SilTerra Keynotes at The 6th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology in Kuala Lumpur
16 Jun 2019
SilTerra Keynotes at The 6th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology in Kuala Lumpur

SilTerra was honoured to provide the opening keynote address at the 6th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology held at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur from the 16th-19th June.

Organised by Elsevier, together with its partners, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology (IBST) and University of the West of England (UWE), this 3-day conference brought together industry leaders and distinguished academia to network and share ideas and research findings in the area of bio-sensing.

This is the first time the International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology has come to Asia, with Malaysia chosen as the event location. It is testimony to the recognition of the country’s electrical and electronics, and med-tech capability, ecosystem and supply chain. Since the conference was created in 2009, all previous events had been held in Europe.

In his welcome note, Conference Chair Prof. Richard Luxton from the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology of UWE Bristol spoke about the growing importance of bio-sensing for applications in healthcare, agriculture, environment and security and its implication for our future. He also spoke of the growing importance of the Asia region for healthcare technologies.

Notable speakers included:

  • Dr Paru Deshpande, imec Belgium
  • Dr Zeynep Altintas, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
  • Prof Ir Fatimah binti Ibrahim, University Malaya, Malaysia
  • Prof Anthony Turner, Cranfield University, UK

There were 246 delegates from 37 countries present, with over 60 presentations and 170 posters presented at the event, covering a very wide range of themes in biosensing including : 

  • the detection and measurement of novel biomarkers for novel bio-sensing applications
  • understanding the sensor surface in terms of biological interactions, immobilization and stabilization of biological molecules
  • exploring emerging detection technologies using transducers that work on optical, piezoelectric, magnetic or electromechanical concepts
  • exploring bio-sensing technologies for IoT
  • the impact of bio-sensing on market trends and society

At the opening keynote address on Day 1 of the conference, Tan Eng Tong, VP of Strategic Management of SilTerra, presented his talk entitled “From Sensors to Products: It Takes More than a Village”.  In the area of bio-sensing technology, products are a result of collaboration between very disparate disciplines where he identified the need for collaboration among stakeholders ranging from doctors, hospitals and clinicians to device developers, electronics manufacturers, chip designers,  government bodies and regulators to work towards sustainable innovation strategies.  

He also spoke about the increasing convergence of technologies in the healthcare and medical device spaces that are creating the need for increased mobility, higher processing speeds, increased digitization and miniaturization in healthcare and medical device applications. Microfluidics has today become an important need in a broad spectrum of medical devices such as those used in point-of-care (POC) and medical diagnostics. 

As a Malaysia-owned semiconductor wafer manufacturer, SilTerra is vital to providing the fundamental capabilities for future healthcare and nano-scale med-tech innovations.

SilTerra’s engineers also unveiled results of the successful demonstration of their proprietary PiezoMEMS technology in a proof-of-concept study done in collaboration with UWE for the detection of molecules in bio-sensing applications.

SilTerra’s participation in this conference comes in line with its Life Sciences Initiative when they hosted the Semiconductors in Life Sciences Symposium in September 2018 with the aim of enabling a more dynamic technology ecosystem for such innovation in the region.

The conference concluded with a Workshop entitled “Enabling Healthcare Through Digital Technologies”  organized in collaboration with Digital Health Malaysia, a private-public partnership jointly led by the offices of the Director Generals of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.  

 

(from left) Silterra’s VP of Strategic Management, Mr Tan Eng Tong, and Conference Chair Prof. Richard Luxton from the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology of UWE Bristol during a session break.

 

Silterra’s VP of Strategic Management, Mr. Tan Eng Tong, during the keynote address.

 


Interactive presentation sessions at the conference

 

Interactive presentation sessions at the conference

 

(from left) SilTerra’s Technology Development team members, Dr. Mohanraj and Mr Venkatesh with Silterra’s VP of Strategic Management, Mr. Tan Eng Tong

 

Networking session

 

 (from left) Silterra’s Senior VP of Technology Development, Mr. Arjun Kumar and Silterra’s VP of Strategic Management, Mr. Tan Eng Tong, engaged in a media discussion

 

(from left) imec Belgium, Vice President, Dr. Paru Deshpande with Silterra’s VP of Strategic Management, Mr.Tan Eng Tong and Silterra’s Technology Development Dep. Director, Dr. Mohanraj