(Hong Kong Economic Times 2017/06/05 A23)
Celebrate researchers’ achievements in knowledge transfer and acknowledge long-term industry and community partners
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has not only dedicate itself in delivering knowledge, but also work on knowledge transfer to meet the ever-changing needs of the society. Over the years, PolyU has outstanding achievements on knowledge transfer to business and industry with great impact & contribution to the society.
To mark the 80th anniversary of PolyU and the 20th anniversary of PolyU Technology, the Stars Connected gala dinner was held at the Hong Kong Intercontinental Hotel on June 5 th . During the event, the PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Awards 2017 were presented with honorable guests such as Mr Nicholas W Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Mr CHAN Tze-ching, Chairman of the PolyU Council, Professor Philip C.H. CHAN, Deputy President and Provost, PolyU, and Dr. Miranda Lou, Vice President (Administration & Business), PolyU & Chairman of Board, PolyU Technology & Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Total of 14 awards were given to the researchers and 13 Partnership Awards to the business and industry partners. In addition, the 11 research teams that have won awards at this year’s International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva were also officially recognized.
PolyU Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award
PolyU has been working closely with business and industry for better partnership. To acknowledge the cooperation between PolyU and partner companies and organizations on consultancy and licensing services,PolyU gave “Distinguished Knowledge Transfer Partnership Award” to a number of long-term partners in
public sector, business and industry.
By the interest in nanofiber technology research conducted by Prof. Wallace Leung, Department of Mechanical Engineering of PolyU, Avalon Nanofiber took the initiative to discuss with PolyU and received the licensing of the technology after months of discussion. Dr. Henry Feng, CEO of Avalon Nanofiber Ltd., said the company has applied the related technology onto the air filtration and introduced a variety of different types of mask products. He said, “Good communication is the key to the success of this partnership.” The academic-enterprise collaboration is very common in American universities, and they are more open on revealing the technology. In this regard, the universities in Hong Kong are becoming more open. A working model has been set up in terms of technical licensing so business can follow the protocol to work and communicate with universities. It was a very pleasant experience for this cooperation with PolyU through the close communication. Dr. Feng also has great interests in other researches from Prof. Leung besides applying the current licensing technology onto the filtration, and looks forward to further cooperation in the future.