This year has been a progressive year for me; besides being able to play more relaxing rounds of golf, it is now the execution time for all the research collaboration agreements signed earlier in the year, mainly with oil and gas companies. This year also marked a year after completing my tenure as the deputy director of the University of Malaya (UM) Center of Innovation and Commercialization (UMCIC). UMCIC is the technology-transfer office of UM, which is responsible for protecting UM’s inventions through intellectual-property registration such as patent, copyright, and trade secrets. This office is also responsible for promoting UM’s inventions through commercialization activities—namely, licensing, outright sale, and creation of spinoff companies. UMCIC also supports and promotes university/industry research collaborations that lead to potential innovative and commercial activities.