Plenary Lecture 7
NEED DRIVEN INNOVATION IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY:- FROM I TO I
National University Health System
Professor Lawrence Ho Khek Yu is an accomplished academic leader in the National University Health System and an internationally recognised Key Opinion Leader in gastroenterology. He is currently the Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and the Group Research Director, Research Office, National University Health System. Concurrently, he is a Senior Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, and a Director of the National Referral Laboratories. He chairs the Gastroenterology Residency Advisory Committee, and sits in the Joint Commission on Specialist Training, Ministry of Health. He is a member, Specialist Accreditation Board, Ministry of Health, and Medical Devices Advisory Committee, Singapore Health Service Authority.
As an accomplished endoscopist, Professor Ho has been invited to perform live case demonstrations in numerous international scientific meetings and endoscopy workshops. He chairs the Asian Endoscopic Ultrasound Group to promote endoscopic ultrasound training and professional development of endosonographers in the Asian region.
As an innovator, he is best known as the co-inventor for the ground-breaking technology of the Master and Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot (MASTER), which was used to successfully perform the world's first robotic endoscopic resection of gastric tumor in human patients. In 2012, he received the Singapore President’s Technology Award, the highest honour bestowed by the President of Singapore, on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology. He has published >200 peer-reviewed papers, >12 book chapters, co-edited 3 books, and held 16 patents in biotech, and medtech products.
An experienced entrepreneur with a track record in spinning off innovations that impact health and biomedical science, he has co-founded two start-up companies, Endomaster and Endofotonics.