The partnership focuses on education and capacity building, aiming to enhance scientific capabilities in Malaysia, particularly in natural products research.
Working with the Sarawak Biodiversity Center, the program offers internships at Novartis for young Malaysian microbiologists and natural product chemists. This helps building the local expertise in soil microbiology and in the description of the bacterial diversity in different habitats. Through this education and expertise transfer a platform for scientific exchange and r the establishment of a scientific expertise group in natural products microbiology has been developed.
To achieve its goals, the partnership initiates a variety of seminars on industrial natural products research in Malaysia, which are open to other academic institutions. This provides a broader diffusion of knowledge. A further goal of the program is to promote innovative funding mechanisms to encourage R&D in the absence of market incentives.
As presented at the BioMalaysia 2013 Conference by scientists from the Malaysian partner institute and by Novartis, the local research group conducts the isolation of broad variety of rare soil bacteria. It applies novel isolation and analytics methods to describe new substances from the accessed pool of microbes. The substances are investigated in research programs at the partner institute.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Malaysia|