The Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) has been appointed as the Neutral Entity for the i-Connect Health & Wellness sector, an initiative introduced by Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), under the purview of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).
As the Neutral Entity championing health and wellness, CREST will steer a consortium, consisting of 15 Founding Members who represent the industry, academia, government and civil society to catalyse innovations, nurture talent and increase Malaysia’s competitiveness in developing health and wellness solutions for local and global markets.
“CREST is thrilled to be selected as the Neutral Entity for i-Connect to advance health and wellness innovations and solutions for Malaysia. The appointment is a testament of the effectiveness of our collaborative model which facilitates linkages between industry and academia, bringing them together to jointly create solutions for the ecosystem.” said Jaffri Ibrahim, CEO of CREST, at the launch of i-Connect Health & Wellness network.
Jaffri added that the launch of the i-Connect Health & Wellness network is timely as the need for health and wellness solutions is more critical than ever. “We look forward to working with ASM, the Founding Members and potential collaborators to develop innovative, enduring solutions that create value for all”
The collaborative network in i-Connect is an alliance constituted by a variety of entities among the quadruple helix (industry, academia, government and civil society), coming together to collaborate to better achieve common or compatible goals.
“Being a country that aims to become a developed and high-income nation by 2030, Malaysia has the potential to leverage on new economic opportunities and enter global markets through science, technology and innovation-based industries, collaboration and open innovation. This has given rise to i-Connect, an industry-led collaborative network involving the quadruple helix, which aims to create and nurture a conducive innovation ecosystem in Malaysia. Through i-Connect, we aspire to disrupt current practices and leverage on new economic opportunities, in order for Malaysia to break new grounds by entering emerging and global markets”, said Hazami Habib, CEO of ASM.
She added that the core of the collaborative network in i-Connect is a shared value that forms an advantageous network to enable innovation. “Drivers which are industry players and researchers will be connected with enablers among the government regulatory bodies, institutions of higher learning and civil society to catalyse the genesis of ideas leading to disruptive innovations at a very dynamic pace.”
The i-Connect Health & Wellness network is helmed by 15 Founding Members who represent the industry, academia, government and civil society. The members will lend their expertise in suggesting best practices for the sector, in addition to determining research and development and commercialisation related to Health & Wellness, to increase Malaysia’s competitiveness locally and globally.
“Our Founding Members who serve on a pro-bono basis represent thought leaders and instrumental figures within their respective industries, actively championing technology and innovation in health and wellness. Their extensive experience will lend invaluable insights and credibility to the network and I look forward to working alongside them and our potential collaborators in creating solutions for the health and wellness industry.” Rajifah Ramli, Chairperson of the i-Connect Health & Wellness Founding Members and Founder & CEO of DATA8 said.
Rajifah added that the role of the Founding Members is critical in charting a technology roadmap to increase Malaysia’s competitiveness and contributing toward a unified voice in relation to best practices in research, development, commercialisation and talent development which leads to R&D&C excellence and international best practice in Health & Wellness.
i-Connect will be implemented in four strategic industry sectors; Health & Wellness, Industry 4.0, Fintech in Islamic Finance and the Halal Supply Chain. The Health & Wellness network is the first to make its debut and its key focus areas are: Healthy aging, Community health, Communicable diseases and Non-communicable diseases. Through the use of digital technologies, the likes of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Blockchain and Bioscience Technology, the network aims to create solutions that address health and wellness challenges such as:
- Epidemiology and surveillance for prevention and early detection of endemic;
- Environmental and community approaches to promote health, support healthy behaviors, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles;
- Intervention to reduce barriers to care and improves the effective use of clinical and preventive services for patients and caregivers.
In tandem with the launch of the i-Connect Health & Wellness network, CREST is inviting the research community to apply for the i-Connect Health & Wellness Technological Development Grant to fund their technological development projects which focuses on Development and Deployment phases i.e., Technology Readiness Level 4 and above.