High Impact Programme 2 Team

Muhammad Lofty Abdul Karim
Vice President
Technology Commercialisation

Muhammad Lofty’s work experience spans across manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, product engineering, process improvement, product and project management, project investment evaluation, technical due diligence, Intellectual Property and innovation management with a wide exposure in government and industry sectors.

He started his career in 1996 as an Industrial Engineer with Otis Manufacturing Company Sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned American company under United Technologies Corporation (UTC). His responsibilities included production support and new product introduction. Later, he joined Schindler Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd. - a Swiss-owned company - as one of the pioneer employees in setting up the company’s first production line in Ipoh, Perak. Following this, Lofty further enhanced his career by joining Ericsson Mobile Communication Sdn. Bhd. (later re-branded as Flextronics Technology (Shah Alam) Sdn. Bhd.), as a Product Support Engineer in the project management department. During the two-year tenure in Ericsson, he took lead roles in the product management and maintenance of Ericsson mobile phones.

From 2001 to 2007, Lofty served Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS), a government owned Financial Institution, as a Technical Analyst responsible for technical due diligence and project evaluation. During the six-year tenure with PNS, he had exposure in evaluating over 100 enterprises from small, medium and large companies – mainly in the manufacturing sector for investment consideration.

From 2007 to 2011, Lofty served as a Consultant for the Techno-Economy & Commercialisation Centre in SIRIM Berhad (SIRIM). He was tasked with providing consultancy within SIRIM and for enterprise and entrepreneur development of the SMEs in the area of Technology Needs Assessment, SME Technology Commercialisation Initiative and R&D Commercialisation. He gained considerable knowledge on government funding policies and mechanisms, and gained experience in leading teams in meeting their goals and objectives.

Lofty joined Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) in 2011, as Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialisation in the Strategic Initiatives & Funding Division. Lofty was tasked with conducting technology evaluation and identifying Intellectual Property Rights from local Public Universities and Public Research Institutions to accelerate commercialisation. He was also involved with the initial development and implementation of the National Technology Commercialisation Platform.

Muhammad Lofty has a Master of Engineering Management from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Marquette University in Wisconsin, USA. He is also a Certified Technology Transfer Specialist trainee from Isis Innovation – the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, UK.
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Dr. Ng Sing Kwei
Assistant Vice President
Technology Commercialisation

Dr. Ng is well experienced in the translation of R&D investment into revenues. He is analytical, creative and highly adaptable to new and ambiguous information. He is a certified Technology Transfer Officer by Isis Innovation Ltd (now Oxentia Ltd) – the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford - and is well experienced in technology scouting, due diligence and commercialisation activities. He is well trained in grasping technology and business concepts quickly and helps translate them into practical commercial solutions that are commercially viable.

As an Assistant Vice President, he focuses on providing essential services nationwide for the commercialisation of technologies developed by local universities, other federal agencies as well as private entities. He promotes, facilitates and manages technology transfer activities in a number of institutions under his portfolio.

Previously, Dr. Ng worked as a Manager in the Innovation Accelerators Division of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia. He was involved in managing high impact innovation projects. The Innovation Accelerators division was tasked with facilitating the formation of the ‘Triple Helix’ partnership between Academia, Industry and Government. He was responsible for integrating the three parties to work on projects with well-defined scopes in order to create the rapport and mutual trust that were necessary to nurture future working relationships. He facilitated high-value collaborations through knowledge and expertise sharing (local and international stakeholders) through specific well-defined projects and stimulated on-going alignment of government policies, academic research and market needs. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge in project management involving various external stakeholders.

Prior to joining AIM, he was a Technology Transfer Manager at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He assisted the university in commercialising promising inventions developed primarily at various faculty and associated centres and organisations. He built relationships and worked closely with professors, staff and graduate students engaged in research. Dr. Ng undertook a range of activities related to the receipt, analysis, statutory protection, and transfer of research discoveries to third parties and provided guidance on these processes to researchers and other administrative units within the University.

Prior to that, Dr. Ng was an Innovation Intermediary in a multinational innovation specialist company. As an Intermediary, he identified and managed relationships and new business opportunities for large corporate companies, academic institutions and SMEs. He was trained in translating cutting edge research and academic theory into digestible value prepositions, unique features, implications, and potential business applications. He contextualised technology and other capabilities into successful business solutions. Making connections between technology push and market pull was at the core of this role. He has an excellent track record of forging strong relationships with clients, developing partnerships and increasing company revenue through innovative and creative strategies.

Upon his PhD graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher, managing research projects between Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University and a private company. He facilitated cross-discipline technology transfer by exploring new applications and opportunities between the three parties. He provided scientific support to senior management for continuous project progress.

Dr. Ng had been working as a research associate in Manchester for 3 years and had been primarily engaged on an EPSRC research project jointly run by Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester. His research was in the area of Microwave Instrumentation and Measurement with specific applications in Food Engineering.

Dr. Ng holds a PhD in Microwave Instrumentation from Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
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Ahmad Rizal Bin Azwir
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Rizal is a trained Technology Transfer Officer with 4 years experience in Technology Transfer (R&D Industry) and Intellectual Property (IP) related to Engineering and IT cluster mainly in project management, business development, key account management and sales & marketing. He is also highly experienced in project handling, business plan formulation and strategic planning.

Throughout his time working at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Rizal managed to license several technologies and secured funds (approximately RM 20 million) such as the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA) project, Lab2Market fund under PEMANDU and MoHE. Furthermore, he was given the honour to represent Malaysia in Japan Patent Office (JPO) for IP Practitioners course.

Prior to joining PlaTCOM, Rizal has gained significant experience in facilitation of products (R&D) up to commercialisation stage. With such exposure and up to 4 years of experience with the National University of Malaysia (UKM), Rizal is familiar with the hurdles and difficulties faced by researchers in introducing and promoting their invention to the market. He is determined to assist and help researchers to overcome the difficulties and reduced the gap by transforming the invention and innovation into new wealth.

Rizal is currently one of the Commercialisation Specialists at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). As a Commercialisation Specialist, his roles include identify and evaluate new technologies, conduct technical & market due diligence, identify investment risks, perform business planning analysis and provide end to end facilitation for commercialisation activities.

Rizal received his Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA).
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Lau Kian Giap
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Lau graduated from University of Glasgow, with Master of Science in Biotechnology. With 6 years of working experience in various key areas such as compound development, product formulation, product development and project management.

Prior to accepting this position, he served as Project Manager in SED BIOMEDICAL Sdn. Bhd. He managed research and pre-clinical studies by corresponding with relevant parties at pre-commercialization stage of small molecules. Up-keeping technical dossier and product master file for product registration/ commercialization. He’s also corresponding with relevant business partners for commercialization of a new products. In addition, he also responsible in innovating new product for commercialization and the whole product development process.
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Mohd Asyran Bin Mohd Yusoff
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Asyran graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara with Executive Master of Business Administration. Prior to accepting this position, he was a Manager, Strategic Planning & Delivery in Halal Industry Development Corporation Sdn Bhd.

In his previous employment, his task was to assist in planning and directing the organisation’s strategic and long term goals, making strategic suggestions and to analyse strategic proposals of the organisation. He has 14 years of working experience and his core strengths lie in Technology Transfer, Commercialisation and Technology Assessment and Strategic Planning.
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Nurhidayah Binti Mohd Akil
Senior Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Hidayah is a highly experienced consultant with 6 years in product manufacturing, construction and financial consulting.

She is currently one of the Commercialization Specialists at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). She is a part of a team of commercialisation specialists that manages a national programme called the High Impact Programme 2 under the SME Masterplan 2012-2020.

Hidayah began her career as a marketing executive at a manufacturing company which specialised in medical equipment. She has been involved in several areas, including research and business development, preparing market research and business documents. She also worked closely with Ministry of Health in contribution to the product development.

Hidayah received her Diploma in Business Studies and Degree in Business Administration (Hons) International Business, followed by a Master of Mass Communication both from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).
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Siti Aqilah Binti Kasim
Senior Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Aqilah graduated from California State Polytechnic University Pomona with Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. Prior to accepting this position, she was an Executive, Academia Industry Support in Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

In her previous employment, her task was to scout and facilitate negotiations between researchers and companies for potential technology transfer, develop & submit business proposals besides pursuing business opportunities, prepare division’s reports and business plans, establish and maintain rapport with both corporate and government clients, facilitate funding applications for start-ups from public sources. In addition, she also write marketing and promotional materials, coordinate trade missions and exhibitions, organise workshops and facilitate business matchings.
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Noor Nadiatul Akma Binti Hamidon
Senior Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Nadia graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia with Bachelor of Management (Technology) . She has 3 years of working experience in technology transfer, commercialisation and administration.

Prior to accepting this position, she was an Administrative Assistant in Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Selangor. Prior to this also, she was attached with UKM Technology Sdn Bhd as Project Executive. She was tasked to engage with university researchers to assess on the potential commercial merit to early stage for commercialisation, assist to manage research and commercialisation project to ensure the project progress is in line to milestone, timeline and budget, search for pre-commercialisation market data to provide early market insight, technology insight and commercial feasibility, responsible for commercialisation efforts for UKM research innovation under the Engineering and Medical Devices cluster – Technology Transfer.
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Nor Aisah Binti Hatta
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Aisah is part of the High Impact Programme 2 (HIP2) team at PlaTCOM Ventures. She provides advisory, conducts due diligence and develops business cases with potential HIP2 awardees. As a project executive, Aisah also monitors the progress of successful HIP2 companies to ensure the projects achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline.

Aisah holds a Degree in Management (Technology) from University of Technology Malaysia (UTM). Prior to accepting her current position, she was a trainee under PlaTCOM Perintis Internship Programme for six months. During her time in PlaTCOM Ventures, Aisha has been demonstrated her ability to conduct due diligence including background study, market research and prior art search with the assistance of fellow PlaTCOM colleagues.
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Ezzaty Binti Zirro
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Ezzaty is part of the High Impact Programme 2 (HIP2) team at PlaTCOM Ventures. She provides advisory, conducts due diligence and develops business cases with potential HIP2 awardees. As a project executive, Ezzaty also monitors the progress of successful HIP2 companies to ensure the projects achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline.

Ezzaty graduated from University Of Portsmouth, UK with Bachelor Of Arts in Business and Management. Prior to accepting this position, she was working with Detik Kreatif Engineering (DKE) Sdn. Bhd.
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Raja Sabila Husna Binti Raja Azman
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Husna is part of the High Impact Programme 2 (HIP2) team at PlaTCOM Ventures. She provides advisory, conducts due diligence and develops business cases with potential HIP2 awardees. As a project executive, Husna also monitors the progress of successful HIP2 companies to ensure the projects achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline.

Husna graduated from UNIKL with Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Technology (Hons.). Prior to accepting this position, she finished her internship with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). In MPOB, she assists the research officer in analyzing palm oil mill effluent (POME) characteristics and research on treating POME by using crystallization techniques.
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