JOHOR BAHRU- The Institute of Bioproduct Development (IBD) and Research Green Institute of Science and Technology (RIGST) have established a strategic partnership and held an opening ceremony of the “IBD UTM – RISGT, Shizuoka University Joint Laboratory” for “Bioprocess Industrialization Platform” on 26th September, 2019. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi b. Ismail of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia officiated at the ceremony.

The IBD UTM and RIGST Shizuoka Joint Laboratory Bioprocess industrialization platform combine IBD’s strength bioprocessing optimization and production of bioactive metabolites in large scale and RIGST’s basic and applied research and production of bioactive molecules in little scale with an objective as a complimentary program for Engineering Development And Bioprocess Industrialization Platform (From Strain Development To Large Scale Production).

Professor Dr Hesham EL-Enshasy, Director and Chief Scientist of the IBD UTM – RIGST Shizuoka Joint Laboratory was delighted to partner with RIGST in advancing translational research activities. He said: “The establishment of this IBD UTM – RIGST Shizuoka Joint Laboratory will complete the research cycle and held the industrialization process and development in Malaysia”. The function of the Joint Lab is also to provide a platform for research and development collaboration, a center for training and scientific exchange, and an open platform for collaboration between two nations.”

“The synergistic partnership is complementary and mutually enhancing, creating a win-win formula for IBD UTM and RIGST and the industry in both countries. I receive each and every confidence that the Joint Laboratory will be a successful one with promising achievements to become a globe-leading center in the field of new bioprocess optimization and commercialization.” Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UTM remarked.

Prof. Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Deputy Vice Cancellor of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia signing the plaque for the opening of UTM IBD – RIGST Shizuoka University Joint Laboratory for new platform of Bioprocess Industrialization (From left) Prof Dr Enoch Park, Director of RIGST, Prof Dr Shirai Yasuto, Vice President (International Strategy), Shizuoka University, Prof. Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Deputy Vice Cancellor of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Prof Dr Hesham El-Enshasy, Director of IBD: Prof. Datuk Dr Ahmad Fauzi Ismail indicating the establishment of new laboratory as a promising achievements to become a globe-leading center in the field of new bioprocess optimization and commercialization.Prof Dr Shirai Yasuto, Vice President (International Strategy) of Shizuoka University stating his expectation on the establishment of new laboratoryProf Dr Enoch Park, Director of RIGST looking forward for the successful of the collaborationProf Dr Hesham El-Enshasy showing his gratitude on the generous support of UTM, Ministry of Higher Education and Shizuoka University for this Joint Laboratory. Prof Dr Hesham is briefing the research activities carried out in the joint laboratory.Group Photo of the Opening Ceremony of the “IBD UTM – RISGT, Shizuoka University Joint Laboratory” for Bioprocess Industrilization Platform