Success Stories

Through the years, NUS has been working closely with its industry partners either by licensing University-generated technology to them, or through research collaborations. And more recently, NUS has spun-off a number of companies utilising NUS technologies. Read more about our success partnerships.



MXR Cube

When science fiction author William Gibson introduced the world to the concept of cyberspace in his novel “Neuromancer” in 1984, readers were intrigued by the notion of human beings living immersed in a computergenerated reality. Today, more than 20 years later, the notion of cyberspace and virtual reality are readily understood and even embraced by society...


Anti-Sway Control for Cranes

Industrial crane operators typically manipulate the independent motions of trolley, hoisting and traverse when they are moving payloads. This, however, can result in an uncontrolled swaying motion, which slows down the construction process because extra time is required to let the swaying motion come to a stop. Uncontrolled swaying is also a safety issue that can result in serious injury...


Detecting Infectious Diseases

Malaria and dengue fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect millions of people in the tropics, with malaria killing about three million people worldwide every year. Rapid, accurate diagnosis is paramount for timely treatment or emergency response/containment procedures. The standard test for the malarial Plasmodium parasite is time-consuming, laborious, and can produce false negatives. Testing for dengue fever takes up to eight days and may also deliver inaccurate results. However, a Singapore medical diagnostics company, using breakthrough molecular technology from the National University of Singapore, has developed rapidassay test kits that detect killer parasites in a matter of hours...


Endotoxin Detection Kit

Because horseshoe crab blood immediately clots when it comes into contact with bacteria, the blood of this unique animal has been used for decades by pharmaceutical companies for testing the purity of sterilized medical equipment and human injectable products. Although this quality assurance method is effective, it is costly, timeconsuming, and suffers batch-tobatch variations in sensitivity, and could possibly kill the horseshoe crab, which is now considered an endangered species in various parts of the world. Now, however, a genetic engineering breakthrough at the National University of Singapore has cloned the enzyme that clots the blood of the horseshoe crab...


NUS Technology for US

A new drug with a novel mechanism of preventing restenosis was discovered by Associate Professor Sim Meng Kwoon of the National University of Singapore’s Pharmacology Department. The drug des-aspartate-angiotensin I (DAA-I) acts on a specific receptor, which is coupled to a specific prostaglandin pathway, to suppress clot formation. In this way, secondary or adverse effects have not been encountered with DAA-I...


Cure for Diabetes

ILO facilitated and managed the agreement that was signed between the NUS Department of Surgery and Stem Cell Technologies (i) Pte Ltd to jointly collaborate on research to find a cure for diabetes through adult stem cells...


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