SPRING provides $6 million worth of grants to 15 technology start-ups

The 15 selected projects cover a wide range of technology areas such as medical devices, electronics, engineering, water and environment and infocomm. SPRING has supported more than 150 projects totalling more than $50 million since the scheme was launched in 2008.

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Fifteen start-ups have been awarded Proof-of-Concept (POC) and Proof-of-Value (POV) grants totalling $6 million under SPRING Singapore's Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS), which aims to bring potentially disruptive technologies closer to the market.

The 15 projects cover a wide spectrum of technology areas including medical devices, electronics, engineering, water and environment, as well as infocomm.

Among the projects supported are three which could make a notable impact on the healthcare sector when commercialised. One of them, Neurostyle, is developing a new way to teach the brain to 'rewire' itself - through virtual reality games - that can help stroke patients recover the movement in their affected limbs. Another start-up, Hexalotus Technology, is coming up with a 3D model that will improve the planning and treatment of liver cancer. Its web-based platform has the added advantage of facilitating consultation and assistance among doctors. T.Ware is developing a therapy system to calm autism patients who can go into uncontrollable fits. Using its T.Jacket which simulates deep pressure massage, a therapist can customise the rhythm and pressure of the 'hug' of the jacket according to the patient's needs. A single therapist can thus attend to many patients at the same time.

Mr James Teh, Founder and Executive Director of T.Ware, said, "While we are still in the early stages of starting up, we believe our idea is very promising and we have a strong team to see the project through. The grant supports our R&D process to build and test the prototype with actual patients, in particular children with autism. When commercialised, the T.Jacket will be the first in the world to give autism patients comforting 'hugs' at the touch of a smart phone. It is convenient for both the wearer and the care giver to use and contributes to the patient's overall well-being."

The TECS grant was also awarded to start-ups which are developing technologies for the water and environmental sectors. For instance, Envichem has found an environmentally-friendly way to recover valuable metals such as nickel and tin from waste metal parts. The recovery is now done using large amounts of hazardous chemicals, which incur high chemical and waste treatment costs. The new technology allows the 'bath' which the metal parts are soaked in to continuously regenerate. This reduces the amount of chemicals needed while not compromising on the efficacy of the process.

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