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Telekom Malaysia R&D boost

AvantiKumar | Jan. 13, 2014
A new agreement with Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) should speed up industry-academic collaboration, said TM R&D's CEO.

signing MoA TM R&D - AIM modified 

Photo - (From left) Maimunah Reduan, General Manager, Strategic Business Management, TM R&D; Dr. Gopi Kurup, Chief Executive Officer, TM R&D; Mark Rozario, Chief Executive Officer, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM); and Naser Jaafar, Chief Operating Officer, AIM.


Telekom Malaysia subsidiary TM R&D has signed a memorandum of agreement with government body Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) to speed up collaboration between academic and industry sectors in the country.

Telekom Research & Development (TM R&D) chief executive officer Dr Gopi Kurup said the memorandum of agreement (MoA) covered cooperation between the parties through Intellectual Property (IP) commercialisation as well as knowledge sharing and networking with potential partners and collaborators.

"One of TM's growth pillars is innovation. The collaboration with AIM will further strengthen TM R&D's research themes in Digital Services, Green Networks, Access Technologies & Process Tools, and ultimately contribute towards nation building as a whole," said Dr Kurup, adding that under the agreement TM R&D would benefit from AIM's expertise in identifying potential licensees and conducting due diligence.

"TM carries Malaysia's aspirations into the digital future," said AIM chief executive officer, Mark Rozario. "The global market is evolving very fast, and if the country wishes to remain relevant, we must anticipate and cater to the new generation of ICT users, whose demands are going to be even more complex so the need to innovate new applications, harness analytics, improve processes and enhance user experience are absolutely paramount."

The collaboration will stimulate abundance of potential for TM R&D to achieve its commercialisation goals by leveraging on AIM's experience and its extensive linkages to universities, research institutes, industry and government stakeholders, said Rozario.

Agensi Inovasi Malaysia [AIM], which is a statutory body set up by the Malaysian overnment via the AIM Act 2010, helps to encourage an 'innovation economy' in tune with the country's aspirations of achieving a high-income nation status.


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