Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Smart Coating Technologies (B) Sdn Bhd signed a Licensing Agreement on 8th May 2018 at the Integrated Science Building, UBD.
This is the first licensing agreement of one of UBD's patents, specifically for an Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal Photocatalytic Smart Coating. This technology can be used in the application of specialised coatings on to buildings, which effectively protect surfaces from bacteria and mould - a common problem in Brunei Darussalam. The product will be able to significantly reduce annual maintenance costs and has the potential to be exported to other locations with a similar climate.
Smart Coating Technologies (B) Sdn Bhd is a home grown spin-off company, the result of successful collaboration with Pixela Corporation from Japan, the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and UBD, under the funding of the Brunei Research Incentive Scheme (BRiSc). It has featured its revolutionary product in the Made-in-Brunei Market Fair and the China-ASEAN Expo, drawing considerable interest from both government and private companies. With international sales agents based in Japan, Myanmar and Thailand, it hopes to extend its reach to other neighbouring ASEAN countries as well.
"Today's signing marks an important milestone for UBD as the first successful technology transfer arising from UBD's research collaboration into commercialisation. We are also proud to license it to a UBD spin-off company, whose directors include two of our own students. This signing truly reflects our mission to be a University of Innovation and Enterprise," remarked Datin Dr Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, UBD's Vice Chancellor.
"On behalf of Smart Coating Technologies (B) Sdn Bhd, we are honoured and privileged to be given this opportunity to be the first company to be granted a licensing agreement between a small-and-medium enterprise (SME) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam. This licensing agreement will allow Smart Coating Technologies to manufacture, market and export high-quality, made-in-Brunei, protective coating products and related services. This innovative product features strong resilience against mould growth on buildings and infrastructures and at the same time offers protection against UV degradation. This will help prolong the lifespan and sustainability of your building materials. Smart Coating Technologies look forward to adding further value to Brunei Darussalam's economy, bringing us one step closer to achieving the nation's aspirations of Wawasan 2035," remarked Haji Mohammad Redza Haji Hussin, Director of Marketing.
UBD, currently ranked within the top 1.3 percent of universities in the world and number 37 in the world's top universities under 50 years old, embeds multidisciplinary modules within its curriculum across its faculties that encourages research that can be translated into useful applications which can be commercialised. It is also one of the leading innovative research agencies in Brunei with over 40 patents filed which are ready for licensing both locally and internationally. More details of these patents can be found at https://innovation.ubd.edu.bn/
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