Science and Technology Development Singapore

7 Singapore institutions you can shop for IP at, in time for new S$1b fund

Singapore recently received a major boost in funding with a US$718 million (or S$1 billion) fund to commercialize globally competitive technologies.

This is on top of its RIE2020 program, a US$13 billion five-year R&D fund that “seeks to support and translate research into solutions that address national challenges, build up innovation and technology adoption in companies, and drive economic growth through value creation.”

For entrepreneurs, this is a windfall of intellectual property (IP) creation in many fields (particularly with the Smart Nation theme). Commercializing an existing IP can save time and resources on developing a product while gaining technology expertise from the creators of the IP.

It can, however, be quite difficult to find and identify the institutions that have IP and are willing to collaborate to commercialize it.

To save entrepreneurs the hassle, we have gathered a list of institutions that are open to exploring IP commercialization with the private sector.

1. Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) Singapore

Brief: According to its website, “IPI is a catalyst, enabler, and partner that connects Singapore-based businesses with solution providers to enhance innovation capability.”

Established by Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, IPI is an intermediary and does not own IP directly. Its goal: “To assess your business, help fill the gaps in your technology roadmap, uncover great innovation opportunities, and bring your business to the next level.”

Sector expertise includes: Chemicals, electronics, energy, environment, clean air/water, food, green building, healthcare, infocomm, life sciences, manufacturing materials, personal care, waste management, and recycling.

List of IPs available: 768

Click here to check their IP listing.

2. Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL)

Brief: Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL) is an arm of ASTAR or Agency for Science, Technology, and Research. According to its website, “ETPL supports ASTAR in transforming the economy through driving innovation and commercializing its research outcomes.”

Sector expertise includes: Biotechnology, medical technologies, digital technologies, advanced manufacturing, electronics, and data systems.

List of IPs available: More than 1,000 (not all IPs are shown on the website).

Click here to check their IP listing.

3. NTUitive Pte Ltd (NTUitive)

Brief: Nanyang Technological University’s commercialization and enterprise company, NTUitive is “responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of the university and to help take technology from the lab to the marketplace.” The intent is to facilitate business and create leaders.

Sector expertise includes: Science and engineering, life sciences, medical, social sciences, humanities, and art and media.

List of IPs available: About 1,200 patents and patent pending applications are available.

Click here to check their IP listing.

4. Temasek Polytechnic’s Research & Technology Development Department

Brief: The department’s task is aiding Temasek Polytechnic in its R&D activities. According to its website, “The department was established to promote cross-disciplinary collaboratory R&D initiatives internally within Temasek Polytechnic as well as externally with partners in the private/public sector.”

They help companies with grant management for R&D, IP management, tech commercialization, and partnerships.

Sector expertise includes: Aquaculture and veterinary science, complementary health products research, renewable resources, biomedical engineering research, clean energy research, microfluidics and point-of-care systems, robotics and automation, and retail analytics.

Click here for their contact information.

5. SMU’s Office of Research & Tech Transfer

Brief: Singapore Management University’s Office of Research & Tech Transfer (ORTT) is an institution that authorizes grant applications and reports and is the “designated institutional office to authorize a wide array of research-related matters that requires endorsement and support at the university level.”

According to its website:

“The Office works with various Schools in SMU—University Administration, Office of Finance, and Office of Legal and General Affairs (OLGA)—to provide comprehensive support to researchers across the research lifecycle.”

Sector expertise includes: Information systems technology.

Click here for their contact information.

6. NUS Enterprise Industry Liaison Office

Brief: The National University’s Liaison Office commercializes the university’s tech innovations into “products and services that benefit businesses and society at large.”

It can help companies find the experts they need while also looking for possible funding sources.

Specialties: IP management and contracts and agreements.

Click here for their contact information.

7. Singapore Polytechnic Technology Innovation and Enterprise

Singapore Polytechnic’s Department for Technology, Innovation, and Enterprise (TIE) “provides a strategic overview of industry-linked R&D projects and collaborations in Singapore Polytechnic.”

It’s technology and innovation centers (TIC) encourages and facilitates projects between the university and its partners. It also has a hand in incubating early-stage startups.

Sector expertise includes: Advanced materials, advanced robotics and intelligence, applied research and technology for infocomm, biomedical and life sciences, and food innovation.

Click here for their contact information.

Last updated: April 27, 2017

We will continuously update this article according to the facts and figures the institutions provide.

This article is the first of the ‘Science and Technology Development Singapore’ series, where the author delves into the development of science and technology in the country.

This article first appeared on Tech in Asia.