- Bioworld Technologies Sdn Bhd is a ‘Bumiputera’ company, recently created to undertake the manufacturing of halal vaccines and recombinant proteins such as Factor VIII for Malaysia and other Muslim countries. Drawing expertise from former government servants and private sectors, BWT understand the vaccine market and together with partners that could form strategic alliance for the supply of the bulk vaccines as well have the know how to produce and penetrate the vaccine and recombinants market.
- Vaccine manufacturing is a highly regulated industry and any shortfall in the quality control of the vaccines due to manufacturing problems will results in delay or vaccine shortages. Malaysia is wholly reliant on multinationals companies (MNCs) for vaccines and that does not bode well in an event of vaccine shortages.
- Vaccine shortages can result from higher than expected demand, interruptions in production or supply, or from lack of resources to purchase vaccines.
- Reaslising this BWT decides to take the initiative to produce vaccines to ensure vaccine security and adequacy of supply and at the same time, finds halal-sourced vaccines for the Muslim ummah consumption.
THE VACCINES: Disease prevention is the key to public health. Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
Death Statistics from infectious Diseases in the 20th Century shows nearly 1.7 billion people have died from infectious diseases.
Some of the more interesting numbers are:
- Diphtheria–0.76 million deaths
- Hepatitis B–12.7 million deaths
- Measles–96.7 million deaths
- Meningitis-21.9 million deaths
- Polio–0.13 million deaths
- Smallpox–400 million deaths (yes, 400 million)
- Tetanus–37.1 million deaths
- Whooping cough–38.1 million deaths
Halal” as a Strategic Positioning
- Halal – permissible based on shariah rulings (religious, faith and spiritual)
- Thoyyib – Good or Wholesome (quality, safety, hygenic, clean, nutritious, quality, authentic scientific
- Halal means permissible in Islamic law and those that are permissible are safe and untainted by forbidden ingredients or practices.
- The realm of Halal extends beyond just food include cosmetics, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance and banking
- Globally, the Halal market is fast becoming a new market force
- Bioworld’s task is to accelerate discovery, innovation and commercialisation of Halal vaccines and plasma products to meet the medical needs of the Halal markets domestically and globally