A Big Nod for Privi

Dr Rena Dharmawan, a Duke-NUS M.D. alumna from the inaugural Class of 2011, is part of Team Privi that trumped 298 teams for S$100,000 cash funding in NTUC Income's Future Starter competition.  Their team developed a medical device called Privi that can be used at home to alleviate pain caused by haemorrhoids.

The story was featured in The Straits Times (Dec 22, 2014).

In NTUC Income's media statement, clinician and medical device innovator Dr Rena Dharmawan (MD), 28, said for the team: "We are thrilled and excited to be the inaugural winners of The $100K Challenge. This will enable us to realise our dreams and put our product into the hands of millions of haemorrhoids sufferers. We appreciate all the mentoring and support from our Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship office, the competition organisers and NTUC Income".

Apart from Dr Dharmawan, the Privi team consists of Mr Prusothman Sina Raja, 27, Dr Benjamin Tee Chee Keong (PhD), 32, Dr Cecilia Wang Yao (Dual-PhD), 30. They met as fellows in the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship Office program, which is a partnership between the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Economic Development Board (EDB) and Stanford University – in January this year.

The results are out! Congratulations to Team Privi for winning Future Starter – The $100K Challenge! This is just the START for you and we wish you all the best! 

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in this contest and well done to the other finalists for making it this far – we hope you all continue to pursue your dreams and ambitions! 

#FutureStarter #FutureMadeDifferent

[Photo: The jubilant Privi team. Duke-NUS alumna Rena Dharmawan is second from left. Credit: NTUC Income]

Duke-NUS Dean, faculty, staff and students congratulate Rena and the Privi team on their outstanding achievement.

Information on the competition is also available online here: http://www.income.com.sg/AboutUs/Releases/2014/Dec1.asp