HKBU spin-off companies OPER Technology Limited and Cathay Photonics Ltd each won more awards recently for their novel patented technologies.
Biotech company OPER Technology Limited won second prize (entrepreneurial category) at the 5th China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions). The award was for its pioneering neural stem cell harvest technology that could in future be used to treat neurological problems such as Parkinson’s disease. One of 27 shortlisted enterprises from Hong Kong and Taiwan, OPER Technology Limited passed two rounds of competition to win this prize out of the six finalists.
Dr Cathy Lui, an alumna who is concurrently an HKBU Senior Research Associate of the Department of Biology and CEO of the Company, said, “It was our honour to represent Hong Kong in this tough competition, which is one of the largest of its kind in mainland China.” The competition attracted enterprises from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to showcase their innovations and expand their business opportunities in mainland China.
Meanwhile, Cathay Photonics Ltd received the Certificate of Merit in the Technology Start-up Award under the Sixth Bank of China (HK) FITMI Achievement Award, organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Innovative Technologies and Manufacturing Industries Ltd (FITMI) and Bank of China (Hong Kong). The award was gained for the Company’s invention of ultra-hard, non-fragile and scratch resistant covers for use on electronic devices. The judging panel said that the invention can be applied for use on many touch screen devices and has gained many international awards and recognition. The Company was founded by a group of physicists and engineers led by Professor Cheah Kok-wai, Chair Professor of the Department of Physics of HKBU.
Both technology start-ups aim to commercialise their research findings at HKBU by making use of the Government’s Innovation and Technology Commission fund.