Department of Biomedical Engineering

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BME Showcase'17

The Department held the inaugural BME Showcase on 9th May 2017, at NUS Residential College 4. Organised by the Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BMEIA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the event serves to showcase the research, entrepreneurial activities and academic achievements of Biomedical Engineering staff and students, and foster interaction with industry.


NUS Engineering Open House 2017

Our annual outreach programme during the Engineering Open House saw great success with double the number of attendees as compared to previous year. We were heartened by all the positive feedback received from the parents and pre-U students.

Thanks to Dr. James Kah and his team for heading this event and a big thanks to our alumni as well who came down to share their insights and experiences!


FlexoSense, winner of IDTechEx Launchpad, will be showcased in Berlin

Co-founded by Professor Lim Chwee Teck and graduate student Mr Yeo Joo Chuan, FlexoSense will be demonstrating its flexible sensor technology solutions for rehabilitative devices and lifestyle products at the IDTechEx Show in Berlin, Germany, from 10-11 May 2017.

The IDTechEx Show is an exhibition which showcases emerging technologies and provides a networking platform for over 200 exhibiting companies from 61 countries.


Publication in Nature

Professor Lim Chwee Teck from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanobiology Institute at NUS, in collaboration with researchers from Institut Jacques Monod (France) and Oxford University (UK), have discovered the primary mechanism driving the extrusion of dying cells from epithelial monolayers. This work has been published in Nature.

Reference: Saw et al., Topological defects in epithelia govern cell death and extrusion, Nature 544, 212–216 [12 April 2017] doi:10.1038/nature21718.


BME Professor conferred NUSS Professorship

Professor Lim Chwee Teck will be appointed as NUSS Professor from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. This award is in recognition of Prof Lim’s international research reputation and academic leadership.


Asian Deans' Forum - Workshop on Bioengineering, 11 and 12 March 2017

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at NUS has successfully organized the Workshop on Bioengineering 2017. The workshop is a key activity of the Asian Dean’s Forum (ADF).


NUS Open House 2017, 11th March 2017

An energy-filled Saturday as our BME Outreach Committee and student volunteers manned the BME booth. They addressed questions ranging from curriculum contents to job prospects and from Student Exchange Programmes to the recently drafted Three Pathways - Research, Entrepreneurship, Professional - for Engineering undergraduates.


BME received Commitment Award from NUS OSHE

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has been awarded the Commitment Award for Safety & Health Performance by the Office of Safety, Health & Environment. The award will be presented during the NUSSHA Ceremony 2017 which will be held in April at the University Cultural Centre.


PhD student clinches IPMC (International Precision Medicine Center) Prize 2017 in Seoul, Korea, on 19 January

Ms Lim Su Bin is recognized for her research which focuses on the microfluidic chip and is the world's first in using microfluidic flow to isolate selected cancer cells for single cell analysis. She received 30,000,000 won worth of prize money as support for global commercialisation, as well as the opportunity to present at the 2017 IPMC Conference. Further plans are in the work to commercialize the microfluidic chip for single cell analysis.


Publication in Nature Cell Biology

Dr. Kanchanawong Pakorn Tony led an international research team which made use of super-resolution microscopy to reveal, for the first time, how the cell-cell contacts are organized. This provided the first-ever 'map' or 'blueprint' of how the cell-cell contact building blocks are pieced together into sophisticated nanoscale machines, akin to the 'clutch' in automobile transmission.

This study is published in Nature Cell Biology: Bertocchi, et al. Nanoscale architecture of cadherin-based cell adhesions. Nature Cell Biology 2016. doi: 10.1038/ncb3456


16th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 7 to 10 December 2016

The International Conference on Biomedical Engineering (ICBME) is a series of international conferences in biomedical engineering held in Singapore. Organised jointly by the Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore and the Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore), the past ICBME series of conferences have been successful in attracting about 700 participants from over 30 countries. This year, the conference was held at NUS Uuniversity Town.


5th Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BME IA) Annual Networking Event

The Department of Biomedical Engineering organized its “5th Biomedical Engineering Industry Alliance (BME IA) Annual Networking Event” on 11th Nov, 2016. More than 40 industry guests were welcomed by the Department Head, Prof James Goh. Four startup companies of the Department, namely AYOXXA, Tip Biosystems, ABYSS and ROCESO Technologies founded by the NUS entrepreneurs Dieter Trau, Michael Girard and Raye Yeow demonstrated their companies.

Article linked to APBN December 2016 issue "Medical Imaging Technology", Vol. 20, No. 12


BME teams received $75,000 in seed funding at Modern Aging Singapore

In this second run of Modern aging Singapore - a business accelerator initiative for silver sector-orientated innovations - Team FlexoSense, cofounded by Prof Lim Chwee Teck, is transforming pressure sensor technology into a smart insole to prevent diabetic foot ulcers, received the top award of $50,000. Team Oxyvel, working together with Dr Raye Yeow, garnered $25,000 for their silicone gel sheath which reduces likelihood of pressure ulcer from use of oxygen delivery apparatus.




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