KOTA KINABALU: UMS through the collaboration between its Engineering Faculty and UMS Investment Holdings Sdn Bhd (UiNVEST) have held the International Bioprocess Engineering Seminar at Klagan Regency Hotel, 1 Borneo, today.
Bioprocess engineering is a specialization in chemical engineering related to equipment design and development, as well as processing products for agriculture, food, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, chemicals, polymers, papers from bio materials, and treatment for water waste.
The faculty is also related with researches on biotechnology processes used in industries for mass production to optimize output and quality.
The Political Secretary for the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Joisin Romut, said the government’s recognition for the biotechnology sector has led to the making of new policy.
Since its implementation in 2005, he said these policies have entered its third phase where priority will be given to homegrown companies as global biotechnology player focused on developing the industry as a main business sector..
“The sector has received government’s support because it is contributing to economic growth and it is expected to generate up to US$72 billion profit in the region by the year 2020,” he said during the event, representing MOSTI Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau.
Also present at the programme were UMS Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. D. Kamaruddin D. Mudin, Engineering Faculty Dean, Prof. Ir. Dr. Rosalam Hj Sarbatly, and its participants.
The seminar will be held from 26 until 29 January. –SayangSabah