THE US$1mil (RM3.67mil) Toronto-based ChondroGene Ltd research and development centre in Lam Wah Ee Hospital will be ready by June.
The centre introduces genetic approaches to diagnose diseases.
Founder and president Prof Choong Chin Liew said the centre was now doing clinical work with patients after having focussed on research for years.
“Apart from Lam Wah Ee Hospital, we are also cooperating with Island Hospital to develop an R&D centre there,” he said after the launching of Penang Biotechnology Symposium 2006 recently.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said Penang is poised for major development in the biotechnology sector.
He said that the state was developing MSC cybercities, moving into biopharmaceuticals and marine biotech R&D as well as promoting e-commerce and e-logistics.
More than 80 participants took part in the symposium organised by Nantah Education and Research Foundation in collaboration with Invest Penang and ChondroGene Inc.
Themed ‘Developing Medical Biotechnology in Malaysia’, the symposium’s guest speakers were Prof Regis B. Kelly, Rory Riggs, David K. Rosen, Wayne Marshall, Paul Denny Allen and Gaillina J. Liew.