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Hi, Okta from business team is here!🙋🏽‍♀️

I would like to share with you the story about our new partner from Malaysia, The Malaysia Biotechnology Students’ Association (MYBIOSA).

MYBIOSA was first conceptualized back in 2015 by an undergraduate student. The idea to form this association came about after realizing that majority of the public has a lack of understanding what biotechnology was and important work biotechnologist does to ease the everyday lives of the people. It was not until 2018 that the association was officially registered under the Registry of Societies Malaysia. The journey of forming a national-level association from just a spark of an idea to officially registering it was an arduous one and there were times that the founding members wanted to give it up. However, through perseverance and hard work, the association has slowly grown to what it is today. From only a Facebook group with about 50 members to have Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages with a substantial number of following and constant updates on scientific knowledge and graphics to educate and provide information to the mass public.

It was not until 2020 that the association began to be active during the pandemic. As the association committee members consist of both undergraduates and graduates, it was tough to find time to carry out activities previously. During the pandemic, MYBIOSA answered a call to action to lend a helping hand to the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative by the U.S. State Department to assist in their Function of Science project. Through this project, mobilized multiple free hand sanitizer production facilities in university laboratories across Malaysia in response to the pandemic. They successfully produced 40,000+ hand sanitizers for free distribution primarily to the below 40 group, front-liners, and essential service providers.

Figure 1 : Function of Science event : MYBIOSA collaborate with GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) involved to assist university to mobilize the production of hand-sanitizer in 6 university.

Figure 2: The local residents that received the hand sanitizer

MYBIOSA aims to be a hub to nurture biotechnology students to be holistic individuals by promoting and organizing extracurricular activities. It is also meant to be a networking and development platform for biotechnology students/graduates. Biotechnology is an ever-growing field of knowledge and opportunity. Providing a platform for interaction among the students allows for easy dissemination of information and opportunities available in Malaysia. MYBIOSA wishes to provide activities that equip the students with soft skills, leadership, and creative thinking skills thus maintaining a balance with the education-centric system. Besides that, the association also serves as an umbrella which oversees Malaysia biotechnology undergraduates and graduates advocate their rights, interest, and welfare. Collaborations with the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation and the United States of America States Department’s Initiative: Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) bring in opportunities from the private and government sectors while also bridging the gap with the industry in Malaysia or abroad.

On this upcoming 20th June and 27th June 2021, from 3:00 to 4: 00p.m (GMT+08), and MYBIOSA will be hosting a webinar session that gives an introduction on and the insights on biogas application in Indonesia. The webinar is free of charge and everyone is welcomed to join. Do sign up on this link and check out their social media page below for more info^^




See you on my next blog😉👋🏾

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