TII and Bio Asia Innovation Conferences 2015

Singapore | 18-22 May 2015

Venue: A*STAR @ Matrix

  • Prof Donald Tan Tiang Hwee
    Chairman of SERI Singapore Eye Research Institute

  • Peter Droell
    Director of European Commission "Research & Innovation Directorate"

  • Laurence Lien
    Co-Founder & CEO Asia Philanthropy Circle

  • Beverly Hurley
    CBE, is the Chief Executive of YTKO Group

  • Andy Zynga
    Global CEO of NineSigma Group

  • Benoît Genuini
    President of Passerelles Numériques

  • Dr. Georges Haour
    Emeritus Professor of Technology & Innovation Management, IMD Switzerland

  • Jayanth Bhuvaraghan
    Chief Corporate Mission Officer of Essilor International

  • Dr. Benjamin Seet
    Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council A*STAR

Exploring New Ways to Create Value

   18-20 May 2015


In 2015, TII will once again take its annual conference outside of Europe to one of the most dynamic innovation hotspots in the world – Singapore. Consistently ranked in the top ten most innovative countries, our programmer will offer an opportunity to see first-hand the initiatives, resources and experiments that have helped Singapore become best in class in the innovation leagues.

Innovation is recognized as a key contributor to countries’ growth and competitiveness. Yet creating the environment for sustainable innovation that has economic and social impact is difficult and costly. At the TII 2015 conference we intend to take a fresh look at innovation – hence the title “Innovating Innovation” – to highlight new trends and developments which improve innovation outcomes for the benefit of science, business and society.

The TII annual conference brings together future-minded practitioners, researchers and thought leaders from the international R&I community, technology transfer and innovation management. The conference format includes presentations selected from a public call, inspiring keynote addresses and dynamic interactive sessions. It is also an excellent opportunity to get connected with people coming from different professional backgrounds and countries, from both the private and public sectors, who share the same passion for innovation and technology transfer. In addition to the excellent networking opportunities and a taste of local culture, we will also be offering a discovery mission to some of the host country’s innovation hotspots.

More information at www.tii.org and http://verlion.com.sg/TII-BioAsia-2015-Conference/home.html#


This year we are offering 3 consecutive daily tracks

Day 1 – New Approaches to the Innovation Process: creative design of innovation itself for productivity and efficiency

Day 2 – New Ways to Monetize Innovation: redesigning links between innovation and commercialization

Day 3 – Innovating for Social Impact: innovation addressing social needs and bottom of the pyramid

With the aim of making the conference as interactive as possible, we will organize a number of plenary sessions with keynote speakers, parallel workshops and concurrent panel discussions. We therefore invite you to become involved, either to
          - chair a panel discussion
          - participate as a discussant in a panel discussion
          - chair a workshop
          - prepare an input paper for one of the workshops

We invite you to send a short outline (roughly 10 lines) highlighting your particular expertise and special subject area in relation to one of the 3 daily themes above. You should indicate clearly if you wish to present a paper, chair a themed discussion or workshop or participate as a discussant, Contributions should focus on cases, outcomes and outputs (not theory) and could be related to one of the following (non-exclusive) sub-themes
          • Integrating commercialization from the start
          • Design as a driver of user-focused innovation
          • Collaborative knowledge generation and knowledge sharing
          • Nurturing talent
          • Co-creation – using the crowd as an innovation partner
          • New applications of creativity for new product development
          • Open innovation / open incubation / open entrepreneurship
          • Innovation funding challenges and solutions
          • Innovation business models
          • Exploring the market-science continuum
          • Developing technology market places
          • Ingredients for making technology transfer work
          • Entrepreneurship and start-up programmer
          • Innovation for sustainable social impact
          • Harnessing innovation to support disadvantaged groups of the population
Important submission deadlines for all contributors:
4 February 2015: Outlines only (maximum 1 A4 page)
18 February 2015: Notification of acceptance
4 May 2015: Deadlines for contributions

Submissions: Please submit your outline contributions to tii@tii.org
Contact Information: Please contact the Conference Secretariat via e-mail at tii@tii.org
Conference Websites: http://verlion.com.sg/TII-BioAsia-2015-Conference/home.html#

Monday 18 May 2015 – DAY 1 – NEW WAYS TO INNOVATE

09.00 – 10.00           Registration and welcome breakfast

10.00 – 10.30           Welcome speeches – TII, A*STAR, Singapore government

10.30 – 12.30           4 keynote speakers (policy, corporate, research) TBC
                                        - A*STAR on fostering technology applications to benefit society
                                        - European Commission on innovation addressing societal challenges
                                        - SERI on eye research “Tooth in Eye” and how it happened
                                        - Pharmaceutical company on collaborative innovation
12.30 – 13.30           Networking lunch
13.30 – 15.00           3 concurrent panels (sustainable early-stage innovation, open
                               innovation/open incubation/open entrepreneurship, design and co-creation)
15.30 – 16.45           Interview: Encouraging an innovative eco-system – country comparisons, e.g. Europe, Singapore, India, China
16.45 – 17.00           Closing remarks

17.00 – 18.00           TII AGM

18.00                     Welcome drinks reception


09.30 – 11.00      Concurrent panels (innovation funding challenges and solutions, innovation business models, market-science continuum)
11.30 – 12.45      Keynote speakers on how to make innovation financially self-sustaining (e.g. open innovation programmes,                               technology marketplaces, entrepreneurship and start-up programmes)
12.45 – 14.15          Lunch and guest speaker
14.15 – 16.15      Parallel workshops (integrating commercialization from the start, innovating the business side of innovation,                               successful ingredients for technology transfer)
16.15 – 17.00         Closing remarks
19.00                     Conference dinner

Wednesday 20 May 2015 – DAY 3 – NEW WAYS TO IMPACT SOCIETY

09.15 – 10.30         Keynote speakers on social impact
11.00 – 12.30      Concurrent panels (innovation for sustainable social impact, innovating for the bottom of the pyramid, talent                               and social impact)
12.30 – 14.00          Closing remarks and networking lunch
14.00 – 17.00         Discovery tour to state of the art innovation sites in Singapore and visits to Singapore’s social impact initiatives,                               e.g. Gardens by the Bay (in parallel)
17.00                     Free evening

Participants at TII 2015 are offered special rates to attend the 2015 Bio-Asia Conference on 21-22 May (see website for more details).

Bio-Asia 2015 : Call for abstracts

The Bio-Asia Conference 2015 is a great opportunity for you to present your work, your institution and to find new partners. We would like to invite you to submit an extended abstract for Bio-Asia. All abstracts received will be considered for either an oral presentation (24 slots in total) or used in a poster presenting your research.

Oral presentations should not go beyond 20 minutes. However, keynote presentations may use up to 30 minutes to give a wider overview of the participating institutions. Teams who had/have a project funded by Bio-Asia are more than welcomed to participate in this call.

Please indicate the area of research, i.e. Biodiversity, Biotechnologies, Biochemistry, Food Science, Green Chemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences on the first page of the abstract.

The deadline for submission is 20 April 2015 but we strongly encourage you to make your submission as early as possible in case we need to contact you should further information be required


Abstracts must not exceed 300 words. Please use the enclosed word document template.

The abstract must contain the following information:

  • Section header , Title
  • Details of authors’ names and affiliations. Please provide the potential speaker’s e-mail and mailing address
  • Content (<300 words). Include introduction, concise details of methods and results, potential/past benefits from cooperation with Asian or French research units, and conclusions and references
  • Speaker´s biography and photo
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