SRDC signs MoUs with five parties to develop biomedical research and human capital training

Abang Johari witnessing the MoU exchange between SRDC represented by Dr Peter Morin and Swinburne represented by Professor Lau while other dignitaries look on. Photo credit: Sarawak Information Department

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, July 26: Sarawak Research and Development Council (SRDC) have signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Amili Private & Limited (Singapore), Cambridge Spark (United Kingdom), Australian National Medical Research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Swinburne University of Technology Campus Sarawak, to form strategic collaborations in biomedical research and human capital training.

Following the travel restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic, Amili Pte Ltd chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder Associate Professor Jeremy Lim as well as Cambridge Spark founder and CEO Dr Raoul Gabriel Urma were only able to send a video message to express their appreciation and thanks for their collaborations with SRDC.

The two video messages were played in front of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and other dignitaries during the launching of the SRDC and the SIDC office at Jalan Datuk Abang Abdul Rahim here today.

Despite that, the chief minister was able to witness the physical exchange of MoUs between SRDC and Unimas as well as Swinburne University.

SRDC was represented by its general manager Dr Peter Morin Nissom while Unimas was represented by its vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and Swinburne was represented by its pro vice chancellor and CEO Professor Lau Hieng Ho.

Abang Johari noted that these MoUs would enable SRDC to collaborate with the said parties in the areas of biomedical sciences and Human Capital Development in efforts to develop biomedical industries and related fields apart from enhancement of human capital through knowledge and technology transfer in Sarawak.

“These (parties) will add to our current existing list of collaborators including Cambridge Academic of Therapeutic Sciences, University of Cambridge,” he said.

Also present were Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong; Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee; and State Attorney-General Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid. — DayakDaily