Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) in collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn Bhd (BiotechCorp)has launched the halal analysis lab at Institute of Halal Research and Management (Ihram), at USIM, in Nilai, Negri Sembilan. The launch, in conjunction with the third BioNexus Partners (BNP) programme (BNP), was officiated by Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, Chairman of USIM Board of Directors. Also present was BiotechCorp chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Nazlee Kamal. A special unit known as Halal Services and Training Unit was introduced for the first time, and besides offering halal products analysis, it would also stress on awareness on the aspects of halal concept via general halal training and practical training on food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and others, to the industry. “The choice of Ihram for the location of the halal analysis lab is accurate as it is the centre of excellence at USIM, and it plays the role in increasing and ensuring the quality in generating knowledge and services towards making it the centre of knowledge of choice,” said Mohd Nazlee in a statement. The halal concept applied at the Halal Services and Training Unit would increase product value, innovation and services and expand the halal biotech products to the national and international levels, he added. Meanwhile, the BNP programme was one of the initiatives by BiotechCorp to support the biotechnology and life sciences industries in Malaysia through infrastructure and up-to-date research services. The first and second sessions were successfully organised jointly by Forest Research Institute Malaysia and MARA University of Technology, Puncak Alam, Selangor.