Dr Viraj Perera
Chief Executive Officer, PlaTCOM Ventures, Malaysia
Dr. Viraj’s expertise lies in technology transfer and innovation and has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field through working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick as well as private companies.
Prior to being appointed as the CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures, Dr. Viraj held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation Business Opportunities (IBO) at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), the parent organisation of PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd.
Before moving to Malaysia, Dr. Viraj worked for Oxford University Innovation – the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford. He was involved in consulting to and advising governments, companies and research organisations on technology development, technology transfer and commercialisation, Intellectual Property management and discovery, commercialisation strategy and business planning. Dr. Viraj was also involved business development, project design and delivery, as well as training and coaching in technology transfer and commercialisation. During his time at Oxford University Innovation, Dr. Viraj delivered projects and technology transfer training to UK and global clients from Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Korea, India and China.
Prior to joining Oxford University Innovation, Dr. Viraj worked as a Business Development Manager at Warwick Ventures – the commercial arm of the University of Warwick - where he was involved in technology transfer and commercialisation of university research. Before migrating to the UK, he spent 10 years in Australia where Dr. Viraj gained much experience in the field of innovation management. He was also the co-founder and CEO of a successful biotech startup in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Viraj holds a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology - both from RMIT University in Australia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from the University of Bangalore, India.