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01 THE BIO-RESOURCES IN MALAYSIA
NGS has been granted the Research and Development right for commercial use on Malaysiafs bio-resources, which holds 10% of the bio-resources in the world.
NGS was established in year 2000 with conformation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the objective of exploring the bio-resources in tropical rainforests for new chemical compounds which may lead to new medical discovery. NGS was successful in acquiring the right to conduct research and development from the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) in year 2002. Through this access right and under the guidance of FRIM, NGS is the first foreign company to be granted access to the microorganisms found in the soils of Malaysiafs rainforest.

Subsequently, NGS was granted the right from Sarawak Biodiversity Center in year 2004, to conduct similar activities in the State of Sarawak in Northern Borneo.

Furthermore, the full access right to all biological species inhabiting the Perak State primeval forest near the Northern Malaysia-Thailand boundary was acquired through collaboration with BioPERAK Company, the Perak state owned company.

The Uniqueness of the Bio-Resources in Malaysia
Ranked as one of the 17 Mega-Diversity Countries

One of the basic strategies of NGS is to maximize the utilization of the rich bio-resources in the resource country for the purpose of expanding its business. Although the bio-diversity among animals and plants are well known, there are reports which show even soil microbes varies greatly. Through NGSfs research, a higher rate of rare actinomycetes was discovered when compared to soil samples from Japan, indicating a rich bio-diversification.

NGSfs corporate strategy is to maximize the utilization of such rich Malaysian bio-resources to expand its business and to secure a competitive edge among its competitors in order.

There are 17 countries rich with bio-diversity, known as the Mega-diversity Centre in the world (Mittermeier.R.A.National Academy Press (1988)). Malaysia is one of these 17 countries, holding 10% of living organisms in the world with 15,500 species of higher plants, 300 species of mammals and 189 species of amphibians. Although specified data on microbe is not available, the existing large numbers of plants points to the possibility of high microbe diversity. Moreover, the attraction is not only on the variety of existing bio-diversification but also on the possibility of discovering previously unknown bio-resources.

Research Environment which conforms with CBD Malaysia
Since the implementation of CDB, the access of bio-resources from the resource countries has been restricted from foreign countries. This has become a huge obstacle in exploring new chemical compounds by pharmaceutical companies from non-resource countries. NGS has successfully secured the right to explore the rich bio-resources in Malaysia through the Sole-Collaboration Research Agreement with FRIM. This presents a great opportunity for pharmaceutical companies planning to focus in Southeast Asia, which is less developed compare to South America and Africa, for the purpose of full-scale exploration of the bio-resources in its tropical rainforests.

NGSfs Main Research Centre in Malaysia

Continuous business expansion while conforming to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Malaysia

Support from the Government of Malaysia
The know-how gained in Malaysia after being established for more than ten years has enabled NGS to be granted permission by the Malaysian government, which has been observing the requirements of CBD, to have full access to the bio-resources of its tropical rainforests.
Exploratory and Research Equipment
The Sarawak Bio-diversity Center and the Forest Research Institute Malaysia are well equipped with adequate research equipments and facilities in order to carry out researches on bio-resources to explore beneficial compounds.
Research and Development
Local staffs are recruited and trained by the Japanese researchers on advanced technology. We also invite prominent researchers from inside and outside the country for periodical forums and workshops organized in Malaysia to facilitate technology transfers.
Sampling of Bio-Resources in the jungle by our Researcher
The bio-resources sampling in tropical rain forests by NGS is strategically based on specified data for effective collection. Furthermore, these sample collections are done by professionally trained experts who are well versed in the traditional knowledge of medicinal herbs, have good relationship with the local minority ethnic groups, as well as the ability to deal with the abundant dangers present in the jungles.
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