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For Immediate Release

2 January 2001

PROFESSOR LOUIS LIM APPOINTED AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NEW BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

The National Science and Technology Board (NSTB) is pleased to appoint Professor Louis Lim as the Executive Director of its Biomedical Research Council (BMRC) . His appointment will take effect from 1 January 2001.

The BMRC, the formation of which was announced in October 2000, will support public sector biomedical research and development activities in Singapore. It will also work closely with the Economic Development Board's (EDB) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Industry Group to encourage investments in private sector biomedical research and development activities in Singapore.

Professor Louis Lim has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A Biochemistry graduate of the then University of Singapore in 1964, he obtained his Ph.D. and D.Sc. in Biochemistry from London University in 1966 and 1984, respectively. He is currently a professor at University College London, London University, as well as Head of the Glaxo-IMCB Group on Neural Differentiation and Degeneration in the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) in Singapore.

Professor Lim is very familiar with Singapore. He was involved in establishing the IMCB and continues his association not only through his academic appointment in IMCB but also through his membership of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the IMCB since 1984. He has also has played very active roles in Biomedical boards in both Singapore and the UK. This includes the Medical Research Council (UK) Neurosciences Board. His service on the Singapore boards includes his membership in the International Advisory Panel of the National Neuroscience Institute (1995- 1998) as well as the International Panel of Advisors for the Singapore Science Council (1986 - 90) and National Biotechnology Committee (1995 - 1999).

Said Mr Philip Yeo , Chairman, EDB and Co-Chairman, NSTB : "Louis, as a key member of IMCB's Scientific Advisory Board since 1984, has been deeply involved with the set up and growth of IMCB for many years. I am very pleased that Louis is fully committing himself to our biomedical sciences goals by coming to Singapore as the Executive Director of our new BMRC. I am confident that with Louis' scientific expertise, experience and commitment, we will be able to achieve our goal of making Singapore a Biomedical Sciences research & development and industrial center in Asia."

Professor Lim has made several significant contributions to Biomedical research, among which was the early discovery of poly (A) in mammalian messenger RNA which has helped in the development of recombinant DNA technology. His recent contributions have included the discovery of many unique enzymes associated with specific signalling pathways responsible for growth and differentiation, while working in Singapore.

Commented Professor Lim: "I am delighted and honoured to be given this opportunity to help bring Singapore to the forefront of Biomedical Research. This goal is not unrealistic. There are already many pockets of excellence within Singapore. We will harness our talent, build up a critical mass, and make Singapore truly competitive in this area of Biomedical Sciences. I have already encountered remarkable and unstinting support, well-founded optimism and immense co-operation from scientists, clinicians and government leaders. In the latter respect, I am equally delighted to be able to work with Mr Philip Yeo - an outstanding and truly unique individual renowned not only for his innovative ways, motivational abilities and foresight, but also for his pragmatic approach. I am really happy to come back to Singapore, a place I've always regarded as home".

Background on the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)

The BMRC will oversee and co-ordinate public sector Biomedical research and development activities in Singapore. The Council also aims to strengthen collaborative public research in the Biomedical Sciences in Singapore.

The missions of the BMRC are to:

  1. Support, sustain and stimulate excellent research directed at maintaining and improving human health

  2. Train people in high quality skills to meet Singapore's needs of health, quality of life and global economic competitiveness and

  3. Promote societal awareness of Biomedical research.

The BMRC is guided by a Management Board, which comprises local and
overseas members from public institutions and industry.

Issued by the National Science & Technology Board

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