Some big events this year are helping Malaysia build its reputation as a global hub for biotechnology research and development, providing the chance to show off Malaysia’s progress so far and assisting collaboration and networking opportunities with some of the world’s most major players.

Several Malaysian representatives attended the 2011 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) International Convention, which ends today in Washington DC. The world’s largest conference of its kind, it brought together 1,700 attendees from world’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector and related policymakers. Malaysia’s delegation included the Malaysian Genomic Institute, Agro Biotechnology Institute, Malaysia Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Institute, Kulim HiTech Park and Invest Melaka.

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was even given the honor of launching the convention with BIO President and CEO, James C. Greenwood, and Maryland State Governor, Martin O’Malley. The Deputy PM will meet with US based companies to highlight Malaysia’s latest biotech incentives and hopefully encourage them to invest in the local sector.

The other big event is the 8th annual BioMalaysia 2011 conference, from 21-23 November at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The region’s largest biotech event features a conference and exhibition, as well as the 2011 ‘BioInno Awards‘ to recognize gains made by Malaysians in the biotech sector who will then go on to represent the country in international awards competitions.

Malaysia’s event also includes the sixth annual 2011 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy on 29 November, the first time the summit has been held outside the United States.

sources: MIDA, various conferences