04 Feb 2015   |   8:15 - 11:15 am,   Da Vinci, Level 2, TUV SUD PSB Building, 1 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118221 Tel.: 62791900 Fax: 62791992

Seminar on Measurement for Medical Technology and Healthcare Industry

Medical Technology (MedTech) involves the use of dedicated instruments and devices in medical treatment and diagnosis, with the aim of improving healthcare delivery to patients. Advancements and innovations in MedTech have helped medical professionals in treating patients’ diseases and medical problems, and have also improved the rehabilitation process of patients. The MedTech industry is expected to be on the rising trend with ageing population, increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses and growing healthcare cost. With greater awareness in individual’s lifestyle and the need for better quality healthcare system, there is a need to continuously innovate and develop, so as to achieve cost-effective solutions in the healthcare industry.

Through this seminar, participants will learn about the new measurement needs, techniques and advancements in the MedTech industry. The seminar will cover topics on iHuman for Med-Tech and Beyond; the clinical application in the metrology of HD-OCT images; and the optical technology and application in clinical and biomedical research. In one of the sessions, participants will also be able to share the measurement challenges they are facing, and also learn more of the work at NMC.


Registration and Breakfast

Welcome Address
Dr. Beng Cheah, Director, Industry Development Office, NMC

iHuman for MedTech and Beyond
Vice Dean, Assoc. Prof. Dr Cao Tong, NUS

Unlimited, standard, functional tissues and organs with vascularization and innervations from single hESC are currently being explored. It offers ideal in-vitro ‘clinical’ platform of no-risk trials / tests for the studies and applications of all human health related sciences including fundamental study of health, ageing, disease, prevention, diagnosis, therapy and transplant; drug and medtech R&D. Moreover, this live human platform will be widely adopted in much more areas beyond medicine and pharmaceutics in other industries. The immediate applications will be the human function and safety evaluation of food; cosmetic; daily and general chemicals; organisms; nuclear, IT, electromagnetic, radiating device and technique; environment (air, water, soil, daily living and working environment); etc. As a much more cost-effective and safer platform, iHuman will replace animals and human-subjects in the near future.

AP Cao Tong is Supervisor of NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering; Chief Principal Investigator, Cranio-Maxillofacial Group, NUS Tissue Engineering Program; Vice Dean, Director of Oral Science Disciplines, Faculty of Dentistry, NUHS and NUS.  He has served as an Invited Reviewer for 9 renowned international funding agencies and also serves in the Advisory Editorial Board, Editorial Advisory Board, and Editorial Board for 9 international peer review journals. He has been invited and sponsored to speak at 45 international conferences and scholarly meetings and has published 130 scientific articles international peer review journals and books.

The clinical applications in the metrology of HD-OCT images
Dr Tey Hong Liang, National Skin Centre

In vivo high-definition optical coherence tomography (HD-OCT) was recently developed and commercialized. With an enhanced resolution of 3µm in both axial and en face planes, a penetration depth of 570µm, and the ability to produce real-time images, it enables visualization of morphological structures in the skin and outlines of individual cells. Currently, clinician researchers have been using it to aid the identification of abnormal skin architecture in diseases. NSC has similarly used it to better diagnose, monitor and understand certain diseases. HD-OCT, in addition, offers a means for measurement of skin parameters. The speaker will present the work in exploring its use in measurement of the skin surfaces, such as wrinkles in cosmetic studies, measurement of epidermal thickness in diseases, and measurement of dermal signal intensities in certain diseases.

Dr Tey Hong Liang is a Consultant Dermatologist and Clinician Researcher at the National Skin Centre. He is the Deputy Head of Research, and founding consultant and head of the Itch Clinic and In-patient Service. His main research interests are Dermatological imaging and neurodermatology. His international publications include a book, 12 book chapters, and 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also recently commercialized an itch-relieving moisturising cream.

Optical Technology and Application in clinical and biomedical research
Dr. Shinoj V K, Scientist, NMC

Ultra-sensitive optical manipulation and detection techniques employing specialty fiber optics and tailor made coherent lasers, have huge potential in research and development of new generation medical diagnosis systems. Photonic crystal fiber is one such specialty fiber that has emerged prominent in recent years, and has established as an efficient medium for sensing or other micro manipulation such as optical trapping or tweezing, promising a non-invasive, non-contact methodology with minimum damage to the living cells. In this perspective, my research work focused on the exploration and development of relevant concepts and optical system configuration for detection of target analytes from an extremely low fluorescent sample volume using such micro-structured fibers and on development of a multifunctional analysis system to perform optical trapping, position sensing, and spectral characterization sequentially and simultaneously.

Non-invasive medical imaging techniques have generated great interest and high potential in the research and development of ocular imaging and follow up procedures. Primary angle closure glaucoma is one form of glaucoma where the eye’s drainage canals become blocked by iris so that intraocular pressure rises over time. Various available optical imaging methods for evaluation and management of glaucoma allowing visualization of the iridocorneal angle are discussed along with novel in-house developed imaging schemes. The obtained results are promising and are expected to find potential application in irido-corneal angle documentation, glaucoma diagnosis and follow up management procedures.

Dr. Shinoj V K is a Scientist of the optical metrology lab at NMC. He was engaged at the Centre for Optical & Laser Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, as a Research Fellow from October 2012 to December 2014. Before, he has worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate for one year at Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore. Dr. Shinoj was awarded a PhD from Nanyang Technological University in 2012 and has received his Master degree in Physics from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India in 2006. His main research focus areas include biomedical imaging and sensing for various disease detection and diagnosis.

Q & A and Discussion

Lab Tour (optional for interested attendees)
Labs – Optical Radiation Lab, Radio Frequency Lab, Temperature Lab and Acoustic Lab

End of Event


Registration is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here to register for the seminar, by 21 January 2015.


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