Probing benefits of bird’s nest


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  • Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015

1 Tan (seated, left) and Dr Adeeba (right) signing the MOU, witnessed by Universiti Malaya medical faculty deputy dean Prof Dr Mohd Rais Mustafa, Swiftlet Eco Park Group group executive chairman Datuk Seri Dr Abdullah Fadzil Che Wan, Dr Quaza, Swiflet Eco Park Group group managing director Loke Yeu Loong and board of directors member Choy Cheng Chong.2 Swiftlet Eco Park Group group managing director Loke Yeu Loong (left) with local artiste Gary Yap (right) after naming him as Hexacellz new product ambassador.3 Hexacells (front) is a stem cell oral spray with bird’s nest extract

UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) is working with Royal Bird’s Nest Sdn Bhd to study the medicinal values of bird’s nest.

Following the signing of a memorandum of agreement, UM will be conducting research focusing on the benefits of bird’s nest in three areas — Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, inflammation and asthma.

Universiti Malaya medical faculty dean Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said the university was pleased to enter the partnership with the company in order to study the medicinal values of the product.

“The world moves toward scientific evidence.

“There will always be sceptics, but with this collaboration, we could unlock the properties of bird’s nest with scientifically-proven results,” she said.

Dr Adeeba said, recent findings had also shown bird’s nest’s potential in treating osteoarthritis while further studies are being carried out in relation to cancer.

Through the agreement, the university will get an unlimited supply of bird’s nest from Royal Bird’s Nest for research purposes.

According to Royal Bird’s Nest chief executive officer Tan Chee Hong, there was a need to move beyond the Chinese market, both locally and abroad.

Hexacells (front) is a stem cell oral spray with birds nest extract, the latest product from the company.
Hexacells (front) is a stem cell oral spray with bird’s nest extract.
 

“It is a challenge to share this with the rest of the world, and what the professor said is right; in order to reach out, we need medical and scientific proof,” he said.

Tan said Malaysia was the only country carrying out such research at the moment.

By mid-June, Royal Bird’s Nest, which is a subsidiary of Swiftlet Eco Park Group of Companies, is looking to sign on with QMIS Finance Securities Ltd based in the US.

“They will act as our consultants for the company to go into an initial public offering (IPO) listing in the US later this year,” said Tan.

He said they would tap on this platform to showcase bird’s nest, both raw and in products, to the world as well as to attract investors.

Royal Bird’s Nest also offers various bird’s nest-based products including functional food products, skincare, confectionery and beverages.

During the signing ceremony, Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) deputy director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin said the government would continue to fund the industry’s research for economic growth.

Swiftlet Eco Park Group group managing director Loke Yeu Loong (left) with local artiste Gary Yap (right) after naming him as Hexacellz new product ambassador.
Swiftlet Eco Park Group group managing director Loke Yeu Loong (left) with local artiste Gary Yap (right) after naming him as Hexacellz new product ambassador.
 

“Since 2011, the government has provided RM8.2mil towards edible bird’s nest research and will continue to fund RM2mil every year over the next five to six years,” he said.

Dr Quaza said there was a targeted export volume of 200 tonnes of raw bird’s nest this year compared to 145 tonnes last year.

He said that as of April, the country was still within the expected export target rate.

In line with the signing ceremony, the company held a soft launch for its latest product, Hexacellz, a stem cell oral spray product.


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