Siang Yun ANG, President

Research Fellow, Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR

Siang Yun attained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at University of California-San Francisco. In San Francisco, she took intellectual property courses with UCSF Entrepreneurship Center and worked as an investment analyst team leader for Evexia Bio Fund, which invests in biotech stocks based on understanding the underlying science. She is passionate about the business aspects of scientific research, and hopes to contribute to Singapore’s growing biotech community. Outside of work, she also enjoys snowboarding and scuba diving.

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Yvonne KOH, Vice-President

Scientist, TNR Diagnostics

Yvonne graduated from the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign) and subsequently completed her PhD in Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. Yvonne is experienced in developing and commercializing molecular diagnostic products. She has a keen interest in educating and communicating scientific ideas to the. Outside of science, she enjoys swing dancing and a good cardio workout.

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Larry Sai Weng LOO, Marketing and PR Lead (Outreach)

PhD candidate, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR

Larry graduated from University of Bradford UK and subsequently completed his M.Sc at NTU-A*STAR Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) under the A*STAR Graduate Scholarship. He is investigating on utilizing pluripotent stem cells in Diabetes mellitus treatment. Having a genuine passion for Biotech/MedTech startups, he has participated in the Singapore Stanford Biodesign Innovation class and LKCMedicine Bioentrepreneurship course. Putting his new found business knowledge to use, he and his team have won the 2nd place (Most Original Idea) in the inaugural A*STAR-P&G Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) Competition 2016 and also the 1st prize in the NTU-Quintiles Challenge 2016. Larry hopes to meet like-minded individuals so as to promote a thriving bioentrepreneurial ecosystem in Singapore. Outside of work, he enjoys doing volunteering work, backpacking and hiking to witness the beauty of Mother Nature.

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Seng Koon LIM, Marketing and PR Lead (Media)

Patent Examiner, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

Seng Koon currently works as a Patent Examiner at IPOS and has examined more than 150 patent applications across various biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a B.Sc. (1st Class Hons) in Biological sciences, attained his PhD from NTU School of Materials science & Engineering, and later obtained a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (GCIP) from NUS Law School and IP Academy in 2016. He has over 7 years experience with biosensors, soft materials, molecular biology, peptide drugs and stem cells research. He is interested in multidisciplinary research, IP protection and their technology commercialization. Outside work, he also serves as Advisory Board member of Biomedical Engineering Society of Singapore, Industry Chapter.

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Fong Ming KOH, Event Lead

Research Fellow, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), A*STAR

Fong Ming graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Molecular Biology, and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. He is a mouse geneticist and developmental biologist by training, and has extensive experience working with both embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. Fong Ming is interested to help bridge the gap between academic and industrial research, and hopes to make a difference by increasing awareness in the scientific community about Singapore's biotech industry.

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Kristy PURNAMAWATI, Event Lead

Research Fellow, Translational Laboratory in Genetic Medicine, A*STAR

Kristy graduated from the National University of Singapore with a B.Eng degree in Bioengineering and a PhD degree in stem cell biology and tissue engineering. She is a scientist-engineer hybrid with a compulsion to solve physiological puzzles. Her life-long aspiration has been to figure out innovative solutions to treat heart failure and to induce cardiac regeneration in disease settings. Kristy is passionate about science communication, and is working to link the world of academia with other stakeholders in science, and vice versa. When her nose is not deep in literature, Kristy enjoys listening to podcasts while jogging, cooking and reading.

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Sissi LIN, Event Lead

Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Laboratory, A*STAR

Dr. Sissi Lin is an organic chemist by training. She currently works as a research fellow at Molecular Engineering Laboratory in A*STAR. She is an expert in DNA synthesis and her research interest focuses on utilizing synthesis approaches to enable nucleic acids for various applications, e.g. biosensing, nanotechnology, DNA data storage and etc. Outside of research, she is interested in scientific communication and hopes to make a contribution in bringing technology from lab to market. 

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Sau Yin CHIN, Consulting Lead

Research Fellow, Molecular Engineering Laboratory, A*STAR

Sau Yin obtained her Bachelors in Engineering from Imperial College London and subsequently completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, New York. She has experience in microfabrication and microfluidic techniques for developing medical devices and is interested in bringing technology to real-life application. The nature of her research also often gives her the opportunity to work in cross-disciplinary teams. Since coming back to Singapore, she has been exploring the business and entrepreneurial side of things, such as developing a business plan and pitch for the inaugural Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) Competition (Best Business Plan Award and Overall Winner). She is also keen on scientific outreach programs and participates yearly at Makerfaire Singapore. Outside of work, Sau Yin enjoys cooking, eating, and Muay Thai. 

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Franklin ZHONG, Consulting Lead

Research Scientist, Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR

Franklin graduated from University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and completed his doctoral studies at Stanford University. Franklin has extensive experience in cancer biology, human genetics and immunology. He is currently working as a research scientist at the Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore.

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Si Hui Tan

Si Hui TAN, Consulting Lead

Research Fellow, Institute of Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR

Si Hui obtained her BSc in Biochemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her PhD in Cancer Biology at Stanford University. Si Hui's scientific interests lie in understanding how adult stem cells are regulated, and their contribution to cancer and diseases. She is enthusiastic about translating scientific knowledge and ideas to the public, and fostering communication within the bioentrepreneur field.

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