March 08 2018


32, Carpenter Street
Singapore Singapore 059911


Presented by SGInnovate

“We live in an era of self-driving cars, robotic vacuum cleaners, and ever more autonomous drones. That’s because innovation comes relatively quickly and cheaply nowadays” - Dmitry Grishin, Grishin Robotics.

According to a report published by International Data Corporation in 2016, the worldwide spending on robotics and related services will likely hit $135.4 billion in 2019. With funding for new startups almost likely to continue upward spiralling in the coming years, will 2018 be a good year to launch a robotics startup or is it already too late to capitalize on the trend? What essentials do new startups need to know?

Join our panel of experts as they share insights on what it takes to be successful. Learn how to build great companies, overcome critical challenges, how to create a breakthrough product, raising initial capital and more!

Presented by SGInnovate, the Startup Stories Medical Robotics Panel discussion will share valuable lessons, pain points, success stories and what it takes to go from research to commercialisation. Science fiction is becoming reality as the emerging tsunami of robotics and automation reaches through all lines of business and commerce and society. We’re at an inflection point now and things are about to get interesting!


Date: 8 Mar 2018 (Thursday)

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Venue: 32 Carpenter Street




5:30 PM - Registration

6:00 PM - Opening Address by SGInnovate

6:05 PM - Introduction of Panellists

6:10 PM - Panel Discussion

7:00 PM - Q&A

7:30 PM - Networking & End




Dr Benjamin Tee
President’s Assistant Professor
National University of Singapore

Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is current President’s Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore and staff scientist at IMRE-A*STAR. He has developed and patented multiple award-winning materials and sensing technologies in electronic skins. He is named one of the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovator (Global), and is one of the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. He has also co-founded Privi Medical, spun out of his experience as a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow. His research work on electronic skins has tremendous potential to advance global healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics future.


Colin Tan
Chief Operating Officer

Colin Tan leads the management and product development activities at EndoMaster. He started the operations of the company with the 2 co-founders and has since grown the company in size through fundraising, product development and resource management. Colin spent the first half of his career working in medical device start-ups in San Francisco before moving to Singapore to continue his journey in Asia. His expertise includes start-up management, fundraising R&D and operations in medical device companies. He has a keen interest in the future and possibilities of robotics and artificial intelligence in medicine.


Jeff Tang
Chief Technology Officer
HOPE Technik

Jeff, as one of the co-founders of HOPE Technik, takes on the role of Chief Technology Officer where he oversees technology innovation, development and implementation in the company. On top of ensuring that the various business units maintain technology synergies and achieve engineering functional excellence, he is also involved in the business direction of the company. Mr Tang graduated with Second Class (Upper) Honours from the National University of Singapore (Mechanical Engineering) and led the 2006 Formula SAE/ Student team. The team was the first Asian university to make it to the prestigious Engineering Design semi-finals during the 2006 competition in Detroit. Jeff would begin his working life as a project officer at his alma mater where he architected a continuation plan for the subsequent teams to maintain the same level of excellence his team achieved. Before joining HOPE Technik, Jeff worked part-time as a race engineer in the Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship.


Dr Joseph Ng
Chairman, Gynecologic Robot-Assisted Cancer & Endoscopic Surgery
National University Hospital

Dr Joseph Ng is an American Board Certified Gynecologist-Obstetrician. He completed his basic medical training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, in the USA. Dr Ng has special interests in preinvasive diseases of the female genital tract, zero-impact surgical treatment of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer therapeutics. He is a founding member and Chairman of the GRACES gynecologic robotic surgery programme at NUH and is a regular on the international lecture circuit for Gyn robotic surgery. He is constantly championing access to robotic surgery and zero-impact treatment for all women who require gynaecological surgery. His practice welcomes all women who require gynaecological surgery and provides Well Woman Care for women who are keen on staying healthy and keeping well.



About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place once every quarter at SGInnovate. You can expect to hear from successful startups talking candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a platform for budding technopreneurs and the tech ecosystem to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our lives.

Topics: AI / Machine Learning / Deep Learning, MedTech / HealthTech / BioTech, Others