A*Star inks US$90m deal to create deep tech startups in healthcare, life sciences
The enterprise arm of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) has signed a US$90 million (S$122 million) agreement to co-create local deep-tech start-ups in healthcare and life sciences.
The agreement between A*ccelerate Technologies, Nasdaq-listed pharmaceutical firm Aptorum Group and Hong Kong financial institution Aeneas Capital aims to create up to 20 deep-tech ventures in Singapore over the next five years.
These start-ups will tap technologies co-developed by A*Star research institutes and Aptorum, and will get help with being connected to market partners and clients via Aptorum’s global network.
One area being explored is imaging solutions in surgical robotics. This would involve applying A*Star’s capabilities in medical image analytics and augmented reality to real-time 2D and 3D magnetic resonance imaging surgical imaging solutions.
A*ccelerate chief executive Philip Lim said: “This agreement is testament to the vibrancy of Singapore’s biotech ecosystem, as well as the private sector’s confidence in A*Star’s capabilities in deep-tech and biomedical research.”
Mr Ian Huen, founder and chief executive officer of Aptorum and the founder of Aeneas Capital, believes the partnership will yield “strong venture businesses that will be eventually recognised worldwide”.
Separately, Aptorum and Aeneas Capital will launch a healthcare and life science strategic investment fund of up to US$200 million, which might invest in the local biotech ecosystem.
The two parties will also make acquisitions in identified technologies and businesses globally.
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