A*STAR Research Entities

BMRC Research Entities

The Biomedical Research Council’s (BMRC) primary role is to generate economic impact by sustaining the development and growth of the biomedical sciences industry in Singapore. BMRC also places great emphasis on translating new knowledge and technologies created in the labs into new clinical applications for diagnosis and treatment that will translate to healthcare outcomes for patients.

BMRC functions both as a public research funding agency, as well as a research performer. It leverages public sector R&D to create differentiated propositions and a trained workforce to support the growth of corporate R&D and innovation activities in Singapore. It has capabilities that extend across the pharmaceutical, biologics, medical technology, nutrition and personal care industries.

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Bioinformatics Institute (BII)

BII was established in 2001 to train manpower and build capabilities in bioinformatics. It is currently led by Director Dr Frank Eisenhaber.

BII focuses on theoretical approaches aimed at understanding biomolecular mechanisms that underlie biological phenomena; the development of computational methods to support this discovery process; and experimental verification of predicted molecular and cellular functions of genes and proteins with biochemical methods.

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Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI)

Established in 1990, the Bioprocessing Technology Unit was later renamed the Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) in 2003. It is currently led by Executive Director Professor Lam Kong Peng.

BTI specialises in the generation of novel cell lines and biomolecules; optimization of therapeutics production in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems; expansion and characterization of stem cells; product recovery, purification and analysis; and profiling of processes using “-omics” tools.

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Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)

Established in 2000 as the Singapore Genomics Program, the renamed Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is a national flagship initiative with a global vision that seeks to use genomic sciences to improve public health and prosperity. Professor Ng Huck Hui currently heads GIS as its Executive Director.

As a centre for genomic discovery, GIS pursues the integration of technology, genetics, and biology towards the goal of individualised medicine. It focuses on investigating diverse biological and biomedical problems, including cancer, infectious diseases, stem cells and development, with an emphasis on insights gleaned from genomic sequences and from technologies that probe gene regulation and its control.

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Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN)

Since 2003, IBN has carved out a unique niche at the interface of bioengineering and nanotechnology with its impactful research.

Led by Executive Director, Professor Jackie Ying, IBN conducts interdisciplinary research that brings together science, engineering and medicine in key areas such as drug and gene delivery; cell and tissue engineering; biodevices and diagnostics; and pharmaceuticals synthesis and green chemistry.

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Institute for Medical Biology (IMB)

IMB was established in 2007 from the former Centre for Molecular Medicine. Led by Executive Director, Professor Birgit Lane, IMB’s mission is to study mechanisms of human disease in order to discover new and effective therapeutic strategies for an improved quality of life.

Its growing portfolio of strategic research topics aims to promote translational research on the mechanisms of human diseases with a cell-to-tissue emphasis that can help identify new therapeutic strategies for disease amelioration, cure, and eradication. Current research programmes include Regenerative Medicine, Papillomavirology, Epithelial Biology, the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology from the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium (SSCC) and the Singapore Onco-Genomeproject.

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Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)

IMCB was established in 1987 to help develop and support biomedical R&D capabilities in Singapore. Today, it has 34 research groups with more than 400 staff members and is led by Executive Director, Professor Hong Wanjin.

IMCB has established itself as a world-class research institute in biomedical sciences with a focus on six major fields: Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Structural Biology and Translational Research

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Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC)

ETC was set up to play an increasingly important role in translating scientific discoveries into practical applications. From engaging in early stage drug discovery and development, to developing innovative research tools for clinical analysis, as well as setting up public-private partnerships to facilitate the advancement of drug candidates, ETC augments Singapore’s capabilities and resources in this spectrum of the drug discovery process. It is currently headed by CEO Dr Alex Matter.

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Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC)

SBIC was established in August 2004 to serve as a focal point for stimulating, funding, coordinating and reporting on the various bioimaging activities in Singapore. Under the chairmanship of Professor Philip Kuchel, SBIC hopes to harness existing imaging expertise and capabilities in Singapore and develop them into a focused national platform to support the growth of multi-disciplinary research activities and speed the development and translation of biomedical research discoveries into clinical applications.

Its four technology platforms of optical imaging, image processing and management, small animal imaging with magnetic resonance and development of chemical and biological probes are used to support research in cancer, metabolic medicine and regenerative medicine.

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Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS)

SICS was set up in 2007 with the mission of accelerating the translation of basic discoveries into new diagnostics and therapeutics. It is currently headed by Executive Director, Professor Judith Swain.

SICS focuses its research on clinical applications; the use of innovative approaches and technologies that enable the study of human health and disease, especially in infectious diseases, metabolic diseases and cognitive development. SICS also collaborates with universities and research institutes in clinical programs such as the Lilly-NUS/SICS Joint Fellowship, the Metabolic Interest Group, and the Translational and Clinical Research Flagship Awards towards improving human health as well as Singapore’s economic well-being.

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Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN)

SIgN was initiated by BMRC in 2005 to build up research mass and coordinate basic, translational and clinical research needed to establish immunology as a core capability in Singapore.

SIgN focuses on studying immune responses in disease-specific contexts to build up a strong platform in basic human immunology research for better translation into clinical applications. Building on the strengths of existing research groups at A*STAR, it has expanded on productive links within A*STAR and across Singapore, as well with leading institutions in the world, and has established a name for Singapore in the critical discipline of immunology. SIgN’s chairman is Professor Philippe Kourilsky and its Scientific Director is Professor Paola Castagnoli.

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Clinical Imaging Research Centre (CIRC)

CIRC is a facility jointly funded by A*STAR and NUS. It was established in 2007 to carry out world-class translational and clinical research using state-of-the-art imaging tools as well as to support clinical trials in Singapore. CIRC will be the focal point for clinical research requiring imaging capabilities, as well as the development and validation of new imaging methods, biomarkers and agents for use in humans. With the establishment of CIRC, data obtained from the pre-clinical experimental studies conducted in SBIC can now be seamlessly converted to clinical investigations in CIRC, facilitating the alignment between the pre-clinical and clinical imaging systems in SBIC and CIRC.

Research at CIRC will be focused around two key areas: Translational Clinical Imaging Research and Imaging Technology Development Studies. It will be conducted through either investigator-initiated trials or collaboration with industries.

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SERC Research Entities

The Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) promotes public sector R&D in a wide range of fields including communications, data storage, materials, chemicals, computational sciences, microelectronics, process manufacturing and metrology.

SERC manages the following research entities and several state-of-the art centres and facilities with core competencies in the above fields to tackle global technological challenges and create future industries.

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Data Storage Institute (DSI)

The Magnetics Technology Centre (MTC), established in 1992, was renamed Data Storage Institute (DSI) in 1996. The research institute's vision is to be a vital node in a global community of knowledge generation and innovation, nurturing research talent and capabilities for world-class R&D in next generation storage technologies.

With core competencies in network storage, non-volatile memory and high-density magnetic recording technologies, DSI is equipped with state-of the-art facilities for advanced R&D as well as system design and prototyping.

DSI is also a member of the non-profit Information Storage Industry Consortium (INSIC) of USA.

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Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)

Established in 2002, the mission of ICES is to carry out world-class scientific research, to develop novel technology and to nurture creative scientists and engineers to support economic growth in Singapore and to make a positive difference to society.

ICES’ research areas cover chemistry and chemical engineering science, combined with advanced analytical characterisation and measurement to develop state of the art technology for the petrochemical, general chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)

IHPC was established in April 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a strategic resource for scientific inquiry. IHPC seeks to power discoveries through advanced methodologies, techniques and new tools in modelling, simulation and visualisation.

Its research foci are in the realm of complex-coupled systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, large-scale systems, scientific computing and software development, digital modelling, adaptive and collaborative computing, data mining and analyses, computational electronics and electromagnetics, computational material and chemistry.

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Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R)

I²R (pronounced as i-squared-r) was established in 2002. Its mission is to be the globally preferred source of innovations in `Interactive Secured Information, Content and Services Anytime Anywhere’ through research by passionate people dedicated to Singapore’s economic success.

I²R performs R&D in information, communications and media (ICM) technologies to develop holistic solutions across the ICM value chain. Its research capabilities are in information technology, wireless and optical communication networks, interactive and digital media; signal processing and computing.

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Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

Established in September 1997, IMRE seeks to create materials knowledge, develop human capital and to transform technology through innovative research. It houses talented researchers equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as the SERC Nanofabrication and Characterisation Facility to conduct world-class materials science research.

Over the years, IMRE has also built strong capabilities in materials analysis, characterisation, materials growth, patterning, fabrication, synthesis and integration.

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Institute of Microelectronics (IME)

IME was established in 1991 to provide a national focus on R&D in microelectronics. Positioned to bridge the R&D between academia and industry, IME's mission is to add value to Singapore's semiconductor industry by developing strategic competencies, innovative technologies and intellectual property; enabling enterprises to be technologically competitive; and cultivating a technology talent pool to inject new knowledge to the industry.

Its key research areas are in integrated circuits design, advanced packaging, bioelectronics, MEMS, nanoelectronics and photonics.

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National Metrology Centre (NMC)

Established in 1973, NMC is Singapore's national metrology institute responsible for developing, maintaining and disseminating national physical measurement standards to underpin the nation's infrastructure of traceability for measurement to the International System of Units (SI).

NMC provides a wide range of measurement and calibration services in dimensional, electrical, mechanical, photometry, temperature and humidity metrology which are traceable to national and international standards

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Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech)

The GINTIC Institute of Manufacturing Technology, which had a history that dated back to 1993, became known as the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) on 4 July 2002.

SIMTech aims to develop high value manufacturing technology and human capital to contribute to the competitiveness of the Singapore industry. The focus areas of its research include Production and Logistics, Advanced Forming and Joining Technology, Machining Technology, Mechatronics, Precision Measurement, Advanced Automation and Product Design and Development.

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Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC)

ARTC is a platform built upon strong partnerships across the supply chain: complemented by technical support from research institutes and academia. The 1st Centre in Asia within the network of Advanced Research Centres (known as AxRCs), ARTC is headed by a capable core team. With a purpose built facility, underpinned with world class research expertise at A*STAR and NTU to rapidly create solutions and bring these technologies into industrial production capabilities to the benefit of all its stakeholders. 

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Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC)

The EPGC is a programme under A*STAR's Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, with the mission to undertake research and development activities in defined core areas for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilisation, and to promote quick adoption and implementation of innovative technologies. These activities will foster collaboration with A*STAR's research institutes, universities, industry and Singapore's public agencies, to which EPGC will offer:
• Research excellence in core areas (Intelligent/decentralised power distribution networks, Control and management of distributed energy resources, Smart and interactive energy utilisation)
• Advanced Lab facilities and tools
• High value-add R&D activities integrated in A*STAR framework and capable of delivering proof of concept prototypes
• The benefit from working together with partner agencies to facilitate test bedding and technology trials of developed products, in the "Singapore as a living lab" framework.

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