News Year 2009

Innovations developed by Thai firms won gold three medals at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX 09) this last May in Malaysia. Sponsored by The Technology Management Center (TMC) and developed at the Thailand Science Park, the innovations are the Intelligent Wi-Fi Box, the Laminated Paper Recovery Enzyme,

BIOTEC Wins Gates Foundation Grant for Malaria Research

Dr. Bongkoch Tarnchompoo of the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) has been awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for research into means of suppressing the development of drug-resistance in malaria parasites.

Researchers at BIOTEC Enzyme Technology Laboratory is in the process of developing ENZstrips which is test strips containing in-gel crosslink substrate for detecting cellulases, hemicellulases, beta-glucanases, and amylases enzyme activity for industrial and academic research use.  In recent years, the Enzyme Screening Service unit has

NSTDA and the Royal Thai Naval Dockyard have been researching, designing and producing continuous bio-diesel producing machines whose production system uses tubular reactor technology.  Using such a reactor, the system produces 2,000 liters for one machine and 20,000 liters per day for the second reactor, which is faster than a stirring type

DNA is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and it is inherited. Therefore, by comparing DNA sequences, geneticists can infer the evolutionary history of organisms. DNA technology or technology related to nucleic acids of living organisms has become an essential part of every part of human life.

Thai researchers have developed a lighter, more durable and less expensive bullet-proof vest for use by security forces. Asked what is the most important piece of personal safety equipment for the police and military, most people will immediately say the bullet-proof vest. Imported vests, however, are very expensive and must be purchased in large

NSTDA with NECTEC and Rajavithi Hospital have developed remote temperature taking computer software.  Processing pictures from an infrared camera, the software immediately identifies a patient with a high temperature from all the other patients who walk in.  An advantage is that the medical personnel can differentiate patients especially

Dust mites are small creatures that live by eating human dust such as scurf and dandruff. Only 1 gram of such dust can feed 1 million dust mites for a full week. 90% of dust mites live in mattresses, pillows, blankets, sofas, curtains, and stuffed animals. The creatures cause allergies by releasing waste and slime during ovulations and molting; the proteins released are what cause allergies in humans.

NECTEC and TMC are moving to reverse the downturn in tourism by putting small hotels online. The tourist industry in Thailand has been hard hit by the global recession, concerns over the flu pandemic and political unrest. Small hotels especially have suffered falling reservations and hotels and guest houses have cut their workforce by as many as 10,000 a month since the beginning of the year, seriously impacting the lives of workers in the industry

The effects of global climate change include changes in rainfall patterns, a warming climate, draught and flash flooding, spelling major problems for farmers throughout the world. Thailand depends on agriculture as a principle source of income, and the scientists at NSTDA’s Metal and Materials Technology Center have, through the Food and

NSTDA research on Automotive and Transportation Clusters has led to development of the Traffy Program, a real time traffic condition reporting system.  Through a website and mobile phones, the system shows the current Bangkok inbound and outbound traffic, and suburban areas in four forms: a map-like interface using different colours for each traffic condition, photos, CCTV live videos, and statistical graphs. All are available at

NSTDA researchers have designed an Economic Aquatic Animal Farm Breeding Management Program using RFID or Radio-Frequency Identification technology. An embedded 1.0 X 0.2 cm tag in a fish will help record its weight automatically and process data such as survival rate, growth rate, helminthological condition and all the factors that would cause the aquatic animals stress.