Having been quietly researching Chitin and its derivatives since 1982 - originally under the lead scientist Prof. Dr. Arisol Alimunar - it is inevitable for the Chitin-Chitosan Research Centre (CCRC) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to have been reputed as being far ahead, in this particular field, of many other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Since the departure of Prof Dr Aluminar, the enormous tasks of turning this natural fibre (Chitosan) into commercial production fell into the hands of a team headed by Associate Prof Mohamed Pauzi, comprising Asso. Prof. Mat Zakaria and technicians Radzi Zainuddin, Mohamed Yazid Anmir and Yusof Samah.
However, it was not until the formation in the early 90s of Chito-Chem Sdn. Bhd., that the real commercialization of Chitosan began – albeit primarily in the weight reduction sphere.
ChitoChem Sdn. Bhd. is the culmination of a joint venture between UKM, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and two other associated companies of Ample Effect Sdn.Bhd. The establishment of ChitoChem has enabled an exclusive supply of Chitosan to be made available to Ample Effect for its production of the skincare as well as health maintenance products.
Considerable efforts have thus been expanded into a search for a simpler method of extracting Chitin and chemically modifying Chitosan into a water soluble component for cosmetics, particularly in the skincare products.
To-day, the applications of this highly value added Chitosan have been wide and far reaching – no longer merely in “fat remover” but also for the creation of many product items from wonder drugs to artificial skin, to surgery thread, to biodegradable plastics, to crop enhancer, animal feed and in water treatment etc.
Encouraged by such enormous potentials of Chitosan - especially in its promotion of rapid healing of wounds and blood clotting as well as cholesterol lowering and detoxification by way of the removal from the body of heavy metals - Ample Effect recently decided to turn its special attention to the further developments of Chitosan in the areas of Scar Healing and Wound Healing Dressings.
In this regard, further in-depth R&D are currently being undertaken in close collaboration with the Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research (MINT) – a leading bio-technical institute of outstanding reputation in this part of the world.