Past Projects – Lean Launchpad Singapore
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Past Projects


  • 2019

    NUS, ChBE

    Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Lanry Yung Lin-Yue

    Team Members: Dr Ang Yan Shan, Dr Norman Teo Zhi Wei, Dr Wu Shuang

    BioDetectIF aims to accelerate drug discovery via our proximity assay which enables the direct measurement of drug-target interactions in translatable systems. Drug discovery is a time consuming (> 10 years) and expensive (billions of dollars) process. Yet on average, only one in every 5,000 compounds selected for pre-clinical development is successfully developed as an approved drug. This figure can be improved if the compound selection decisions were supported by sound proof-of-mechanism evidence. Here, we offer a no-wash solution-phase assay which provides reliable and direct insight into drug-target binding within 30 minutes even for in vivo models. Compared to the existing protein melting method and cell-based assay, our assay is cost-effective, rapid and much simpler without the need for complicated vector design or controlled sample heating. Furthermore, it can be easily integrated into existing automation workflow based on microplate reader and high content screening systems.

  • 2019

    NTU, MSE

    Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Terry Steele

    Team Members: Dr Ivan Djordjevic, Karen Harazimova, Prakhar Prakash

    CaproGlu is an adhesive, hypoallergenic aesthetic ‘film forming polymer’ for next generation cosmetic solutions. CaproGlu is a liquid, oil-like substance that turns into an elastic biodegradable film after exposure to sunlight. An elastic film adheres to tissues by formation of interfacial chemical bonds. This feature makes CaproGlu an ideal component in cosmetic products, such as: waterproof sunscreens, perfumes, hair treatment formulations, make up, nail polish, etc. The cosmetics market growth is driven by innovation and consumers demand for quality-of-life enhancing products. CaproGlu’s innovative technology offers value-added future cosmetics with scientific advantages to the prestige brands. An additional advantage is that CaproGlu provides longer lasting cosmetics with compatible price and minimal risk of allergies or skin irritation.

  • 2019


    Principal Investigator: Asst Prof Shao Huilin

    Team Members: Dr Nicholas Ho, Ram Gottipati

    EnVision is a nucleic acid-based rapid disease diagnostic kit that offers easy-to-interpret colour readouts within an hour. The test kit was developed for point of care testing, hence it utilizes unique chemistry that allows for equipment-free operation at room temperature. Its versatile chemistry can be easily and rapidly redesigned to detect nucleic acid biomarkers of diseases, and it achieved comparable performance as the gold standard clinical assay in identifying different HPV subtypes in a pilot study with patient samples. We are looking into using this technology for time-critical diagnoses in the hospital and decentralized clinic setting, such as sepsis, antimicrobial identification, and drug resistance testing.

  • 2019
    Protein Nanocage


    Principal Investigator: Assoc Prof Sierin Lim

    Team Members: Dr Mridul Sarker, Maanasa G, Nikhil Rungta

    Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it also forms the basis of various transdermal applications. Despite its importance and functionality, transdermal delivery of active foreign molecules or drugs remains a challenge for manufacturers of personal care and therapeutic industries because current delivery technologies are limited in terms of skin permeability and cell-specific delivery. Thus, there is a growing need to solve these problems and help products reach their true efficacy.
    Nature-derived protein nanocage has been identified as a nano-structured delivery vehicle that aids the delivery of active ingredients through the skin. The protein nanocage is capable of encapsulating the active ingredient of a given product and enhancing its targeting and penetration capabilities.
    Team Protein Nanocage aims to solve the bane of skin-centric industries with this revolutionary technology and expand the scope of this novel delivery vehicle to other applications.

  • 2019
    Soft Microtubular Sensors

    NUS, BME

    Principal Investigator: Prof Lim Chwee Teck

    Team Members: Yu Longteng, Oh Chinlock, Mart Vos, Zhao Shichen

    We develop ultrathin elastomeric microtubes and design microtubular sensors for a wide range of applications including robotics, consumer electronics, internet of things (IoT), disease sensing and rehabilitation monitoring. With multiple patents filed, our ultrathin, highly stretchable, flexible, weavable and washable microtubular sensors have great potential for next-generation devices for robotics, consumer electronics, IoT and precision health. Here in Lean LaunchPad, we explore the business of using the microtubular sensor to achieve continuous pressure monitoring during compression therapy for venous ulcer, etc. We believe our technology can improve the efficacy of current compression therapy, shorten the healing process, facilitate the training process of specialized nurses and therefore reduce the cost of both patients and hospitals.

  • 2018

    Department of Psychological Medicine

    Principal Investigator:  Asst Prof Feng Lei

    Team Members: Irwin Kee Mun Cheah, Jenn Ye, Huang Ming Chien, Gunnar Poplawski

    Forgotten where you left your keys? Struggling to remember the name of that person you just met? Sadly, this problem faced by many adults only gets worse with age, with not only decline in memory but mental acuity. Presenting NeuroShield, a specialized brain health supplement with scientifically proven effects on memory performance and cognitive health. Developed with laboratory and clinical evidence by our team neuroscientists at the National University of Singapore, the unique and natural ingredients have been shown to be safe (with ‘GRAS’ status) and effective in preserving memory and cognitive functions.