News & Press Releases

Respiree sensor respiratory COVID19

23 Apr 2020

Sensor to predict clinical respiratory deterioration

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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SBIC Sarah Luo Neuroscience

11 Apr 2020

CNA 938 Live Radio: Dr Sarah Luo

In an interview for Singapore Today, SBIC's Senior Research Fellow, Dr Sarah Luo shared how our diets can be shaped by the way our brains are wired. Her team is now seeking potential targets for treatments for overeating; for example, increasing satiety signals or damping down constant feeding signals.

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Chai Lean Teoh SBIC

10 Apr 2019

Women in Science: Dr Teoh Chai Lean

I believe in making the time and effort as a science communicator to create visibility for both science and scientists in Singapore.

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SBIC Sarah Luo

31 Mar 2020

A*STAR TV: Dr Sarah Luo

By 2050, the demand for food will be 60% higher than today. Metabolic diseases such as diabetes will see an increase of adult patients from 9.3% in 2019 to an estimated 11% globally by 2045. In this video, SBIC researcher, Dr Sarah Luo and her A*STAR peers, share how they are using science and technology to overcome these challenges.

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Workplace Health Lab Safety PPE Risk Mangement

17 Feb 2020

Safety & Health 360: SBIC

Team SBIC emerged 1st Runner-Up in A*STAR’s 1st Safety Video competition with a super hero theme- Professor Peculiar of the Astardians Laboratory. Armed with a magical pendant, he can reverse mishaps in the lab. However, ironically, his pendant was damaged in an accident one day, losing his powers. What can he do to continue to exercise “Health and Safety 360”?

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metabolic pathway drug targets cancer hepatocellular carcinoma

7 Jan 2019

New target in liver cancer treatment revealed

Researchers at SBIC have identified two metabolic enzymes in the proline metabolic pathway as possible drug targets to inhibit cancer cell growth, and offers new hope for effective treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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SBIC Sendhil Velan Metabolic Imaging MRI

11 Dec 2019

Opening New Perspectives in Treatment of Metabolic Diseases

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) are powerful tools for for assessing body composition and measuring metabolic activity. Researchers at SBIC used these technologies to understand the relationship between the thyroid hormone and the metabolism of fatty acids in functional organs of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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23 July 2019

Opening Address by CEO at 2019 ISMRM Workshop

A*STAR CEO, Mr Frederick Chew gave his opening address at the 2019 workshop on MRI of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders organised by Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance Society in Medicine (ISMRM).

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Feb 2019

Imaging Today the Medicine of Tomorrow

Today- imaging is an indispensable part of the healthcare system. In close partnership with both industry and clinicians- researchers at SBIC are changing the way we see the human body to improve health and well-being.

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SBIC malini olivo cancer research

28 Jan 2019

World Cancer Day: Professor Malini Olivo

For the translational research that I do in the biomedical space- I'm very mindful of who we are doing it for. The impact has to be about making a difference to the end user- who is the patient.

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SBIC Beautiful Science Image Competition photoacoustic imaging

28 Jan 2019

Beautiful Science: Visualising the Beauty of Science through Art

Team SBIC's photoacoustic image inspired by Singapore's national flower emerged as one of top 2 winning images in a competition to encourage awareness of science and technology through innovative representations of scientific concepts and observations.


28 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018

A*STAR SBIC and iThera Medical opened a joint Imaging Centre specializing in bio-optical imaging, the first of its kind in the world. This initiative underscores their close academic-industry collaboration with the purpose of driving breakthroughs in optoacoustic translational research


07 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

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29 Aug 2018 - 29 Aug 2018

In a relatively short span of time, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has become a powerful tool in the development of innovative high-sensitivity biosensors capable of detecting and measuring cancer biomarkers at the earliest possible stage.

A pioneer in the field of SERS-based biosensor research, Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) used Renishaw's inVia™ confocal Raman microscope to support this ground-breaking work.


12 Jul 2018 - 12 Jul 2018

CNRS and CINTRA visited SBIC for a discussion about the ongoing projects

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06 Jul 2018 - 06 Jul 2018

A particular subset of neurons located in an enigmatic region of the hypothalamus plays a central role in regulating feeding and body weight in mice, a new study by researchers at the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), reveals.

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18 Jun 2018 - 18 Jun 2018

Prof Cozzone has been named Fellow of the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of Biophysics, his commitment as the Editor-in-Chief of MAGMA and his longstanding commitment to ESMRMB..


12 Feb 2018 - 12 Feb 2018

Prof. Frédérique Vidal, French Minister of Research, Higher Education and Innovation has visited Singapore January 21-23, 2018 to launch the “2018, France-Singapore Year of Innovation” initiative. She was accompanied by the Presidents and Directors General  of all major French research and innovation institutions. At the occasion, Patrick Cozzone, ED SBIC, has hosted a visit for several of them on January 22, 2018.


18 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017

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25 May 2017 - 25 May 2017

Dr. Isaac Heun, of Singapore Bioimaging Consortium was awarded the “Best Oral Scientific Presentation Prize” in recognition and appreciation to Scientific Competition RadiologyAsia 2017 Conference.


22 May 2017 - 22 May 2017

S'pore, MIT scientists' discovery may lead to drugs that can tackle eating disorders

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15 Sep 2016 - 15 Sep 2016

XLIM (CNRS/Université de Limoges) Research Institute & Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (A*STAR) sign 3-year agreement for research collaboration. The research collaboration will focus on ultra-sensitive bio-detection platforms for body-fluids clinical diagnostics tools.

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28 Oct 2015 - 28 Oct 2015

A feature on an event organized by in collaboration with NTU was published recently in Nature Biotechnology. The article was authored by a scientist from SBIC, Sandhya Sriram, who is also the co-founder and Director of the media startup,, Biotech Media Pte. Ltd. Sandhya Sriram currently works as a Research Fellow in the Functional Metabolism and Stem Cell Group, Laboratory of Metabolic Medicine at SBIC. 


27 Oct 2015 - 27 Oct 2015

The Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) organized the first international Tropical School of Biophotonics (TSBP) in Singapore from 5-9 Oct 2015 with the support of International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).


05 Aug 2015 - 05 Aug 2015

Nobel Laureate Prof Thomas Südhof was appointed Visiting Consultant to SBIC with effect from June 2015. SBIC also welcomed Dr FU Yu in August 2015 under the A*STAR Investigatorship Programme. 

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29 Jul 2015 - 29 Jul 2015

In the International Year of Light, IYL (, realizing the importance of photonics (light-based) technologies in biomedical diagnostics, Prof. Malini Olivo and Dr. U. S. Dinish co-edited a book titled “'Frontiers in Biophotonics for Translational Medicine”. The book was published by Springer on 4 July 2015. 

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19 Jun 2015 - 19 Jun 2015

SBIC won the ISMRM Merit Award for four abstracts at the 2015 ISMRM held from 30 May – 5 June 2015 in Toronto, Canada.


19 May 2015 - 19 May 2015

Prof Malini Olivo (Head, Bio-Optical Imaging Group of SBIC) was presented with an award on 13 May 2015 by the Optical Society of America (OSA) at the Conference for Laser and Electro-optics (CLEO 2015) in San Jose, California, USA. 

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30 Apr 2015 - 30 Apr 2015

A major advance in the understanding of brain function published by a SBIC scientist in collaboration with MIT, in Nature Neuroscience on 27 April 2015.


11 Jun 2014 - 11 Jun 2014

Insensitivity to a hormone that balances food intake with energy expenditure explains the contradictory effects of different inflammatory conditions on appetite


11 Jun 2014 - 11 Jun 2014

A protein known as seipin regulates fat development through cytoskeleton remodeling.


11 Jun 2014 - 11 Jun 2014

Improved understanding of the proteins that help the body to control appetite may be useful for the treatment of obesity.


26 May 2014 - 26 May 2014

A*STAR scientists discover a faster way to tell fat cells apart to get down to the skinny of fat towards healthier outcomes