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[email protected] sees itself as Southeast Asia's biotech hub by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: [email protected], the 524-acre technology park in Bandar Enstek, has envisaged becoming Southeast Asia's biotechnology hub by 2020.

Playing a major role under the National Biotechnology Policy, [email protected] houses the largest cluster of local and international biotechnology-driven life sciences companies in Malaysia.

"We not only accept biotech companies but we also welcome green building development.

"And currently, we have four biotech companies with Bio-Nexus status and two of them have achieved the halal certificate," TH Properties chief executive officer Datuk Roszali Othman told Bernama in an interview.

The latest investor in [email protected] is Coca Cola Bottlers (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of world-renowned Coca Cola Company. The company will build a state-of-the-art bottling plant on a 30-acre site with an estimated investment of more than RM1 billion.

Another investor, Teliti Datacentres, is currently constructing its Information Technology Data Centre within [email protected] in line with the government's Green Building Index.

[email protected] has also been identified to be home to two high impact government projects, including the proposed 9Bio Project — the proposed development of the National Institute of Natural Products, Vaccines and Biologicals.

It is envisioned that this development will spearhead the production of halal vaccines for Malaysia's consumption and export to other countries.    

"As host to the largest biotechnology cluster in Malaysia, we are focused and single-minded on attracting more world renowned biotech companies to set up operations in Malaysia," said Roszali.    

With good facilities provided, its strategic location near KL International Airport in Sepang and support by the government, TH properties hopes to attract more local and foreign investors to invest in Bandar Enstek.

Bandar Enstek, a joint venture development involving TH Properties and the Negeri Sembilan Development Corporation, offers an extensive network of industrial, commercial, residential and institutional properties.

According to plan, it will be completed by 2025 with a gross development value estimated at almost RM9.2 billion.

To date, Bandar Enstek has attracted investment more than RM1.5 billion from government bodies and private organisations. — Bernama
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