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UiTM Wins Main Award At PECIPTA 2017

Last update: 10/10/2017
KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- 'Glued Laminated Timber Railway Sleepers from Malaysia Tropical Heavy Hardwood' won the winning entry for the International Conference And Exposition On Inventions By Institutions Of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2017.

The research conducted by Prof Dr Zakiah Ahmad from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), which could potentially be used in the railway industry, took home a prize of RM1,000 from Casa Armada Sdn Bhd.

Three researchers received the 'semi grand award' and the first was Associate Professor Dr Siti Hamidah Mohd Setapar from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with her invention 'Biosurfactant micellar Nano System for the wellness industry', that has the potential to assist the industry in the medical and pharmaceutical field.

The other two winners were Associate Professor Dr Palsan Sannasi Abdullah of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) with an invention 'AcBioC' and Dr Syahida Ahmad from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) with her invention 'Danio Assay Kit: Robustin Vivo Toxicity Screening Test'.

All three took home a cash prize of RM500 contributed by Alchemy Laboratory and Services Sdn Bhd and Unisza Consultancy Sdn Bhd at the PECIPTA 2017 closing ceremony today.

"More than 460 researchers exhibited their products, 440 industries were involved and 45 researchers had entered into business deals with industries to market their products," Siti Hamidah told reporters at a press conference here today.

A total of 89 gold medals, 96 silver medals and 183 bronze medals were awarded to researchers from the Higher Education Research Institutes as well as special awards for 12 inventions from the 416 innovative products introduced in the inaugural event held outside Kuala Lumpur.

More than 15,000 visitors attended the three-day conference from Oct 7, and participated by 20 Public Universities, 20 private universities, seven polytechnics and two community colleges nationwide.