(Singapore, 26 Nov 2021)Through 3 months’ nomination and selection, Fortune Times, a Chinese business magazine in Singapore, held the hybrid award ceremony for the 7th Annual Fortune Times Awards on 25 November 2021 at Distrii Singapore. Professor Chwee Teck LIM, director of the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech) of NUS, has been awarded the “ASIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIST” at the 2021 Fortune Times Awards Ceremony.

From left to right: Guest of Honour Mr. Don Wee, Member of Parliament of Singapore; Professor Chwee Teck LIM; Ms. Annie Song, Editor-in-Chief of Fortune Times; Mr. Daniel Teo, Honorary Chairman of SIAS, Chairman of Hong How Group. Credit: Teo Tee Hua/ TH Associates Pte. Ltd.

Under the new normal of the post-covid-19 era, technological innovation has become the driving force for economic recovery and sustainable development. Prof. Chwee Teck LIM was awarded the “ASIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIST” by the judge panel of the 2021 Fortune Times Awards for his achievements in the field of smart wearable medical devices and his outstanding contributions to the field of human diseases.

Professor Chwee Teck Lim is the NUS Society Chair Professor and Director of the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Founding Director of the Singapore Health Technologies Consortium. His research interests are in using engineering approaches to study human diseases and developing microfluidic and wearable technologies for biomedical applications. He is a prolific researcher having co-authored over 420 journal publications including in Nature and Science, and given more than 400 plenary/keynote/invited lectures. He is also a serial entrepreneur having started six companies to commercialize technologies developed in his lab.

Prof Lim is globally recognized for his distinguished academic achievements as is evidenced by his elected fellowship at the US National Academy of Inventors, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, the International Academy for Medical & Biological Engineering, the ASEAN Academy of Engineering and Technology, the Academy of Engineering, Singapore and the Singapore National Academy of Science.

He and his team have garnered over 100 research awards and honours including Highly Cited Researcher, IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, ASEAN Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, Asian Scientists 100, Credit Suisse Technopreneur of the Year Award, Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Award (Gold) and the President’s Technology Award among others.

Professor Chwee Teck LIM, director of the Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech) of NUS. Credit: Teo Tee Hua/ TH Associates Pte. Ltd.

This year, Fortune Times Awards awarded a prize to a scientist for the first time, Professor Lim is the first recipient in the field of research. For which he said, “I feel very honored to be the first recipient of the Fortune Times Awards in the field of research. This is the result of my joint efforts with my partners, students and researchers team in my lab. As a researcher, I will continue to work on microfluidics and mechanobiology for human diseases.”

Ms. Annie Song, the Editor-in-Chief of Fortune Times, said in her opening remarks: “Compared to previous years, the success formula this year not only reflects the winners’ characters including the innovation in solving market pain points, leadership in business development under the epidemic, and the capability to expand the marketing platforms, but also highlights the strategic geographical location of Singapore’s, expanding business opportunities to China, to the region, and even to the world.”

This year, five awards were presented on the Fortune Times Awards 2021, including the “ASIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL SCIENTIST” award, which is given to a scientists with more than 15 years of R&D experience, professional ethic conduct without bad records. The candidate must have made distinguished academic achievements or owned significant patents; or had initiated a scientific research project with major theoretical or technological breakthroughs or reaching the world advanced level. He or she must had made outstanding contributions to Asian development through science and tech achievement.