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Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon's visit to GIS

Professor Barry Halliwell, Chairman, BMRC, Professor Ng Huck Hui, ED, GIS, SMS Koh Poh Koon and SPS Tan Wu Meng visiting the PerkinElmer-GIS Centre for Precision Oncology, located at A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon and Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Dr Tan Wu Meng visited A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) on Friday (6 July 2018) to see how A*STAR has played a key role in fostering the growth of the local biotech ecosystem through a variety of ways, including nurturing start-ups; spinning off companies; working with industry on joint research and co-development projects; transferring talent to companies; and licensing IP.

During the visit, SMS Koh and SPS Tan were briefed on how Biopolis has played the role of an incubator and accelerator for biotech start-ups, resulting in the local biotech ecosystem gaining good momentum. This vibrant community of biotechs is developing a strong pipeline of therapeutics and diagnostics, complemented by A*STAR’s deep research capabilities. SMS Koh and SPS Tan toured research facilities and joint laboratories located at GIS that were established by A*STAR together with companies like PerkinElmer, NovogeneAIT, and biotech start-up One BioMed. An A*STAR spinoff, One BioMed specialises in molecular diagnostics and is working with A*STAR’s GIS to develop a simple, rapid, cost-effective test kit to diagnose infectious diseases such as drug resistant tuberculosis and mosquito-borne illnesses in a quick and reliable manner. The company was founded by Dr Park Mi Kyoung, formerly a scientist from A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronicsis, and is a good example of how the rapid growth of the local biotech ecosystem helps position Singapore as a hub for biomedical sciences in Asia.

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