Gold for faculty innovation at Research and Innovation Week 2018
27 April 2018

Natural product developed by Management and Science University (MSU) presents huge cost-saving potential to general healthcare

Hand sanitation helps prevent the spread of infection but alcohol-based sanitizers can have a drying effect on the skin. Not only is overly dry, cracking skin the perfect environment for germs to enter the body, alcohol is also an expensive chemical. Management and Science University (MSU) develops a more natural solution.

Dr Muhd Ridzuan Pauzi from MSU International Medical School (IMS) with his Betelnizer innovation, and
postgraduate student Dr Aisyah Badhrul Hisham from the MSU programme Master of Science (by Research)
in Biomedicine.

Called Betelnizer, the natural hand sanitizer demonstrates antimicrobial and antifungal properties that are potent against disease-causing pathogenic bacteria and viruses yet is safe for use in both adults and children. It has moisturizing vitamins C and E, and a natural, pleasant fragrance that promotes sanitation and entices use. The novelty of the innovation by International Medical School (IMS) senior lecturer and medical microbiologist Dr Muhd Ridzuan Pauzi beat the competition of the more than three hundred universities and industries participating in the Research and Innovation Week 2018, bringing home the gold-medal top prize for medical research to Management and Science University (MSU).

PhD by Research (Biomedicine)

Master of Science (by Research) in Biomedicine

Master in Biomedical Sciences 

Betelnizer uses extract of betel leaf as its main component compared with as high as seventy-five percent alcohol in some other hand sanitizers. Betel, botanical name Piper betle, belongs to the same Piperacea family as black pepper (Piper nigrum). It is called sirih in Malaysia, where the local crop includes Piper Sarmentasom (Kaduk leaf). Mostly used in traditional local ceremonies, betel leaf is also known to possess medicinal properties, which the Betelnizer innovation has scientifically proven. The potential cost reduction by the use of the natural antiseptic is huge, as is the potential increase in commercial crop cultivation to meet the anticipated future demand beyond betel leaf’s more traditional use.  

At Management and Science University (MSU), innovation is a social entrepreneurial call answered with a research culture transcendent across the University’s eight academic faculties. Development of natural products is just one among the University’s core research areas, which in healthcare also includes blindness prevention. Management and Science University (MSU) advances research into halal with its International Centre for Halal Studies (ICHLAS), and builds entrepreneurs through its Leadership and Entrepreneurship Advancement and Development (LEAD) Institute. A combination of curriculum, ecosystem, and commitment to community configuring the University’s entrepreneurship blueprint has led to Management and Science University (MSU) receiving the Ministry of Higher EducationMost Entrepreneurial Private University 2016 award.    

Bachelor in Entrepreneurship (Honours)

Diploma in Entrepreneurship

The Research and Innovation Week 2018 was held in the Malaysian east-coast state of Terengganu, organized by Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in collaboration with Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) and TATI University College (TATiUC). Aiding Dr Muhd Ridzuan in developing the Betelnizer product was Management and Science University (MSU) Master of Science (by Research) in Biomedicine student Dr Aisyah Badhrul Hisham.