Kuala Lumpur, 5 April 2007 – Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Sdn Bhd (MGRC), today announced a partnership with Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel) that will see the provision of the latest bioinformatics technology, consultation and support for the University’s Bachelor of Bioinformatics programme. This programme is one of the first to be launched in Malaysia, based on this new industry-led format.
According to Prof. Dr. Lokman bin Shamsuddin, Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Life Sciences at Unisel, “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with an industry leader in bioinformatics and genomics research such as MGRC. This Malaysian company has shown significant growth both locally and internationally by securing leading universities, institutions and biotech companies worldwide as partners and customers.”
By utilising cutting-edge, high-speed bioinformatics applications from MGRC, Unisel will gain a clearer appreciation from an industry perspective on the overall direction and trends in bioinformatics around the world. For the duration of the collaboration, it is anticipated that Unisel and Malaysia will be able to leverage unique strengths in areas such as biodiversity and agricultural biotechnology research while students and researchers at Unisel will gain access to proven methods and approaches in contemporary bioinformatics research.
The key objective for Unisel, in line with the national biotechnology directive, is to create and build a foundation and knowledge base to ensure continued growth of life sciences research in Malaysia. The only way to do this is through effective education and empowerment programmes with the support of proven successful industry partners such as MGRC. Such synergistic partnerships between academia and industry have proven to be a successful model in preparing students for positions within the biotechnology industry.
Munirah Abdul Hamid, Executive Director of MGRC, said, “Unisel’s pragmatic approach in course curriculum development and industry partnership programmes is essential to support the medium and long-term goals of establishing Malaysia as a leader in biotechnology research within this region.”
Multi-tier collaboration programmes such as that between Unisel and MGRC are seen as critical in assisting this overall direction and to convert academic research and innovation into tangible research of commercial value.
MGRC offers researchers worldwide online access to high-throughput bioinformatics applications, and genomic research services. The fundamental technology underlying MGRC’s services is the proprietary SynaBASE platform. SynaBASE finds all patterns in genomic data and stores them into a network structure. Applications built upon this database platform exhibit very significant improvements in analysis scalability, sensitivity, specificity and performance. MGRC is a privately held bioinformatics company whose primary activities are based upon ongoing R&D related to its core technology and the support of its user base in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Unisel is a university fully owned by the Selangor State Government, specializing in technology based courses. Unisel networks with many industries especially those located in Selangor and this aspect is reflected in its curriculum. Since its inception in 1999 Unisel has become one of the most progressive universities in Malaysia. Faculties and academic centres in Unisel include the School of Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Faculty of Medical Science, the Lifelong Education Centre (UNISELEC) and many others. Unisel currently has two campuses which are at Bestari Jaya and Shah Alam.
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