Updated on 17 October 2013
Biopolis also plays a pivotal role in bringing together major research institutes to create a centre of excellence in BMS.
Singapore: Biopolis, an international research and development (R&D) centre located in Singapore, is marking the completion of a decade as a world-class biomedical research hub.
Opened in 2003, Biopolis anchors the development of the entire chain of biomedical sciences (BMS) activities - from R&D to manufacturing and healthcare. Biopolis also plays a pivotal role in bringing together major research institutes to create a centre of excellence in BMS and serves as a focal point to attract and groom top scientific talent to do world-class research in Singapore.
Mr Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and co-chair, Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee (BMS EXCO) said, "Biopolis was conceived as part of a bold vision to establish the BMS as a key pillar of Singapore's economy. That vision has become a reality. Today, Biopolis is a thriving eco-system of public research institutions and corporate labs and a vibrant community of local and international biomedical scientists carrying out world-class R&D."
While Biopolis initially focused on supporting the pharmaceuticals and biologics industry, it is now diversifying to leverage new areas which are fast-growing in the Asia Pacific such as medical technology, personal care, and food and nutrition. Many of its research programmes are also well integrated with the clinical and academic research communities, a good example of which would be stratified medicine. To this end, A*Star has launched strategic research thrusts to address these areas.
Singapore has come a long way in its BMS journey over the last decade, making important economic, scientific and healthcare contributions to the country, even as the base of basic, translational and clinical research capabilities was being built.