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2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
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2009, 2010 and 2017
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(Platinum) 2012, (Gold) 2008 and 2010
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2013 (Gold) and 2017 (Gold and Goldplus)

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The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) was established in 2003 and is spearheaded by its Executive Director, Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying.

Professor Ying was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1992 - 2005). She was recognized as one of “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2008 for her groundbreaking work on nanostructured systems, nanoporous materials and host matrices for quantum dots and wires.

Under her direction, IBN conducts research at the cutting-edge of bioengineering and nanotechnology. Its programs are geared towards linking multiple disciplines across engineering, science and medicine to produce research breakthroughs that will improve healthcare and our quality of life.

IBN’s research activities are focused in the following areas:

  • Nanomedicine, where functionalized polymers, hydrogels and biologics are developed as therapeutics and carriers for the controlled release and targeted delivery of medication to diseased cells and organs.

  • Synthetic Biosystems, where biomimetic materials, innovative cell culture, 3D printing technologies, microfluidic systems and bioimaging are combined to develop novel approaches for regenerative medicine, in vitro compound screening, and disease modeling.

  • Biodevices and Diagnostics, which involve nanotechnology and microfabricated systems for rapid disease diagnosis, high-throughput biomarker and drug screening, and affinity reagent selection.

  • Green Chemistry and Energy, which encompass the development of catalysts and nanocomposites for the green synthesis of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, biomass and carbon dioxide conversion, water purification, and energy applications.

IBN’s innovative research is aimed at creating new knowledge and intellectual properties in the emerging fields of bioengineering and nanotechnology to attract top-notch researchers and business partners to Singapore. Since 2003, IBN researchers have published over 1,260 papers in leading journals.

IBN also plays an active role in technology transfer and spinning off companies, linking the research institute and industrial partners to other global institutions. The Institute has a portfolio of over 685 active patents/patent applications, and welcomes industrial and clinical partners to collaborate on and co-develop its technologies. IBN has successfully commercialized over 131 patents/patent applications, and has established 12 spin-off companies.

IBN’s current staff and students strength stands at over 150 scientists, engineers and medical doctors. With its multinational and multidisciplinary research staff, the institute is geared towards generating new biomaterials, devices, systems and processes to boost Singapore’s economy in the medical technology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumer products and clean technology sectors.

IBN is also committed to nurturing young talents. Besides the training of PhD students, IBN has a Youth Research Program (YRP) for students and teachers from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, and universities. Since its inception in October 2003, IBN’s YRP has reached out to more than 103,000 students and teachers from 290 local and overseas schools and institutions. Over 2,500 students and teachers have completed research attachments at IBN for a minimum period of four weeks.

Last update: March 2017

 

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NEW! Genetic Alphabet Expansion Biotechnology by Creating Unnatural Base Pairs
Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 51 (2018) 8-15.
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NEW! Remanence Plots as a Probe of Spin Disorder in Magnetic Nanoparticles
Chemistry of Materials, (2017)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02522.
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NEW! Hyaluronic Acid-Green Tea Catechin Micellar Nanocomplex: Fail-Safe Cisplatin Nanomedicine for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer Without Off-Target Toxicity
Biomaterials, (2017)
DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.09.027.
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