Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals (IPharm) is established in 2006. The institutes aim to be a Biotechnology’s Centers of Excellence by exploiting megadiversity of Malaysian natural resources for the development of new drugs. IPharm therefore has a mission to conduct world-class R&D to accelerate the discovery, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.

 IPharm was established as a centre of excellence to spearhead the NBP thrusts by delivering world class R&D in order to accelerate the discovery, development and commercialisation of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products as well as to build the nation’s skilled human resources in Healthcare Biotechnology.

Research Development

Emphasis will be on the optimal utilisation of natural bio-resources from plant, marine and microbial origin for the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

Human Resource

In line with its vision to meet world-class R&D standards, IPharm aims to develop its human resource capacity through postgraduate research programmes (MSc & PhD), training attachment and internship, short course, seminars as well as post-doctoral attachments.

Strategic Alliances

IPharm aims to establish collaborative network both locally and globally through partnerships with academic institutions and industrial organisation from the biotechnology sector.


To establish a liaison within the institute to work in tandem with the bio-tech company in order to facillitate licencing and technology transfer between industrial partners.

Excellence Centres

A team, a shared facility or an entity that provides leadership, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area.

Research Platform

An interdisciplinary research cooperation projects

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IPharm building complex strategically located in Halaman Bukit Gambir, Pulau Pinang beside Azman Hashim USM Sport Arena.