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Leveraging our wide network of partners, we have curated numerous enabling technologies available for licensing and commercialisation across different industries and domains. Enterprises interested in these technology offers and collaborating with partners of complementary technological capabilities can reach out for co-innovation opportunities.

Method Of Micronutrient Delivery Into Plants
Micronutrients are critically important for plant growth in agriculture as micronutrient deficiency leads to a great loss of crop yield. This largely depends on the ability of plants to respond to and retain micronutrients but the delivery of micronutrient to plants has always been very limited due to low plant uptake efficiency. This technology aims to substantially increase plant uptake efficiency by encapsulating micronutrients in nanomaterials that serve as an enhanced delivery platform. A nanofertilizer is generated by utilising encapsulated nutrients with materials derived from biomass such as food waste, agriculture waste and aquaculture waste. The technology has been validated by research studies that uptake efficiency of micronutrients increased up to 3 to 4 times in comparison to conventional micronutrient fertilizers. At their corresponding optimal dosages, the supplemented amount of nanofertilizer (in terms of micronutrient ingredient) is as low as a quarter of that of conventional fertilizers, while the yield of biomass/plants supplemented with nano fertilizer is also higher. This nano-carrier platform technology is environmentally friendly, sustainable, non-toxic, and cost-effective. Production of such nanofertilizer is scalable and high yield, which makes its widespread application highly promising for efficient delivery of various plant required nutrients. The technology owner is seeking potential partners to license and commercialise this technology.   
Client-based Algae Platform for a Better World
Algae are very diverse organisms that possess many functional ingredients. With the suitable cultivation know-how and state-of-the-art technology, the applications for algae are limitless. A cleantech start-up focuses on algae as means to provide sustainable solutions to global issues. Most algae companies use a single alga for specific applications. However, the start-up uses its intensive library, breeding and cultivation expertise, and its mass production technology to provide targeted products and solutions for different industries. The start-up is seeking for partners that are interested in exploring algae for their industrial applications, which can include food, medical, or environmental purposes. Possible modes of collaboration include technical consultancy, R&D, process and/or product development. 
Rapid COVID-19 Neutralizing Antibody Test From A Drop of Blood
COVID-19 vaccination programs have been implemented worldwide to battle the pandemic and allow resuming social interactions as much as possible to the ‘normal operation’ without having to close all activities. However, recent reports reveal that vaccine effectiveness is reduced overtime. In addition, the current vaccines offer less protection against the new emerging viral variants. Monitoring of the neutralizing antibodies (nAb) can be used to gain information about the individual protective immune status and vaccine efficacy. Monitoring of nAb in a population could help determine persons requiring booster shots, and persons who are safe to cross borders without being quarantined. However, most tests available are not specific to nAb. Tests that are specific to nAb are lab-based tests that require collection of venous blood, laboratory facilities, skilled operators, and long (one to four hours) sample-to-result time. As such, these tests are not suitable for a large-scale monitoring. The technology provider offers a rapid 10 minute test that monitors nAb from a drop of fingertip blood. The test can be operated independently from laboratory facilities and can be used to monitor the vaccine efficacy against different viral variants. The test offers a simple solution that can be used to rapidly monitor individual nAb status at a large-scale without the need for laboratory space, highly skilled operators, or specialist to collect blood samples. The technology provider is seeking collaborations with partners having expertise in reagent manufacturing, clinical research, and clinical testing for the deployment of this test.
Ore-lax: Microemulsion-Based Gel for Muscle Pain Relief
Ore-lax, a novel microemulsion-based gel containing oregano essential oil, is a promising topical formulation for muscle pain relief. Oregano essential oil is rich in carvacrol, a natural compound that exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic activities. Microemulsion technology is used to enhance both the physical and chemical stability of Ore-lax formulations. Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable systems which require no specific or sophisticated technology to be formulated. Therefore, low cost of production is one of the economic benefits of microemulsion at the industry level. In addition, large scale production is easily achievable. Ore-lax microemulsion with the small internal droplet size of around 180 nm can result in enhanced carvacrol efficacy, prolonged muscle pain relief, and non-irritation. Ore-lax is suggested as a mild formulation for topical application since it exhibits no cytotoxic effect on the HaCaT keratinocyte cell line and possesses the ability to reduce the irritation effect of oregano essential oil. Ore-lax has undergone testing in 40 human volunteers for efficacy and satisfaction. Therefore, Ore-lax is suitable for people of almost all ages who encounter muscle pain from either office syndrome or excessive exercise. The technology provider is seeking collaboration opportunities with partners who are interested to further develop Ore-lax and/or incorporate Ore-lax actives into enhanced product offerings for muscle pain relief. 
Non-Invasive Early Diagnosis Kit For Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men around the world but it is treatable if detected in its early stages. According to Hong Kong Cancer Registry statistics, prostate cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the fifth most fatal cancer. According to a newsletter “MedicalNewsToday”, approximately 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 years have prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). Low-grade PIN is not a cause for concern but high-grade PIN is considered pre-cancerous, and it requires further investigation. Nowadays, the clinical practice is to check serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood levels but the accuracy is quite low. The technology is a newly developed prostate cancer diagnosis kit that complements the PSA test. It can be used as an additional urine test for patients with PSA test levels within 4-10 ng/ml, which greatly enhance accuracy from 27% to approximately 90%. It is a next-generation diagnostic method for prostate cancer in its early stages and is as simple to use as a pregnancy test strip. This provides a much clearer result for clinicians and patients to decide on further treatment. The new technology has the potential to address the current medical challenge of poor prostate cancer screening outcomes. The technology provider is seeking collaborations and potential licensing opportunities with partners interested to leverage on this prostate cancer diagnostic technology. 
Nano-encapsulated Herbs Based Anti-Cellulite Cream
Cellulite, more commonly known as orange-peel skin, is the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. The underlying cause for cellulite is not clear. It has been attributed to the uneven distribution of accumulated fat cells that push up against fibrous connective cords in the skin, resulting in the skin dimpling. Cellulite affects 80 to 90 percent of women, primarily in the buttocks and thighs. There have been many approaches to improve the appearance of cellulite. However, most of these treatments yield little satisfying results. The technology is a topical cream containing herbs such as Centella asiatica and Zingiber for reducing the appearance of cellulite in women. The technology comprises the anti-cellulite material and its production process. The production involves nano-emulsion for each mixture of the individual anti-cellulite ingredients. Using nanotechnology, this helps to increase the effectiveness and bioactivity of these ingredient components, thereby enhancing its effects on cellulite reduction. The technology provider is seeking collaboration opportunities with research institutes, universities, and industry players to increase product innovations in market niches within the cosmetics and beauty, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Software Solution Revolutionizing Diabetic Eye Care
This technology is a software solution centered on a clinically-validated algorithm. This software solution accurately calculates the risk of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Based on an user-friendly individualized risk calculation, the solution facilitates early detection of the eye disease and allows healthcare professionals to provide personalized care to enhance patient’s clinical safety.  The unique software solution serves as a decision support tool to identify low, medium, and high-risk patients and charts the key risk factors for each patient. It can also recommend variable eye screening intervals, based on each patient’s risk profile, thereby ensuring that patients receive the right care at the right time. The solution also supports doctor/patient dialogue by vividly demonstrating, in an easy-to-visualize way, how modifying key risk factors such as blood glucose (HbA1c) and blood pressure, can significantly lower the risk of vision loss. This motivates patients towards enhanced diabetes care and becoming more active participant in their own wellness journey. This is a novel, sustainable solution in an area of high unmet medical need, where today’s methods alone are unsustainable. It can lead to enhanced clinical outcomes, increased diabetic eye screening capacity and potential healthcare cost savings of up to 60%. The technology provider is seeking collaboration opportunities with partners who are interested to adopt this solution for providing diabetic retinopathy care continuum, as well as potential IP licensees who are interested to integrate on the software Application Programming Interface (API) into existing healthcare systems. 
Protein Cage For Consumer Products and Food Formulations
Health products are used by most people for improving the quality of life and involves the use of vitamins, minerals and essential biomolecules delivered through dermal and oral routes. These active ingredients are formulated as skin care and nutraceutical products for the management of various physiological processes such as aging, pigmentation, digestion, and metabolism. The formulated active ingredients are seldom effective due to biological barriers of the human body such as the skin and the digestive tract. To improve their effectiveness, protein nanocages (nCage) can be used to package and deliver active ingredients across the complex barriers, reaching the target site of action. The technology owner have developed the nCage delivery technology to formulate essential active molecules for skin and oral nutraceutical applications. The target users will be product developers and/or formulators of essential active ingredients from the skin care, nutraceutical, and consumer product industries as well as raw ingredient manufacturers. The technology owner is looking for joint venture partners and licensing opportunities from the skin care and oral nutraceutical companies.
Automatic Tile Grouting Robot
Tile grouting is the process of filling up gaps between tiles, after individual tiles have been laid onto cement screed and is a critical part of virtually every construction project. Yet, it remains a highly laborious process, and is considered one of the most physically demanding tasks as it often results in injuries to tilers' knees and back. This, in turn, leads to quality issues when grouting is not performed correctly. The construction labour shortage in Singapore, especially in the tiling/construction industry has likewise catalysed the demand for automation of such jobs - especially since such tasks are deemed to be less desirable to a younger generation of workers. This technology offer is a tile grouting robot powered by Computer Vision (CV) and Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) techniques, running on Robot Operating System (ROS2) to boost construction productivity and reduce the occurrence of workplace injury. The robot is able to boost productivity by at least 5 times and this results in an amortisation time of roughly 24 months.