Technology Upgrading Policy for SMEs: A Study of Singapore’s Pioneering GET-Up Programme

Awarded by: National Research Foundation (NRF) Science of Research, Innovation & Enterprise (SRIE) Grant

Project term: 01 February 2015 – 31 January 2018
Lead PI(s): Professor Hang Chang Chieh
Co PI(s): Professor Wong Poh Kam & Assistant Professor M.S. Annapoornima

The unique design of Singapore’s “Growing Enterprises through Technology Upgrading” (GET-Up) programme showcases one pragmatic approach taken by the Singapore government to stimulate technology transfer from public to private sector, especially to promote the R&D capability of the Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). This project aims to examine how GET-Up enhanced the R&D capability and resource availability of SMEs, thereby their performance. The project will involve literature review, case studies of selected technology transfers, and also a large scale surveys with the key players involved.


Alliances and their implications for IP management in the Biotechnology Industry

Awarded by: Ministry of Education, Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1

Project term: 01 March 2015 – 28 February 2018
Lead PI(s): Assistant Professor M.S. Annapoornima

The wave of innovations in drug discovery with the advent of modern biotechnology is gaining dominance. In the biotechnology industry, the resource requirement, speed demand of patent races and failure rate of research experiments motivate firms to rely on alliances as a knowledge acquisition strategy for generating breakthrough technologies. This project aims to (a) examine the conditions in which synergetic effects of multiple alliances are leveraged by focal firm in the creation of impactful innovations (b) whether and how the pace of inter-organisational collaboration, in itself and in combination with firms’ capability, influences performance (c) examine the type of patenting mechanisms employed by start-ups that is most conducive for startup-incumbent collaborations.