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Strategic Business Unit : Edible Bird’s Nest  

Edible bird’s nest SBU is a combination of research and commercialization opportunity development. We have two principal objectives - one is to combine the experience of scientists and engineers from various disciplines to encourage high-quality, collaborative research, second, to guide and assist the client to find the niche market of products commercial value.

Ebn SBU provides consultation, research and products development in the environment of academics and the industry to promote sustainable and cost effective solutions for products, process and performance.

Focus area
Edible bird’s nest products development and characterization

  1. Swiflet farming technology and registration.
    Swiflet farming is a booming business. With swiflet farming, farmers could generate a massive amount of passive income. Swiflets especially Collocalia fusiphaga built their nest and their nests are the most highly priced. In Malaysia, bird’s nest businesses are in the growing phase, this business would be a big contribution to our country’s economic growth. With these high benefits of bird’s nest, we at IBD provide consultation of swiflets farming facilities, farming technology, bird’s nests house set up and registration of swiflets farming.
  1. Bird’s nest cleaning process
    Raw bird’s nests need to be cleaned due to high of contaminants. A good bird’s nest cleaning process is required in producing high quality bird’s nest. Therefore in the market, cleaning process which requires chemical reaction will produce low quality bird’s nests and harmed the consumers. We successfully developed the bird’s nest cleaning process without any usage of toxic chemicals, bleaching agents, preservatives, colorants, or additives used in the cleaning process.
  1. Bird’s nests analysis and certification
    In Malaysia, this bird’s nest businesses grow positively but the analysis of the bird’s nest is still few. The non-genuine bird’s nests exist in the market. This problem can be solved by bird’s nest analysis and certification. At IBD, the analyses provided are protein analysis, moisture analysis, amino acid and sialic acid analysis. The analyses can be used to authentic the bird’s nest.
  2. Development and process design for bird’s nests products.
    From raw bird’s nest, the manufacturers have produced lots of bird’s nest based products thanks to the new technologies that we have in Malaysia. But this product development need to expend more and the benefits from the bird’s nests should be manipulated massively. Consumers can gain benefits from the bird’s nest, not only from the bird’s nest itself, but in a different form of bird’s nest. We at IBD have the ability to develop bird’s nest products to suit your needs. We can consult and lead you the way to enhance your business in bird’s nest products and branding.

 Research activities

  • Current research
    • Biosatellite projects - Bird’s nest physiochemical profiling and purification process development.
    • Prime Minister Top down grant - Anti-ageing properties determination of the edible bird’s nest.
  • List of completed research project
    • Bird’s nest extraction process
    • New bird’s nest cleaning process
    • Development of standard procedure and method for genuine edible bird’s nest identification
    • Development of standard procedure and method for genuine edible bird’s nest identification
    • Recovery of bird’s nest by downstream processing method
    • Protein characterization of bird’s nest
    • Partial separation and purification of solubilized edible bird’s nest protein by ion exchange chromatography
    • Formulation of bird’s nest extract into cosmeceutical products
    • Comparative study of edible bird’s nest, white fungus, jelly, fish swimming bladder and egg white
  • Publications
    • C. Y. Chan (2004). Recovery of bird’s nest downstream processing method. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: B. Eng. Thesis.
    • I. A. W. Tan (2004). Protein Characterization of the Bird’s Nest. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: B. Eng. Thesis.
    • S. W. Chan (2005). Partial Separation and Purification of Solubalized Edible Bird’s Nest Protein by Ion Exchange Chromatography. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: B. Eng. Thesis.
    • X. Y. Tay (2005). Formulation of Bird’s Nest Extract into Cosmaceutical Products. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: B. Eng. Thesis.
    • Y. P. Heng (2005). Comparative Study of Edible Bird’s Nest, White Fungus, Jelly, Fish Swimming Bladder and Egg White through Gel Electrophoresis and HPLC. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia: B. Eng. Thesis.
    • T. H. Lee, T. T. Tan, I. A. W. Tan, M. R. Roji, R. A. Aziz and C. T. Lee. (2005). Preliminary Characterization of Bird’s Nest. Malaysia Science and Technology Congress (MSTC). 18-20 April 2005. Kuala Lumpur: Confederation of the Scientific and Technological Association in Malaysia (COSTAM), 130.
    • T. H. Lee, T. T. Tan, C. Y. Chan, C. T. Lee, R. A. Aziz and M. R. Roji. (2005). Preliminary Study of Bird’s Nest Recovery Process. Malaysia Science and Technology Congress (MSTC). 18-20 April 2005. Kuala Lumpur. Confederation of the Scientific and Technological Association in Malaysia (COSTAM), 131.
    • E. T. T. Tan, T. H. Lee, M. R. Sarmidi, R. A. Aziz and C. T. Lee. (2006). Morphological and Proximate Studies of Edible Bird’s Nest (EBN). Asian pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (11th APPCChE Congress). 27-30 August 2006. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Institution of Engineering, Malaysia.
    • E. T. T. Tan (2007). Physiochemical and Biochemical Properties of Edible Bird’s Nest. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. M. Eng. Thesis.
  • Media publication:
    • Malaysia Inventions Innovation, 23 Mei 2003, TV 2
    • New Straits Times, 18 April 2004 – Carte Blanch
    • Berita Harian, 22 April 2004 – Kaedah Terbaru Uji Tahap Penceluran Hanya 5 Minit.
    • China Pres, 18 April 2005 – Genuine Bird’s Nest
    • China Press, 7 June 2005
  • Awards
    • Saintis cemerlang 2004 awarded to Mr. Lee Ting Hun by Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia.
    • Bronze medal in S&T Expo 2004 for Bird’s Nest Extraction Process.
    • Bronze medal in R&D Expo IPTA 2005 for Bird’s Nest Extraction Process.
    • Silver medal in ITEX 2003 in Development of Blanching Diagnostic Kit or Detection Instrument for Vegetables and Fruits.
    • Gold Medal in 32nd International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, 2004 in Development of Blanching Diagnostic Kit or Detection Instrument for Vegetables and Fruits.
    • Bronze medal in R&D Expo IPTA 2005 in Development of Blanching Diagnostic Kit or Detection Instrument for Vegetables and Fruits.

Head of SBU
address Mr. Lee Ting Hun
Head Of Edible Bird's Nest
Institute of Bioproduct Development,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310, Skudai, Johor
hphone Tel. : 07-5531663 /
Fax
: 07-5569706
lee@ibd.utm.my
Research Assistant

Mr. Eddie Tan Ti Tjih
tan@ibd.utm.my

Ms. Nor Azurah Binti Mat Akhir
marshall_sis@yahoo.com
Current and ex-students
  Undergraduates: 
Heng Yong Poh
Tay Xuen Ying
Chan Shiao Wei
Christina Yeong
Ooi Siew Yin
Chan Ting Yee
Lim Chew Ching
Chan Choi Yee
Ivy Tan Ai Wei
Nor Diana Hassan