Two agencies in Singapore and South Korea have inked a pact to cooperate more closely in science and technology.
The memorandum of understanding, signed by Singapore's Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) in Seoul on Wednesday, aims to spur research and development in biomedical science and medical technology, said A*Star in a statement.
It also hopes to promote talent exchange and development and facilitate the commercialisation of joint projects between the two countries.
A US$5 million (S$6.2 million) research fund has also been set up as part of the partnership. The first grant call for the A*Star-KHIDI Joint Research Fund will take place next year, A*Star said.
There are also plans for KHIDI to set up a Biomedical Sciences Development Centre in Singapore, as well as to establish student exchange programmes between A*Star and South Korea's Dongguk University.
The signing of the agreement was witnessed by Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry Lee Yi Shyan and Korean Health & Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-Pyo. Mr Lee is in South Korea with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is making an official visit to the country this week.