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BUSINESS TODAY-UPM collaborates with PNT Research to enhance the efficacy of functional ingredients

Updated: Mar 1, 2021

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has announced a collaboration between its Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing Research Centre (BBRC) and biotechnology company, PNT Research.

The collaboration is set to enhance the efficacy of functional ingredients to contribute towards a society with healthy ageing. It will delve into the huge potential microalgae bring in preventing oxidative stress that has been linked to many chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetics, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).

Oxidative stress leads to premature ageing and is increasingly common due to many factors including ageing, lifestyle changes, stress, and pollution.

In order to help find a solution, BBRC head Professor Dr. Arbakariya Ariff will be leading his team to study marine microalgae TetraSOD®, which is touted as the most potent antioxidant and nutritious marine microalgae functional ingredient.

“We are excited to work with PNT Research, starting by enhancing the efficacy of TetraSOD® (Tetraselmis chuii) and followed by other functional ingredients.

It will minimise the damage of time and let people achieve healthy ageing, so that they may recover from illness more quickly and reduce the risk of getting a chronic disease,” Dr. Arbakariya said.

PNT Research managing director, Lee Bin Hao, stated that the partnership with UPM builds on a simple yet powerful goal, which is to make quality and affordable functional ingredient products accessible for people.

“The world population is ageing, and Malaysia is no exception. As patriotic citizens, we want to contribute back to the community, starting with TetraSOD®.

Our work will be built on a foundation of serious science, with the best interest of academia, industry and consumers in mind,” he highlighted.

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