COLLABORATION: Thalassaemia registry to be set up
OXFORD: A COLLABORATION between Universiti Technologi Malaysia (UTM) and Nexus Protocol Ltd (NPL), a Malaysian-owned UK-based software development company, is expected to benefit healthcare globally.
A memorandum of understanding was signed last Thursday between UTM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang and Hamidi Abdul Rahman, managing director of NPL which was witnessed by the Chancellor of UTM, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah.
The MoU was on Integrated Intelligent Monitoring and Management Systems for environment, health and security. The areas of cooperation would be with the Faculty of Health Science and Biomedical Engineering of UTM.
Speaking on the collaboration, Hamidi said: "Nexus Protocol has developed many technologies while UTM has the strength in research.
"Together we can develop and market the products globally."
One of the main areas of collaboration is the setting up of a thalassaemia registry in which NPL has had vast experience.
"We will start with the thalassaemia project to help market it to the western world or to the thalassaemia belt which starts from the Mediterranean to Southeast Asia.
"These are potential markets for our product. But there are many other projects that we will be working on with UTM," said Hamidi, whose company was established in the UK in 1993 and has won many awards in Malaysia and in the UK.
"The strength of NPL is development and marketing research. We have succeeded in the UK in marketing products.
"We are confident in approaching western customers, interacting with them and convincing them that what they want is what we provide," he said.
"We've got quite a lot of technologies marketed globally and won a lot of awards in Malaysia and UK and it is time for us to have cooperation with institutions in Malaysia, especially with UTM, which has developed new products which can be marketed worldwide.
"We are confident that the collaboration will result in a big impact on commercial aspects for both UTM and NPL," Hamidi added.
He said in Malaysia, NPL had been active in providing health care products for the Health Ministry.
According to Zaini, they were already in discussions with many ministries and institutions which would benefit from this project and among them were the Ministry of Health and the Malaysian Development Corporation.
"We feel with NPL we would leverage on our present research capabilities. We have more than 500 PhD students working on various applications and softwares.
"We have already done the research part. This is a new development and knowing that NPL has done it for many applications, we should be able to commercialise it by the end of this year.
(From left) Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah and Hamidi Abdul Rahman at the UTM Nexus Protocol Collaboration signing ceremony in London.