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The current biotechnology outlook in Malaysia

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  • Khairiah Salwa MOKHTAR

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    (University Sains Malaysia)

  • Ravi MAHALINGAM

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    (University Sains Malaysia)

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    Blessed with extremely rich biodiversity, Malaysia is all geared up to explore new high technology to utilize the advantage it possesses whilst to protect its environment. Biotechnology has been identified as an appropriate driver that can deliver economic gains through research and development, improvement of food security, creation of entrepreneurial opportunities for industrial growth, health and environmental sustainability. This paper attempts to address the evolution of biotechnology institutions and the stumbling blocks in developing the Malaysian biotechnology industry. This paper identifies three main impediments in the current Malaysian biotechnology, namely lack of skilled human capital; weak industrial base; and lack of commercialization effort. Besides, a set of strategies are discussed with aim to further improve and strengthen the Malaysian biotechnology industry. In general, the arguments are presented by mapping out the symbiotic relationship between data from elite interviews, archival data and observations.

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    Article provided by Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania in its journal ECONOMIA seria MANAGEMENT / ECONOMY - MANAGEMENT series.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (June)
    Pages: 11-26

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    Handle: RePEc:rom:econmn:v:13:y:2010:i:1:p:11-26

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    Keywords: Malaysian biotechnology industry; human capital; industrial base; commercialization;

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