University Incubation System for Research Commercialisation: The Case of Taiwan and Malaysia

Boon-Kwee Ng*, Shih-Hsin Chen, Chan-Yuan Wong, Vgr Chandran

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This article examines the performance of university research commercialisation in Taiwan and Malaysia and specifically discusses the role of incubation intermediaries. Through case study and patent analysis, this article draws lessons from Taiwan and further discusses the mechanisms in place for the successful commercialisation of university research. Lessons from the case offer insights for Malaysia on how university incubation intermediaries can be reorganised to promote better commercialisation outcomes. The Taiwanese experience illustrates that in the right institutional settings-and particularly with the presence of innovative science and technology parks-university incubators tend to promote favourable commercialisation outcomes. More importantly, the ability of university incubators to source for external knowledge and risk capital support positions them to be more effective as intermediaries. Other key success factors include establishing an adequate intellectual property management system and having adequate human resources equipped with intellectual property knowledge. This article further deliberates policy implications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0971721819873184
Pages (from-to)465-485
Number of pages21
JournalScience technology and society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • National innovation systems
  • innovation intermediaries
  • entrepreneurial university
  • university incubator
  • university start-ups


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