30 Years of Scientific Excellence


Setting partnership with the Scientific Community


Bring together the best minds


Nurturing talents of the future


An International hub for Biomedical Research


imcb Research group
The Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) was launched on 23 January 1985, with the official opening ceremony held on 2 October 1987 at the National University of Singapore (NUS), to develop and support the biomedical R&D capabilities in Singapore. It subsequently became an autonomous research institute (RI) of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), moving to
Biopolis in 2004.

IMCB’s original vision was to foster a vibrant research culture to enable cutting edge discoveries and nurture high-quality talent. The creation and development of IMCB has catalyzed the transformation of Singapore into an international hub for biomedical research, development & innovation by:
  • fostering the biomedical research culture in Singapore
  • placing Singapore onto global map of scientific excellence
  • training & recruiting capable people at all levels
  • facilitating the development of other research entities
Over the years, IMCB has:

  1. trained more than 250 PhDs
  2. recruited more than 800 PhDs from the international community
  3. published over 2,500 research papers in top international peer-reviewed journals, with a yearly citation above 8,000 since 2012
  4. established numerous collaborations with industrial, clinical & academic partners, both locally and internationally.
Today, IMCB has established itself as a premier molecular and cell biology institute. IMCB was awarded the Nikkei Prize 2000 for Technological Innovation in recognition of its growth into a leading international research centre and its collaboration with industry and research institutes worldwide. Sixteen IMCB Principal Investigators have received National Science and Technology Awards and Medals.