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Perfect 10 for IBN YRP Students at the 2017 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair

March 10, 2017 – Congratulations to our IBN Youth Research Program (YRP) students for their 10-prize haul at the 2017 Singapore Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF)! This year, a record 13 YRP students were shortlisted for the competition for their research projects conducted at IBN. They won three Gold Awards, one Silver Award, one Bronze Award, four Merit Awards and one Special Award. Two of our Gold Award winners were selected to represent Singapore at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles, California, USA in May.

The Singapore Science and Engineering Fair is an annual competition organized by the Ministry of Education, A*STAR and Science Centre Singapore for all secondary and pre-university students to showcase their research projects in the past year.

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Singapore Researchers Use Patients’ Stem Cells to Test for Side Effects of Drugs – Discovery Brings Doctors Closer to Personalized Medicine


Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the National Cancer Centre Singapore who discovered the approach of using patients’ stem cells to test for side effects of drugs. From left: Prof Hanry Yu, Dr Min-Han Tan and Dr Ravindran Kanesvaran. © Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

February 28, 2017 – Different people react differently to the same drug, yet it is difficult to predict the side effects for an individual in advance. Now, researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR and the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) have demonstrated a promising approach to screen for severe side effects by first testing the drug on stem cells made from the patient’s blood.

In Singapore, approximately 8% of all hospital admissions are caused by adverse drug reactions and these patients typically require a longer hospitalization stay. In Europe, side effects from medications cause 197,000 deaths annually.

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From Trash to Treasure: Industrial Chemicals from Agricultural Waste
A*STAR’s Biomass-To-Chemical and Bio-Renewable Chemicals from Biomass programs are leading the way on the use of waste biomass for the sustainable production of industrial chemicals


Waste biomass from palm oil production, known as empty fruit bunch, represents an enormous untapped resource for industrial chemical production.
Palm Oil fruit - Fruta de la palma afric” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) by Lon&Queta

February 22, 2017 – Each year more than half a billion tons of oil – more than an eighth of the total global oil consumption – are used to produce chemicals and plastics. The demand for oil leaves the petrochemical industry, with a market value slated to exceed US$758 Billion by 2022, critically exposed to oil price fluctuations and the uncertainty of dependence on a finite fossil resource. Researchers and chemical engineers around the world have been trying to find ways to use alternative raw materials such as agricultural waste or ‘biomass’ to replace petroleum in the production of common industrial chemicals as a step toward a more sustainable chemical industry.

In 2012, A*STAR brought together scientists working on research related to biomass feedstocks to form the Biomass-To-Chemical (B2C) programme. Led by the A*STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) in close collaboration with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the B2C programme has worked towards developing a complete value chain, from raw biomass to commodity and specialty chemicals, as a commercially viable demonstration of biomass-based sustainable chemical production.

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IBN in the News

Youngest Singapore Representative to the ‘Olympics’ of the Science World
Berita Harian, 20 Mar 2017

Stem Cells Used for Personalized Liver Drug Screening
Asian Scientist, 07 Mar 2017

Stem Cells Make Potential Side Effect Personal
New Atlas, 02 Mar 2017

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NEW! Highly Potent Antimicrobial Polyionenes with Rapid Killing Kinetics, Skin Biocompatibility and In Vivo bactericidal activity
Biomaterials, 127 (2017) 36-48.
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NEW! Rapid Room-Temperature Gelation of Crude Oils by a Wetted Powder Gelator
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, (2017)
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NEW! Convergent Approach to Boronic Acid Functionalized Polycarbonates: Accessing New Dynamic Material Platforms
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