2009 Nov 10

1st NUS Academic Entrepreneurship Workshop

Tuesday, 02:00 pm - 07:00 pm, T-Lab, Level 5 Seminar Room, 5A Engineering Drive 1, T-Lab Building, singapore - 117581
2009 Nov 10


To bring together researchers on the NUS campus engaged in entrepreneurial activities as well as a number of guests from the entrepreneurial community. To allow them to learn from each other by sharing experiences from actual entrepreneurial ventures that they have undertaken in the past or are undertaking right now.

Organizing Committee

Daniel Lubrich Research Fellow at Dept. Physics and NanoCore & Head, NanoSpark, NUS. Email: phyld@nus.edu.sg Howard Califano Director, SMART Innovation Centre. Venky Venkatesan Director, NanoCore. Malathi Dinesh Kumar Senior Executive, NanoCore, NUS. Email: elemdk@nus.edu.sg Xiao Wang PhD Student, Physics Department, NUS. Young-Jun Shin PhD Student, Dept. of Electr. & Comp. Engineering, NUS. Jae Sung Son PhD Student, Dept. of Electr. & Comp. Engineering, NUS. Andreas Schmidt Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Bioengineering, NUS. Arkajit Roy Barman PhD student, Physics Department, NUS. Mahdi Jamali PhD Student, Dept. of Electr. & Comp. Engineering, NUS.

Supported by

NanoCore www.nanocore.nus.edu.sg


Welcome 2 pm Welcome – Barry Halliwell, Deputy President (Research and Technology), NUS. Current-POC Talks: 7 min with 3 min Q&A 2.05 – 2.15 Bead Microarrays for Molecular Diagnostics – Dieter Trau, Division of Bioengineering, NUS. NRF-POC winner December 2008. 2.15 – 2.25 Redesign of SEMs for Parallel Energy Detection – Anjam Kursheed, Dept. Electr. And Comp. Eng., NUS. NRF-POC winner December 2008. 2.25 – 2.40 Ultra-fast IR Spectroscopy & Supra Mini Undulator for X-ray Spectrometry – Herbert Moser, SSLS at NUS. NRF-POC winner August 2009. 2.40 – 2.50 Novel, Less Invasive Mitral Valve Implantation Method Involving a Bayonet Insertion and Release Mechanism – Theodoros Kofidis, NUH. NRF-POC winner December 2008. 2.50 – 3 DISH: Enabling Cooperative Multi-Channel Communication for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks – Mehul Motani, Dept. Electr. And Comp. Eng. NRF-POC winner December 2008. Academic Entrepreneurship Support Talks: 5 -10 min 3 – 3.05 POC Process and Statistics – Rahul Gopalkrishnan, Associate Director, Industry Liaison Office, NUS. 3.05 – 3.15 The SMART Innovation Centre in Singapore – Howard Califano, Director SMART Innovation Centre. Formerly CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore. 3.15 – 3.20 Some Key Issues on Academic Entrepreneurship – Venky Venkatesan, Director of NanoCore, NUS. Founder of Neocera Inc. or Daniel Lubrich, Head of NanoSpark, NUS. 3.20 – 3.30 Technology Entrepreneurship from the View of a Venture Investor – Douglas Abrams, Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Business School. Managing Director at Expara Ventures and Parallax Capital Management. Completed-POC Talks: 10 -15 min 3.30 – 3.40 From Academic to CTO and Back: A Personal Journey – Vladan Babovic, Civil Engineering, NUS. 3.40 – 3.50 From Laboratory Results to Patents to POC grants – An Experience, P Gopalkrishnakone, Anatomy Department, NUS. 3.50 – 4 Opportunity – Hari Krishna Garg: Dept. Electr. and Comp. Eng., NUS. Founder PurpleACE and Fatte Telecom. 4 – 4.10 Hackers and Painters: How to improve your chances of getting a POC grant – Casey Chan, Dept of Orthopedic Surgery and Division of Bioengineering, NUS. Founder of Wizfolio, Wizpatent and Humanyx. 4.10 – 4.25 Spinning-off and growing Singular ID – Adrian Burden, formally IMRE, co-founder of Singular ID (now Bilcare Technologies). By video conference. (Potentially Additional Current-POC talk: 7 min with 3 min Q&A 4.10 pm Hedge Fund and Structured Product Advisors – Bernard Lee, Associate Professor, SMU. NRF-POC winner August 2009. All program points later in the day (Adrian Burden, Panel Discussion, Networking, Finish) would be moved by 10 minutes.) Podiums Discussion on Academic Entrepreneurship 4.20 pm Podiums Discussion on Academic Entrepreneurship: Hari Garg, P Gopalkrishnakone, Vladan Babovic, Adrian Burden, Casey Chan, Howard Califano, Venky Venkatesan, Rahul Gopalkrishnan, Douglas Abrams Networking Session and Finish ~5.30 pm Networking session with beer, drinks, pizza and snacks ~7.30 pm Finish Session Chairs Neo Kok Beng Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Business School. Managing Director, Nextwave Biomedical. Founder of NeoCapital Group. Arkajit Roy Barman PhD student, Physics Department, NUS. Young-Jun Shin PhD Student, Dept. of Electr. & Comp. Engineering, NUS. Daniel Lubrich Research Fellow at Dept. Physics and NanoCore & Head, NanoSpark, NUS. Andreas Schmidt Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Bioengineering, NUS.

Barry Halliwell

Professor Barry HALLIWELL

Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor

Deputy President (Research and Technology), National University of Singapore Prof. Halliwell holds BA (first class honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Oxford and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of London. Before coming to Singapore he was Professor of Medical Biochemistry at Kings College, University of London and co-director of both the Antioxidant and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Centres. He was formerly Research Professor of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry at the University of California and a Lister Institute Research fellow in biomedical sciences. Prof Halliwell has been identified by the Institute for Scientific Information (publishers of the Science Citation Index) as one of the most influential scientists worldwide in Biology and Biochemistry. His current research interests include molecular nutrition, especially the role of antioxidants in the human diet, and the mechanism of neuronal cell loss in the major neurodegenerative diseases. He has published over 350 scientific papers in top journals, is editor of two journals and on the board of several others and his textbook Free Radicals in Biology and Medicine published by Oxford University Press and now in its fourth edition is regarded worldwide as the authoritative reference text in the field.


(1) 1999, Award from ISI Top Cited Scientist in the United Kingdom in Biomedical Sciences.

(2) 2000, Chosen as a founder member of the ISI database of the world’s most influential scientists in Biology and Biochemistry (see www.isihighlycited.com)

(3) 2002, Awarded lifetime membership of the Oxygen Club of California in appreciation for pioneering contributions to education and research on free radicals in biological systems and their role in health and disease.

(4) 2003, ranked 28 out of 5494 Biochemists / Biologists worldwide in the ISI database for the impact of publications.

(5) 2003, awarded the status of most cited scientist in Agricultural Sciences for work on plant antioxidants, ranked 16 out of 1663 worldwide in ISI database.

(6) Hirsch Index is 127.

(7) 2007, laboratory is ranked number 1 by highest citation score in Free Radical Research

Dieter Trau

Dieter Trau is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include in NanoBioanalytics, Biomicrodevices and Microencapsulation. In his interdisciplinary work, he combines microfabrication, surface chemistry and molecular biology to create novel devices that uses biomolecules (DNA or proteins) for analytical purpose. The final aim is the full integration of biological materials into microdevice fabrication processes, targeting mass production compatibility. Emerging applications of such devices are in medicine, medical diagnostics and environmental monitoring.

Bead Microarrays for Biomolecular Diagnostics

The project team has developed an ultra-low cost manufacturing technology for parallel biomolecular microarrays, and seek to prove its application to blood/serum testing, as well as to scale up the manufacturing process. The ability to reduce the manufacturing costs of these microarrays will enable it to displace many existing test platforms, opening it up for applications in many areas of biomedical research, clinicial and home and diagnostics, as well as for the monitoring of biological threats in air, water and food.

Anjam Kursheed

Associate Professor Khursheed is a full-time member of staff at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is the inventor of the portable SEM column concept and innovator of several different types of SEM attachments. Professor Khursheed graduated and carried out his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, between 1975 and 1983. He has been researching and developing novel ideas in electron beam instrumentation for the last 20 years.

Redesign of SEMs for Parallel Energy Detection

At present, the output signals in conventional Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) designs are formed by detecting scattered electrons emitted over a very small energy range. This project sets out to redesign the SEM so that it can detect and simultaneously capture the entire energy range of its scattered electrons, which if successful, will lead to significant improvements in the SEM’s performance, effectively transforming it into a powerful analytical tool that can quantitatively map chemical/elemental information on the nano-scale. Several commercial partners have expressed interest to invest in this technology upon successful completion of the project.

Theodoros Kofidis

Assistant Professor Kofidis graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. He accomplished a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of CT Surgery, Stanford University, Medical School. He has been working as a consultant cardiac surgeon in Hannover since 2005 before joining National University Hospital and National University of Singapore. His major areas of interest are cardiac surgery, minimal invasive cardiac surgery and heart failure surgery (transplantation and assist devices). He has co-pioneered the field of tissue engineering and stem cell technology for the heart.

Novel, Less Invasive Mitral Valve Implantation Method Involving a Bayonet Insertion and Release Mechanism

Mitral valve replacement and re-replacement is associated with a significant operation risk and is highly prevalent due to widespread mitral valve disease worldwide. For the last 40 years no significant improvements were noted in the way prosthetic mitral valves are being implanted. The project aims to provide a new type of mitral valve implantation device. This new device will lead to new surgical procedures for mitral valve replacement that can cut operation time by half, reducing the costs of the surgery and lowering the surgical trauma and risks.

Herbert Moser

Prof Moser is the Director of the Singapore Synchrotron Light Source (SSLS) at NUS since 2000 and holds a joint appointment with Physics Department of NUS. SSLS is an international user facility for research and industrial applications. Its business partners range from big multinational companies to MSEs and prestigious research institutions. In his former appointment with Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in Germany, Prof Moser led the construction of the 2.5 GeV ANKA synchrotron light source and pioneered the development of photonic microdevices and of the superconducting miniundulator. His research interests belong to the field of generation and application of synchrotron radiation in which he has 26 years of experience and include electromagnetic metamaterials, micro/nano optics and photonics, infrared spectro/microscopy, X-ray micro/nano imaging, accelerators and synchrotron radiation facilities. He has about 280 papers and 16 patents.

Single-coil Superconducting Miniundulator – The Next Step Towards High-Brilliance Synchrotron Radiation

Electromagnetic wave is a premier tool for measuring and modifying the properties of materials. Most versatile of all is synchrotron radiation sources, which cover a wavelength range of 7 orders of magnitude, about 23 octaves, from X-rays (0.1 nm) over the ultraviolet and visible to the far infrared (1 mm). The powerful magnets inside the synchrotrons accelerate high-energy electron beams at high speeds to produce the radiation, and the size of these magnets is a crucial factor in determining the cost of the machine. At less than one third of the size of conventional undulators, our single-coil super-conducting miniundulator is about the ultimate in miniaturisation and field strength due to its superconducting wires. Besides improving performance, it can save facility cost of up to US$100 million. The POC grant helps us to build and test a preprototype. We expect a market volume of US$ 30 million per year and growing with the increasing number of facilities.

New Compact, Fast, Parallel-processing Fourier-transform Interferometer (FPP FTIR) Enabling Short-pulse Spectroscopy

Infrared radiation enables the detection and identification of molecules in chemical, environmental, life sciences, medical, and pharmaceutical applications. The most powerful instruments for molecular detection are called Fourier transform interferometers. However, they are not so good at measuring single bursts or fast changes of infrared radiation. That is exactly where our instrument comes in. We use micromanufactured devices to capture the whole information at the same time. So, we can analyse what happens as a function of time. The POC grant helps us to build and test a pre-prototype of the complete instrument.

Mehul Motani

Professor Motani is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore. He graduated with a PhD from Cornell University, focusing on information theory and coding for CDMA systems. Recently he has been working on research problems which sit at the boundary of information theory, communications and networking, including the design of wireless ad-hoc and sensor network systems. He participates actively in IEEE and ACM and has served as the secretary of the IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors.

DISH: Enabling Cooperative Multi-Channel Communication for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

This project seeks to develop technology that could enhance the performance and throughput of wireless networks. The researchers have developed the theoretical underpinnings of the technology, and now aim to verify their theoretical results in this project. The system that will be developed will provide a cost-efficient infrastructure for distributed wireless networking. Potential applications include:

• Mesh networks: The technology can be easily integrated into mesh networks to enhance the reliability and throughput of the communication among mesh clients and routers.

• WiMAX: The technology can be applied to extend the coverage of base stations and help achieve broadband access for subscriber stations.

• Ad Hoc networks: This is a new market which does not require infrastructure to be present. The technology will enable low-cost, plug-and-play and fast-speed wireless connections.

Rahul Gopalkrishnan

Dr. Gopalkrishnan is associate director responsible for life sciences and biomedical, patenting and marketing projects at the Industry Liaison Office, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD in molecular biology from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research background includes cell cycle research, cancer progression, cancer gene discovery and animal tumorigenesis models. Dr. Gopalkrishnan has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications, commissioned reviews and book chapters, produced during his research career at IGBMC Strasbourg, France and Columbia University, New York. He holds three U.S. patents. Prior to joining NUS, Dr. Gopalkrishnan worked on biotechnology related patenting matters at a New York City law firm.

Howard Califano

Howard Califano is the Director of the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Centre. He was previously a Consulting Director of BioOne Capital where he was involved in identifying and forming start-up biotech companies in Singapore. Prior to that position, he was CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore Pte Ltd (JHS) and the Johns Hopkins – NUS International Medical Centre. JHS is Johns Hopkins University’s first academic research facility outside of the US. He has led a team of 130 researchers, physicians, administrators and staff in establishing and maintaining a centre of academic research, education and patient care.

Prior to that, he spent 5 years as Assistant Dean at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Califano joined Hopkins in 1981 as a patent attorney in the Applied Physics Lab. In 1990, he was appointed associate director of The Johns Hopkins University Office of Technology Licensing, assuming directorship of the office five years later.

With more than 12 years experience commercializing medical technology both nationally and internationally, Califano has been responsible for forming and incubating 12 venturebacked start-up companies at Hopkins.

He has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar and U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar.

Venky Venkatesan

Prof. Venkatesan has been a Physicist and manager for 17 years with Bell Labs and Bellcore and in the last 17 years has been with the Center for Superconductivity Research at University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the Surface Center at Rutgers University where he was a Professor for about five years (85-90). Most recently he was leading an effort in Oxide Electronics at UMD. Since 2008 he is directing the NanoCore Research Center at the National University of Singapore. He pioneered the Pulsed Laser deposition process and was the first to elucidate the intricacies
of the process to make this a reproducible laboratory technique for the growth of high quality multi-component oxide thin films. He is an ISI highly cited Physicist (>20,000 citations ranked 66) has over 450 papers and 27 patents in the area of oxides involving superconductors, magnetic and optical materials. He is a Fellow of the American Physical
society, World Innovation Forum, winner of the Bellcore award of excellence and the UMD graduate Board award. He was a member of the Physics Policy Committee and is the founding member of the International Oxide Electronics Workshop.

In 1989 he founded Neocera, a company specializing in pulsed laser and electron deposition equipments and also commercialized the HTS SQUID based magnetic microscope MAGMA for semiconductor failure analysis used by virtually all leading semiconductor manufacturers in the world today. A technology based on the scanning microwave near field microscope for silicon low K metrology was commercialized and sold to Solid State Measurements (SSM). He has helped many of his students and post docs in starting companies and 8 of them have started small companies or are holding executive positions in entrepreneurial ventures. He has raised venture capital money over several rounds and has been on the advisory board of the New Market Venture fund of UMD Dingman Center, the UMD incubator and has been involved in promoting entrepreneurship among young researchers. He holds a PhD from the University of New York and Bell Laboratories, USA and an MSc and a BSc (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.

Daniel Lubrich

Daniel is a Research Fellow at NanoCore and the Head of NanoSpark, the NanoCore entrepreneurship arm. His professional interests are entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, bio-nanotechnology and nano-robotics. He is actively engaged in the commercialization of biotechnology at NUS. He was previously a management consultant in London, UK and holds a PhD in Physics from Oxford University in the UK.

Douglas Abrams

Douglas Abrams is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Parallax Capital Management, a funds management company based in Singapore, where he co-manages the private equity business, focusing on venture investing in early-stage companies. Prior to joining Parallax, Mr. Abrams managed information technology at J.P. Morgan for 13 years. From 1997 to 1999, he was Global Markets Head of Internet Marketing, where he developed and executed J.P. Morgan’s client Internet and e-commerce strategy.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School, where he also is the academic supervisor for the NUS in Bio-Valley Program. He is on the organizing committee for the Start-Up@Singapore business plan competition and has previously served on the organizing committees for the Global Start-Up@Singapore, Start-Up Asia and Stanford Global Entrepreneurship Challenge business plan competitions. He has served as a judge, guest speaker and mentor in the Start-Up@Singapore business plan competition and was a judge in the Lee Kuan Yew Global business plan competition, the Wharton business plan competition, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Life Science Product Business Plan Competition, Nanyang Polytechnic School of Business Management’s Best Business Plan Competition, and at INSEAD’s MBA program business plan presentations. Mr. Abrams is Co-Deputy Chairman of the Business Angel Investor Network of South East Asia. He was previously a member of the steering committee for the
NUS Venture Support Fund (VSF I and VSF II) and is currently on the steering committee for the NUS FUSE Fund for student businesses. He also serves as an External Examiner, School of Business & Accountancy at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and is a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for the KIMBA program at Kasetsart University in Bangkok.Mr. Abrams graduated from the Annenberg School with a BA in Communications and received an MBA from The Wharton School both at the University of Pennsylvania.

P Gopalkrishnakone

P Gopalakrishnakone is a Professor at the Department of Anatomy, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, is a medical doctor with a PhD and D.Sc from the University of London and NUS, respectively. Over the years,he has garnered a number of teaching and research awards – Outstanding University Researcher Award in 1998 and National Science and Technology Board Ministerial Citation winner in 2000. He also received the Faculty Outstanding Researcher Award in 2003 as well as the Teaching Excellence Award in academic year 2003/2004. His first patent “novel therapeutic and prophylactic agents” was awarded in 2003. A number of other patents have recently been applied for and some have been granted lately. An analgesic peptide was licensed to a company for further development for clinical use. He founded the Asia-Pacific arm of the IST in 1985, and organized the first Asia-Pacific Congress on Toxin as well as the World Congress of IST in Singapore. He is presently serving as the President of the prestigious International Society on Toxicology (IST) for a three-year term, and is also a member of the editorial board of Toxicon, the official journal of IST published by Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of medical and scientific literature. He has more than 100 international publications on his venom and toxin research and drug discovery.

From Laboratory Results to Patents to POC grants—An Experience

Professor Gopalkrishnan was previously awarded two POC grants from Singapore’s EDB.He most recently was awarded an NRF-POC grant for Anti-inflammatory peptide loaded micro emulsion gel formulation as potential therapeutic for post-operative adhesion. This research project uses two proprietary components (a drug and a drug delivery system) to jointly develop the new micro-emulsion gel loaded with anti-inflammatory peptide. The gel will prevent the formation of fibrous bands, called adhesions, that tend to form between tissues and organs during and after surgical operations, causing complications. The combined formulation ensures a novel drug release action at the site of operation and hence useful as a novel anti-adhesion agent. The effectiveness of this new formulation will be
assessed in this project through a relevant animal model. The results of the project will provide important data for subsequent clinical trials of the product, and is an important step in the commercialization process.
Vladan Babovic

Associate Professor Vladan Babovic is founding Director of Singapore-Delft Water Alliance. He obtained PhD degrees from both UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 1995. In 2001 he obtained a business degree at IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland). Prior to joining NUS, he was Head of Emerging Technologies at the Danish
Hydraulic Institute (1995-2002), Chief Technology Officer at Tetrasys, Switzerland (2002-2004) and Senior Research Scientist at WL | Delft Hydraulics (2003-2005).

His research interests include hydroinformatics, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, real options and systems architecting. In 1998, Vladan was awarded Talent Award by Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and in 1996, Dr Arthur Ippen Award by International Association for Hydro-Environmental Research. He has authored
more than 60 journal papers and some 80 conference papers. He is popular speaker and has presented keynote/invited lectures in numerous international conferences and served on organizing and advisory committees for many international conferences and events.

Hari Krishna Garg

Hari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a BTech from the IIT in Delhi, an MEng from Concordia University and a PhD from Syracuse University Hari has about twenty years of telecom experience including research, teaching, publications and all aspects of mobile technologies and solutions.

Fatte Telecom is the second company that he has founded since moving to Singapore from USA in 1999. Purple Ace Pte Ltd, his first start-up, attracted a significant Series-A investment from Siemens Mobile in 2003. At this time, he is looking to grow Fatte Telecom by introducing innovations that provide simplicity to the mobile user for a range of
value added services. Patents (US as well as PCT) have been appropriately filed for all innovations. He truly believes that Fatte Tunes provides the best method to access music on the go.

Casey Chan

Professor Casey Chan is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and at the Division of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore. He holds an M.A.Sc (Aerospace) and an MD from the University of Toronto. His research and commercialization interests
include medical devices, stem cell capture from bone marrow and tissue regeneration in bone, cartilage and skin. Casey has started and is involved in running several companies.

Adrian Burden

Formally a Business Development Manager and Senior Engineering Fellow at IMRE where he led several high profile technical projects, Adrian worked closely with small and medium enterprises undertaking technology roadmaps, and founded the OLED Network of Singapore. Before moving to Singapore, he was department manager of materials
R&D in a venture capital funded display technology start-up. Adrian is a Chartered Engineer, has a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a MA from University of Cambridge.

He is currently ‘President, Europe’ of Bilcare Technologies (formally Singular ID, which he co-founded) and a director of Bilcare Technologies Italia.

1st NUS Academic Entrepreneurship Workshop

Date / Day: 10 Nov 2009, Tuesday

Time: 02:00 pm

Venue: T-Lab, Level 5 Seminar Room, 5A Engineering Drive 1, T-Lab Building


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