Published by Kevin Chong @ 08/01/2021

Collaboration between UPM & PNT Research

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) announced that its Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing Research Centre (BBRC) and biotechnology company PNT Research are working together to enhance the efficacy of functional ingredients to obtain healthy aging.  The collaboration will examine the potential of microalgae contributing to preventing oxidative stress.

The cause of oxidative stress is an excess of free radicals in the body's cells and can damage cells, proteins, and DNA; this leads to premature aging and is increasingly common due to many factors including - aging, lifestyle changes, stress, and pollution. BBRC head Professor Dr. Arbakariya Ariff is leading his team to study marine microalgae TetraSOD®, 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 minimize the damage of time and let people achieve healthy aging, so that they may recover from illness more quickly and reduce the risk of getting a chronic disease," said Professor Dr. Arbakariya Arif.

PNT Research managing director, Lee Bin Hao, said the partnership with UPM builds on a simple yet powerful goal - to make quality and affordable products accessible to the public.

"The world population is aging, 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 science, with the best interest of academia, industry, and consumers in mind," said Mr. Lee.

Group Photo at the press conference