Lerwen Liu, NanoGlobe Pte Ltd

Title: Nanotechnology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Session: Tuesday 6 October , 16:20


Nanotechnology is transforming manufacturing industries worldwide enabling lighter, stronger, and multifunctional materials/products with less pollution and greener processes. Asian industries are in the process of adopting nanotechnology in their products today (just look at your smartphone!). The adoption of nanotechnology in Asian manufacturing industries and emerging industries also drives the growth of nanotech start-ups in Asia and elsewhere. Asian governments provide strong support for acceleration of nanotech commercialization and adoption through strategic funding programs and investing in ecosystem building (e.g. Suzhou Nanopolis in China) with emphasis on the growth of start-ups.

Asia is very diverse from geography, culture, politics, to industry ecosystem and economy. Countries such as Japan and Korea are very advanced in Nanotech development and its adoption in manufacturing materials and consumer electronics. Singapore positions itself as an innovation hub. Taiwan is growing its R&D and industry in adopting nanotech. China is ambitious to becoming nanotech innovation hub and advancing its manufacturing sectors with nanotech. Overall, Asia governments provide strategic support for nanotech industry especially for start-ups

In this presentation, Dr Lerwen Liu will share her insights based on her 15 years of on- the-ground experience working with Asia nanotech leaders in government, academia and industry. She will present case studies of nanotech start-ups in Asia to highlight.

- Nanotech enabled innovation
- Innovation Driver
- Innovation Ecosystem
- Business models
- Transforming manufactering and industry

She will contrast the difference in environment/business model/operation for the growth of start-ups in Asia and the west (Europe and USA). She will stress the role of government, industry, investor, research institution, education institution, consumer and the entrepreneur culture in the adoption of nanotechnology and start-up growth. Dr Liu will end her presentation by encouraging global cooperation in adoption of nanotechnology and changing our consumption behaviour that will transform our planet towards sustainability.



Lerwen LIU is one of the most connected persons in the field of nanotechnology specializing in nanotechnology business development and education. Since 1999 she has been actively building nanotechnology networks with government agencies, R & D institutions and industries around the world, promoting nanotechnology policy, innovation, commercialization and international collaboration, especially in the Asia Pacific region. Together with a number of nanotechnology leaders in Asia, she co-founded Asia Nano Forum (www.asia-anf.org, a nanotechnology society linking 15 Asia Pacific economies) and has been serving as its Secretary since 2004 fostering collaborations among ANF members in nanotech policy, R&D and education.

Dr Liu is passionately promoting sustainability. She created in 2014 an innovative interdisciplinary module at National University of Singapore titled "Nanotechnology for Everyone –From Smartphone, Innovation, to Entrepreneurship" with a unique focus on developing transversal skills for undergraduate students including innovation, entrepreneurship, communication, and leadership towards sustainability. Currently she is creating another module at the Yale-NUS College (a liberal arts college) on Nanotechnology & Sustainability.

Dr Liu has been an invited speaker and organizer in numerous international conferences, workshops and roundtables focusing on nanotechnology commercialization. Together with her team, she educates EMBA participants on nanotechnology innovation and its impact on industry competitiveness and economic transformation.

She is an evaluation panel member for the Proof-of Concept (POC) grant scheme of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Technology Innovation Fund of Ministry of Education of Singapore. She has been recognized by the World Islamic Forum and Islamic Development Bank as well as United Nation organizations as a key expert in nanotechnology and to whom they seek advice for strategic development in future innovation policy and sustainable development.

Dr Liu has a PhD in physics specializing in many-body effects and transports in semiconductor nanostructures, and has conducted research work in Australia, Italy, Japan, Singapore and USA. Dr Liu is an Australian citizen and currently based in Singapore.


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