News & Press Releases

IBB researchers part of Singapore team awarded Wellcome Leap R3 Programme Contract


11 January 2022

Congratulations to Dr Yi Yan Yang and team on being awarded the Wellcome Leap R3 Programme Contract. The team of Singapore scientists working on this programme aim to address the current limitations of mRNA vaccines, such as the need for cold storage and transport, and high costs.

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Spin-off Spotlight: Lucence


6 January 2022

Often scientific research takes a long time to bear fruit. One such example is the work of Lucence, a spin-off company from IBB that recently made headlines for COVID-19 pre-departure saliva testing. We spoke to one of our scientists, Dr Rachel Sim, who reflected on her contribution to the development of the saliva test kits, which started in 2016.

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Life Outside the Lab


17 November 2021

Finding the balance between work and life outside the lab can be challenging for some, but it is important for maintaining good mental health. Speaking to one of our research officers, Rachel Tan, we learn how she makes time for the things that she enjoys outside of work.

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IBB Researchers Among Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

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12 November 2021

We are glad to announce that four of our IBB researchers have been recognised in Stanford University's Top 2% Scientists Worldwide.

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Prof Hanry Yu and Team Receive Grant from GFI to 3D-Print Alternative Meat

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19 October 2021

Recently, our Senior Principal Investigator, Prof Hanry Yu, and his team received a grant from the Good Food Institute (GFI) to 3D-print whole meat substitutes using layers of scalable 2D-micro-imprinted plant protein sheets.

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Life at IBB as a Research Fellow

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3 Sep 2021

We spoke to Research Fellow and A*STAR scholar Dr Rachel Sim at the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB) to find out what keeps her motivated.

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Research Feature: SkinTech at IBB

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27 Aug 2021

The Translational Biophotonics Lab (TBL) at the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB) and the National Skin Centre (NSC) have successfully implemented two novel biophotonics technologies for the objective and quantitative assessment of the severity of atopic dermatitis and its treatment response.

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Life at IBB as a Research Officer

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17 Aug 2021

We spoke to one of our research officers, Jessica Kng, at the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB) to to find out more about what life in the laboratory entails.

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Life at IBB as a PhD student


19 Jul 2021

We spoke to two PhD students, Joyce Tay and Jason Tan, at the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioimaging (IBB) to find out more about their experiences with us and if they have any advice to share with prospective students.

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30 Mar 2021

SINGAPORE, A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) has teamed up with Singapore Institute of Advanced Medicine Holdings Pte Ltd (SIAMH) to establish the first of its kind in-vitro patient-derived 3D organoid models of Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC).

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21 Dec 2020

Meet the class of 2021.  A*STAR scholar Sarah Luo and Kaicheng Liang are selected for the highly competitive National Research Foundation Fellowship out of over 134 applicants worldwide. 

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A*STAR's Insights on the Future of Healthcare


16 - 20 Nov 2020

Prof Malini Olivo shared perspectives on the importance of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) in virtual Future of Healthcare Week Asia Webinar.  

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Startup Creasphere program launch in Singapore: Respiree Shortlisted

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10 Sep 2020

SBIC spin-off, Respiree which provides end-to-end cardio-respiratory monitoring and analytics platform solutions was among 5 startups selected by Roche and Sanofi for transforming healthcare in Asia.

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Tech Trailblazers: Respiree


3 Sep 2020

Founded in 2019, Respiree’s technology is based on core sensor technology developed at SBIC. Gurpreet Singh, Founder of Respiree and A*STAR scholar, shares how he turned a discovery in the lab into a device that could potentially save lives.

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A*STAR Scholarship Award: Muhammad Nur Hakim Rosli

A*STAR Graduate Scholar Muhammad Nur Hakim Rosli's

13 Aug 2020

A*STAR held its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on 6 Aug- the first virtual event in the 20-year history of the award- where a total of 66 scholarships were presented. Berita Harian featured two A*STAR Graduate Scholarship recipients, including Muhammad Nur Hakim Rosli who is attached to SBIC. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

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A*STAR Scholarship Award: Daryl Jude Lawrence

Chan Chun Sing with A*Star Scholarship Award recipients on Zoom

6 Aug 2020

The scholarship provided me with opportunities I may never have had without it. It provided me with access to top labs that helped me realise my passion in MedTech.

SBIC Research Officer, Daryl Jude Lawrence was one of 66 recipients of the A*STAR Graduate Scholarships and will soon begin a joint PhD programme in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco.

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How smart wearable can help detect COVID-19

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21 July 2020

A SBIC spin-off, Respiree has received approval from the Health Sciences Authority for the use of its devices in Singapore, and is in the process of securing approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to commercialise its product globally. Respiree's wearable is being used to detect symptoms of COVID-19.

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Sensor to predict clinical respiratory deterioration

Respiree sensor respiratory COVID19

23 Apr 2020

Respiree, a SBIC spin-off together with National University Hospital - NUH and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, is developing a non-invasive cardio-respiratory sensor to help health workers monitor COVID-19 patients in isolation rooms.

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