HTC Asia & HTC travel to Bangkok Thailand


In February, Maryanne Maldonado, Houston Technology Center’s Chief Operating Officer, and Sid Vinyard, HTC Asia Chairman, went to Bangkok, Thailand to participate in The mai Bangkok Business Challenge® at Sasin 2015. Along with participating in the event program as a panelist, HTC Asia sponsored the Innovation Award, which recognized ventures that make best use of their disruptive innovation to propel their commercialization efforts in that region.

2014 was an exciting year for HTC Asia, they launched in Thailand and Singapore with a mission to help entrepreneurs and established Asia-based corporations accelerate the commercialization of cutting edge technologies with the goal of introducing them to Houston’s market.

So what happened at The mai Bangkok Business Challenge® at Sasin 2015 for HTC?

During the event, there was a selection process where companies were evaluated and selected for the HTC Asia Innovation Award. Opticare, a medical device company that detects cancer early on, was selected as the Innovation Award winner and received a check for $6,000 (USD).

Vincent Fernando, Director at HTC Asia, and Maryanne Maldonado moderated a panel discussion on “The Open Innovation Ecosystem: How Small Start-Ups Can Engage Big Companies for Win-Win Collaboration.” The panel included:

  • Moderators: Vincent Fernando, Director, HTC Asia & Maryanne Maldonado, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Houston Technology Center
  • Dr. Suracha Udomsak, Senior Technology Development Executive, Siam Cement Group (SCG)
  • Mr. Glenndle Sim, CEO, Mencast
  • Mr. Paijit Sangchai, the CEO & Founder, Flexoresearch
  • Mr. Steve Melhuish, the CEO, PropertyGuru
  • Mr. Artit Krichphiphat, Chevron, Advisor to the President

Overall, The mai Bangkok Business Challenge® at Sasin 2015 provided a platform for collaboration and transfer of knowledge between Houston and Bangkok. HTC Asia continues to grow and commercialize emerging technology companies in the region.

The winner of The mai Bangkok Business Challenge® at Sasin 2015 was UMA BioSeed from Cornell University.

About HTC Asia:

HTC-Asia is a private, for-profit venture and focuses on bringing HTC clients and graduate companies to the attention of HTC-Asia’s corporate sponsors, while also bringing Asian-based technology start-up companies to the Houston market.