Two such transplanted scientists -- Edison Liu, M.D., and Nancy Jenkins, Ph.D. will join Singapores internationally respected oncologist and clinical researcher, John Wong, M.D., as speakers in the Friday morning AAAS symposium. They are among the 3,200 scientists from 50 countries who work in A*STAR research institutes.
During the past seven years, A*STAR has built from scratch a biomedical research hub called Biopolis to headquarter the new and expanded research programs in genomics, molecular and cell biology, bioengineering and nanotechnology, medical biology, and clinical and translational research.
A*STARs complementary research programs in infocomm and media, high performance computing, manufacturing, microelectronics, data storage, and chemical and materials science will soon be moving into Fusionopolis, a physical sciences and engineering research hub, when it opens in October 2008.
While the new laboratories at Biopolis and Fusionopolis were designed for 21st century science, Mr. Lim stressed, More important than the physical infrastructure is talented scientists who are passionate about good science and impactful research, and we have a pool of some of the best international leaders of science who share this passion.
He also pointed out that a dynamic culture of collaboration characterizes A*STARs research, between public sector and corporate R&D labs as well as across scientific disciplines.
Such private-public partnerships and multi-disciplinary research among physical sciences and biomedical sciences accelerate the development of ideas from lab to life, he explained.
The various research supported by A*STAR includes both investigator-initiated studies as well as directed research built around strategic thematic areas that impact the health, lifestyles or economy of Singaporeans and the available or potential research strengths that we have in those areas, said Mr. Lim. <
|Contact: Cathy Yarbrough|
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore