Who We are

Cancer Research Malaysia was incorporated as company limited by guarantee in June 2000 with the support and donation from these key individuals and organisations: Tan Sri Azizan and Tan Sri Hassan Merican (PETRONAS), Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay and Mrs Leong Lim Siew Lian (Genting) and Lembaga Totalisator Malaysia.

The Cancer Research Malaysia laboratory was established in Sime Darby Medical Centre (then known as Subang Jaya Medical Centre) in Jan 2001. With just a temporary laboratory of 700 sq ft and only 6 scientists, the first months were focused on establishing collaborations to begin Malaysian cancer research.
In August 2002, Cancer Research Malaysia moved into a custom-made facility provided rent-free by Sime Darby Medical Centre and Cancer Research Malaysia was officially launched by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in October 2002.

Today, we are a 40-strong team of researchers. At the core is a series of programmes based upon areas of strategic importance to Malaysian cancer research: focusing on cancers which are more common in Asians and understudied (such as oral and nasopharyngeal cancer), focusing on finding ways to reduce the burden of common cancers such as breast cancer, focusing on genetic and environmental risk factors in Asians, and focusing on Malaysia’s rich biodiversity in search for a cure for cancer.

Our Main Partners

Yayasan Sime Darby

yayasan_sime_darbyYayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The objectives of Yayasan Sime Darby are supported by its five pillars, namely: community and health; education; youth and sports; arts and culture; environment. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, Yayasan Sime Darby works closely with the Sime Darby Group, in areas of mutual interest. Since 2012, Yayasan Sime Darby has been a supporter of Cancer Research Malaysia.


PetronasPETRONAS is proud to be associated with the Cancer Research Malaysia as one of its long-term anchor donors. PETRONAS’ contribution to Cancer Research Malaysia since 2000 has facilitated the establishment of the Cancer Research Malaysia laboratories in two state-of-the-art facilities in Subang Jaya. PETRONAS, which focuses on research and development as one of its key drivers for growth, understands Cancer Research Malaysia's need for support for its R&D efforts and therefore supports the majority of infrastructure and computing costs. PETRONAS hopes its association with Cancer Research Malaysia would continuously contribute towards the progress in cancer research efforts in Malaysia.

Albukhary Foundation

Yayasan-Al-BukharyThe personal charity of Syed Mokhtar Albukhary, it was founded to give form and structure to his charitable activities that date back to the day he formed his first company in 1974. Raised on the Muslim values of Taqwa (Faith) and Ehsan (Compassion) that exhort a perpetual endeavour towards equitable order in society, Syed Mokhtar made charity the cornerstone of business while struggling as a rice trader in his early twenties.

Joseph Eu Foundation

euyangsangJoseph Eu Foundation, named after the late Chairman of the Eu Yan Sang Group of Companies, deals with education for the less fortunate and cancer research.  The Foundation was the main organiser and sponsor for the dinner and theatre charity event themed ‘Little Voice’  in 2008 and the Richard Clayderman concert in 2014. The concerts raised more than RM1.8million to support infrastructure and for research projects in Cancer Research Malaysia.

Estee Lauder

bca_esteelauderThe Estee Lauder Companies and its employees are committed to spreading this simple but powerful message: Early detection saves lives. Throughout the month of October each year the Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks into high gear.

Awareness and fund-raising events and activities including the Estee Lauder Companies Pink Ribbon Charity Gala Dinner and Auction, Golf, Concert, Educational Roadshows in the city’s major malls and the sale of limited edition pink merchandise from brands under the Estee Lauder Companies are driven by these objectives: Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.

At the end of the year’s Campaign, funds raised are channeled towards breast cancer support, treatment, education and research. Donations received from Estee Lauder Group of Companies support the discovery of new breast cancer genes and the development of more accurate ways of determining risk of breast cancer in each Malaysian woman.

Terry Fox Foundation

terry-fox-300Terry Fox Run is a global annual charity run that began in 1981 to raise fund for cancer research. It is inspired by Terry Fox, a young Canadian who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 and had his leg amputated just above the knee.

Stirring by the suffering of cancer patients, he resolved to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research before he succumbed to bone cancer at the age of 21. His legacy lives on today in this Terry Fox Run and for the 10th consecutive year, Terry Fox Run in Malaysia has been raising fund for Cancer Research Malaysia.

Sime Darby LPGA

LPGAAn integral feature of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is its continued support for Cancer Research Malaysia, the official charity for the tournament since its inception in year 2000. As part of Sime Darby’s commitment to raising awareness and tackling breast cancer across Malaysia, funds from the Sime Darby LPGA tournament will once again be donated to Cancer Research Malaysia’s breast cancer research programmes, namely the “More than a Mammo” and “Patient Navigation Programme”.

Berjaya Cares Foundation

Berjaya-Cares-FoundationIn conjunction with the Berjaya Corporation Berhad’s third Foundaer’s Day celebration, for the first time in 2013, Cancer Research Malaysia has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Berjaya Cares Foundation. With this seed funding, Cancer Research Malaysia is able to initiate our Be Frank: Outreach programmes, namely the Hairdressers, Youth, Nurses and Dentist programmes.

These programmes seek to increase awareness about cancer, reduce late presentation and save lives. We are extremely grateful that with the seed funding, we can now outreach to communities in Malaysia to improve cancer literacy and raise funds for cancer research.

M&C Saatchi

M&C Saatchi is an award-winning agency that boasts 85 of the best talents in the industry, specialising in strategic planning, creative design and digital media.

Priority PR

Established in Malaysia in 1996, PRIORITY Communications Sdn Bhd is a full-service public relations agency backed by strategic business communications consultancy.

The Priority team comprises communication specialists that are are trained to focus on achieving the client’s business and communication objectives, be proactive and to always take a leadership role rather than a reactive role when interacting with clients, driven by our Pride of Ownership™ philosophy.

Founder and Patron

YM Tunku Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ahmad bin Tunku Yahaya

tunku-aloneTan Sri Tunku Ahmad Yahaya is the Founding Chairman of Cancer Research Malaysia. A economics graduate from Bristol University and a Certified Accountant by profession, Tan Sri Tunku Ahmad was previously the Chief Executive of Sime Darby Berhad.

Together with Toh Puan Aishah Ong, Tunku Ahmad Yahaya were the founders of Cancer Research Malaysia and together with Dr Teo Soo Hwang, have provided the direction and guidance that has established Cancer Research Malaysia in the ongoing battle against cancer in Malaysia.

Board of Trustees

collective responsibility and governance in ensuring best practice

Past Trustees:

  • YBhg Datuk Mohaiyani binti Shamsuddin
  • YBhg Datuk Syed Tamin
  • YBhg Datuk Noordin Hassan
  • YBhg Dato’ Sekhar Krishnan

Message from the CEO

Prof. Dr. Teo Soo-Hwang, Chief Executive

Cancer is a disease that increasingly touches our lives. One in four Malaysians may develop cancer by the age of 70. Cancer Research Malaysia was launched by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in 2002 to conduct research to find ways to beat cancer. Cancer Research Malaysia conducts patient oriented research and education and is working towards a world that is free from the fear of cancer. We have grown from a 700sf laboratory with 6 scientists to a team of 40 dedicated scientists in 8000sf of laboratory space. We have conducted research that can make a difference in a patient’s life, in areas that we know we can improve clinical practise. Over the years, our scientists have achieved advances in the understanding of cancers and won many awards for our work.
In our familial breast and ovarian cancer research programme, we now know more about the genes that cause some women to be more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer and we use this information to target screening and prevention to women who need it most. In our oral and nasopharyngeal cancer programme, we have registered 3 patents and are developing new therapies for these cancers. We are not yet treating patients, but if all goes well, in the next few years, we should be running clinical trials to test whether we can train cancer patients’ immune system to fight these cancers.
And finally, in our drug discovery programme, we are developing more effective cures with less side effects. Cancer Research Malaysia has the best lab to combine biology and chemistry to identify anti-cancer compounds from Malaysia’s treasure trove of natural products. All this research, we hope, will one day lead to better ways to cure cancer. We also recognise that laboratory-based research is only half the picture and we can improve survival by improving public understanding of cancer screening and treatment. Through our cancer awareness programmes, we are already helping to improve cancer literacy. Through our early detection programme dubbed “More than a Mammo”, more than 2,000 women have had mamographic screenings since the study started in October 2011.
We believe that the answer for cancer prevention and treatment lies in our very own population, in our genes, our health habits and in Malaysia’s own biodiversity. Hope Lives Here was Cancer Research Malaysia's 10th Anniversary simple, yet powerful theme.
Supported by generous donors and inspired by patients who have been an integral part of our research, we are now poised to move into the next phase of our strategic development, which includes new areas such as translational research, behavioural science research.

Annual Account Audited Report

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The principal activity of the Foundation is to receive and administer funds for cancer research purposes. As a non-profit organization, we are entirely reliant on donations and are committed to spending at least 90% of the donation on cancer research.

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Fact Sheet and Newsletters

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Have a snapshot view of Cancer Research Malaysia by downloading our Fact Sheet or read up about our latest advances in our "Reversing C" Newsletter.

Fact Sheet

Reversing Cancer Issue 01

Reversing Cancer Issue 02