Cairan HE, President

Manager of IP & Commercialization

National University of Singapore, Industry Liaison Office

Cairan obtained both his Bachelor and PhD from Imperial College London.  Prior to the IDM role, Cairan was a Lead Research Scientist at the Miniaturized Medical Device Program of the same institute. Cairan has been awarded research grants for multiple project proposals with the sum of more than SGD 5 million. Cairan is passionate about innovation and technology transfer, from academia to commercialization.

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Veena GOPALAKRISHNAN, Vice-President

PhD candidate, Cancer and Stem Biology Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Veena obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from National University of Singapore and Master’s in Bioinformatics from Nanyang Technological University. For her PhD thesis, she is studying the regulation of telomere maintenance for applications in cancer therapeutics. As VP of Biotech Connection Singapore, Veena aims to facilitate the much needed conversation between academia and industry to move ideas in life sciences from bench to boardroom.

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Christine CHEUNG, Event Lead

Junior Investigator, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR

Christine received a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London, and then a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular and Stem Cell Technology from the University of Cambridge. She was awarded the Young Investigator Prize by the British Society for Cardiovascular Research. She has pioneered methods to create organ-specific blood vessels from human stem cells, leading to patent applications. Christine hopes to engage with the life science industry to translate biomedical innovations into positive impacts on healthcare. She is passionate about bio-entrepreneurship and musical theatre.

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Wen Qi HO, Outreach and Marketing Lead

Postdoctoral Fellow, Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN),  A*STAR

Wen Qi attained her B.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University and pursued her PhD in Immunology at Stanford University. While at Stanford, she enrolled in the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PRIE, now Ignite) at the Stanford School of Business where she learned business fundamentals and had hands-on experience at developing an idea to business plan. Since then, she has been interested in applying what she learned at PRIE to her interest in science. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the clarinet, reading and tennis.

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Kim PNG, Consulting Lead

Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Laboratory (MEL), A*STAR

Kim obtained her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and performed her Ph.D. studies at Rockefeller University, working on elucidating the roles of microRNAs in regulating breast cancer metastasis. While at Duke, she had the opportunity to formulate and pitch a hypothetical business plan to venture capitalists, sparking an interest in the business of high tech industries. Kim hopes to build on both her interests in science and business, particularly in facilitating the transfer of scientific knowledge from the laboratory to the public. Outside of lab, Kim enjoys both the outdoors and the local arts scene, while also devoting time to practicing Pilates.

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