New institute name and new consortium launched at Symposium 2019


New institute name and new consortium launched at Symposium 2019

  • July 05, 2019

On 1st July 2019, BIGHEART was officially renamed the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech) to better reflect the research and translation activities at the institute, and a new Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC) supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) was officially launched. 

HealthTEC is led by Prof Lim Chwee Teck and its launch ceremony was presided by Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Executive Director of the Ministry of Health’s Office for Healthcare Transformation and Chief Health Scientist. The consortium aims to enhance knowledge sharing as well as technology transfer between institutes of higher learning and industry, so that research outcomes can be more quickly translated into benefits for patients, for society as well as the economy. 

This was followed by the 3rd annual Health Technology Symposium, which brought together scientists, engineers, clinicians and industry professionals to discuss the latest technological developments: from tiny nanorobots propelled by ultrasound for painkiller delivery, to microfluidic chips to isolate circulating tumour cells for cancer diagnosis and therapy, and to human gut-on-a-chip with life-like villi formation as an improved model for inflammatory bowel disease. 

This year, there were over 270 delegates from academia, medicine and industry, and the initial feedback has been very positive, with participants praising the quality of the scientific and technological advances that were presented. 

Here is the highlight video of the HealthTEC launch:

Here is the highlight video of the two-day Health Technology Symposium:

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