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 2 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 Rasiah will lead the module.

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 at TechHub@E2

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

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PROJECTS FOR SEMESTER 2 AY2018/2019

Many products in today’s market such as food items like drinks, snacks and food ingredients come sealed and with an expiry date. Most of these seals are made and tested in the factory. However, there is no way to test these seals in a fast and cheap manner as most test methods for seals are expensive. Thus, a purchaser will never know if the packaging of the product they bought have some tiny hole, which is spoiling their food sooner than the expiry date. This becomes especially important in areas such as medical devices where proper sealing or the lack of it could become a life-threatening issue.

Today, we have a new technology that is able to detect such a loss in sealing in packaging. This is a fast and sensitive measurement of the quality of a sealing using an electromagnetic technology. Such a fast method could be incorporated into a production line for quality testing at high throughput or even be used by consumers to check a good seal over a long period of time. The team will need to find a good market application and figure out the design of the product so as to properly incorporate the technology so that it meets the customer requirements.

Understanding and controlling the interactions between different types of organic growth with different surfaces has a variety of applications in diverse fields; the growth of biofilm on solar panels, barnacles on ships and human cells on temporary medical catheters are all problems that cause different types of losses, from finance to patient well-being. At the same time, being able to accelerate cell growth will be beneficial in pharmaceutical drug testing, medical cell therapies, prevention of industrial biofilm formation and others.

The technology in this project is a thin film coating based on unique oxide chemistry that could either help cell growth or stop them, depending on how the coating is done. The applications for this kind of technology has been demonstrated to enhance bacterial / mammalian cell growth or retard bacterial / mammalian cell growth, according to the requirements of the scientists. As such, they have the potential to beneficially disrupt various medical, industrial and consumer uses. The team will need to look for all the various applications for this kind of technology and figure out the best go to market strategy for this unique technology.

There are many occasions where there is a need to know the molecular composition of the surface of materials. For example, the molecular composition of the surface of the skin would be able to identify and characterize the various types of skin diseases and conditions such as dry skin, Fungal infection and Psoriasis.

What we have is a hand-held device with a technology that can detect the Raman spectrum of surfaces up to 150 micrometer in depth confocally. This can provide molecular finger-printing of various conditions on the surface of materials. This capability can be used in various markets apart from skin diseases, such as agriculture where they would characterize various plant conditions and pathogens in food. There is a need to understand market needs and plan out the best avenue for commercialization of this new and innovative technology.

Heat is something we waste in a number of human activities. For example at air-conditioner condensor outside our homes, hotels and offices, from the engine and exhaust of cars as well as the exhausts and chimneys of factories and power plants. In addition, low grade heat can come from solar collectors or geothermal sources. Most of this heat is simply wasted and goes to the environment. However, most of these low grade heat could be harnessed and turned into something useful, such as electricity or cooling source.

Utilizing low-grade waste heat leads to increased energy efficiency and profitability while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The existing technologies for harnessing waste heat are complex, expensive and cannot utilize very low temperature heat (<100oC) in an effective way. There is a strong need for systems which can utilize this abundantly available very low-grade heat. A combined cooling and power system is desirable because it can be compact, less expensive, efficient, effective and easy-to-operate.

The developed technology converts the abundantly available low-grade (low-temperature) heat into cooling or power by using the patented configuration of the system. There is now a need to study all the possible uses of this technology and identify the best way to commercialize them as well as figure out the form and function of the eventual product so that it fits the need.

Human breath contains thousands of molecules called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs are produced by metabolism at various sites of the body, circulated by blood, and exhaled into breath through the blood-gas change in the lung. When a particular disease develops, it would lead to detectable changes in the breath VOC profile. Thus, it should be possible to detect diseases by testing the VOCs from the breath.

We have validated the potential of breath analysis in detecting lung cancer using high sensitivity mass spectrometry and customized breath sampler. In theory, breath analysis can be used to detect any condition that causes significant changes in the biochemical pathways involving volatile metabolites. Compared to conventional diagnostic techniques, breath analysis offers a low cost, non-invasive and fast screening technique that is also promising for early detection. It has the potential to become the new frontier for medical testing and revolutionize healthcare industry. There is a need to figure out what are the best ways to use this technology so that it can be a viable business. That would also dictate the design of the product for this technology.

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Senswitch

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Sers+

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Silogy

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Wire Futurus

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Sole Watchmen

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UblQ

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ALT Drones

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Emosis

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FastDerm

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High Barrier Coating

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Janus

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NanoForce

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Nano-Optics

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Vayunir

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IrideumLabs

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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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