Dengue fever is a viral infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Despite concerted dengue control programs, dengue fever remains a major public health challenge in Malaysia. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), as of 7 November, there were 102,801 cases of dengue with 283 deaths reported in Malaysia for 2015. This is 18.5% higher compared with the same reporting period of 2014. From 1 to 7 November 2015, there were 2,136 cases of dengue reported, which is lower than the previous week . The Dengue Tech Challenge aims to:
- support commercialisation of Dengue research between organisations from Malaysia and United Kingdom
- provide proactive solutions to Dengue outbreaks in Malaysia
- provide a platform for industry-academia commercialisation collaboration activities in Malaysia and United Kingdom
This Challenge is the brainchild of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), the Malaysian Innovation Agency, and PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with the British Council.
PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd is the national technology commercialisation platform of Malaysia and a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIM, formed in collaboration with SME Corporation Malaysia under one of the six High Impact Programmes in the SME Master Plan 2012-2020. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities spanning across 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.
The total fund pledged by PlaTCOM Ventures for Malaysian Principal Applicants from winning teams through the High Impact Programme 2 is RM 3 million, whilst the total fund pledged by the British Council for UK Principal Applicants from winning teams through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund is GBP 500,000.
Do your part and join the challenge in 3 easy steps
We are now open for Registration and Application on our web platform at www.platcomventures.com/challenges. To join the Challenge, please follow the 3 steps below:
1. REGISTER TO APPLY
Begin your first step by completing your Profile to register as a potential applicant. All Profiles will be available for viewing by all who have registered with the aim of facilitating the match-making process for you to set up a team and for effective match-making, please ensure you complete your Profile as accurately as possible.
2. DISCOVER YOUR COLLABORATOR(S)
Applications can only be submitted by Teams with a minimum composition of one Malaysian Principal Applicant AND one UK Principal Applicant. If it will add value to your Team, you can invite Associate Partners, from either Malaysia or the UK, to join your team. Create your team by viewing profiles available on the website.
3. COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
After your team is formed, download the Application Form and the Budget Spreadsheet and complete these documents as a team. The completed Form needs to be signed by the relevant signatories (refer to the Form) and submitted by either Principal Applicant of the team. This can be done by clicking on “Submit Now”.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION CLOSES ON 31 MARCH 2016
Register now at www.platcomdiscovery.com/denguetech. For more information on the application process, eligibility criteria, etc., you can download the Guidelines from our site above.
 World Health Organization (Western Pacific Region) Dengue Situation Update Number 478 (dated 17 November 2015)
Press release provided by PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd