Updated on 24 October 2013
"While doing PhD, I did not have much skills of being an entrepreneur but my experience of working for three years with a local company gave me confidence and skills to start my own company," he mentions.
The road to entrepreneurship was not an easy task for Dr. Ng as he faced the challenge of limited sponsors in the industry. "It involves big money for developing a technology, hiring quality researchers and manage the entire project, so we had to control the price flow in a very strategic manner," remembers Dr Ng.
The company is currently managed by a team of five people including Mr Koon Kiat TEU as the R&D director and Dr Meng-Han Kuok as the director of the company. Dr Ng is looking for collaborators to further invest in the technology and plans to do a big scale launch of the product by 2015.
Our digital PCR takes less than two minutes to analyze a sample whereas a standard PCr takes more than 30 minutes and hence the recurring cost gets much cheaper in long run.
Dr Ng is looking at US and China as his most potential market where most of the genetic analysis research is being done. Making a broader presence in western market, Dr Ng plans to start a direct operation in US in the coming years by deploying a team in the country.
Johnson has 10 years of experience developing innovative platforms for nucleic acid testing and PCR-based diagnostics. Prior to founding JN Medsys, he was project manager and pioneering staff at local biomedical device start-up Biochip Devises, where he helped build the company up from scratch and co-invented a device for rapid point-of-care diagnostics of infectious diseases. He is inventor of four patents. As part of his doctoral thesis, he invented an addressable bead-based microarray technique that is now being commercialized by Ayoxxa, an NUS spin-off company.