Researcher's work with semiconductors recognised
Professor Kwong Dim-Lee might be forgiven for resting on his laurels for just a moment or two, but he is not about to do so. The winner of this year's President's Science and Technology Medal is already crystallising his vision to fuse the worlds of microelectronics and medicine.
If the executive director of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star) Institute of Microelectronics (IME) has his way, the ubiquitous smartphone could eventually be used to test blood for diseases, and even scan for tumours.
He was on Tuesday night recognised for his role in galvanising the semiconductor industry, by partnering the IME with companies who base themselves here. The IME helps the companies pilot new technologies, enabling them to bring their products to market more quickly.
The electronics sector has made up 5 per cent to 7 per cent of gross domestic product over the past three years. Professor Kwong was presented the award by President Tony Tan Keng Yam at a ceremony held at Resorts World Convention Centre.