About Clearbridge Vitalsigns

Clearbridge VitalSigns is a National University of Singapore (NUS) spin-off company that is developing the CardioLeaf® product line. The CardioLeaf® is a fully integrated, ultra-thin, ultra-low power, multi-lead (up to 12-lead), extended wear medical device to monitor human vital signs. The Company leverages on innovative and proprietary technologies from our research partners in Singapore and aims to commercialise highly wearable, discreet and ultra-sensitive vital signs monitoring devices for use in ambulatory, in-patient care and for professional fitness.

Board of Directors

Johnson Chen

Managing Director


Mr. Chen is the Managing Partner for Clearbridge Partners, an Asian venture capital firm. He is also the Managing Partner for Clearbridge Accelerator, a Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) backed technology incubator.

Prior to founding Clearbridge, Mr. Chen worked at Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited, the incumbent and leading telecommunications company in Hong Kong. Mr. Chen is a member of the pioneering team at PCCW and was the President of CyberWorks Ventures, the Venture Capital and direct investment arm of PCCW. Mr. Chen was also the youngest member of PCCW's Mergers & Acquisitions executive committee, and was responsible for much of PCCW's strategic expansion and many of its successful acquisitions and investments.

Mr. Chen has more than 12 years of entrepreneurship experience with start-ups, being the co-founder of 2 start-up companies with successful exits. Mr. Chen has also given talks on entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and the United States, including the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Mr. Chen is an active angel investor and is a member of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) incubator selection panel.

Mr. Chen is the recipient of the prestigious Sword of Honor from the Singapore Armed Forces, and holds a B.A., M.A. and M.Eng from the University of Cambridge, (U.K.).

Yong Lian



Professor Lian Yong is a Provost's Chair Professor and Area Director of Integrated Circuits and Embedded Systems of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore, and a Thousand-Talents Program Chair Professor in the School of Microelectronics of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of Academy of Engineering Singapore.

Prof. Lian's research interests include zero-power wearable wireless biomedical sensors, miniaturized biomedical instrumentations, ultra low power biomedical circuits and systems, and signal processing. His research has attracted more than S$20 million research funding from various sources in the past 6 years, the most recent one being a S$10 million grant under the 8th Competitive Research Program from the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Prof. Lian's research has won more than 20 awards including 1996 Guillemin-Cauer Award for the Best Paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems and 2008 Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society, the latest being the Institute of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award in 2011 and Faculty Research Award of NUS in 2012.

Prof. Lian is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II, Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He severed as a Member of the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology Committee, the VP Region 10 of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), Chair of the IEEE CASS Biomedical Circuits and Systems Technical Committee, Chair of IEEE CASS DSP Technical Committee, and member of IEEE CASS Fellow Evaluation Committee in past 10 years.

Chong Chee Wah

Executive Director


Mr. Chong previously worked as a Communications Security Program Manager at the DSO National Laboratories. He won the prestigious KINETIC Award in DSO for his outstanding technical contributions to various initiatives in the defense sector. He oversaw various cryptographic and communication systems as well as direct research & development investments in excess of S$5 million annually. He was also the key technical decision maker on various national level projects.

Prior to working at DSO, Mr. Chong was with the Directorate of Research & Development (under the Defense Science & Technology Agency) as a Country Manager, where he was responsible for the long term strategic R&D plans for the Ministry of Defense. Mr. Chong was also the Assistant Director of Finance Policy at the Ministry of Health (MOH) where his responsibilities included policy matters on Singapore's key medical financial schemes.

Mr. Chong is the recipient of the Public Service Commission's Local Merit Scholarship and has a B.Eng and M.Eng (Electrical Engineering) from the National University of Singapore.