Prof Benjamin Tee
Dr Benjamin C.K. Tee is the Associate Vice President (Innovation & Enterprise) and Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore. He was awarded the National Research Foundation Fellowship in 2017. He obtained his PhD at Stanford University, and was a 2014 Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow. He won the MIT TR35 Innovator (Global) award in 2015 and listed as World Economic Forum’s Young Scientist of the year in 2019. His research team won the International Winner of the James Dyson Foundation Prize in 2021 for their work on healthcare sensors. This was the 1st time a Singapore team won as the international winner in the award’s 17-year history. He leads the Sensors.AI Labs that research and translate technologies at the cutting edge of materials science, mechanics, electronics and biology. His current focus is on developing new skin-like electronic materials and systems that have tremendous potential to advance robotics and healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) era. His inventions can help to tackle challenging needs in health, robotics and AI. He has translated technologies for real-world impact through entrepreneurial pursuits. He has co-founded two medical technology companies Privi Medical and Hannah Life Technologies in Singapore. Privi Medical was successfully acquired in 2021 and Hannah Life Technologies grew rapidly and reached double-digit percentage monthly revenue growth across international markets such as the US, UK and Singapore within 12 months of product launch. He has been featured by multiple top international news agencies including CNN International as one of their Tomorrow’s Hero series, by Channel News Asia International in the ASEAN’s Next Generation Leaders documentary and by BBC World Service Radio and National Geographic TV.