KUALA LUMPUR, 10 June : Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) through the Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD) hosted the 5th International Conference on Biotechnology for the Wellness Industry (ICBWI) . The two-day conference was held at  UTM Kuala Lumpur on 10 – 11 June 2014. With the theme Wellness for Health and Productivity, the conference brought together experts and participants from across the globe to share their experiences, ideas and insights related to the bioproduct industry.


The conference was officiated by YBhg. Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali, Chairman of the UTM Board of Directors and attended by 140 local and international participants. Tan Sri Abdul Halim also witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  Signing Ceremony between UTM and Chaipatanna Foundation, Thailand. The MoU marks the start of a collaborative partnership between the two institutions on matters pertaining to research and development in bioproducts and wellness. UTM will also sponsor 5 Thai students to study at the post-graduate level at UTM.


IBD, located in UTM Johor Bahru is a Centre of Excellence focused on Research, Development and Commercialization of innovative bioproducts to support and elevate the nation’s wellness industry. It assists in developing high value components and processing technology for industries such as nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, phytochemicals, flavour and fragrance, food ingredients, probiotics, biofertilizers and biopesticides. IBD is equipped with multi-purpose facilities and manned by a group of highly skilled multi-disciplinary experienced personnel. Research is carried out in  ISO certified laboratories which ensures quality in accordance with international standards.