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Professor Jackie Y. Ying Awarded Prestigious Singapore National Academy of Science Fellowship

May 18, 2016 – IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying was awarded the prestigious Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) Fellowship on May 10 for her research excellence and academic leadership. Prof Ying is one of only two female fellows of the academy since the fellowships were instituted in 2011.

“My scientific journey has been one that is truly fulfilling. I have worked as a professor at MIT, an entrepreneur with spinoff companies, and as founding executive director of a national research institute (IBN). The most exciting part is the fun of doing cross-disciplinary research with engineers, scientists and medical doctors, which allows us to tackle complex, challenging problems. The most enjoyable part is the nurturing of young students and mentoring of staff. The most gratifying part is to be able to make an impact on society when our research is translated and commercialized. I would not have chosen some other path if I have to do it all over again,” said Prof Ying.

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Scientists Discover New Technology Breakthrough in Fighting Viral Diseases
IBM Research and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Announce New Macromolecule with Triple-Play Action to Help Fight Virus Infection and Drug Resistance


The researchers who developed the new anti-viral macromolecule (clockwise from bottom right: Dr Shaoqiong Liu, Dr Chuan Yang, Dr Ashlynn Lee, Dr James Hedrick, Dr Yi Yan Yang and Dr Shujun Gao).

May 11, 2016 – As one of medicine’s largest challenges, viral infections often escape vaccines due to their natural ability to mutate rapidly and develop drug resistance easily. Many viruses, such as Zika, Ebola and dengue fever, have grown into major global health epidemics with great human and economic toll. Today, IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) announced that they have identified a new breakthrough macromolecule that could help prevent deadly virus infections with a unique triple-play mechanism that can also help prevent viral drug resistance.

The study exploits supramolecular chemistry – the study of large molecules designed with multiple features – to help combat viral infection. The research is believed to be a first of its kind in fighting viral diseases and IBM Watson, along with such experimental breakthroughs, could help further accelerate drug discovery.

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IBN Congratulates Our YRP 2016 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair Winners!


From left: IBN Research Scientist Dr Hong Wu, YRP alumna Chan Hsi-Min and IBN Principal Research Scientist Dr Nandanan Erathodiyil.

May 6, 2016 – This year, we are proud to congratulate six of our Youth Research Program (YRP) students and their mentors for winning a bumper crop of awards at the 2016 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) on March 10. In total, IBN’s YRP students won two Gold Awards, one Silver Award and two Merit awards, as well as the top prize in the new Junior Scientist category for participants below 15 years of age.

YRP alumna Chan Hsi-Min, 14, of Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) became the first winner of the newly introduced SSEF Junior Scientist category. This is the first year that the competition had a special category for younger participants below 15 years of age. Hsi-Min was awarded the Broadcom MASTERS International sponsorship, which includes a sponsored trip to represent Singapore at the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS International Program in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, in May 2016.

The YRP SSEF Gold Award winners were Victoria Emily Buckland, 17, of National Junior College and Weng Jiayi, 17, of Raffles Institution (College). Victoria also won the A*STAR Talent Search Award, which recognizes students who have excelled in scientific research.

Rounding up the YRP’s SSEF 2016 award winners are Prachi Simran Vig, 17, of Raffles Institution (College), who won the SSEF Silver Award, and Nur Syahadah Shahril, 17, of Raffles Institution (College) and Anusha Shivram, 17, of National Junior College, who were both recognized with Merit Awards.

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IBN in the News

IBM's Plan To Fight Zika And Other Runaway Viruses With Watson's Help
Forbes, 11 May 2016

Two Women Awarded Prestigious Science Fellowships
The Straits Times, 10 May 2016

Progress Towards a Broad Antiviral Treatment
The Economist, 30 Apr 2016

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Transparent Nanostructured Photochromic UV-Blocking Soft Contact Lenses
Nanomedicine, (2016)
DOI: 10.2217/nnm-2016-0051.
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Chemistry of Materials, (2016)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b0136.
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Copper Catalysed Alkynylation of Tertiary Amines with CaC2 via sp3 C–H Activation
Green Chemistry, (2016)
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