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Singapore Reinforces Position as a Global Site for Pharma & Biotech; Biomedical Manufacturing Output Quadruples to Reach US$17 Billion
Date:6/18/2008

in Singapore. Companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Schering-Plough have also expanded beyond manufacturing into process development to support and strengthen their production base. We will continue to aggressively build up new capabilities to support the anticipated strong growth in this sector."

Mr. Gaetan Angoh, Managing Director for Schering-Plough LTD (Singapore branch), said: "As a pioneer US pharma investor since 1995, Schering-Plough has leveraged on Singapore's solid infrastructure, skilled workforce and pro- business environment to expand to our current manufacturing campus. Today, we are one of the largest employers in Singapore's biomedical sciences industry with over 800 people."

In addition to chemical-based pharmaceuticals, Singapore has also built up an impressive track record in biologics manufacturing. Within less than two years, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Lonza and Novartis announced their decisions to site a total of five major biologics manufacturing facilities amounting to US$1.5 billion in Singapore. The Singapore EDB, in partnership with the industry, has put in place a comprehensive range of programs to develop manpower and technological capabilities in support of biologics manufacturing.

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Industry players in Singapore also work closely together to expand the talent pool to support the growth of the industry. In addition to joint campaigns to promote careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, the companies lead industry-wide initiatives to upgrade the existing workforce and attract new entrants from other industries.

The Singapore Academy of GxP Excellence (SAGE) is one particularly noteworthy initiative. Launched by the National University of Singapore (NUS) in March 2008, the Academy works closely with industry representatives
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