A*STAR engages the industry in R&D to drive innovation and advance technology that may be translated to products and services to yield economic benefit. There are different approaches to working with industry partners depending on the research needs and capability areas. The four main engagement models include:
INDUSTRY CONSORTIA PROGRAMMES
Leverages the span of technical expertise at the SERC Research Institutes to help the local industry move up the value chain. Such programmes encompass direct basic and applied R&D across the SERC research institutes, and provide the conduit as well as opportunities for local companies to work with industry giants via research collaborations or membership programmes. Pre-competitive R&D is carried out in a consortium setting where members will benefit from the R&D of common platform technology challenges.
JOINT RESEARCH PROGRAMMES
One-to-one R&D collaborations between a private company with A*STAR research institutes (RIs) that help to enhance the technology edge of the company by the technology transfer from the RI.
For advancement of technology, cutting-edge platform technologies, for example, are critical to support biomedical research by both industry and academia. A*STAR research entities have partnered with leading industry players to increase access state-of-the-art technology to advance their research. Such a partnership can serve as a learning platform for industry to gain new insights from users in the research community, which may facilitate the advancement of their technology and the development of new protocols and techniques.
Examples include the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) – Nikon Imaging Centre, and the Clinical Imaging Research Centre – a joint venture between NUS and A*STAR with industry partner, Siemens.
The Lab-in-RI is an A*STAR initiative in which the research institutes provide partners with infrastructure and framework at an early stage of their R&D projects. For the partnering companies, this has the advantage of implementing their plans under favorable conditions, to allow the companies to jumpstart their R&D activities in Singapore before making major capital investments.
A*ccelerate works with industry and A*STAR research institutes to identify new technology areas early in the research value chain to develop application driven, multi-disciplinary projects and drive these with commercialization outcomes firmly in mind. In the hope of precipitating these projects into their next lap of marketable commercial applications, A*ccelerate provides gap funds to inject resources, like manpower and funds for further development and testing.
Gap funding for co-development is applicable for A*STAR technologies where:
- Potential licensees takes up A*STAR technologies
- These technologies still require further research and/or development efforts for them to be commercial ready
- Potential licensees are willing to collaborate with A*ccelerate and the research institutes in co-development efforts
An example of such a co-development project is the analytics engines for content profiling and intent classification between I2R and SME aSpecial Media Pte Ltd. With the licensed software, aSpecial Media would be able to build interest profiles of online users based on their browsing patterns and history over multiple websites, and provide time-relevant advertisements tailored to the needs of each user.
Another example is SME Xjera Labs Pte Ltd’s non-exclusive license for ADSC’s multi-outlet entity detection and classification software as a result of its co-development partnership with A*ccelerate on the gap project to develop video intelligence technologies for retail (VITR). Through its collaboration with A*ccelerate and ADSC, Xjera Labs was able to diversify beyond provision of security surveillance solutions to address the retail analytics market.
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