Job Demand for Biotechnology Graduates in Malaysia
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There have been many people who have been saying that there are no jobs in Malaysia for biotechnology graduates. While this
may be partly true, Malaysia has some development as described in the article below. I would personally recommend to students who have a passion for biotechnology not to give up their dreams but to pursue a biotechnology degree course at a reputable university in Malaysia with excellent facilities such as UCSI University or Nilai University and then go on to the Masters in Singapore.
Singapore is very established in their biotechnology with the setting up of Biopolis. To work in the biotechnology field, students must go for at least a Master degree and go for the Ph.D if possible.
Biotechnology has been identified as an integral part of Malaysia’s plan to accelerate the nation’s transformation into an innovation-driven, knowledge-based economy, said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin. He said the government had implemented the Bioeconomy Transformation Programme or BTP in its efforts to enhance and complement the National Biotechnology Policy.
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Job Demand for Biotechnology in Malaysia
The Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp) is confident that BioNexus-status companies will achieve a combined revenue of RM3 billion by the end this year, as most launch their products for sale in the market, said its CEO Datuk Dr Mohd Nazlee Kamal. Last year, the total revenue of BioNexus companies was RM1.1 billion, with many of their products still in the market strategy stage of commercialisation. “Our companies are now producing more products and getting their products into the market.
To date, there are 224 BioNexus-status companies. Mohd Nazlee said
BiotechCorp targets to attract close to RM3 billion of investments in Malaysia’s biotechnology sector this year, exceeding its initial target of RM1.7 billion. To date, he said close to RM2 billion worth of investments have been clinched, with the bulk of it coming from the US, Japan and France as well as locally.
Bio-XCell, a 160-acre biotechnology park at Nusajaya housed in the Iskandar region of Johor, Malaysia.The development has already received anchor tenants such as Agila and Biocon from India, MetEx from France and Glycos Biotechnologies from the U.S.A. A premier biotechnology park and ecosystem facility; Bio-XCell will position Malaysia as a world leading biotech location; focusing in building bio-economy together with the Asia Pacific’s market connecting to the international market.
Biotechnology jobs in Singapore
Singapore was ranked second in the 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Report bythe World Economic Forum and this
environment is able to continue to draw global companies in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.
Biopolis at one-north is one of JTC’s key projects to boost the biomedical industry as Singapore’s next engine of economic growth.
Given the industry wide challenges facing the pharmaceutical and biotech markets Singapore has established itself as a highly conducive place to undertake research. Singapore has cultivated a network of government agencies, R&D infrastructure, access to diverse talents, hospitals, universities, CRO’s and manufacturing facilities, which has allowed a highly innovative culture to develop.
With this expansion comes the creation of many new jobs across the sector and the increase in employment opportunities has created great job prospects for local pharmaceutical and biotech professionals, as well as those wishing to apply their expertise in the global market by moving to Singapore.
Who works at Biopolis Singapore?
Philip Yeo, the mastermind of the Biopolis, a new biomedical research hub in Singapore has recruited about 100 other stars from academic medicine.
Among those recruits are the British experts Alan Colman, who helped clone Dolly the sheep in 1996 and now focuses on diabetes, and David P. Lane, who discovered the p53 tumor-suppressor gene.
Today, about 10,000 people from more than 50 nations are employed at the Biopolis, which has grown to seven buildings since 2003.
As the premier research hub for Biomedical Science, Biopolis hosts key public
and private biomedical research institutes and organisations. When fully developed, the Biopolis will anchor the development of the entire research and development (R&D) value chain of life sciences. This will encompass basic drug discovery, clinical development and medical technology research.
Biopolis provides researchers with cutting-edge shared facilities such as laboratories for DNA sequencing, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance staffed by trained technicians.
Business support facilities such as meeting rooms and theatrettes are also available for rent. The goal is to help biomedical companies cut R&D capital spending so they can focus the investment on accelerating drug discovery and development.
Well-known pharmaceutical companies such as Abbott, GSK, Novartis, PharmaLogicals, Novartis, Merlion, MSD, S*Bio, Takeda, Inviragen and CellResearch Corp as well as researchers from the private and public sectors have made Biopolis their home. However, it is not limited to pharma and biotech, as Medtronic the global medical device company invested heavily in Singapore and joins a number of important medical device companies. Today these companies and many more manufacture over S$21bn worth of medicines, nutritional products and medical devices for the global market. Specifically, biologics, rare and tropical diseases all feature highly among growth investment areas in Singapore.
Companies like Cytos Biotechnology, BioMerieux, Humalys and Siena Biotech are all in research collaborations in Singapore but it is also home to high numbers of smaller companies including Illumina, Scigen, Proligo Singapore, Chakra Biotech Pte, Invida Holdings, Veredus Laboratories and Innogene Kalbiotech. The combination of big pharma and biotechnology companies setting up in Singapore has led to the creation of a great number of interesting life science jobs for the international employment market.
Procter & Gamble (P&G), the world’s leading consumer health giant, has taken up the entire Phase 4 of the Biopolis for its Singapore Innovation Centre.
The S$250 million Innovation Centre will undertake strategic upstream corporate research through collaborative research with A*STAR, focusing on new innovations for consumers. The facility will house 400 researchers when fully completed in 2013.
Novartis, which plans to move its Institute for Tropical Diseases into one of two Biopolis buildings designated for private tenants, is fulfilling both counts. The institute’s director is Alex Matter, former head of oncology research at Novartis, who spearheaded the development of the cancer drug Gleevec.
The goal at the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases, which came to Singapore in 2003, was to develop drugs to treat tuberculosis, malaria and dengue fever close to where these diseases are most prevalent, said Paul Herrling, head of corporate research at Novartis International A.G.
This work requires an understanding not only of molecular biology, but also of the cultural environment that may impede prevention and “how doctors in the region think and use medication,” he said.
Although Novartis is a major tenant, a significant amount of space at Biopolis will be taken up by five research institutes run by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) — the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the Bioinformatics Institute (BII), the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) and the Bioprocessing Technology Institute.
Tuas Biomedical Park, Singapore
Tuas Biomedical Park (TBP) is a world-class manufacturing hub, hosting process development and manufacturing operations of
major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies. Located at the western tip of Singapore, the TBP is only 60 minutes from Changi International Airport, 5 minutes from the Tuas Checkpoint to Malaysia and 20 minutes away from Jurong Port. The 312 ha TBP is strategically located to provide companies with access to skilled talent, research expertise, and air and sea logistics.
Leading global biomedical companies have invested in about 20 commercial-scale facilities in Singapore, which houses process development operations and
manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and novel medicines. Both Pfizer and MSD GmbH have partnered Tuas Power, a leading Singapore based energy and utilities solutions provider, to develop state-of-the-art trigeneration facilities.
TBP is home to a host of global biomedical players, including GlaxoSmithKline, Lonza, MSD GmbH, Novartis, Pfizer and Roche.
Graduates in biotechnology can find work in the following areas:
- Antibody technology
- Biosensor technology
- Bioactive Therapeutics
- Biopesticides & Biofertilizers
- Biotech and Medical Equipment
- Cell culture technology
- Cloning technology
- Chemicals & Dyes
- Contract research & manufacturing services
- DNA & Protein chip technology
- Drug discovery & development
- Environmental Biotechnologies
- Food processing
- Genetically Modified Plants
- Hybrid Seeds
- Herbal Products
- Household consumables
- Instrumentation & Lab Equipment
- Industrial Enzymes
- Medical Diagnostics
- Microbial Strains
- Oligonucleotides Proteomics
- Specialized logistics
- Tissue engineering technology
- Tissue Culture
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