The Singapore Biopolis - What’s Next - Hosted by Healthcare Committee

Dr Benjamin Seet, Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council Agency for Science, Technology and Research Singapore

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03/04/05 S(228208)

Date : April 28, 2016

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Price : $0.00

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Description

Singapore’s foray into the biomedical sciences industry started only in 2000. Today, just 15 years later, the sector encompasses more than SGD 26 billion in manufacturing output annually, contributes 4% of national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs more than 22,000 people. This growth has been fuelled in part by the country’s sustained investments in research and innovation. The government recently announced a new tranche totaling SGD 19 billion during the 5-year plan from 2016 to 2020. The health and biomedical sciences alone will receive SGD 4 billion or more than 20% of this research budget. Dr. Seet's presentation will trace Singapore’s journey into the biomedical sciences; articulate the role that organisations like A*STAR play in building up an innovation-driven economy; and outline key strategies to employ mission-oriented research to further both economic growth and improve health outcomes.    

About the Speaker:

Dr Benjamin Seet
Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council
Agency for Science, Technology and Research 
Singapore

Dr Benjamin Seet is the Executive Director of the Biomedical Research Council, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Prior to joining A*STAR, he served as Chief of the Singapore Armed Forces Medical Corps; Chief Army Medical Officer; and Chief Medical Officer of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York. Other appointments held included Visiting Consultant to the Ministry of Health; Director, Agri-food and Veterinary Authority; Director, Health Promotion Board; and Chairman, InVivos Pte Ltd. He currently serves on the Board of the National Medical Research Council and on a number of inter-agency committees. 

Dr Seet graduated with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, and Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) from the National University of Singapore; a Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh; and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. 
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