What is ICC?


“We are developing the people who will lead and create the industries of the future. We look forward to applying our expertise to help develop your organization and create more innovative entrepreneurial activities.”  – UTM, Premier University in Engineering & Technology



  • Technology transfer arm of a Premier University in Technology and Engineering
  • Promotes and supports the transfer of University expertise and knowledge into industry and other external organisations.
  • Link academic research to industry in order to generate new ideas, technologies and the processes required to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners
  • maximise the commercial and societal impact of our research outputs.
  • Explore more benefits and potentials to expand your company
  • Help companies develop innovative products and services
  • Develop efficient processes and procedures to gain a competitive advantage.
  • may also provide access to additional funding which is only available through collaboration with a University.

UTM Innovation & Commercialisation Centre focus on three main activities :-

  • helps UTM researchers to commercialise intellectual property arising from their research: patenting, licensing, spin-out companies.
  • manages UTM technology consultation which assists UTM researchers to identify and manage consulting  opportunities and helps clients access experts from UTM’s world-class, interdisciplinary research base.
  • provides consulting expertise and advice in technology transfer and innovation management to clients across the public and private sectors around the world.


To be an efficient one stop management centre for technology innovation and commercialization



To assist in IP management and exploitation, to add value to the technologies towards achieving innovative and commercially viable products, that meet the market needs for the nation’s wealth creation



To work strategically with the faculties, Research Alliances and Centres of Excellence in tandem with government agencies and industries in promoting UTM’s technologies



To help UTM inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs :-

  • make their ideas more commercially successful through networking with industry and affiliate partners
  • commercialise their ideas via spin-off formation/start-ups, joint-ventures and partnerships
  • commercialise their ideas for the benefit of society, Malaysian economy, the inventors and the university



Commercialisation is a process by which intellectual property generated in public sector research institutes and institutes of higher education is taken to market or exploited within a commercial setting. It involves the outsourcing of R&D, consultancy and training, patent and license agreements and spin-off company formations. The process should generate value added in the economy and generate funds back to the university.

UTM Innovation & Commercialisation Centre was established to help researchers in the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia protect and commercialise their inventions.

UTM ICC was established by UTM  in June 2010 as a technology transfer and innovation busines entity to drive on the commercialization part of UTM’s inventions .  ICC has developed substantially over the years in a number of phases, as the technology transfer activity has grown, and with the formation of UTM Holdings and other spin-off companies.

Our mission is to be the leading international technology transfer organisation, to transfer technology and expertise from the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, to deliver value to all our clients, and to maximise social and economic benefits in a commercial manner.

ICC manages the UTM’s intellectual property portfolio, working with University researchers on identifying, protecting and marketing technologies through licensing, spin-out company formation, consulting and material sales. ICC also funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates exploitation and spin-out company agreements, and identifies and manages consultancy opportunities. ICC works on projects from all areas of the University’s research activities: life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.  ICC provides access and links to UTM’s expertise and provides researchers with advice on commercialisation.

Apart from the allocated Project Managers, a researcher may get ICC’s assistance to manage the activities involved in patenting, licensing and/or setting up a spin-out company.