20 January 2017

Monash University Malaysia and Fiatec Bioactive Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian company involved in producing, developing and marketing food products and dietary supplements, signed a Memorandum of Agreement in a mutual desire to promote research collaboration between both parties on 20 January 2017.

The collaboration aims to specifically advocate the collaboration between the School of Science and Fiatec Bioactive Sdn Bhd in investigating the glycemic index (GI) of SUITENA 178, a naturally-occurring polyol and its potential as a sugar substitute with low glycemic index.

“Monash is increasingly encouraging formations of stronger ties with industries and communities because we believe that only by working together collaboratively, can we generate greater outcomes. This is certainly a strategic direction for the school as it will help us grow. We are constantly conducting high impact research that we hope contribute to real world solutions, healthcare and agriculture. This is why I’m pleased with the strengthening and formalising of this collaboration with Fiatec,” said Professor Steven Langford, Head of School of Science.

Dr Loh Kai Kwong, Executive Director, Fiatec Bioactive Sdn Bhd, further emphasised the reason for collaboration by stating that an alternative to sugar is definitely needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle: “The objective of this research collaboration is to measure the GI of SUITANE. I would like to thank Dr Kumaran and his team for putting in the effort in organising and getting the ethical approval for this research because it involves human testing.”

The manufacturing of health food and dietary supplements in Malaysia and the region provide synergy to Monash’s research interest especially in the area of food science, an area where Monash Malaysia is the lead for the whole Monash family.

Technology and know-how may give you an edge, but don't overlook the importance of people in the equation, whether it's your workers or contracts, say the people at health food specialist Fiatec, writes LIM WING HOOI.

It's a small world, as the saying goes, so it follows that you should always ensure that relationships are maintained, and things are disagreements.

this is something that Dr Loh Kai Kwong, 53, co-frounder and executive director of Fiatec Group, believes in. Loh and Lawrence Low Peng Kong, 50, the business development director of the company, which develops products with bioactive ingredients for food companies, hold that people are a vital link in any andeavour.

Loh Says that as an entrepreneur, he appreciates every business connection he makes. And even within the company, he tries to ensure that everyone feels invested.

"Communication is vital." he stresses.


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