Monash University Malaysia and B. Braun Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently, paving the way for a collaborative research, between the School of Engineering and the Germany-based multi-national, which will look at developing a functional biopolymer coating, making medical devices safer for patients.

“With 176 years in the industry, and having built a foundation in Malaysia and the region, the mission and values of B. Braun are in close alignment with that of our university. We look forward to developing a strong relationship, which will hopefully extend this research partnership beyond the School of Engineering, to the other schools at Monash Malaysia in the future,” said Professor Helen Bartlett, Pro-Vice Chancellor and President of Monash Malaysia, at the signing ceremony.

Patrick Chng, the General Manager of Research at B. Braun Malaysia echoed similar sentiments, “We’re really happy to begin the research collaboration with Monash Malaysia."

"In order to serve the healthcare and medical industry better, it is essential for us to work together with a strong research-led university. This allows us to gain a better understanding as well as identify key areas of opportunities to create better medical devices, technology and procedures.”

B. Braun is a German company with business interests in medical supplies and services. In Malaysia, it has a regional office for Asia Pacific, a manufacturing facility and a Centre of Excellence in Penang with more than 7,000 employees. B. Braun will be funding the research for a 2-year stint. The research will be conducted by a team from the School of Engineering, led by Associate Prof Chan Eng Seng and consists of Professor Tey Beng Ti and Ms. Poovarasi Balan.