Singapore-Stanford Biodesign

The goal of Singapore-Stanford Biodesign (SSB) is to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in Asia.

This highly competitive program is directed towards Singaporean citizens who have an interest in the invention and early-stage development of new medical technologies. Successful applicants should have advanced degrees and/or significant work experience.

The SSB Fellowship Program is centered in the Biopolis in Singapore and is administered as a collaboration between Stanford University, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). A separate but linked SSB graduate class is also under planning with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

SSB Fellows will receive tuition, stipend, and international travel support. During the fellowship, six months of the fellows’ time is spent at Stanford, and six months in Singapore. Fellows work in a multidisciplinary team joining other innovators with a combination of engineering, medical and business back- grounds. The fellowship may be extended an additional six months if projects require further development.

The team examines clinical needs within the Singaporean and other Asian settings, identifying opportunities for medical technology innovation. Working closely with EDB, A*STAR advisors and Stanford, NUS and NTU faculty, the teams invent, prototype, develop and patent one or more new technologies. Fellows are also mentored by “real-world” experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital industries in the United States and Singapore.

A new center will be developed at the Biopolis, the hub for biomedical innovaiton in Singapore.

Contact Information

Singapore-Stanford Biodesign 
Science and Engineering Institutes: Agency for Science, Technology and Research 
61 Biopolis Drive #01-02 Proteos Buliding Singapore 138673 
DID: +65 6419 6518
Fax: +65 6478 9703

C U R R E N T   N E W S

March 2016 Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship 2017 Call for Applicants

We are pleased to inform that the SSB Fellowship Program 2017 application is now open, with application period of 1st March to 10th May 2016. The SSB Fellowship is a national level medtech training scholarship, which seeks to select a multidisciplinary team of 4 Fellows each year, comprising of engineers, doctors and business/industry/industrial design professionals.

For further details on the Fellowship program, please visit our website at


A R C H I V E   N E W S

April 2015 Singapore and South Korea are collaborating to develop medical technologies. Read the press release.

April 2015 Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship 2016 Call for Applicants

We are pleased to inform that the SSB Fellowship 2016 application is now open, from 9 March to 27 May 2015. The SSB Fellowship is a highly competitive scholarship, which seeks to select a multidisciplinary team of 4 Fellows each year, comprising engineers, doctors and business/industry professionals.

November 2014 SSB4 Team has won the NTUC FutureStarter $100k business plan competition with their Privi device. Congrats to Rena Dharmawan, Prusothman Raja, Benjamin Tee and Cecilia Wang. Read the press release.

May 2014 Curriculum Head sought for Singapore program - read more.

May 2014 Applications are now closed for 2015 Fellowship program.

July 2013
THOUGHT LEADERS SERIES 2013: Innovations in Robotics Surgery
26 August 2013 | 2:00-5:00PM
The Singapore-Stanford Biodesign (SSB) Thought Leaders Series is SSB’s signature event, where we invite key opinion leaders to Singapore to share and discuss the latest industry insights and experiences on medical device innovation.
Dr. Frederic Moll
CEO, Auris Robotics Surgery;
Founder, Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Prof. Christopher Cheng
Senior Consultant, Urology, Singapore General Hospital;
Pro-term CEO, Sengkang General Hospital
A/Prof Louis Phee
Head, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU, Co-founder, Endomaster Pte Ltd

July 2013 We're pleased to announce that Pearline Teo, SSB Fellow from 2012, has agreed to lead the curriculum work at the SSB center in Singapore. This will include the management of the Biodesign course that is offered at NUS, NTU and Duke NUS Medical schools.

June 2013 The SSB Special Lecture will feature distinguished guest speaker, Mr. William A. Hawkins, III. Mr William Hawkins is current CEO Immucor Inc. He served as Chairman and CEO of Medtronic (NYSE) from 2007 to 2011, one of the world’s largest and most innovative medical technology companies. And prior to that, he served as President and COO of Medtronic from 2004 to 2008.

May 2013 Our Singapore faculty and alumni fellows have created a device to preserve vascular access for hemodialysis. Two Singapore patents have been filed and Exploit Technologies Ltd is awarding SSB a S$1.5M grant to further the project.

June 2013 Faculty and fellows from the Singapore team are teaching an Innovation Workshop at National UKM in Malaysia

Fellowship Information

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