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Dr Alex Matter

is CEO of the Experimental Therapeutics Centre since April 2009 and since January 2012 CEO of the newly created D3 platform, A*STAR, Singapore. Previously, he had spent five and a half years as Director of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), from October 2003 to February 2009. Prior to this role, Dr. Matter was Global Head of Oncology Research for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Dr. Matter played an important role in the success of several anticancer drugs, including Gleevec/Glivec® and more recently, Tasigna®, building and leading the teams that discovered these and several other anticancer drugs as well as one HIV protease inhibitor (Reyataz®) that is marketed by another company.

Dr. Matter received his medical degree from the University of Basel. He also had fellowships at the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy for Medical Sciences. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and several book chapters in the area of oncology and haematology. He is emeritus Professor of the Medical Faculty of the University Basel and an Honorary Adjunct Professor of the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, and member of the Board of Curiox, a Singapore-based start-up company. He is also a chair/member of several Scientific Advisory Boards. He is an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Matter is the recipient of the Life-time Achievement Award from IBC Life Sciences, the 13th Warren-Alpert prize and the AACR-Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award. Recently he was awarded the 2013 Szent-Györgyi Prize from the US National Foundation for Cancer Research.