Dr Elaine Chan Wan Ling from the Institute for Research, Development and Innovation (IRDI), International Medical University (IMU) was selected to represent Malaysia in the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) Technology Development Programme organised by Royal Academy of Engineering at London, UK.
The LIF Technology Development programme builds on the LIF programme and is further strengthened by supporting emerging leaders who have an engineering-based innovation in initiating technology partnerships and collaborations with UK and international stakeholders. The entrepreneurs of the programme were selected as the top companies and projects from over 1,400 LIF Alumni, who have the potential to make the most impactful socio-economic growth to the global and local innovation ecosystems.
During the programme, Elaine attended the London Tech Week, a global celebration of tech, which brought together the most innovative thinkers and talents of tomorrow in a week-long festival, and pitched to all the venture capitalist funders and potential partners, established the connections/network and developed her innovation, DiagnoSlide.
DiagnoSlide is an AI software built to recognise different types of slide images prepared from biological samples to aid in the diagnosis of cancer. The goal of this solution is to speed up the disease diagnosis process, especially in remote areas and hence save many lives by expediting the diagnosis, treatment and management of the patients. She was mentored by Dr Huw Edwards, who is on numerous Innovation Advisory projects for Oxford Innovation.
During the London Tech week, she was invited to join the InspiringFifty Gala Dinner at College Garden, Westminster Abbey. InspiringFifty provides diverse role models, inspires the next generation of leaders and tech talent across the ecosystem by recognising and amplifying the incredible women excelling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In addition, she joined the Malaysia Investor Night hosted by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) at the Batter Power Station. The event was attended by many global and national industry leaders and investors including the Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.
The experience she gained from the programme had further motivated her to continue her passion in entrepreneurship and to develop digital pathology solutions.