Health and Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council

The Health and Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council (HBMS IAC) serves the following functions:

  • Shares perspectives and insights
  • Advises Singapore on major global trends in biomedical research and industry
  • Critiques and advises Singapore on its BMS initiatives


Sir Richard Sykes

Chairman, HBMS IAC (2000-)
Chairman, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (2011-)


Sir Leszek K Borysiewicz

Member, HBMS IAC (2008 - )
Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge, (2010-)

Dame Sally C Davies

Member, HBMS IAC (2008-)
Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Advisor to Department of Health UK

Prof Warwick Anderson

Member, HBMS IAC
Secretary-General, Human Frontier Science Program

Dr Patrick Aebischer

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
President EPFL and Board member of Nestle Health Science


Lord Ara Darzi

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
Chair of Surgery and Director of the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College

Dr Tadataka Yamada

Member, HBMS IAC (2006-)
Venture Partner, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Sir John Savill

Member, HBMS IAC (2011-)
Chief Executive, UK Medical Research Council (2010-)

 Mr William Hawkins

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
Lead Director, Immucor (2011-)

Dr Jeremy Farrar

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
Director, Wellcome Trust

Prof Victor Dzau

Member, HBMS IAC (2016-)
President, US Institute of Medicine

Prof Keiji Fukuda

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
Clinical Professor, School of Public Health of the Hong Kong University

Dr Carl Firth

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
Chief Executive Officer, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals

Ms Deborah Ann Henretta

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
Senior Advisor, SSA & Co

Mr John Jeans

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
Chairman, Imanova, UK Biocentre and Edinburgh Molecular Group

Mr Lu Yoh-Chie

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
Former Chairman and Founder, Biosensors International Group

Mr Jean-Luc Butel

Member, HBMS IAC (2017-)
President, K8 Global

Emeritus Members

Dr David Baltimore

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2006)
Robert A. Millikan Professor of Biology California Institute of Technology(2007-)
President, California Institute of Technology, USA (1997-2006)

1975 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
President of Rockefeller University, USA (1990-1991)

Founding Director, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT, USA

Dr Samuel Barondes

Member, HBMS IAC (2001-2004)
Chair, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health 

Director, Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA

Chairman, Dept of Psychiatry & Director, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF, USA (1986-1993)

Dr Alan Bernstein

Member, HBMS IAC,(2003-2005)
Executive Director, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada (2000-2007)

Director of Research, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada (1994-2000)

Dr Colin Blakemore

Member, HBMS IAC (2005-2007)

Chairman, A*STAR - Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Neuroscience Research Partnership, Singapore (2007-)

Chief Executive, Medical Research Council, UK (2003-2007)
President, British Neuroscience Association (1997-2000)
President, British Association for the Advancement of Science (1997-1998)

Professor Sir Philip Cohen

Member, HBMS IAC (2006-)

Director & Royal Society Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee (1984-)

Dr Stanley N. Cohen

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2004)
Previous Chairman, Department of Genetics, Stanford University

Kwoh-Ting Li Professor of Genetics and Professor of Medicine, Stanford University (USA)

Dr David I. Hirsh

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2003)
Executive Vice President for Research, Columbia University, USA (2003-)

Chairman, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (1990-2003)

Interim Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine, Columbia University (2000-2001)
Executive Vice President & Director of Research, Synergen, Inc (1984-1990)

Dr Leland Hartwell

Member, HBMS IAC (2001-2007)
President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA (1997-)
2001 Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Dr Philippe Kourilsky

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2006)
Chairman, Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) (2006-)
Chair of Molecular Immunology, College de France, France (1998-)

General Director, Institut Pasteur, France (2000-2004)
Head of Research, Pasteur-Mérieux-Connaught (now Aventis-Pasteur),
France (1993-1996)

Dr Richard Lerner

Member, HBMS IAC (2003-2005)
President, The Scripps Research Institute, USA (1986-)

Chairman, Department of Molecular Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, USA (1982-1986)

Dr Susan Lindquist

Member, HBMS IAC (2003-2005)
Member, Whitehead Institute & Professor of Biology, MIT (USA)
Director, Whitehead Institute, MIT (2001-2004)

Albert D. Lasker Professor of Medical Sciences, Dept of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, University of Chicago (1999-2001)

Dr Paul A. Marks

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2003)
President Emeritus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA

President & Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

VP for Health Sciences & Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center, (1973-1980) & Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1970-1973), Columbia University

Dr John Mendelsohn

Co-Chairman, HBMS IAC (2004-2007)
President, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA (1996-)

Chairman, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
USA (1985-1996)

Dr Alan Munro

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2003)

Former Master of Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, UK
Master of Christ's College, University of Cambridge (1995-2002)

Founder, Cantab Pharmaceuticals plc (1989-1995)

Sir Keith Peters

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2004)
Chairman, A*STAR Graduate Academy International Advisory Panel

Regius Professor of Physics, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge,
UK (1987-2005)

Head, School of Clinical Medicine & Honorary Consultant Physician, Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, University of Cambridge

Professor Sir George Radda

Member, HBMS IAC (2003-2005)
Chairman, Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR
Chairman, Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (2005-)

Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics,
University of Oxford (2005-)

Dr John Reed

Member, HBMS IAC (2004-2006)
President & CEO, The Burnham Institute, USA (2002-)
Scientific Director, The Burnham Institute, USA (1995-2002)

Deputy Director, Burnham Institute Cancer Center, USA (1994-2002)
Scientific Co-Founder of IDUN Pharmaceuticals (1993) and GMP/Diagnostics

Dr John Shine

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2003)
Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia (1990-)
Chairman, Australian National Health & Medical Researh Council

Chairman, Australian Genome Research Facility (2000-2003)
President (1986-1987) & DIrector of Research (1984-1986), California Biotechnology Inc.

Dr Axel Ullrich

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2004)

Research Director, Singapore OncoGenome Project, Centre for Molecular Medicine, A*STAR (2004-)

Director, Molecular Biology, Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemie,
Germany (1988-)

Founder of SUGEN Inc., USA (1991),
Axxima Pharmaceuticals AG, Germany & U3 Pharma AG, Germany

Dr Hans Wigzell

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2004)
Director, Centre for Medical Innovations, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2004-)
President, Karolinska Institute (1995-2003)

Chief Scientific Advisor to Swedish Government (1999-)
Chairman, WHO-UNAIDS Vaccine Advisory Committee (2002)
Director General, National Bacteriological Laboratory, Sweden (1988)

Dr Peter Gruss

Member, HBMS IAC (2004-2010)
President, Max Planck Society, Germany (2002-)
Honorary Professor, University of Göttingen, Germany (1990-)

Dr John Bell

Member, HBMS IAC, (2002-2010)
Regius Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK (2002-)
Founded Oxford University's Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (1993)

Founder/Founding Director of Powderject (1993), Oxagen (1997) and Avidex (1999)

Sir Paul Nurse

Member, HBMS IAC (2010-)
President, The Royal Society UK

Dr Helen Hobbs

Member, HBMS IAC (2006-2013)
Director, Eugene McDermott Center Human Growth and Development
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (USA) (2000-)

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2002-)
Chief, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center (1987-)

Dr Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson

Member, HBMS IAC (2004-2013)
President, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2004-)
Dean and Chairwoman, Board of Research, Sweden (1999-2001)

Secretary General (2001-2003), and Asst. Secretary General (1996-1998), Swedish Research Council Scientific Council for Medicine

Dr Suzanne Cory

Member, HBMS IAC (2003-2013)
President, Australian Academy of Science (2010-)

Professor, Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia (1996-)

Dr Jack Dixon

Member, HBMS IAC (2010-2014)

Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego

Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Nobel Laureate Dr Sydney Brenner

Member, HBMS IAC (2000-2016)
Scientific Advisor to A*STAR Chairman

Distinguished Professor, the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, US

Professor Detlev Ganten

Member, HBMS IAC (2011-)
President, World Health Summit and Chairman, Charite Foundation

Professor Rolf Zinkernagel

Member, HBMS IAC (2006-)
Professor Emeritus of Experimental Immunology, University of Zurich

Sir Andrew Witty

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
CEO, GlaxoSmithKline

Dr Elias Zerhouni

Member, HBMS IAC (2013-)
President , Global R&D Sanofi