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Pharma and Biotech Companies Plug into Singapore's Integrated Research Network
Date:5/19/2009

upled with our pro-business policies and focused efforts to be future-ready, Singapore is well-positioned to be a strategic research partner for the industry and a home-base for innovation in Asia."

Singapore's Biopolis: Asian Home-Base for R&D

The Biopolis, a 2.4 million square-foot research campus, is the icon of Singapore's success in biomedical sciences. Co-locating global companies' research operations with publicly funded research institutes, the Biopolis is imbued with a campus spirit to advance science and human healthcare via cross- disciplinary, public-private collaborations.

In recognition of this significant advantage, numerous companies have chosen to set up their Asian R&D operations at the Biopolis. Emerging biotech companies such as PharmaLogicals and SGAUSTRIA (formerly Austrianova) are located alongside leading pharmaceutical companies. A 400,000 square-foot Phase 2 expansion of the Biopolis launched in 2006 is already fully subscribed. Another 440,000 square feet of research space is being added and will be ready by 2010.

    Recent announcements at the Biopolis include:

    -- Lilly opened its Singapore Centre for Drug Discovery (LSCDD) that will
       coordinate its activities throughout Asia via the new FIPNet (Fully
       Integrated Pharmaceutical Network) model. Staffed by 150 researchers,
       LSCDD is also one of the world's first R&D centres to conduct drug
       discovery through an integrated approach of biomarker discovery
       research, integrated informatics and bioinformatics.
       "At a strategic level, LSCDD is about expanding into Asia to leverage
       talent and to establish collaborations with others to support our drug
       discovery efforts.  Our expanded location now at the Biopolis, where
       other industry peers and academic institutions reside will help us to
       achieve this goal," said Jonathon Sedgwick, Man
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