Unik earmarks 113 R&D findings for commercialisation

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011

CYBERJAYA: The Special Innovation Unit (Unik) under the Prime Minister's Office has earmarked 113 research and development (R&D) findings with high potential for commercialisation.

Unik executive vice-president Rizatuddin Ramly said the R&D findings were identified within the first four months this year.

He said the R&Ds were conducted by five public universities and two research institutions, namely Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Sirim and Institute for Medical Research (IMR).

"A total of 1,100 R&D findings were submitted by the universities, but after much analysis and shortlisting processes, only 113 were identified to have high potential to be commercialised," he said Tuesday.

The setting up of Unik, with the aim of commercialising the findings of R&Ds conducted by local universities and research institutions, was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last year.

Unik is a one-stop centre to formulate policies and strategies aimed at creating a conducive ecosystem to propel development and innovation in Malaysia.

Rizatuddin said among the criteria for the findings to be earmarked for commercialisation were their market size and patent protection, both locally and internationally.

He said most of the R&D findings were in the field of material science, life science and biotechnology.

UM and USM, for example, had conducted a research on medical diagnostics for tropical diseases like dengue, cholera and typhoid, he said.

Rizatuddin said the R&D findings were developed over a period of five to eight years and were expected to enter the local market next year. - Bernama

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