LONDON: Malaysian advanced medical informatics company iGene Sdn Bhd on Tuesday launched the first state-of-the-art digital autopsy facilities for the United Kingdom, the first country to adopt what it claims as revolutionary technology.
The facilities in the UK will involve an investment of STG50 million (RM252.5 million) over the next two years and will be funded by the company's UK subsidiary iGene London Ltd.
The first facility to use this technology is the digital autopsy facility at Sheffield's Medico-Legal Centre, which has network nationwide.
The STG3 million facility is operated by Sheffield City Council, said iGene chief executive officer Matt Chandran.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who stopped by at the iGene booth at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), later told reporters how impressed he was with iGene's breakthrough technology.
"I am proud to note that this is a Malaysian company," he said after his walk through of the WIEF expo, here, on Tuesday.
"This is first such network anywhere in the world, a testament to the innovative thought-leadership of the UK government and forward-thinking cities like Sheffield and others across the country, with whom we are working," Chandran said.
He said digital autopsy is more than just a technological innovation but a humanitarian step forward in establishing the cause of unnatural death in a humane manner.
He cited that there are about 550,000 deaths recorded in England and Wales each year alone, of which more than 200,000 require a post-mortem.
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said this made-in-Malaysia technology is a milestone for innovation in Malaysia as the digital autopsy services are much faster, non-invasive and compliant of international standards.
"The UK's adoption of iGene's services are a testament of the capability of Malaysian companies to offer world-class technology-driven services," he said.