Translational Immunology Group (TIG) is the core support to the SIgN Principal
the development and management of translational projects with industry and clinical partners. In addition, the
Group oversees activities related to business development, contracts management, scientific intellectual
property management as well as research ethics compliance.
by Dr Fariyal Ahmed, the TIG works hand-in-hand with the A*STAR Industry Development Group and A*STAR
Exploit Technologies (A*STAR’s
commercialization arm). The team identifies and markets relevant SIgN expertise, matches it with Industry needs,
coordinates with partners within A*STAR and the larger Singapore research community, supports the investigators
in project planning, and negotiates Research Collaboration Agreements.
Project Management, the team facilitates achievement of milestones by coordinating project activities, ensuring
communication flow among stakeholders, and properly documenting the project outcomes.
is open to a variety of interaction models with industry partners, but prioritizes collaborations based on
common scientific interest and shared contributions. This often involves co-development of new products or
technologies, and/or various forms of clinical research in the immunology space. SIgN has also established joint
laboratories with industry collaborators, a formula that helps to attract new industrial partners and to anchor
established collaborators within Singapore, resulting in value creation.
addition to partnering with companies, SIgN actively collaborates with other local research institutes,
hospitals and universities to add value to strategic research programs that give Singapore a competitive
advantage in global research.
At present, SIgN collectively has:
- 24 active industry engagements (research collaboration agreements and service agreements) with Pharmaceutical MNCs and Biotechs
- 40 clinical collaborations with local and international clinicians/clinician-scientists
- 3 joint labs with private organizations and companies
- Produced three spin-off companies by SIgN investigators (2016 to 2018)