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In October, the inaugural Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) competition was held in  Singapore for the first time, with an aim to foster entrepreneurial culture in Singapore’s postgraduate and postdoctoral life sciences research community. 

Three research fellows- Sau Yin, Cyrus and Hao, from MEL, joined the competition and formed two teams along with other A*STAR research fellows. Both teams were shortlisted from a total of 28 teams for the finals. 

And the winner goes to Sau Yin’s team (TEAM EPITOME)! The team, which was consisted of teammates Koh Fong Ming (IMCB, Best Presenter winner), Jasmine Lau (SIgN), Ang Siang Yun (IMB), Rosanna Chau (IMB) and Chin Sau Yin (MEL) were also awarded with Best Business Plan. Their idea was a platform technology to screen and engineer anti-microbial proteins derived from bacteriophages. They will represent Singapore and present their business plan at the Biotechnology YES Finals in London on 5th December 2016.


The YES competition provides a learning experience to enable researchers to understand the issues involved in the commercialisation of science, gain an insight into the challenges faced by companies and obtain transferable skills such as commercial awareness, entrepreneurship and communication skills. The Singapore edition of the competition is a collaboration between the YES Organising Group, Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), A*STAR’s commercialisation arm Exploit Technologies (ETPL) and global consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G).

More information can be found in following links:

https://biotechin.asia/2016/11/10/singapore-is-seeing-a-rise-in-entrepreneurship-competitions-for-researchers-in-the-lifesciences-sector/

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/biotechnology-yes/

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