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Singapore opens Fusionopolis, its second major R&D hub in 5 years
Date:10/17/2008

orations between its 1,500 physical sciences researchers and engineers, and 1,000 biomedical researchers.

Breaking down barriers further is Fusionopolis' work-live-play-learn environment. The development comprises five levels of retail and F&B outlets, fitness facilities that include a rooftop swimming pool, a 50-unit serviced apartment, 13 sky gardens and an experimental theatre.

These facilities are aimed at creating a dynamic community at Fusionopolis and fostering chance encounters that could spark the next big discovery. Scientific facilities are also shared to encourage greater collaboration among the researchers. In addition, the lifestyle areas also double up as test bedding sites to accelerate the adoption of new technologies.

The opening of Fusionopolis comes as Singapore recorded the highest Gross Domestic Expenditure in R&D (GERD) of $4.2 billion (in Singapore dollars this amount equals $6.3 billion) in 2007, based on the preliminary results of the country's National R&D survey conducted by A*STAR.

The amount was an unprecedented increase of 26% from the 2006 GERD, and double the amount of $3 billion (Singapore dollars) recorded in 2000. GERD as a percentage of GDP rose to 2.61% in 2007, up from 2.31% in 2006 and 1.88% in 2000. Two thirds of this expenditure comes from the private sector.

Both Fusionopolis and Biopolis, which are part of the larger one-north development that is master planned and developed by JTC Corporation, are striking icons of the commitment by the government to transform Singapore into a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy.

Government agencies with the mandate to grow the economy, including catalysing more R&D activities in the country, are located at Fusionopolis, reflecting the "whole-of-Singapore" approach to transform the economy.

The Media Development Authority is located at phase 1 of Fusionopolis. The Economic Development Board and SPRING Singapore wil
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Contact: Cathy Yarbrough
sciencematter@yahoo.com
858-243-1814
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
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