Centre for Technology and Development

Duke-NUS Medical School trains outstanding clinicians and clinician researchers, and also aims to enable the development of outstanding healthcare innovators who positively impact and transform the faces of care. Often, in the world of basic and clinical science, discoveries that might have changed patients’ lives remain undeveloped, or are developed in ways that do not support effective commercialization. The Centre for Technology and Development (CTeD) is working to enable efficient deployment of our healthcare innovations through its “Active Translation” commercialization model.

The Centre operates with staff of 10 full-time employees who are engaged in the following activities:

1] Laboratory-based translational research efforts in collaboration with Duke-NUS and SingHealth faculty,

2] Innovation evaluation and intellectual property assessment and management,

3] Technology development, incubation, and licensing,

4] Entrepreneur mentoring and company incubationand

5] Partnering with SingHealth Office of Intellectual Property to commercialize jointly owned IP through the Joint Centre for Technology and Development (J-CTeD).

In addition, CTeD offers internship and mentorship opportunities to qualified students and staff.

An innovation culture is certainly taking root within Duke-NUS.  Since our inception in late 2013, technological innovations derived from Duke-NUS research have resulted in 25 patent applications, of which 7 have been shepherded by CTeD into new Singapore-based start-ups.  We are proud that Duke-NUS faculty are involved in more than 16 start-ups and healthcare enterprises, over half of which are based directly on Duke-NUS IP; others are commercialising research work that faculty members completed prior to joining Duke-NUS. This innovation culture is further demonstrated by the greater than 100 patents that have been applied for since the school opened its doors in 2006. And innovation is continuing, through our faculty’s interactions and collaborations with NUS, SingHealth and other local healthcare and research institutions. 

According to David M. Epstein, Vice Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, who heads the Office of Technology and Development, “Our aim is to provide an enabling infrastructure to actively facilitate translation of the fundamental discoveries arising from any and all facets of research at Duke-NUS and SingHealth. We want to contribute to the continued growth of this sector by facilitating productive relationships with innovators inside and outside of the Academic Medical Centre. All faculty and staff have access to CTeD and are encouraged to bring early-stage research results and/or innovative project ideas to us for discussion and advice.  Training biomedical scientists, particularly in technology development and conversion of basic research into downstream application is critical to the success of our school.”

Added Professor Thomas Coffman, Dean, Duke-NUS: "CTeD is helping Duke-NUS to develop its clinicians and scientists into outstanding future leaders in healthcare by translating the outcomes of our basic research into impactful technologies."

For more information on CTeD, its resources and core activities please click here.