Commercializing Deep Technology - Creating Value and Adapting Your Innovation to the Marketplace | Venture Creation in Asia | Entrepreneurship Series
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In this Venture Creation in Asia Fireside Chat series, we bring together Founders | Entrepreneurs and Investors | Angels | Mentors | Venture Builders in a moderated fireside chat to share stories of venture building - highlighting the fact that venture building is a sustained and team-based effort.
In this fireside chat, Yen-Lu Chow, AIM’s founding executive chairman, will moderate the session with Dr. Howard Califano and Dr. Virginia Cha on Commercializing Deep Technology via Adaptive Innovation which has been compiled into a new book: Adaptive Innovation - An Entrepreneur's Guide to Technology Innovation.
Based on more than 10 years of real-time work and real-world experiences working with over 300 scientists, researchers, and postdocs in MIT/SMART Bootcamp for academic researchers and providing them with the tools to be scientist entrepreneurs and supplemented by personal entrepreneurial experiences, this book is a must-read for any researcher, scientist, or engineer in the deep-tech area who wants to drive their discovery to commercial success and achieve societal impact.
An Entrepreneur's Guide to Technology Innovation
This book provides a framework for translating ideas from the academic laboratory to commercial ventures. The book is designed for academic researchers (advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, university faculty and staff) who believe their research ideas could be the basis for a commercial venture. The book contains a complete program to create their entrepreneurial ecosystem by enabling scientist entrepreneurs to drive their discoveries to commercial impact. The authors from MIT and SMART have been working with academic researchers in Singapore for over ten years to help them de-risk an idea for an early-stage technology-based venture to prepare them to raise capital and initiate a NewCo. We developed a set of best practices during this work by teaching over 300 scientists, researchers, and postdocs in our Bootcamp for academic researchers and providing them with the tools to be scientist entrepreneurs. These teams have gone on to start over 44 companies. Through our real-time experience in working with academic researchers, supplemented with our personal experience in technology start-ups, we developed the Adaptive Innovation™ Framework. It is a must-read for any researcher, scientist, or engineer in the deep-tech area who wants to drive their discovery to commercial success and achieve societal impact.
Leads and manages the overall operation of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Centre in Singapore
He brings experience from the academic, industry, and financial sectors focused on developing businesses around emerging technology. He sits on numerous boards including Temasek’s Ecosperity and Liveability boards. He was Consulting Director of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd and acted as the CEO of several companies in medtech and drug
development. Howard was the CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore and The Johns Hopkins-NUH International Medical Centre and Assistant Dean of The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine in the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Maryland.
Leading educator of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Adjunct Professor at the NUS Business School; Teaches the education programs at SMART Innovation Centre
In her multifaceted 43+ years industry and academic career, which spanned multiple countries, Virginia founded/co-founded and was the CEO of multiple venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China, with listings on NASDAQ and HKSE. Additionally, Virginia is a Global Agenda Council member at the World Economic Forum. Virginia is an active researcher, mentor, and angel investor in Southeast Asia’s entrepreneur ecosystem. Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Information Computer Science, University of Hawaii, and her PhD from the National University of Singapore.
Founding Executive Chairman WholeTree Foundation; Over-The-Rainbow; Asia Institute of Mentoring; Founding Partner Fatfish MediaLab; Executive Mentor YSI SEA; Founder of the Deep Human Movement
Yen-Lu’s career spans nearly 40 years in the tech, media, venture capital, and more recently social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, he is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, spending many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, young businesses and serving on government panels on innovation. He served as a director of Business Angel Network SEA, executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, mentor to INSEAD, numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, including IDA / SPRING, A*STAR, NRF, GMIC, NUS StartUp@Singapore, NUS Social Venture Competition, NTU Idea Inc, Thailand National Business Plan Competition, CrowdSourcing Week, etc.
In a fast-paced world where the only constant is change, he believes there is an urgent need for each of us to draw on our strengths and creative potential as human beings, to connect with our higher self and our deeper purpose to contribute towards humanity in a positive and impactful way. He enjoys building ecosystems and mobilizing the community to create positive social change. As an early pioneer in the application of AI, he also has a strong base in the tech space. With the launch of his family foundation and other social impact initiatives, Yen-Lu devotes his time serving both society and the nation in his various capacities.
He is on a life mission to help bring about a kinder, gentler, more inclusive, more just, and sustainable world.
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