SingHealth Intellectual Property (SHIP) is the technology transfer office serving SingHealth. We work with our clinicians and researchers to move their inventions towards commercial opportunities in order to improve the lives of patients and deliver better healthcare.
We aim to make it easy for you to be involved in the research innovation process. It is never too early to get in touch as we can engage with you at any stage of your project's development. You can meet with us to discuss your idea in confidence and we can guide you on the next steps.
There are clear benefits to being involved in the development of new technologies but it can take time and effort. To that end, our support aims to make it easier for you to be involved in the innovation process.
The reasons are unique to each inventor but may include:
• Making a positive impact on healthcare
• Feeling a sense of personal fulfilment
• Achieving recognition and financial rewards (personal, institutional)
• Meeting the obligations of a research contract
• Attracting research funding
• Creating educational and career opportunities for students
SHIP is able to guide you in protecting your invention and moving it along the commercialisation pathway. Most research with commercial potential will require patent protection. In order to secure a strong position, a patent application must be filed before you publish or publicly disclose your invention. See our Guide for Inventors for further information.
While a solid patent position is vital, it is equally important to have a strategy to get the invention moved towards a commercial application. Most technologies are suited for licensing to established companies who aim to develop the technology into a product for the market. We are able to support you in identifying your invention's commercial applications and reaching out to potential partners. Some types of innovation can form the basis of a new company, and we can assist in this process.
It is never too early to get in touch as we can engage with you at any stage of your project's development. You can meet with us to discuss your idea in confidence and we can guide you on the next steps. Otherwise, you can complete an Invention Disclosure Form as a basis for starting the discussion or contact us here.
You may view our Success Stories here.