NUS iHealthtech Director Professor Lim Chwee Teck Elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors


NUS iHealthtech Director Professor Lim Chwee Teck Elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

  • December 09, 2020

The US National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows Program honours academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

Congratulations to Prof Lim Chwee Teck for being elected as an NAI Fellow in recognition of his significant accomplishments, especially in the area of biomedical engineering. Prof Lim is currently the inaugural National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Founding Director of the Singapore Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC). He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, International the Academy of the Medical and Biological Engineering, the Academy of Engineering Singapore and the Singapore National Academy of Science.

Prof Lim is a prolific inventor with over 60 granted or filed patents under his belt. In particular, he has developed numerous medical technologies, especially in the areas of microfluidic-based diagnostics, and wearable sensing technologies. His most recent work focuses on developing rapid point-of-care test kits for COVID-19. Prof Lim is also a serial entrepreneur, having co-founded of five startups and one public listed company that are commercialising technologies developed in his laboratory.

“I am extremely honoured to be elected as a Fellow of NAI. Looking back at my first patent which led to my first startup, and the many other subsequent inventions and spin-offs, I am thankful to my team of very innovative students and postdocs who have worked very hard together with me to turn our ideas into reality,” said Prof Lim. “I am glad we all share the same commitment in wanting to create tech for the good of society.”

At iHealthtech, Prof Lim has also set up a health tech translational team called HATCH to accelerate the process of bringing innovation from the laboratory to market. “With our Institute’s vision of advancing health through innovation, I also see my role as a facilitator in creating a research environment that will encourage our faculty, staff and students to take bold steps to innovate and create health technologies that will eventually bring tangible benefits to and deep impact on the society,” said Prof Lim.