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Academia-industry collaboration to improve patient care

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) signed two MOUs with Lovy Pharmacy and Doctor2u respectively, on 24 August at the closing of Research Funding and Powering the Innovation Engine Conference 2017. The MOUs cover education, training and research, as well as promoting UNMC’s annual Ingenuity entrepreneurship competition.

The MOUs were signed by UNMC CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall, Doctor2u CEO Garvy Beh and BP Healthcare Senior Vice President Lovy Beh respectively.

According to Professor Kendall, “These two MOUs are a testament to the successful partnership between our researchers and leading healthcare companies in Malaysia. As a leading research university, we are very much focused on understanding some of the most complex and challenging issues to address the current needs of industry. We have worked with many of the major pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology companies and have had the vision to start up several successful commercial ventures, providing valuable services to the pharmaceutical industry.”

MOU with Lovy Pharmacy

The MOU between Lovy Pharmacy and UNMC’s School of Pharmacy is a renewal of an MOU that was initially set up in 2014. It is designed to facilitate undergraduate pharmacy placements and provide opportunities for UNMC’s pharmacy students to be part of an industrial training programme. The close links with the BP Healthcare Group also enable delivery of more varied placements involving other healthcare professionals. In addition, UNMC’s pharmacy students’ society, PharmNotts, will receive support from Lovy Pharmacy for activities in relation to their community outreach programmes. This MOU also facilitates an exchange in personnel in the areas of teaching. Lovy Pharmacy will participate in teaching and learning activities for UNMC pharmacy students on career development, health industry, pharmaceutical products and pharmacy services.

UNMC pharmacy academic staff will participate in the provision of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to Lovy Pharmacy’s staff in core as well as rapidly-changing areas of the profession to help maximise improvements in patient care. Finally, this MOU will also facilitate collaboration in research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

MOU with Doctor2u

The MOU between UNMC and Doctor2U is the first MOU agreement with a leading telehealth provider that provides on-demand healthcare services across Malaysia and Singapore. The MOU aims to create the promotion or joint sponsorship of research and development (R&D) in the area of new technology related to healthcare, enhancement of existing technology practices and processes pertaining to healthcare related services and products and exchange of knowledge and technology between academic and industry players.

(Article Image caption: (from left to right) Professor Claire O'Malley, Professor Graham Kendall, Lovy Beh, Dato Beh Chun Chuan, Garvy Beh and Natasha Marie Francis)

(Thumbnail image caption: Professor Graham Kendall delivering his speech)

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More information is available from Dr Shamini Balashanker, Head of School of Pharmacy, Professor Denny Ng Head of Business Engagement & Innovation Services (BEIS) or Josephine Dionisappu, PR & Communications Manager at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus on +603 8924 8746.

Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Posted on 24th August 2017

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