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Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have showed that applying “temporal pressure” to the skin of mice can create a new way to deliver drugs. In a paper published in Science Advances, the researchers showed that bringing together two magnets so that they pinch and apply pressure to …

To help the maritime industry reduce carbon emissions, tech firms can receive a boost during this COVID-19 recession from a new multi-million maritime technology scale-up initiative led by the EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy (EcoLabs) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). Technologies such as low carbon alternative fuels, maritime port equipment electrification, renewable energy integration, fuel …

Observing a rise in digital banking in Singapore amid Covid-19, DBS – which banks most of Singapore – has partnered with the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) to pilot the latter’s innovative SingPass Face Verification technology. This pilot programme aims to benefit more than one million DBS customers who are SingPass holders and do …

​Clinician-scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore’s (NTU Singapore) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) have demonstrated a way to improve the speed, handling time and cost of COVID-19 laboratory tests. The improved testing method yields results in 36 minutes – a quarter of the time required by existing gold-standard tests. Their new approach could enable the wider adoption …

A test kit that can accurately identify SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in 15 minutes and employs a lateral flow format, similar to those used in home pregnancy tests, has been co-developed between A*STAR and diagnostics company MP Biomedicals. Serological test kits are especially important for contact-tracing purposes given that there are large numbers of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases …

The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) emphasise the importance of high-quality financial statements that adequately reflect issuers’ current financial position to investors amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation. SGX RegCo published a Regulator’s Column to highlight key areas that issuers should exercise care in when preparing their interim financial …

As of 23 July 2020, there have been close to 20, 000 reported dengue cases this year. With the escalating number of dengue cases and more than 600, 000 households located in over 400 dengue clusters islandwide, urgent collective community effort is critical to bring down the case numbers. The National Environment Agency (NEA) is …

The Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law announced the establishment of the Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative (SGRI) which will be undertaken by the School of Law’s Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia.  The Initiative, which is supported by the Singapore Ministry of Law, seeks to contribute to and enrich the ecosystem that supports …

As Singapore presses on in its fight against COVID-19, the use of face masks have become an integral part of daily lives to complement social distancing and personal hygiene practices. Singapore has been ramping up its masks production capabilities since experiments have shown that wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of droplets that may carry …

Enterprise Singapore (ESG), the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) launched a series of seven National Innovation Challenges (NICs) today to accelerate innovation efforts and help enterprises develop solutions to overcome challenges in the post-COVID world. As announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in the Fortitude Budget, …