Under Genting Plantations Bhd (GENP)’s initiative to transform the core agribusiness through breakthrough innovation and new technologies, the Biotechnology Division has been expanded and renamed as AgTech Division.
With the adoption of big data, genomics-based solutions, artificial intelligence (“AI”) and precision agriculture, the AgTech Division is envisaged to provide total solutions and services to GENP’s core agribusiness in optimising yield, improving operating efficiency, enabling traceability and enhancing sustainability.
The AgTech Division comprises ACGT Sdn Bhd (“ACGT”), Genting AgTech Sdn Bhd (“GAT”) and Genting Green Sdn Bhd. ACGT and GAT were accorded BioNexus status by the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Sdn Bhd (now known as BioEconomy Corporation) in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
Building on the strong foundation of genomic research, ACGT adopts cutting-edge technologies to drive innovation throughout its R&D pipeline, developing solutions to enhance value creation for oil palm and other crops.
Envisaged to be oil palm seed producer empowered by intellectual property and technological advancement from ACGT to develop next generation high-value planting materials for optimal harvest and quality in addressing the challenging environmental conditions.
Genting Green aspires to be an innovative vegetable and fruit seed producer as well as premium harvest by leveraging on the control environment and sustainable agriculture.
Mr. Lee Weng Wah
Senior Vice President
Mr. Kaggom Teoh Pei Ming
Ms. Boon Soo Heong
Seeds and Traits Unit
Dr. Chong Mei Ling
Dr. Farrah Melissa Muharram
Digital Agriculture Unit
Mr. Tan Yow Soon
Business Development Unit
Scientific Advisory Panel ("SAP")
Our SAP comprises of world-renowned academics and thought leaders with expertise in the fields of biostatistics, molecular biology, metagenomics, microbiology, artificial intelligence, breeding and seed production. The Panel provides strategic scientific approaches, technical advice, peer review, guidance and direction on ongoing R&D programmes to support the Company’s scientific endeavours.
Professor Soh Aik Chin
Panel Member for Seed Production & Breeding Unit
BAgric (Hons): University of Malaya, Malaysia
MAgric: University of Malaya, Malaysia
PhD: Oregon State University, USA.
Presently, Professor Soh is an advisor (previously Research Theme Leader in Breeding & Agronomy) in the new international crop research center, Crops For The Future.
He as Honorary Professor also lectures and supervises MSc & PhD students at The University of Nottingham Malaysa Campus since 2007.
Past Position :
He was the CEO and research director supervising over 30 research scientists at Applied Agricultural Resources Sdn Bhd (AAR)
Breeding, field experimentation and applied statistics.
Professor Rebecca Doerge
Panel Member for Biomaker Unit
Professor Doerge’s is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2007), an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), and a Fellow of the Commitee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC; 2009). She has published over 120 scientific articles, published two books, and graduated 24 PhD students.
Current Position in Carnegle Mellon University:
Dean of Mellon College of Science
Joint faculty appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Mellon College of Science and the Department of Statistics in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Past Position in Purdue University:
Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University
President’s Fellow on Big Data and Simulation.
Professor Doerge’s research lies on the interdisciplinary boundaris of many fields (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Biological and Plant Sciences, Genomics and Epigenomics) that are currently involved in assessing gnenomic based questions.
Professor Patrick du Jardin
Panel Member for Metagenomics & Microbial Solution Unit
PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Bioengineering
Professor and Head of the Plant Biology Dept at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, Belgium.
Consultant for the European Commission (EC): issued 2 reports (2012 and 2014) on biostimulants in the framework of a future EC fertilisers regulation
Expert on risk assessment of agricultural technologies
Member of the ethical committees of the French institutes, INRA and CIRAD, on ethics of agricultural innovation
Current research focused on biological interactions between plant roots and their soil environment; modes of action of microbial and non-microbial biostimulants in crop plants.
Dr. Chew Fook Tim
Panel Member for Biomaker Unit
BSc (Hons): University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
PhD: National University of Singapore, Singapore
Post-doc: University of Maryland, USA.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences & Vice Dean, Faculty of Science, NUS
Lead Consultant & Scientific Advisor (Oil Palm Genome, Marker-assisted Breeding and R&D Programs): Sime Darby Ltd.
Consultant to Olam International Ltd and First Resources Ltd.
Method and SNP Detection Kits for Predicting Palm Oil Yield (oil per dry mesocarp) of a Test Oil Palm Plant (PCT/MY2015/000061)(16-07-2015)
Methods for Predicting Palm Oil Yield (Oil per palm) of a Test Oil Palm Plant (Filed 23-10-2015), PI2015703819)
Methods for Predicting Palm Oil Yield of a Test Oil Palm Plant using Combination of SNP Markers (filed)
Methods for Predicting Palm Oil Yield (Mesocarp to Fruit and Shell to Fruit Ratios) of a Test Oil Palm (filed)
Methods for Development and Determination of Ideotype Oil Palm with High Yielding Characteristics with a Test Oil Palm Plant (filed).