MIT Technology Review’s ‘TR35 Innovators Under 35 Asia’ Announced

Ever since 2014, the EmTech Asia Conference in association with MIT Technology Review receives applications from all over the South East Asian region, including New Zealand and Australia, to be a part of the top 10 ‘TR35 Innovators Under 35 Asia’ List. This year, talented researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs from 8 countries got a chance to be given recognition for their contributions in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biomedicine, energy and many more.

Despite the vast number of worthy applications that were received, only nine exceptional researchers and an inventor from both Singapore and Australia were selected to give elevator pitches at EmTech Asia’s conference that will be held in Singapore from 26th to 27th January 2016. Not only will this result in further publicity for these individuals, they will also gain investment opportunities from the diverse attendees, which come from business, research and technology sectors.

Here is a list of the top 10 finalists:

  • Madhu Bhaskaran, Senior Lecturer and Co-Leader, Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group, RMIT University, AUSTRALIA. She is recognized for her work in developing transparent, wearable sensor patches that can detect UV radiation poisoning and toxic gases like nitrogen dioxide.
  • Javier Gomez Fernandez, Assistant Professor and Founder Academic Member, Singapore University of Technology and Design, SINGAPORE. He is noted for developing Shrilk, a bioinspired material based on the chemistry and molecular design of the insect cuticle with a strength equivalent to aluminum alloys at half the density. It is made of silk proteins and waste material from the fishing industry and is considered a material that could change the world paving the way for sustainable manufacturing.
  • Siau Chen Chian, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE. Hereceives the award for his research on soil dynamics, specifically how the sheer strength of partially liquefied soil can resist uplift and be applied to earthquake engineering.
  • Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani, Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA. He was recognised for his work in the development of advanced microfluidics systems for separation of rare cells, e.g., circulating tumour cells, from blood for early cancer diagnosis.
  • Grace Leslie, Postdoctoral Fellow, Singapore University of Technology and Design / MIT Media Lab, SINGAPORE. Grace was nominated for her work developing music neurofeedback systems for creative and therapeutic applications.
  • Yue Wan, GIS Fellow, Genome Institute of Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), SINGAPORE. She is recognized for a novel technology that allows to map the shapes of RNA molecules at high speed.
  • Raye Chen-Hua Yeow, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE. He is recognized for his work in soft wearable robotics, particularly for enhancing healthcare quality and productivity.
  • Jia Hao Cheong, Scientist II, Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) SINGAPORE. Jia Hao has developed an inductively powered, implantable, blood flow sensor microsystem for vascular grafts.
  • Joseph Fitzsimons, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design & Research Assistant Professor, Centre for Quantum Technologies,  National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE. Joseph researches the use of quantum mechanics to enhance the security of networked computation.
  • Pulkit Jaiswal, Founder & CEO, Swarmx, SINGAPORE. Pulkit is recognized for his work in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. He founded a company, SwarmX, which aims to build fully autonomous drone systems.

These top 10 finalists are also automatically qualified for consideration to be featured in MIT Technology Review’s magazine ‘35 Innovators Under 35 List’. To find out more about the awards, click here.