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Clearbridge wins Techventure Most Disruptive Innovation award

25 October 2012

Clearbridge NanoMedics' co-founder Prof Lim attributes conviction, commitment and passion to the company's success

An NUS startup has clinched the Most Disruptive Innovation Award at TechVenture 2012, an event presented by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore. Clearbridge NanoMedics, the University's Faculty of Engineering spin-off firm, was recognised with the win on 17 October at a gala dinner in Singapore.

The Most Disruptive Innovation Award honours the most game-changing and unique business idea or technology which shows vision through good research and innovation, with clear reasonable forecasts of potential business performance.

Co-founder of Clearbridge NanoMedics, Professor Lim Chwee Teck from the NUS Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, said the firm's nanofibre technology has already been commercialised. The development of different types of high-surface contact area, ultra-pliable, time-release leave-on nanofibre meshes, makes the super-thin material ideal for skin-related applications. These include extended-wear facial masks, anti-ageing treatment stickers and dermal patches for burns or difficult wounds.

Prof Lim said that strong conviction, commitment and passion are key contributing attributes to the firm's success. NRF's CEO Professor Low Teck Seng also commented in Digital News Asia that passion, coupled with a pinch of recklessness, is what differentiates the academics who go into business - and Prof Lim is one such person who takes the leap of faith to become an entrepreneur.

Techventure 2012 is Asia's summit for the world's influential investors and innovators. This year's theme "Asian. Innovation. Renaissance." focused on the economic developments and opportunities in Asia, attracting more than 700 delegates from around the world.