High Impact Programme 2 Team





Ahmad Rizal Azwir
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Rizal started his job as a Project Engineer in 2010. Since end of 2011, he became a trained Technology Transfer Officer with 9 years’ experience in Technology Transfer (R&D Industry) and Intellectual Property (IP) related to Engineering and IT cluster mainly in project management, strategic planning, business development and marketing. He is also highly experienced in business model formulation and events.

Throughout his time working at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) until end of 2015, 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 in collaboration with MyIPO.

Prior to joining PlaTCOM, Rizal has gained significant experience in facilitation of products (R&D) up to commercialisation stage. With such exposure while working at 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. He serves as main liaison between inventors, innovators, and academic researchers with industry partners for commercialisation of products and services.

Rizal is currently one of the Commercialisation Specialists at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, 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. He has given talk and training in various functions and conferences including Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), Universities Commercialisation Programmes, Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) grants application, Malaysia Commercialisation Year and many more.

He also serves as panel to judge on commercialisation potential of the innovations, including Due Diligence seminar on Malaysia Commercialisation Year workshop, Universities internal grants, Government funds and other Government Agencies funds.

Rizal received his Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) and already undergo Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP) training and waiting for officially certified by The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP).
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Lau Kian Giap
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Kent graduated from University of Glasgow, with Master of Science in Biotechnology, and currently also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Admin. As a Technology Commercialisation Manager in PlaTCOM, his main responsibilities include identifying and developing opportunities for commercialising technology through licensing, collaborative ventures, and start-ups. He has facilitated various companies from many different sectors in commercialising innovative products and services.

He serves as main liaison between inventors, innovators, and academic researchers with industry partners for commercialisation of products and services. In addition, he has given talk in various functions and conferences including Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) Enterprise Productivity Programme (EPP) and Universities Commercialisation Programmes.

He is also a prominent technology/innovation evaluator where he serves as panel to judge on commercialisation potential of the innovations, including Due Diligence seminar on Malaysia Commercialisation Year workshop.

Kent has just under 10 years of commercialisation experience in various key areas, including compound development, product formulation, product development and project management. Prior to working with PlaTCOM, he served as Project Manager in SED BIOMEDICAL Sdn. Bhd. He was responsible for innovating new product for commercialization. Although being a commercialisation specialist, Kent started his career as R&D associate in InQpharm Sdn Bhd. He managed research and pre-clinical studies by corresponding with relevant parties at pre-commercialization stage of small molecules. During the time with the company, the team that Kent worked with found a novel compound from natural herb and successfully filed a patent on the composition for IP protection.
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Mohd Asyran Bin Mohd Yusoff
Manager
Technology Commercialisation

Asyran graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in 2014 and Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Environmental Technology in 2008. Asyran is currently a Technology Commercialisation Manager at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd. and among his roles are to identify and evaluate new technology proposals, to conduct technical & business due diligence, to identify investment potential and risks, to perform business planning analysis and to provide end to end facilitation for commercialisation activities. Cumulatively, Asyran has more than nine (9) year of experience in Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, with stint experience at Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and PlatCOM Ventures Sdn. Bhd.

Prior to accepting this position, he was a Manager of Strategic Planning & Delivery at Halal Development Corporation Berhad (HDC). During his previous employment, Asyran was tasked 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. Asyran is also part of the team at HDC in developing Halal Industry Masterplan 2.0 (HIMP 2.0), a strategic national document on halal industry.

Asyran is also an experienced Investment Management professional, having served Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) through its economic development arm, South Perak Region Development as Manager, Ecosystem Development. His main role was to attract DDI and FDI into four (4) nodes of South Perak Region (WPS); i.e. Bagan Datoh (Node 1), Tanjung Malim (Node 2), Tapah (Node 3) and Teluk Intan (Node 4). Other roles was to manage and maintain overall ecosystem development towards investment into WPS i.e. policies, resources, incentives and infrastructure.

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Nurhidayah Binti Mohd Akil
Senior Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Hidayah is a highly experienced consultant with 5 years’ experience in technology commercialization and 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. She is a Senior Executive for Technology Commercialisation at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd. Prior to accepting this position, she was an Executive, Academia Industry Support in Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.

A certified Graduate Technologist with Malaysian Board of Technologists, she is a project manager that has performed due diligence on 13 companies. During her time in PlaTCOM, she has successfully facilitated a licensing deal between an SME and a governmental department and facilitated 3 companies to achieve commercialisation. She is also member of the internal assessment team and internal audit team at PlaTCOM. She has contributed 2 articles for AIM’s website and acts as the in-house emcee for corporate events that involve ministries. She was 1 out of the 3 appointed team leads for revenue generating initiatives for the company.

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 (UTM) with a Bachelor of Management (Technology). She is a trained Technology Transfer Officer with almost 6 years of experience in Technology Transfer (R&D Industry) and Intellectual Property (IP) related to ICT and Healthcare cluster mainly in project management, business development, key account management, and sales & marketing. She is also highly experienced in project handling, business plan formulation, and strategic planning.

Nadia is currently one of the Technology Commercialisation Specialists at PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM). As a Technology Commercialisation Specialist, her 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 technology commercialisation activities. She managed to assist and monitor 5 projects under High Impact Programme 2 (HIP2) until the project is completed. She is also dedicated to handling HIP2 Masterlist information for reporting purposes.

Nadia is committed and has successfully built a strong relationship with Research Management and Innovation Center of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (RMIC, UPSI) for PlaTCOM’s Innovation Business Opportunity (IBO). She has been appointed by RMIC, UPSI as one of the judgers for evaluating invention and innovation for several times.

Prior to joining PlaTCOM, Nadia was with Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Selangor. She has broad experience in preparing a proposal and managing documentation for government staff hired by Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Selangor (SPN Selangor).

During her earliest career in Technology commercialisation, she was a project executive of UKM Technology Sdn Bhd. Nadia managed to secure approximately RM 1 million funds (TechnoFund) under MOSTI. Furthermore, during her tenure with UKM Technology Sdn Bhd, she has gained significant experience in facilitation of products (R&D) up to commercialisation stage. With such exposure and up to 3 years of experience with UKM Technology Sdn Bhd, Nadia is familiar with the hurdles and difficulties faced by researchers in introducing and promoting their invention to the market. She is determined to assist and help researchers to overcome the difficulties and reduced the gap by transforming the invention and innovation into wealth creation.
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Nor Aisah Binti Hatta
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Aisah has more than three years of experience in technology transfer, technology commercialisation, project management and fund management. At PlaTCOM Ventures, she is one of the project managers for High-Impact Programme (HIP2), in which she is responsible to manage projects from a diverse range of backgrounds and oversee the development from proof-of-concept/prototype to commercialisation. Her roles include identifying and evaluating new technologies, conducting technical & market due diligence, identifying investment risks, performing business planning analysis, and providing end-to –end facilitation including advisory for commercialisation activities.

Aisah ensure the projects under her purview achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline by performing continuous project evaluation and periodic site visit. She troubleshoot any issues arises and provide risk mitigation strategies.

As to date, Aisah has facilitated 10 companies admitted into HIP2 and secured cumulatively RM5.91 million of funding for their proposed projects. Aisah is currently managing and monitoring 16 high-impact innovative projects from diverse industries such as ICT, F&B Manufacturing, Energy, Healthcare, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Cosmeceutical, etc. 10 projects were successfully commercialised upon completion with RM7.34 million of total achieved revenue.

Aisah also conducts regular engagement with universities and industry players for market gaps identification and technology scouting. She identify and develop opportunities for technology commercialization through licensing, collaborative ventures, and start-ups formation, and serve as main liaison between inventors, innovators, and academic researchers with the potential industry partners to facilitate technology transfer. Aisah has facilitated two licensing deals and two research collaborations.

Aisah was selected to be among the first cohort to undergo Malaysia's Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP) Certification Programme, fully funded by the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund via the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund People Pillar. Aisah has experience in evaluating technologies for external parties. She was one of the assessment Panels for Malaysia Commercialisation Year 2018 Award by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). She was also invited by Universiti Malaysia Sabah to be assessment panel for Grassroot Innovator Award in UMS PEREKA 2019.

Aisah holds a Degree in Management (Technology) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Prior to accepting her current position, she was a trainee under PlaTCOM Perintis Internship Programme for six months. During her trainee time, Aisah demonstrated her ability to conduct due diligence, including background study, identification of commercialisation gaps, market research, competitors’ analysis, prior art search and projects presentation for fund approval.

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Ezzaty Binti Zirro
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Ezzaty has 3 years of experience in project management, fund management as well as in technology transfer. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Management from University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. At PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, she is responsible for the organisation, execution and completion of projects from a diverse range of backgrounds such as agriculture, information and communication technology, engineering and manufacturing, nutraceutical etc. Her roles also include evaluating new technologies, conducting technical and market due diligence, identifying investment risks and performing business planning analysis while providing an advisory for commercialisation activities.

Other than that, she is accountable for setting project deadlines, working directly with company executives to ensure the project deliverables fall within the provided scopes, time and budget. In addition, she also manage changes to the project scopes, project schedules and project costs where necessary using appropriate verification techniques. With her proficiency in documentation skills, she holds responsibilities to professionally create and properly maintain a comprehensive project documentation in order to escalate any progress report to the upper management when required.

Ezzaty is knowledgeable in Intellectual Property (IP) protection and carries an industrial exposure in this field. Therefore, she has the ability to provide useful suggestions and advices relating to this subject. Moreover, she is well-versed in establishing and maintaining good working relationship with external parties especially between local universities and industrial players for the purpose of technology transfer. Furthermore, she has the experience in assisting clients with a different types of business agreements that are fundamental for business partnerships.

As to date, she has screened more than 50 companies for fund applications and reviewed them thoroughly on their eligibilities. She is currently overseeing 9 different project backgrounds and presented more than 10 projects to various stakeholders for fund approvals. Previously managed to secure approximately RM 3 million of government funds with an impressive rate of commercialisation return. Finally, she has successfully secured and recorded 5 technology licensing deals, cumulatively worth RM 250,000.

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Raja Sabila Husna Binti Raja Azman
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Husna is the Technology Commercialisation Executive at PlaTCOM Ventures where her main responsibilities are to provide advisory, conducts due diligence and develops business cases with potential High Impact Programme 2 (HIP2) awardees. As a project manager, Husna also monitors the progress of successful HIP2 companies to ensure the projects achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline. She was also part of internal audit team and managing the internal assessment process flow.

During her 2 years of experience with PlaTCOM Ventures, she had monitored funds for 7 companies with approved total of approximately RM 4.5 million. Husna successfully enhanced the quality of routine operation by initiating new process flow for project code registration. She was also entrusted to prepare highly confidential meeting minutes for RMK12 R&D budget as part of “Jawatankuasa Pelaburan Dana Awam (JKPDA)” secretariat team.

Husna is a Chemical Engineering Technology graduate registered under Board of Engineering Malaysia (BEM) from Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL). Prior to accepting this position, she completed her internship with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) under Energy and Environment Unit. She managed to improve her technical research skill while working with the research officer on project of Treatment of Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) by Crystallization Technique.
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Syarifah Farrah Hanim Bt Syed Muhsin
Executive
Technology Commercialisation

Farrah graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara with MSc. in Office Systems Management. Farrah provides advisory services, conducts due diligence and develop business cases for potential HIP2 awardees. As a project executive, Farrah also monitors the progress of successful HIP2 companies to ensure the projects achieve their milestones and complete within the stipulated timeline.

To support the development of new technologies, Farrah is took on the role of being one of PlaTCOM's relationship managers to foster close integration and relationship with universities (UMT, UniSZA, TATI, Monash University, MSU) and SMEs by facilitating them through filling the gaps their specific market barriers that stop innovations from reaching the market. Farrah acts as a business consultant to the researchers in universities and private companies by offering advisory service for their innovation to meet commercialization.

Farrah has been in technology transfer industry for over two years. Over the course of her professional experience spanning almost 12 years in various industries, she has developed skills not only in project management, business consultant but also in administration, customer service as well as financial service advisory.

Prior to her employment at PlaTCOM with HIP2 team, she served as a Secretary to CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd. Farrah often apply her forte in handling administration duties to ensure her projects are well-organised and easily managed.
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