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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