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Careers@Singapore: Biomedical Science

ข่าววันที่ 06/06/2011

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Exciting career opportunities abound in the biomedical sciences hub of Asia

Singapore is a leading biomedical manufacturing site in Asia. Major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies have invested in more than 50 commercial-scale facilities in Singapore, and are enhancing manufacturing excellence in areas such as sustainable manufacturing, process development, as well as upgrading suppliers' capabilities to address niche requirements. Today, Singapore is home to eight leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as 25 leading medical technology companies.

Biomedical Manufacturing

Singapore is one of the foremost sites in Asia for biologics manufacturing with renowned biotechnology companies such asBaxter, Lonza and Roche investing more than US$2 billion in biologics facilities here. This builds on the city state's strong track record in both small-molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient and secondary manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers with commercial operations in Singapore such as Alcon,  GSK, MSD and Novartis and, produce innovative medicines for the global market. Their facilities have also received zero major observation from international regulators such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA). Additionally, Singapore has established world-class scientific, ethical standards and excellent intellectual property protection for the manufacturing of new modalities (e.g. biologics and cell therapy) in Asia.

In medical technology manufacturing, Singapore has emerged as a leading global site in Asia. Manufacturers such as BD, EdwardsLifesciences and Medtronic have set up plants in Singapore producing sophisticated medical devices, such as pace makers and heart valves. Conglomerates like Johnson & Johnson andSiemens Healthcare  also have a strong presence in Singapore, producing diagnostics and consumer healthcare products.


Research & Development

There is a strong collaborative spirit between public and private sector research organisations in Singapore. Inviragen, Inc. and the Duke-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School are carrying out joint research to better understand how emerging infectious diseases are transmitted and how transmission can be prevented. Through this, Inviragen and Duke-NUS aim to advance the research and development of vaccines against infectious diseases such as dengue fever, hand, foot and mouth disease, and chikungunya.

Today, 4,300 researchers carry out biomedical R&D in more than 50 companies including Albany Molecular Research, Inc (AMRI)’s Singapore Research CentreGSK and 30 public-sector institutes that expend more than S$1 billion each year. Singapore is also home to global contract clinical research organisations (CROs) likePPD which provides a range of clinical development services, including clinical trial management and monitoring. EPIC Bio, a joint venture between Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., and Temasek Life Sciences Ventures, Inc. will develop, manufacture and commercialise pandemic influenza vaccines and therapeutics, such as the H5N1 vaccine.

Read more about the 
Biomedical Sciences industry in Singapore
Recent Project Announcements
Maccine Pte Ltd, a preclinical contract research organisation and the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), a research consortium under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced a collaboration to establish a comprehensive preclinical imaging laboratory. The Translational Imaging Industrial Lab will provide global biopharma companies with a state-of-the-art array of preclinical imaging resources directed at enhancing the efficiency and pace of the drug development process.
Home-grown MerLion Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd recently granted exclusive rights to Alcon for the development and commercialisation in North America of the antibiotic finafloxacin specifically for treating ear infections.
Marken, a leading life science logistics specialist in US, relocated and expanded its Singapore office to further support its clients' needs for specialty logistics services in the Asia Pacific region. Its expansion includes its first global clinical trial supply depot to serve customer demand for Investigational Medical Product distribution.

About Singapore
In the heart of Asia lies Singapore - a bustling, world-class city state that has made waves around the world for its business excellence, connectivity to the world and its innovation.

Singapore has been consistently acknowledged as a global business hub - one that features developed infrastructure, political stability, open business policies, a skilled workforce, the use of English as the main working language and respect for intellectual property rights. To date, more than 7,000 multinational companies have set up bases in Singapore, next to 150,000 small and medium enterprises. Business owners all over the world regard Singapore as an ideal location to grow their businesses, with many of them using the country as a springboard to tap into other emerging markets in Asia.

Besides being ranked by the World Bank in 2009 as the world’s easiest place to do business (out of 183 countries), Singapore has, among its many accolades, the top ranking in the 2009-2010 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum as being the most competitive economy in Asia, and was also ranked by the Worldwide Quality of Living Index 2010 (by Mercer Human Resource Consulting) as the top Asian country for its quality of life.

Global talent accounts for about 30% of the workforce, attracted by open recruitment policies, low personal taxation, a meritocratic society that embraces diversity, and a high quality of life in a cosmopolitan environment.

About Contact Singapore 
Contact Singapore is an alliance of the Singapore Economic Development Board and Ministry of Manpower. It aims to attract global talent to work, invest and live in Singapore.

With offices in Asia, Europe and North America, Contact Singapore is the one-stop centre for those who wish to pursue a rewarding career in Singapore, as well as individuals and entrepreneurs who are keen to invest in or initiate new business activities here. Contact Singapore actively links Singapore-based employers with global talent and provides updates on career opportunities and industry developments in Singapore. We work with public and private sector partners to facilitate the interests of potential individual investors in Singapore.

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