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Posted: Nov 06, 2012
NanoMalaysia, IBM to Collaborate on Nanotechnology Design
(Nanowerk News) NanoMalaysia Bhd and IBM Malaysia yesterday inked an agreement for research collaboration in nanotechnology design and development over a two-year period.
NanoMalaysia chairman Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Zawawi Ismail said this strategic cooperation would leverage world-class technology and expertise from IBM, complementing Malaysia’s nanotechnology ecosystem.
“This will go a long way to raise the bar on intellectual property development and the nanotechnology industry as we journey through a knowledge-based economy and contribute one per cent of the country’s Gross National Income by 2020,” he told reporters yesterday.
The announcement and document exchange was held during the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainability Summit 2012 here. NanoMalaysia was represented by Zawawi and IBM Malaysia by its managing director Ramanathan Sathiamutty.
NanoMalaysia Bhd is a corporate entity under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The collaboration, said Zawawi, includes research into the use of Malaysian-made Graphene and Aerogel for commercialisation, as well as testing IBM’s anti-microbial star polymer tachnology for healthcare applications.
Both companies will also collaborate in areas such as energy storage, electronics, healthcare and computational science, he said, adding that the project was mooted by Malaysia’s Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC).
The GSIAC initiative is jointly led by Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Meanwhile, Sathiamutty said yesterday’s announcement presented an opportunity to boost scientific research in the country and introduce innovations that would help elevate Malaysia’s role in an interconnected world.