The National Science Council (NSC) yesterday announced the 40 research teams selected to participate in the first round of its “From IP [Intellectual Property] To IPO [Initial Public Offerings]” project initiated this year as a platform to encourage young entrepreneurs.
The council said a total of 232 teams from 68 universities and seven teams from research institutes had submitted proposals to be chosen for the program.
Forty teams have been selected in the first round, representing an approval rate of 16.5 percent, the council said.
Among the 40 teams, 15 are in the innovative technology and design group, 15 in the biotechnology and medicine group and 10 in the cloud and technology services group.
National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) director Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said that from past experience as a judge at invention fairs, many winning innovative ideas cannot be converted into salable products.
However, hopefully with chief executives from successful companies serving as instructors and the council’s platform for gathering young innovators, the innovations can create value.
In the innovative technology and design group, a research team named “Cool-Poneer” led by professor Ma Hsiao-kan (馬小康) from National Taiwan University’s (NTU) Department of Mechanical Engineering received the highest score for its application of heat dissipation technology in its “ECO-BREEZE,” making use of ICT and LED to replace traditional spinning fans.
A research team led by assistant professor Chang Fuh-yu (張復瑜) from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, got the highest score in the biotechnology and medicine group for integrating the technology of pressure detection, Bluetooth communication and cloud computing, to monitor the pressure exerted on wounds when patients are being bandaged.
In the cloud and technology services group, the highest score was achived by a inter-departmental team led by assistant professor Tian Wei-Cheng (田維誠) of NTU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering for developing a two-way teaching tool incorporating an Interactive Response System.
The teams will attend training courses in the following months and be judged on their realization of proposed innovation plans.