We are pleased to share that Dr Tan Pei Leng emerged as the winner of SGInnovate's Falling Walls Lab Singapore 2023. Pei Leng was selected as the winner out of 14 presenters shortlisted from 37 entries.
At the Falling Walls Lab Singapore 2023 pitch competition, Pei Leng presented her work with her PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Tan Lay Poh, on a novel way to treat large burn wounds. Treating large burn wounds is sometimes difficult because there are not many healthy locations to use for skin transplants. This complexity frequently causes wounds to take longer to heal, putting patients at risk for serious wound infections. Her invention allows for the encapsulation of skin cells into microspheres from a small skin sample, creating a medium for the cells to develop into a bigger sheet of skin that may later be grafted into burn sites.
Pei Leng will compete at the global Falling Walls Lab finale in Berlin, Germany, for the title of Breakthrough Winner of the Year and a cash prize, among other international champions from Lab locations such as Sydney, Uganda, and Madrid.
About Falling Walls Lab
Falling Walls Lab is a world-class pitch competition and networking forum that brings together a diverse and interdisciplinary pool of students and early-career professionals. The programme provides a stage for participants to share breakthrough ideas on a local and global scale, develop their communication skills, foster collaboration and create a community of changemakers. Throughout the year, renowned academic institutions around the world host international Falling Walls Labs to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region’s most innovative minds. In three minutes each, participants are given the opportunity to present their solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public.
Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously funded by Berlin’s Natural History Museum (global finale), Google and Springer Nature (international Labs). It is supported by the Sartorius, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The international Falling Walls Lab network includes renowned academic institutions from over 50 countries, such as ETH Zürich, Tohoku University, and the University of Cape Town.
Our heartiest congratulations to Pei Leng! We wish her all the best at the global Falling Walls Lab finale!