RIKEN Advance Science Institute (ASI) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have recently held an event for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This is for the collaboration of both institutes on the isolation of novel biological active compounds from tropical plants in Southeast Asia (especially in Malaysia) for drug development.
In the event held on the 22nd of September, the USM-RIKEN Joint Laboratory for Bioprobe Discovery was also opened at the Institute of Research in Molecular Medicine, USM. A RIKEN-USM Joint Research Team was established in the Chemical Biology department in RIKEN ASI, Japan to reinforce the collaborative research effort.
Prof Noyori Ryoji (President of RIKEN) signed the MOU on behalf of RIKEN while USM was represented by Prof Dzulkilfi Abdul Razak (Vice-Chancellor of USM). Also present were Prof Kohei Tamao (Director of ASI) and Dr Horoyuki Osada (Director of Chemical Biology Research Group, RIKEN) along with Prof Asma Ismail (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of USM) and Prof M Jegathesan (Pro-Chancellor of USM).
This is an exciting collaboration as it facilitates exchange of expertise between both institutes and also allows young scientists from USM to carry out research in the prestigious RIKEN institute in Japan.
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