Innovation Centre
Inspired by the successful Deshpande Center at MIT

Our Team

Innovation Grant
Explorer Grant
Short Courses
Catalyst Registration Form
Innovation Grant Application Forms
Innovation Grant Report Format
Explorer Grant Form
Explorer Grant Report Format

Our Team And Collaborators


Howard W. Califano
Tel: +65 6516 5226
Mobile:   +65 9793 1121

Mary Agnes Loi
Tel : +65 6516 4045

Candy Yeo
Administrative Assistant
Tel: +65 6516 5229

Ong Chin Bok
Finance Manager
Tel: +65 6516 8489

Innovation Grant Advisory Board/Selection Committee

Abel Ang
Senior Advisor , Greatbatch

Anand Govindaluri
Senior Vice President, Investment & Spin-Off Management Division, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd

Andreas Kröll
Managing Director, Nanostart Asia Pte Ltd

Gian Yi Hsen
Director (Industry Identification & Incubation), Singapore Economic Development Board

Casey Chan MD
Partner, VentureMD

Carmen Yuen
General Manager, SPRING SEEDS Capital Pte Ltd

Johnny Teo
SPRING SEEDS Capital Pte Ltd

Charles L. Cooney
Faculty Director, MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

Chow Yen Lu
Managing Director, WholeTree Technologies
Managing Director, WholeTree Ventures
Executive Director, BAF Spectrum
Director, BANSEA

Desai Narasimhalu
Director, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Singapore Management University

Hareesh Nair
Senior Manager, Business Development, International, Medtronic International Ltd.

Kho Choon Joo
General Partner, BioVeda Capital

Lim Jui
Executive Director, Department of Surgery, Medical Engineering Research and Commercialization Initiative (M.E.R.C.)

Mark McHale
CSO, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals

P. Jeyaratnam
Executive Chairman, S&J Asia-Pacific Ventures Pte Ltd

Pierre Hennes
Partner, Extream Ventures Pte Ltd

Roger Rosche
CEO, Remind Cap Pte Ltd

Stephen Wise
Senior Director, Exploratory and Programme Medicine, Eli Lilly & Company

Ting Choon Meng
Chairman and CEO, HealthSTATS International Pte Ltd

Viktor Cheng
Deputy Chief Executive/Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore


Student Explorer Grant Advisory Board/ Selection Committee

Allan Simonsen
Director, Boomzap

Douglas Abrams
Managing Director, Extream Ventures Pte Ltd

Gerald Tock
Marketing and Product Strategy, Singapore-MIT GAMBIT GameLab (Singapore based)

Teo Chor Guan
Executive Director, Singapore-MIT GAMBIT GameLab (Singapore based)

Yap Ning Jee
Co-Founder, Executive Director, Raffles Venture Partners Pte Ltd

Collaborating Institutions

The Deshpande Center at MIT:
The Innovation Centre is modeled after the Deshpande Center at MIT.  For further information about the Deshpande Center, please visit its website:  Charles Cooney, the Faculty Director and Leon Sandler, the Executive Director of the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation are Members of the Advisory Board/Selection Committee of the Innovation Centre.  Strong linkages exist between both institutions.

As an accelerator of emerging technology, the SMART Innovation Centre will broadly collaborate with MIT and link to the environmental ecosystem in the Boston Cambridge area. 

NUS, NTU, SIM, SMU, SUTD, Polytechnics:
The Centre will also broadly collaborate with Universities and Research Institutions in Singapore.

The SMART Centre has an IP Management contract with the NUS Industry Liaison Office(ILO) to provide certain patenting and licensing services for SMART.   In collaboration with the Director of Innovation Centre, the NUS ILO will also provide such services to projects funded by the Innovation Grants and the Explorer Grants.