TechLaunch

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TechLaunch

Take Tech to Market

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  • WHAT IS TECHLAUNCH
  • FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TECHLAUNCH
  • PROJECTS FOR SEMESTER 1 AY2018/2019
  • PAST PROJECTS

WHAT IS TECHLAUNCH

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TechLaunch is a unique experiential module in which students develop skills in identifying and capturing value from technological innovation. Our approach is to select an engineering technology developed at NUS or by third parties and go through the process of creating a technology start-up. Students will work in cross-disciplinary teams of graduate and Ph.D. students from the Faculty of Engineering & School of Business.

In this module, students will spend most of their time talking to customers, partners, competitors in search for the right market and the right business model that can leverage the uniqueness of a technology. Students will experience the typical creative and often unstructured start-up or new product development process that will challenge their innovation and leadership skills.

Students will learn how to differentiate a business idea from a business opportunity and learn how to validate the multitude of assumptions inherent in any business plan in the market. They will learn that every successful business is a search for the intersection of technology feasibility, customer desirability and business viability. They will learn how to identify and capture value from technology innovation, improve on their business management skills, and manage the team dynamics in doing so.

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TECHLAUNCH

Plenary sessions will introduce frameworks for commercialization of new ideas and technologies. Professor Ignatius Rasiahwill lead the module, assisted by Lecturer Randall Sie.

The objective of this one-semester project is for students to learn how to search for the maximum value creation of a (patented) technology in an iterative manner as start-ups do in the real world. Through these experiences they will understand how technology can create value and how such value can be captured in a start-up. While doing so their business management skills and team leadership skills will be enhanced.

Students will be assessed based on their creativity, team collaboration, progress made in developing their project, peer reviews and overall participation. Successful students will receive 4MCs for this module, registered under MT5913 TechLaunch: Experiential Entrepreneurship.

The module does not require pre-requisites.

The module requires students to actively engage with industry in the form of interviews (in person, skype, phone) during normal week work hours. Part-time students currently employed may be disadvantaged and will have to balance their time well.

We do not allow students to audit the module due to the sensitivity of information regarding technologies being shared.

The module will meet once a week. Each week a new concept critical to business viability will be presented. Teams will have a week to map their assumptions related to this concept, find out in the market place by talking to customers and industry players whether their assumptions are true or not and adjust them. Teams will present their lessons learned related to this concept the week after.

Each team will be required to keep documenting their progress through the module. The module will conclude with students presenting their project and value proposition to a committee of entrepreneurs, industry experts investors and university staff.

Teams will meet on Wednesdays (6-9pm) starting on 15 August 2018 in TechHub.

Have some questions? Please email Professor Ignatius Rasiah at ignatius.rasiah@nus.edu.sg

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PROJECTS FOR SEMESTER 1 AY2018/2019

The transfer of electricity through copper wires has been the backbone of all our electrical supply. They can be seen in the cables running into our homes, factories powering all kinds of devices and equipment and even through undersea cables supplying off-shore rigs and platforms. While these are good, our increasing demand for electricity is limited by the capacity of copper to carry current. Thus, the number of cables have to be increased so that more current can be carried through our transmission cables to serve facilities with a higher need for electricity. This adds to the weight and subsequently to the cost of transferring electricity. In a world where everything is being miniaturized and becoming lighter, this seems to be going in the opposite direction.

Well now we have the latest innovation which uses carbon nanotubes, which inherently has a higher current carrying capability, to increase the capacity of conductor to carry current. The project explores ways of utilizing this new and innovative technology for meaningful applications that are commercially viable. The potential applications are wide and varied such as reducing the weight of heavy cables for off-shore rigs and for reducing the amount of wiring in weight sensitive applications such as in aerospace.

The development of nanoparticles have matured in the last few years. More recently, the use of nanoparticles have found their way into many industries including the consumer space, such as antimicrobial in refrigerators and smart paints as well as in display technologies. However, the widespread use of nanoparticles are dependent on the ability to disperse them uniformly with a good size based distribution for new applications in both consumer and industrial applications. However, the translation of this technology faces several challenges, such as industrial scale-up validation, batch-to-batch reproducibility and poor product quality due to non-uniform mixing.

This latest innovation is able to provide a high throughput fully continuous mixing setup for large-scale synthesis of monodisperse polymeric nanoparticles with a tightly controllable size distribution. The project will look into the need for such a technology in various applications and study their viability for commercial translation. Some potential applications include industrial chemical processing and production of coating materials.

You have seen the printed circuit boards (PCBs) on which electronic components are mounted: they are thick and rigid, and good for old computers and electronic devices. Today we live in the era of small, thin, and flexible, e.g. watch, skin patches and wearable electronics, curved TVs. They need a fundamentally novel way to make circuits, and the answer may be given by nature: Silk! Silk is ultra-thin, ultra-flexible, and most interestingly biocompatible. So, using the silk-based circuitry we should be able to pack electronics into watches, wrap it around all types of curved, surfaces and, in a biocompatible, manner put it on or inside the body. This innovation, based on silk, should lead to much more flexible and biocompatible products. Indeed, other designs can also have multiple layers of circuitry thus lending itself to much more complex systems design. As a biocompatible circuitry, this has many potential applications in the medical arena as well as the wearable and the wellness spaces. Apart from these, as a biodegradable material, silk-based PCB (and sensors) will also lead to green eco-friendly electronics. The potential applications are wide and varied. The next great challenge indeed is to choose the best application for this promising technology, and invent new technical development, marketable products for real or unmet needs.

Real-time arterial pulse monitoring facilitates early detection of diseases and disorders of human heart and vascular system, and can improve patient survival rate and reduces healthcare costs. However, current pulse monitoring devices are cumbersome and fail to conform to the skin perfectly. In contrast, wearable devices can enable point-of-care health monitoring and provide advantages such as unobtrusiveness, compact size, and light weight. We have recently developed a soft microtubular sensor as small as a strand of hair is proposed as a fast, low cost, reliable and imperceptible human pulse monitoring solution. This microtubular sensor features a unique architecture comprising a liquid-state conductive element (eGaIn) core and an ultrathin silicone elastomer microtube, which responds to subtle epidermal pressure perturbations based on sensor resistance change. Its performance, such as sensitivity, durability and wearability, has already been investigated. This sensor has great potential for development into wearable devices for point of care health monitoring.

The quick sensing of very low concentration of biomolecules for the identification of new types of pathogens, biomarkers and chemical reactions are becoming important in today’s world. However, current technologies are typically expensive and routinely take a long time for detection and are not as sensitive, especially at very low concentrations.

The Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) patented technology is increasingly being used for biosensing because of its high sensitivity and low detection limit, which are made possible by the unique Raman fingerprint spectra from the biomolecules. This novel SERS method for low-cost, fast and quantitative biomolecule detection is more sensitive than existing enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). This technique can also be extended to detection of many types of biomolecules. The application of such a technology can have a significant impact in the saving of lives for disease prevention as well as therapy as pathogens are identified fast before they cause serious harm to the human person.

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Nevermore

Portable Explosive Detector For Fast And Convenient Screening of Crowds “Not if, but when.” Terrorist activities cast an inescapable shadow in today’s world. Timely detection of explosive materials is the mission critical in our anti-terrorism efforts. With Nevermore, a portable explosive detector enabled by our patented material NUS-21, bombs are now nowhere to hide. When trace amount of explosive is drawn into Nevermore, it interacts with fluorescence-emitting NUS-21 at a molecular level, quenching its fluorescence immediately. With its unprecedented event organizers to clear threats at mass-gathering occasions. With Nevermore, no more bombs shall escape our screening.

Wearable Microtubular Sensor For Pulse Monitoring

Real-time arterial pulse monitoring facilitates early detection of diseases and disorders of human heart and vascular system, and can improve patient survival rate and reduces healthcare costs. However, current pulse monitoring devices are cumbersome and fail to conform to the skin perfectly. In contrast, wearable devices can enable point-of-care health monitoring and provide advantages such as unobtrusiveness, compact size, and light weight. We have recently developed a soft microtubular sensor as small as a strand of hair is proposed as a fast, low cost, reliable and imperceptible human pulse monitoring solution. This microtubular sensor features a unique architecture comprising a liquid-state conductive element (eGaIn) core and an ultrathin silicone elastomer microtube, which responds to subtle epidermal pressure perturbations based on sensor resistance change. Its performance, such as sensitivity, durability and wearability, has already been investigated. This sensor has great potential for development into wearable devices for point of care health monitoring.

CARB

A Safe & durable large-scale energy storage flow battery for alternative energy. CARB (Condensed-phase Aqueous Redox-flow Battery) is an advanced battery system which uses low-cost and environmentally-friendly material that is suitable for large-scale energy storage (e.g. smart grid, photovoltaic, wind farm, etc.). CARB uses the concept of redox targeting which was developed by NUS to store energy and produce power in a safe and durable way. As compared to the conventional Vanadium Redox-flow Battery (VRB), CARB has the advantages of being twice the energy density, superior power density, lower cost, and wider operation temperature. CARB is a promising battery technology for the near-term deployment.

Highly sensitive molecular detector for diseases, food safety and environmental monitoring

This project uses a highly sensitive technique using Surface Plasmon Resonance technology to detect very low concentrations of specific molecules. The invention is currently being tested at analytical labs. The device has the potential to revolutionize the detection of diseases such as infections like Avian flu, cancer and even be used for food safety and environmental monitoring.

You will have a first-hand look at the technology together with its inventors and be able to discover new market segments and work out customization of the device for end users while developing business cases for this new and novel technology.

Pure

Go Green, Drink Clean

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Sole Watchmen

The Smart Sole for Preventive Care Against Diabetes

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UblQ

Providing an ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ platform for predictive maintenance for conveyor systems

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ALT Drones

Smart drones for inspection of confined spaces

[Tech from AeroLion; an NUS Engineering start-up]
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Emosis

The headband for early detection of high levels of fatigue.

[Tech from Biomedical Engineering]
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FastDerm

Delivering confidence with your skincare solutions.

[Tech from Pharmacy/Science Faculty]
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High Barrier Coating

Why throw when you can store it?

[Tech from Dou Yee; a Singapore enterprise]
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Janus

IoT with predictive maintenance.

[Tech from MEDSTech; a Singapore enterprise]
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NanoForce

Advancing Healthcare. One molecule at a time.

[Tech from Physics/Science Faculty & Mechanobiology Institute]
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Nano-Optics

See it Bigger. See it Alive.

[Tech from Electrical & Computer Engineering]
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Vayunir

Convert waste energy to purified water.

[Tech from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering]
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IrideumLabs

Infra Red Sensor Distraction free driving. All with a wave of your hands

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MOFLaunch

Advanced Adsorbent Materials Nanomaterials redefining gas usage for a greener world

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Osteodirect

Coating for Bone Implants Growing bone for you

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MovePod

Sports Training Sensor Suite Discover dance. Whenever. Wherever

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SlideAlert

Deformation Sensor Monitoring for early action

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LumiSurf

Printed Electronics Luminous surfaces to Enlighten your World

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Trans+

Flexible LCD Intensify nature’s colors at your fingertips

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Roceso

Soft Robotic Gloves for Rehab Gentle Touch, Enhancing Life

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SoftRehab

Technology to build entirely soft actuators Brings Comfort to Everyone

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NovoWater

Waste Water Treatment Creating wealth from your unexploited waste water

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ChromeSpec

Portable Spectroscopy Providing accurate colour measurements anytime, anywhere for anyone

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Algaenology

Phosphate Monitoring Eradicate fish death, saving billions to fish industry

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EcoBind

Offers a unique non-toxic battery binder that makes batteries 5% lighter and 4x faster charging.

NeumoSol

Sells novel test kits enabling early pneumonia detection in 2 minutes

SeeRebro

Introducing a pioneering portable, radiation-free device allowing early-diagnosis and monitoring of hematoma patients.

SKINetrate

Provides a patented, disposable, skin-penetration-testing device that uses 10x less drug

TransVerter

Sells unique micro-inverter systems enabling easy access to solar power for households

versaTile

Offers a novel Tiling Robot that tiles floors accurately and 3x faster

HumidFree

Provides a unique membrane dehumidifier system that decreases inlet air humidity by half thus dramatically reducing the energy required to cool a building

Nusmetics

Commercializes novel micro-needles developed at NUS. The first product is an effective overnight patch for reducing cellulite.

ReVoice

Commercializes novel micro-needles developed at NUS. The first product is an effective overnight patch for reducing cellulite.

Greenus

Commercializes a patented bacteria and simple process to convert organic feedstock into useful green products. The first product is bio-succinic acid produced out of sugarcane bagasse.

StemDerm

Revolutionizes skin testing in cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries by providing real life human skin derived from stem cells assuring consistency and thus speeding time-to-market for cosmetics products.

HomeRehab

System enables patients to perform prescribed rehabilitation exercises from home and measures their progress. Therapists can focus on customizing treatment thus allowing them to see 3 times more patients than before

BioCycle

Produces bio diesel made out of waste grease using a unique patented biocatalyst for the Asian emerging economies hungry for energy.

LuminiCell

Offers a unique cell-tracing product to the pharmaceutical industry that enables ten times higher visibility and dramatically longer tracing of cancer cells than any other product on the market today.

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DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING TECHNOLOGY?

If you have an interesting, demonstrable, technology and would like to enter your technology into the programme, please send an email to ignatius.rasiah@nus.edu.sg. We will schedule a meeting with you to discuss your technology and its suitability for the module.

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