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Three IBN Spin-Offs on Singapore’s Hottest Biotech Start-Up List

October 12, 2017 – The Asian Scientist has listed three IBN spin-offs among the top 10 emerging biomedical start-ups to watch in Singapore. The trio are among 12 companies that IBN has spun off since 2003 to commercialize its innovative technologies for improving healthcare and disease diagnostics.

IBN Executive Director Professor Jackie Y. Ying shared, “As a national research institute, our mission is to contribute to the growth of the biomedical R&D sector in Singapore. Besides pursuing excellent scientific research, we have worked hard to maximize our impact through translating and commercializing our technologies. To accomplish this, we have established strong partnerships with hospitals and industry. In particular, we have created a culture that fosters spin-offs from IBN to capture value for Singapore’s economy.”

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Singapore scientists uncover how the liver unclogs itself
Findings could potentially improve prognosis of infants with rare liver disease

Figure: Schematic diagram illustrating how hepatocytes or liver cells clear excess bile from blocked ducts. (A) Bile ducts are blocked in diseases such as biliary atresia. (B) Bile builds up behind the blockage, putting pressure on the surrounding cells that make up the walls of the duct. (C) If the pressure increases, the actin cortex, which lies inside the cell, may rupture. Once the actin filament network is fragmented, the bile will push the cell membrane into the cell, through the disrupted actin network. (D) If the actin network cannot be repaired, then the membrane will continue to be pushed inside until it breaks off into bubble-like vesicles. These vesicles carry the bile through the cell and away from the blockage.

June 30, 2017 – A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR, and BioSyM, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have described the mechanical principles adopted by liver cells as they remove excess bile during obstructive cholestasis. This study was published online in the Journal of Hepatology earlier this year.

The research team comprises team leader Professor Hanry Yu, who is a Principal Investigator at MBI and IBN; Mr Kapish Gupta, who is a graduate student at MBI and first author of the paper; as well as their fellow MBI researchers - Associate Professor Virgile Viasnoff, Associate Professor Low Boon Chuan, and Assistant Professor Pakorn (Tony) Kanchanawong.

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Nano Today Reports New Impact Factor: 17.476
The journal continues to rank among world’s most influential scientific journals

June 23, 2017 – Singapore-based Nano Today journal’s impact factor has increased from 13.157 to 17.476. The journal continues to rank among the world’s most influential scientific journals according to the latest 2017 Journal Citation Reports® by Thomson Reuters.

“I am delighted with the new impact factor and would like to thank our authors, reviewers and editorial advisory board for their contributions toward making Nano Today a success. I am particularly grateful to our Managing Editor, Noreena AbuBakar, for her outstanding efforts in managing the journal. Nano Today will continue to publish the top articles in this multidisciplinary frontier, and emphasize the importance of the link between design, synthesis, and the wide-ranging applications of nanomaterials and nanosystems,” said Professor Jackie Y. Ying, Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today, and Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR, Singapore.

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IBN in the News

Building Ties in Pharma Industry 'Just Like Courtship'
The Straits Times, 09 Aug 2017

Treating Fungal Cornea Infection with Synthetic Molecules
PhysOrg, 12 Jul 2017

A New Twist to Treating Fungal Cornea Infection
A*STAR Research, 12 Jul 2017

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NEW! Genetic Alphabet Expansion Biotechnology by Creating Unnatural Base Pairs
Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 51 (2018) 8-15.
(IF: 9.294) article

NEW! Remanence Plots as a Probe of Spin Disorder in Magnetic Nanoparticles
Chemistry of Materials, (2017)
DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02522.
(IF: 9.466) article

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.
(IF: 8.402) article



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