The Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) is a research institute that brings together A*STAR’s research capabilities in areas such as food, nutrition, public health, biotechnology, manufacturing, agri-food technology, and safety research under one roof.
In doing so, SIFBI aims to bring cutting edge biotechnology in the forefront to drive innovation in food and many other applications. These capabilities will support the development of solutions for the needs of the Asian market, such as the discovery and production of health and sustainable foods. It also accelerates the transformation of the food industry, capturing new opportunities in established industries such as advanced manufacturing, specialty chemicals, biopharmaceuticals, and food manufacturing.
SIFBI helms multi-disciplinary expertise beyond the process of the Discovery, Biotransformation, Fermentation, Safety, Nutrition
Natural Product LibraryThe A*STAR Natural Product Library (NPL) comprises of a diverse collection of 37,000 plant specimens, 120,000 environmental microbial strains and 300,000 organic extracts derived from these plants and microbes. Approximately 25% of the extracts have been chemically fingerprinted using an automated LCMS characterisation system. It is a rich resource for the discovery of natural substances with functional properties suitable for food, consumer care, agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications.
Taste Receptor PlatformOur Taste Receptor Platform studies molecular underpinnings of tastant and taste receptor recognition with in vitro approaches. Our capabilities in assay development, high throughput technologies for screening, and in silico screening allow us to rapidly screen naturally-derived molecules for novel and healthy food ingredients. We work with companies to provide R&D insights on their development ingredients and their processes to develop better ingredients and products for consumers.