Our Innovation Fellowship Programme

The Singapore Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is an intensive 6 months hands-on team-based training on the entire biodesign process of health technology innovation, focused on developing new health technologies for unmet clinical needs in Asia.


The Innovation Fellowship consists of the formation of multi-disciplinary teams comprising of (though not limited to) engineers, healthcare professionals and business/industry professionals who will be trained in the Biodesign healthtech innovation journey, which originated from from our joint program partner, Stanford Byers Centre for Biodesign.

The full-time fellowship will feature high-touch training and mentorship by esteemed mentors from Singapore Biodesign who have wide-ranging international experience from relevant disciplines such as clinical, technical, venture and industry.

The SB Innovation Fellowship will bring our fellows through the the iterative ‘Identify’, ‘Invent’ and ‘Implement’ phases of Biodesign.

D_SB Fellowship Timeline

Briefly, the Innovation Fellowship will kick off with a pre-fellowship remote preparation phase where Fellows will spend time to research and understand the clinicial theme of the year, as well as carry out some pre-reading on the Biodesign Process.

After which, the team will be focusing on applying the design thinking process to uncovering local and regional healthcare needs so as to develop a solution for their top identified need. During this time, Innovation Fellows will be immersed in clinial environments in Singapore and at least one regional country i.e China, Indonesia, to investigate Asia's unmet healthcare needs and to develop understanding of the local healthtech ecosystem.

Finally, Innovation Fellows will spend time in Silicon Valley to further refine and develop implementation plans for their top project. They will enjoy unrivalled access to seasoned commercialization domain experts so as to increase the chances of securing follow-on funding to continue their projects and to develop better understanding of downstream implementation.

Notable Fellows

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    The SB Innovation Fellowship provides a structured comprehensive, and proven approach to medical technology innovation. it's as close to a formula that you will get in the universe of innovation.

    Dr Jui Lim

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    Biodesign is a rigorous and methodical framework... I believe that NHG clinicians trained in Biodesign can become future leaders of a community of practitioners who embrace innovation to make healthcare more effective and sustainable.

    Assoc Prof Cher Heng Tan
    Tan Tock Seng Hospital

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    Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is a great place for individuals who want to meet like-minded co-founders from a wide range of disciplines, learn from seasoned medtech entrepreneurs with deep expertise and create impactful solutions.

    Dr WenQi Ho, PhD
    Lightstone Ventures

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    It has given me a very complete perspective on what it takes to get an idea to the bedside, and all the possible hurdles in between.

    Dr Anthony Tang
    SSB Fellow, 2011

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    The Fellowship is an essential crash course for any clinician looking to venture into medtech; it equips you with the skills and network to forget ahead with confidence.

    Dr James Mok
    SSB Fellow, 2015

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    Helped me to understand the commercialisation process up until starting a company. The experience is invaluable to future career in launching medical technology business.

    Dr Benjamin Tee
    SSB Fellow, 2014

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    The network of like-minded professionals spread across the whole ecosystem, from academia to multi-nationals, will prove invaluable in the development of this industry in Singapore and the region.

    Mr Justin Phoon
    SSB Fellow, 2012

Current Fellows

Kok Pun

Dr Kok Pun Chen

Past Designation: Associate Consultant (Gastroenterology), Tan Tock Seng Hospital

M.B.B.S (Singapore), MRCP (UK), MRCP (London)


Mr Gibson Lee Soo Guan

Past Designation: Data Scientist, DSO National Laboratories

M.Eng in Control Engineering, NUS

John Ng

Mr John Ng Shen Him

Past Designation: Clinical Innovation Engineer, MedTech Core, Singapore General Hospital

Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development), SUTD with Magna Cum Laude Latin Honors