Dr May Win Naing
Director, Research Development Office
Dr May Win Naing is the Director of the Research Liaison Office for SIMTech and ARTC. In this role, she is responsible for the governance of research quality, strategic collaborations and partnerships, as well as research administration for SIMTech and ARTC. She also leads R&D in the MedTech Manufacturing Pillar for both institutes.
After joining SIMTech in 2013, May founded the Biomanufacturing Programme in SIMTech in 2014, delivering scale out and scale up manufacturing technologies for biological products such as bioreactors and systems tissue extraction for applications in regenerative medicine, cellular agriculture and consumer industries. In 2020, she assumed the role of Acting Research Division Director of FlexTech and MedTech Manufacturing Division (FMMD) overseeing the R&D of two research groups- Smart Microfluidics and Printed Intelligence Device groups, delivering R&D projects in lab-on-chip systems and wearables. In the same year, she took on a joint appointment in Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI), A*STAR as the Group Manager of Biomanufacturing Technology Group, before stepping down in 2021.
Passionate in cutting edge R&D and talent development, May is concurrently involved in large R&D initiatives in the MedTech and Cell Therapy space. She is the Programme Director of the A*STAR Additive Manufacturing for Biological Materials Programme (2019-2024) and a Principle Investigator in two of the National Cell Therapy Programmes – IMPACT (Integrated Manufacturing Programme for Autologous Cell Therapies) and CAMP (Critical Analytics for Manufacturing of Personalised Medicine).
Prior to joining A*STAR in 2013, May was a Translational Research Scientist at the EPSRC Centre for Manufacturing of Regenerative Medicine at Loughborough University, United Kingdom, and has also taken on R&D and technical marketing roles in the medical technology industry, specialising in spinal implants and instrumentation. Through these positions, she has gained experience in medical technology R&D and manufacturing as well as regulatory submission and market approval requirements for markets within the Asia Pacific region. Having worked in both academic and industry settings in Singapore and abroad, she is committed to translation of technology into the clinic and the market.
May received both her BEng (Hons) and PhD from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.