Biomedical Sciences Singapore: The next lap

Keeping an eye on the prize in Singapore's biomedical journey

S'pore has achieved goal of being regional hub, but it must not lose steam, say those in the industry

Although Singapore has built a reputation as the place for biomedical science in Asia, it will have to do more to stay ahead of regional competition, say those in the scientific community. One positive, say researchers, is that the Government is begi
Although Singapore has built a reputation as the place for biomedical science in Asia, it will have to do more to stay ahead of regional competition, say those in the scientific community. One positive, say researchers, is that the Government is beginning to see the value of encouraging a culture of biotech start-ups. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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In many ways, molecular and cell biologist Ong Siew Hwa's professional journey, which led her to become founder and chief scientist of a successful start-up, mirrors Singapore's progression into becoming a biomedical sciences hub.

Both stories started in 1991, with the path to success marked by road blocks and snags. The road ahead is no less challenging - major breakthroughs are elusive, and the authorities appear unsure where the research dollars should be directed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline Keeping an eye on the prize in Singapore's biomedical journey. Subscribe