nanoSkunkWorkX (nSWX) is a Malaysian deep technology startup, founded by a former NASA Principal Investigator and a Wall Street veteran to bring high-impact nanotechnology to market, and make a dent in the universe! 

Our flagship product, currently in advanced development stages, is a next-gen diagnostics kit for COVID-19 having gold standard accuracy but at low cost, with near-instant results. The COVID-19 nanoRTK is being developed in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH), and TIDREC@UM, the leader in Malaysia’s tropical infectious diseases research body and a prominent Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). 

We received seed funding from Kumpulan Modal Perdana (KMP), a deep technology venture capital firm under the Malaysian Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI). We are grateful to have also received financial support under an High Value Added & Complex Product Development Programme (HVA) grant from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Berhad (MIDF).



Iqbal Shamsul, CEO

An MIT Computer Science graduate, with a robust background in trading, risk management, and capital markets at Morgan Stanley Commodities.

Excels in identifying unconventional solutions where others see status quo, leveraging his expertise in technology, economics, and management.

His unique ability to observe and synthesise drives his steadfast dedication to progress and innovation.



Amani Salim, CTO

A seasoned engineer, researcher, and project manager with expertise in nanotechnology, biomedical, electrical, and materials engineering.

She was the first non-American Muslim PI for a NASA project, an honour earned post-PhD at Purdue. An award-winning innovator, Amani has worked on mission-critical projects under prestigious organisations like NASA, EPA, NSF, and NIH.

She’s currently channelling her talent into entrepreneurship, driving impactful innovation in Malaysia with global ambitions.

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