge knowledge and technologies in genomics and bioinformatics research and innovation.
Dr. Mostafa is internationally renowned for his inventions and patents in DNA-based technologies. As a co-founder of Pyrosequencing AB in Sweden, he pioneered the development and commercialisation of faster and cheaper DNA sequencing. Officiating the first MGRC Eminent Speaker Series event was the Honourable Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), YB Dato’ Kong Cho Ha.
“The MGRC Eminent Speaker Series, with the support of Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (BiotechCorp), is one of many programmes we are implementing for the local community as part of an initiative to widen the understanding of genomics and bioinformatics in Malaysia” said MGRC Executive Director, Munirah Abdul Hamid. “We hope that this initiative will enable Malaysian scientists to gain first-hand insights into key developments driving genomics research and technology innovations around the world.”
MGRC offers free access to its high-speed genomics research applications portal at www.mgrc.com.my.
About Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Sdn Bhd (MGRC)
MGRC is a privately-held Malaysian company which was established to provide easy access to ultra-fast sequence analysis tools for the wider life sciences community. MGRC’s primary aim is to serve the needs of individual researchers and scientists who require high-throughput applications and new database platforms without the resource implications associated with managing and maintaining such technologies in-house. MGRC currently serves users in Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Australia, and various countries in Europe.
About Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp)
BiotechCorp is an agency under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and is wholly-owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated. BiotechCorp is governed by the Biotechnology Implementation Council and is advised by the Biotechnology International Advisory Panel, both chaired by the Honorable Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi.
The objective of the establishment of BiotechCorp, amongst others, is to identify value propositions in both R&D and commerce and support these ventures via financial assistance and developmental services. BiotechCorp’s key mandates are as follows:
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