Malaysia starts global “Solidarity Trial” – a research effort to test possible treatments for COVID-19

PUTRAJAYA, 6th April 2020 – The “Solidarity Trial”, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), will see Malaysia’s involvement in an international effort to test several drugs in treating COVID-19.

The WHO globally coordinated trial is an unprecedented effort to collect reliable data and compare the safety and effectiveness of four treatment protocols using different combinations of Remdesivir, Lopinavir/Ritonavir, Interferon beta, Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine.

The Director General of Health, Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, MOH has fast-tracked the process to implement the drug trials to treat patients with COVID-19, which will begin soon. The nine MOH hospitals included are Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Pulau Pinang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Melaka Hospital, Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, Sarawak General Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The global pandemic is affecting more than 180 countries, and one of these drugs may be our best hope for treating people infected with COVID-19,” said Dr Ying-Ru Lo, the Head of Mission and WHO Representative to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. “This is our chance, as a global community, to turn the tide against the pandemic. Malaysia will be a valued partner in this trial to evaluate potential treatments that are more effective, and to save lives in the global battle to fight this virus.”

The research will be headed by Dr Chow Ting Soo, Infectious Disease (ID) Consultant at Pulau Pinang Hospital with a team comprising of 16 ID physicians and pharmacists as Co-Investigators at the respective MOH hospitals. Director General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah gave his assurance that the trial will adhere to all safety standards set by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.

“Malaysia’s participation in this worldwide trial could help find life-saving medicines for COVID-19 through evaluating their safety and effectiveness,” said Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He added that MOH Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) and Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) would help facilitate the implementation of the WHO-initiated trial in Malaysia.


Media contact :
WHO: Dr Cory Couillard, Consultant WHO Country Office in Malaysia:;  +6017 6487520
MOH Malaysia: Dr Goh Pik Pin; Ministry Of Health Malaysia;;  +6013 3336822


Source: WHO Joint News Release

I Am Aware Photography Series Launch and Exhibition at Ministry of Health, Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA, 19 December 2019 – The Ministry of Health aims to improve and provide better health care in the country by supporting the clinical research industry as well as in promoting participation in clinical trials.

Clinical trials which are largely funded by global pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies brings various innovative treatment options to clinical trial participants. Patients who participate in clinical trials receive either a promising new treatment or the best available conventional treatment. Especially in the area of cancer treatment, clinical trials have been proven to offer some of the most effective cancer treatments currently available today.

These clinical trials are often been misconstrued as experimental testing on patients despite the significant impact made on improving medical treatments. The misconception continues with the public’s limited understanding due to the lack of exposure on clinical trials.

The Health Ministry seeks to correct these misconceptions as well as improve the awareness of clinical trials among Malaysians. Through its corporatized entity, Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM), the I AM AWARE Photography Series collections were developed to raise the profile of clinical trials among patients and the general public in the country.

The Photography Series launched by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health, YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr. Chen Chaw Min, on behalf of the Health Minister, features a photo collection of real-life patients that have participated in a clinical trial. It portrays the different stages of a clinical trial patient’s life, sharing their experience before and after participation. “Malaysia is an ideal clinical trial site because it has an adequate and efficient healthcare system with a strong pool of highly qualified medical professionals, consistent start-up timeline, competitive trial cost and strong commitment from the MOH that maintains the quality and integrity of clinical trials in our country. I hope that with this initiative, more Malaysians will understand the innovative treatments brought about by clinical trials and can make better informed decisions”, said YBhg Dato’ Seri Dr. Chen during the launching of the ceremony.

In order to reach wider audiences at the national level, mobile exhibition roadshows as well as instilling awareness through this photography series collection will be touring the country at major public and private hospitals from next year onwards to engage with patients. The photography series, comprising of stand-alone panels and booklets, showcases the core part of clinical trial which is the unsung heroes that have contributed to research that may improve medical treatments and advance medical science.





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Creating Awareness of Clinical Trials through Photography

, 29 August 2019 – Clinical Trials Day 2019 was celebrated for its third consecutive year at the newly opened Women and Children’s Hospital Kuala Lumpur. This event, organized by Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) in collaboration with Clinical Research Centre (CRC) of Kuala Lumpur Hospital, aims to elevate the awareness level of clinical trials among patients and the general public in the country.

During the event, an I AM AWARE Photography Series, featuring a photo collection of patients that had participated in a clinical trial, was launched by the Deputy Director-General of Health (Research & Technical Support), YBhg Datuk Dr. Christopher Lee Kwok Choong. The photography series portrays the different stages of a clinical trial patient’s life. The I AM AWARE campaign is one of the community outreach initiatives by CRM together with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, CanWell Group as a strategic partner.

Clinical trials have been perceived as experimental testing and patients most often feel as though they are being used as guinea pigs. Despite the significant impact clinical trials has made on improving medical treatments, this misconception continues as the public’s understanding is limited due to lack of understanding of clinical trials.

In order to reach wider audiences at the national level, mobile exhibition roadshows will be touring the country at major public hospitals throughout the year to engage with patients. The photography series, comprising of stand-alone panels and booklets, showcases the core part of clinical trial which is the unsung heroes that have contributed to research that may improve medical treatments and move science forward.

Creating an Impactful Clinical Trials Day at Women and Children’s Hospital, KL

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 August 2019 – Clinical Trials Day 2019 was celebrated for its third consecutive year at the newly opened Women and Children’s Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

This event, organized by Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) in collaboration with Clinical Research Centre (CRC) of Kuala Lumpur Hospital, aims to elevate the awareness level of clinical trials in the country, as well as to encourage participation of medical professionals in clinical research.

Clinical Trials Day is part of CRM’s ongoing efforts in enhancing the current clinical research ecosystem in the country by ensuring a robust pool of patients and volunteers for trials, while at the same time continuously investing in the infrastructure of qualified personnel, addressing the industry needs and promoting Malaysia as a hub for clinical research.

During this one-day event, Sponsored Research Award was given to individuals and organizations that have immensely contributed to clinical research in Malaysia. Dr. Voon Pei Jye, a Medical Oncologist from Sarawak General Hospital received the Investigator of the Year award as well as the Top Recruiter Award for his outstanding achievement in oncology trials last year.

The event was officiated by the Deputy Director-General of Health (Research & Technical Support), YBhg Datuk Dr. Christopher Lee Kwok Choong. Datuk Dr. Christopher touched on the importance of attracting sponsored research to the country as it provides access to ground-breaking as well as costly treatments that may not be available to patients outside of a clinical trial setting. He also commended the efforts and achievements of the doctors at Hospital Kuala Lumpur who have gone above and beyond their usual clinical practice to deliver clinical trials of good quality.

Press Statement DG of Health 29 May 2019 – 72nd World Health Assembly

Resolution On ‘Improving the Transparency of Markets for Medicines, Vaccines, and Other Health Products’

The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) welcomes a successful resolution laid out on ‘Improving the Transparency of Markets for Medicines, Vaccines, and Other Health Products’ at the World Health Organization 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) held on 20th to 28th May 2019, Geneva. This was after intense negotiations with Member States to agree with the draft resolution proposed by Italy. Malaysia is one of the initial six (6) co-sponsors (Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Serbia, Spain and Uganda) to the resolution that gradually gained support from nineteen (19) countries (Andorra, Brazil, Egypt, Eswatini, Greece, India, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Uganda).

Access to medicines and vaccines is a concern shared by all regions. Malaysia strongly supports the initiative to encourage more transparency and improved policies and actions to ensure fairer pricing and reduction of out-of-pocket payments. The Ministry believes that a sustainable fairer pricing system is needed for both health systems and pharmaceutical industries. This landmark agreement is a first step towards a more open dialogue about price transparency to improve access to medicines.

The resolution urged Member States to undertake measures to publicly share information on prices and reimbursement cost of medicines and improve the public reporting of the patent status information and marketing approval status, among others. A greater price transparency will add as another tool that will change the way drug prices are negotiated by governments and national health systems to fight against the rising cost of healthcare. The Ministry believes this move will help strengthen our government’s negotiating position and enhance our ability to obtain more affordable medicines for our people.

The Ministry has put in various measure to increase access to medicines such as pool procurement between inter-ministries, active price negotiations, as well as involvement in research and development (R&D) through partnership by Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) with R&D institutions such as Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). We will continue our efforts to improve universal access to medicines and affordable medicines, as one of the components in the National Medicines Policy, where the cost of drugs should not be a barrier for Malaysians to get quality health care. This is in line with our commitment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), in which people’s interest come first to ensure universal access of medicine to the Malaysian people.

Our decision and motivation to support this resolution has always been our patients and the people of Malaysia. We hope to see more positive steps and policies in the near future to see the transparency resolution come to fruition.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah
Director General of Health
29 May 2019


Malaysia Collaborates with Two Prominent Singapore Organisations to Advance Clinical Research (VIDEO)

L-R: Dr. Zubaidah Zakariah, Prof. Chng Wee Joo, Dr. Akhmal Yusof, Dato’ Dr. Fadzillah Kamaludin, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad, Mr. Choo Chee Kong, Dato’ Seri Dr. Chen Chaw Min, Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 February 2019 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) inked two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two prominent Singapore organizations in the field of clinical research. This will further pave the way for better Malaysia–Singapore collaborations in advancing drug development and research capabilities between both countries. Read more

Silicon Valley-Based InterVenn BioSciences Raises RM 39 Million, Establishes Subsidiary in Malaysia to Develop Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Blood Test in Collaboration with TPM and CRM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) — InterVenn BioSciences, a biotech company innovating cancer diagnostics using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and next-gen mass spectrometry, announced this week an institutional investment of US$9.4 million led by San Francisco-based biotech investor Genoa Ventures, with participation from True Ventures, Amplify Partners, Boost VC, and Prado SV.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, InterVenn has established subsidiaries in Kuala Lumpur and Manila to foster biotechnology, drive AI adoption, and support Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Southeast Asia. The company is conducting analytical and clinical validation of its ovarian cancer diagnostic blood test. A global, multi-site clinical study to validate this test will commence in early 2019. Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM), an agency under the Malaysia Ministry of Health, plays a vital role in supporting InterVenn’s clinical operations in Malaysia and facilitated fifteen clinical sites across nine states in Malaysia for this clinical study.

InterVenn’s established strategic partnership with Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) in 2017, an agency under the Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC), to build an internationally-certified clinical laboratory, attract and upskill a critical scientific talent pool in Malaysia.

Once clinical validation and regulatory processes are completed, the ovarian cancer blood test will be offered as a laboratory diagnostic test. “Today, early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is extremely poor, despite its role in significantly improving survival rates,” said Aldo Carrascoso, CEO of InterVenn BioSciences. “We’ve established a talented team of experts in AI, computational biology, mass spectrometry, glycoproteomics, and product development who are dedicated to equipping physicians with a reliable tool to change the narrative around ovarian cancer. ”

“InterVenn’s decision to conduct their clinical study in Malaysia is testament to the country’s capabilities in terms of infrastructure, good clinical practice, certified investigators and a large patient pool,” said Dr. Akhmal Yusof, CEO of Clinical Research Malaysia. “InterVenn can capitalize on the services that CRM provides to ensure smooth conduct and delivery of their trials. I’m proud that Malaysia will be the first country in Asia that will start this clinical study next year and hopefully Malaysia can contribute to InterVenn’s exponential growth further in the near future.”

Meanwhile, TPM Acting President/CEO, Encik Sharbani Harun said that the collaborative efforts between InterVenn and TPM marked an important milestone for Malaysia to become a central hub for the Asia-Pacific region, towards the advancement of research and development in the field of biomedical and life sciences. “We are certainly proud to be given the opportunity to work closely with InterVenn whereby they will be the utilizing our world-class laboratory equipment and facilities to further their cancer diagnostic innovation,” added Sharbani.

InterVenn aims to lead the next wave of precision medicine by enabling innovation in diagnostics and therapeutics through global collaborations to improve human health. The partnership with TPM and CRM serve as a launchpad for this mission.


CRM Becomes First Southeast Asia Research Organisation to Join IQVIA’s Global EPON

Seating L-R: Mr. Teck Kwang Koh, General Manager at IQVIA Malaysia and Dr. Akhmal Yusof. Standing L-R: Dr Voon Pei Jye, Mr. Desmond Dorairajoo, Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin and Mr. David Horsburgh.

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2018 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic alliance with IQVIA’s global Early Phase Oncology Network (EPON).

The agreement makes Clinical Research Centre at Sarawak General Hospital the first in Southeast Asia to be part of IQVIA’s prestigious network of globally qualified Phase I oncology sites. CRM, established by the Malaysian Ministry of Health in 2012, exists to advance Malaysia’s ability to contribute to global health solutions. IQVIA is a leading global provider of contract research services, advanced analytics and technology solutions to the life-sciences industry.

“This agreement is a major step forward for the country of Malaysia to provide advanced Phase I studies for investigational cancer therapies,” said CRM Chief Executive Officer Dr Akhmal Yusof.  “Advances in genomics offer new hope for targeted oncology products. Through this agreement, Sarawak General Hospital will join IQVIA’s global Early Phase Oncology Network, which is designed to provide fast, high-quality Phase I oncology studies to biopharmaceutical companies.”

IQVIA Asia Pacific President Anand Tharmaratnam said: “This agreement builds upon our long relationship with Clinical Research Malaysia as an IQVIA Prime Site.  Adding Sarawak General Hospital’s research centre gives biopharma companies, for the first time, a Southeast Asia location as part of IQVIA’s global network of high quality early phase oncology research sites.  This is a significant step forward in our joint mission to accelerate the development of targeted oncology therapies in Malaysia and Asia for the benefit of patients worldwide.”

IQVIA has been conducting oncology early clinical research in Asia Pacific for more than two decades.  The IQVIA EPON-Clinical Research Malaysia strategic alliance is designed to streamline study startup, enhance consistency, and deliver high-quality results faster.

This collaboration is intended significantly improve the quality of early phase oncology trials in Malaysia by having innovative investigational therapies as an option for patients. This aligns with the Phase I Realization Project (P1RP) that was launched by CRM in 2016 which is focused in enhancing Malaysia’s early phase clinical research capacity and building a more attractive early phase clinical research ecosystem.

The MoU is signed between Dr Akhmal Yusof and on behalf of IQVIA, Mr. Teck Kwang Koh, General Manager at IQVIA Malaysia. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the Director of Network of Clinical Research Centre, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin, Dr Voon Pei Jye of Sarawak General Hospital, Mr. Desmond Dorairajoo, Head of Academic Research Group Asia-Pacific IQVIA and Mr. David Horsburgh, Asia Strategy Lead, Academic Research Group Asia-Pacific IQVIA.

About CRM

Established by the Malaysian Ministry of Health in 2012, CRM exists to advance global health solutions for a brighter, more hopeful future for the people by providing speedy and reliable end-to-end clinical research support for quality studies. CRM’s innate understanding of the local clinical research landscape with the international standards of operations coupled with fundamental backing of the government ministries provide us an incomparable advantage to work with partners from the nascent stages of development to materialisation of the end product, in order to deliver better treatment and high skilled job opportunities.



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Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies Show Interest to Conduct Clinical Trials in Malaysia

TOKYO, 6 November 2018 – Clinical Research Malaysia (CRM) hold a half-day seminar that targets Japanese pharmaceutical and medical device companies interested in conducting clinical trials in the Asian region. This is the first time for CRM to deliver a clinical trial seminar focusing on its home country in Japan.

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Embracing Digital Health

L-R: YBrs. Dr. Kalaiarasu M. Periasamy, Deputy Director, National Clinical Research Centre, Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. Shahnaz Murad, Deputy General-Director of Health Malaysia (Research & Technical Support), YB. Dr. Lee Boon Chye, Deputy Minister of Health, YBrs. Dr. Akhmal Yusof, CEO of Clinical Research Malaysia, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Goh Pik Pin, Director National Clinical Research Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 September 2018 – The 12thNational Conference for Clinical Research (NCCR) brought together medical experts and researchers under one platform to understand the way digital technology can impact the Malaysian healthcare delivery system, thus potentially improving patient outcomes.

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