Due to the long-term exposure to various harmful materials such as dust, chemicals, or fumes, the risk of dentists and dental technicians suffering from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) or other upper respiratory diseases has been gaining attention. However, the location of suction equipment used in clinical practices are far away from where the aerosol is generated. In addition to the risk of the aerosol rising and spreading to the breathing area of the dentist, dental technician, or even the dental assistant during the operation, the excessive noise generated by the suction is also a major hazard.
The small-scale dental dust settling device developed by our team is the first of its kind, with a portable and light-weight design that can be efficiently applied to dental hand-pieces. Based on our current product planning, we will continue to improve our prototype, and we also aspire to discuss potential cooperation opportunities with dental hand-piece manufacturers and/or air-purifying related businesses.
Background and Objectives
Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (the “Programme”) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search for potential market and application of their technologies.
With the guidance of industry advisors and mentors, the participating teams will conduct extensive market research with stakeholders to gain necessary business knowledge and real market insights, as well as to discover the ways to commercialize their research technologies through this experiential learning programme.
Programme Features and Benefits
First in Hong Kong
First-ever Lean Launchpad programme in Hong Kong targeting for university researchers and research students
10-week Evidence-based Entrepreneurship Development Programme
An experiential learning journey with the direct market insights in the commercial world to guide participating research teams to commercialize their research technologies
Industry Connection and Insights
Guidance and mentorship support from industry advisors, experienced mentors and entrepreneurs
Acceleration of Research to Market
Formulation and validation of commercialization pathway by using different analytical tool - Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas, etc.
Grant of HK$40,000 to each qualified participating team for their prototyping and other expenses throughout the Programme
Access to PolyU InnoHub Resources
Access to resources under PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong and Shenzhen (co-working space, startup consultation, etc.)
Opportunity for Overseas Exhibition
Further considered for showcasing the project in overseas exhibition such as International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
Online Learning Mode via ZOOM
*There may be 2 tracks which one will be on every Monday evening and another one will be on every Tuesday evening.
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