Universiti Malaya (UM) via the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation)'s Office has announced the partnership between the Universiti Malaya and Nonivasi Care Sdn. Bhd. (Nonivasi Care). Today, Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd., an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia witnessed this successful partnership between UM and Nonivasi Care and took the opportunity to announce the grant award to Nonivasi Care Sdn. Bhd.
The partnership between UM and Nonivasi Care is strengthened by establishing a Licensing Agreement between the two parties. Universiti Malaya has licensed an invention of a medical device that uses to monitor the low back pain rehabilitation to Nonivasi Care Sdn. Bhd. This technology was invented by Prof. Ir. Dr. Fatimah Ibrahim and her team to diagnose lower back pain. The device acquires muscle signals from erector spinae muscles in the lumbar region along with the motion data of the user during the analysis.
According to Professor Ir. Dr. Shaliza Ibrahim, by working with Nonivasi Care, the technology taker, and Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd. (Cradle), the ecosystem builder, this partnership can help to nurture technology-based startups and promote innovation.
“The licensing agreement between the two parties will pave the way for better collaboration between industry and academia in bringing the technology from the laboratory to the marketplace. This will allow for more efficient use of resources and knowledge, as well as the faster implementation of the technology. The agreement will also help to ensure that the technology is used in a responsible manner and that its potential is fully realized.
"Cradle, as the ecosystem builder, is an important partner to foster the research commercialization between university and industry. Cradle creates an ecosystem that supports a business-building environment for technology entrepreneurs and provides a supportive environment for tech entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. We are glad to have Cradle as our partner that helps to realize the government's goal of increasing the number and quality of innovation and technology companies,” she said.
Ms. Juliana Jan, Senior Vice President, Grant, Cradle who was on hand to announce the award of RM500,000 under Cradle’s CIP Ignite funding, shared, “Cradle has always been supporting efforts in commercialisation of university IPs. Nonivasi Care is one such initiative of the collaboration between a private company and a university. We hope that the funding will enable the team to do the required enhancement of the EMG device’s circuit design and the development of the software and mobile application; which will eventually assist them in penetrating the market.”
Among those present were the via the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Office (Research & Innovation), Prof. Ir. Dr. Shaliza Ibrahim; CEO of Nonivasi Care Sdn. Bhd, Ms. Amanda Song; the Senior Vice President, Grant, Cradle Fund Sdn. Bhd., Ms. Juliana Jan; the inventor and Head of Centre of Innovation in Medical Engineering, Prof. Ir. Dr. Fatimah Ibrahim; and the Director of Universiti Malaya's Centre of Innovation & Enterprise (UMCIE), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivy Chung.