Medtech firm Becton, Dickinson and Co honoured for contributing to Singapore's economic growth

(From left) Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, EDB managing director; Mr Vincent Forlenza, chairman, president and chief executive of Becton, Dickinson and Co; Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister of Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang dur
(From left) Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, EDB managing director; Mr Vincent Forlenza, chairman, president and chief executive of Becton, Dickinson and Co; Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister of Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang during the award ceremony.ST PHOTO: MARISSA LEE

SINGAPORE - Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Friday (Oct 28) conferred the Distinguished Partner in Progress award to Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), in recognition of the medtech firm's outstanding contributions to Singapore's economic growth, and commitment to promote the country's social and commercial interests.

The award is administered by the Economic Development Board (EDB).

Mr Tharman said: "BD, a global leader in medical technology, has been a committed partner of Singapore over the last two decades, and has made substantial investments and created quality jobs in Singapore.

"I am pleased to note that BD will be establishing a Strategic Innovation Centre in Singapore to support its next phase of growth."

Mr Vincent Forlenza, chairman, president and chief executive of BD, who accepted the award on behalf of the company, said: "It has been my great pleasure to work with the EDB and government of Singapore, personally now for about 20 years. We look forward to continuing to build this partnership!"

Singapore hosts BD's regional headquarters as well as its largest manufacturing site and research hub for Greater Asia. It employs 1,400 associates here.