August 19, 2020

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION SANDBOX TO ACCELERATE ECONOMIC  RECOVERY 

NTIS: One-Stop Facility that allows researchers, innovators, startups, to test their products,  services and delivery mechanisms towards community future development 

CYBERJAYA, AUGUST 19 2020 - Malaysia’s prospects of becoming a highly developed  and innovation-driven economy is strengthened with the launch of the National Technology  & Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) today by Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri  Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin and attended by the Minister of Science,  Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin as the  minister leading the NTIS initiative. The launch was held at the Malaysian Global Innovation  & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), Cyberjaya. 

The NTIS is one of the key initiatives announced under the Short-Term Economic Recovery  Plan (PENJANA). It aims to accelerate Malaysia’s journey of becoming a high-tech and high income nation by improving the development and accessibility of advanced technologies.  Spearheaded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), with Malaysian  Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) as the lead secretariat, NTIS aims to create  high-skilled job opportunities, increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National  Income (GNI) and social inclusion, as well as enhance the participation, investment and  collaboration in research by the private sector. 

“We all aspire for a highly-developed Malaysia, one with a high quality of life and one where  each and every one of us, the Rakyat prospers. I believe this vision can be accelerated  through technology. NTIS gives us the opportunity to transform Malaysia into an innovation driven economy, ensuring we cultivate a highly active, resilient and competitive society while  boosting the country’s reputation around the world,” said the Prime Minister, Yang Amat  Berhormat Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin.

He added that creating a better economy for the rakyat will take a joint effort from  Malaysians from all walks of life, “Driving the country’s innovation agenda, especially in a  post-COVID-19 reality, needs the involvement of every Malaysian - from ministries and  government agencies, to the private sector, academia, and local startups.” 

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Yang Berhormat Khairy  Jamaluddin said that while the end beneficiaries of the NTIS are the rakyat, accelerating  Malaysian innovation will also boost the country’s talent development in the field, “The NTIS  initiative is the Government’s ongoing commitment towards local R&D and innovation efforts  by assuring that R&D products, technologies and services as well as local innovation will  have a place in the open market and the potential to be commercialised which also means  creating suitable conditions for innovation entrepreneurs to flourish in the country.” 

RM100 million fund to advance Malaysia through advanced technology 

NTIS RM100 million fund aims to fast-track the development and commercialisation of  advanced technology projects, particularly those with the highest potential to boost key  sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, education, and travel & tourism. 

Dzuleira Abu Bakar, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity  Centre (MaGIC) said that the NTIS is a national solutions coordination centre that connects the country’s greatest challenges to transformative solutions. It’s an initiative that fosters a  strong culture of innovation and creativity and we want it to be a ‘safe haven’ for Malaysian  innovators to test their groundbreaking innovations. 

The government targets to disburse the RM100 million fund by the end of 2020, and hopes  to receive 100 submissions per cohort, with a new cohort every month. Applications for NTIS  have been open since 15 July, with 658 submissions received to-date and 94 completed applications have been processed for the first cohort.

From the initial application stages, six pilot projects have already been identified to kickstart  the NTIS, including: 

1. A lightweight mobile robot deployed in agriculture to increase work efficiency and  reduce the number of workers required. 

2. An easily scalable, first-of-its-kind semi-ventilator to assist patients with breathing difficulties. 

3. A robot to assist the recovery process of stroke patients or other medical  conditions with impaired/limited limb function. 

4. A drone solution to automate high-precision spraying of pesticides, saving time  and cost in the agriculture sector. 

5. Pick-and-place linear robots for use in manufacturing, reducing the number of  workers needed and increasing productivity, efficiency, and quality of production. 6. The first Malaysian-made delivery robot for hospitals to assist healthcare front liners deliver care to COVID-19 patients, dramatically reducing their potential  exposure to the virus. 

To ensure the success of NTIS, the initiative’s selection process of relevant advanced  technology solutions will be guided by a list of 10 curated problem statements tackling areas  such as manufacturing automation, frontline testing for COVID-19, and production issues in  agriculture. 

Successful applicants - the researchers, innovators, startups, and high-tech entrepreneurs  with highly innovative solutions will be supported by the NTIS in stress-testing their products,  services, business models and delivery mechanisms in a secure and live environment. This  process also includes relaxations from all or selected regulatory requirements, helping  innovators accelerate their paths to commercialisation. 

For more details about NTIS, its pilot projects or to submit applications, visit the website or email ntis.enquiries@sandbox.gov.my.

 


ABOUT NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION SANDBOX (NTIS) 

NTIS is an initiative to accelerate Malaysia into a high-tech and high-income nation via  innovation-driven solutions by providing access to funding, driving talent development, as  well as fast-track R&D and commercialisation through simplified policies and regulations. 

NTIS is led by MOSTI and supported by its secretariat which will take on the coordination  and implementation of key projects. The secretariat consists of various government agencies  involved in the country’s innovation ecosystem, including MaGIC, which will lead the group  and act as a central depository for ideas, solutions and intellectual property; MIMOS Berhad  and Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) which will identify new solutions, run technology  audits and facilitate certification processing; Futurise Sdn Bhd which will take on the  regulatory components of the sandbox; and the Malaysian Technology Development  Corporation (MTDC) the main funding partners for the sandbox. 

The establishment of NTIS will spur local startups and innovators to develop innovative  solutions and fast track the regulatory process via a sandbox testbed, thus providing a solid  foundation for a sustainable economy driven by innovative solutions.



ABOUT MALAYSIAN GLOBAL INNOVATION & CREATIVITY CENTRE (MaGIC) 

MaGIC discovers and empowers technology startups and social innovators through creativity,  innovation and technology adoption, and develops a vibrant and sustainable entrepreneurship  ecosystem in Malaysia. Since its inception in 2014, MaGIC has provided its community of start ups, investors and ecosystem players with capacity building programmes, market & funding  opportunities and regulatory assistance that impacted more than 100,000 aspiring and  seasoned entrepreneurs with an overall value creation of RM1.9 billion. 

As an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), MaGIC  facilitates, navigates and enables the ecosystem with the mission of strengthening Malaysia’s  position as an emerging innovation nation. For more information on MaGIC, please visit mymagic.my/en/ 

For more information, please contact: 

Fazlyn Kamal, fazlyn@mymagic.my (+6012-3033646) 

Syafieqa Satria, syafieqa@mymagic.my +(6017-395 1088)