Winners

Find out more about past winners.


2017

Professor Edward Warren Holmes
Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Senior Fellow, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Advisor, National Research Foundation

“For his pioneering work in developing the human capital, programmes and infrastructure that galvanised translational and clinical research in Singapore’s health and biomedical sciences ecosystem”

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Professor Sir David Philip Lane
Chief Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Director, p53 Laboratory, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Chairman, Chugai Pharmabody Research Pte Ltd

“For his important role in the strategic development of Singapore’s biomedical sciences and distinguished contributions to cancer therapeutics and research”

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Professor Gan Wee Teck
Distinguished Professor, National University of Singapore

“For his illustrious contributions to the field of mathematics, and his outstanding work on the Langlands programme and the Gan-Gross-Prasad conjecture”

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Professor Ng Wun Jern
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
Group Lead, Environmental Bio-innovations Group (EBiG), Nanyang Technological University

“For his outstanding research and development of a space-efficient, transient-state cyclic bio-system, and realization of the contiguous value chain from research to industry full-scale deployment for wastewater management and resource recovery”

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2016

Professor Bertil Andersson
President, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

"For his distinguished contributions to the development of Singapore’s research capabilities and his visionary transformation of NTU into a world-class institution reputed internationally for excellence in research and education" Professor Bertil Andersson, President of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has been widely recognised as the key driving force behind the rapid, impressive transformation of NTU into a world-class institution reputed for excellence in research and education."

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Associate Professor Liu Xiaogang
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
Senior Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For his outstanding research in developing rare-earth-doped nanocrystals that could be used as luminous tags for tracking cancer cells and deciphering various biologically relevant phenomena”

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Professor Liu Bin
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
Senior Scientist, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For her outstanding research on organic nanomaterials for environmental and biomedical applications”

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ST Electronics (Satellite Systems) Pte Ltd
Represented by Mr Ong Kien Soo, Vice-President/ General Manager
DSO National Laboratories
Represented by Dr Desmond Lim Chin Siong, Deputy Director
Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore
Represented by Mr Kwoh Leong Keong, Director
Satellite Research Centre, Nanyang Technological University
Represented by Mr Lim Wee Seng, Executive Director

“For the organisations’ outstanding contributions to the advancement of Singapore’s satellite engineering and systems capabilities, with the successful development, launch and operation of TeLEOS-1, Singapore’s first commercial earth observation satellite”

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2015

Tan Gee Paw
Chairman, PUB Singapore

"For his pivotal role in harnessing science and technology to enable Singapore to achieve sustainable water supply, and to become a global water hub. He formulated Singapore’s first water master plan in 1972 and played a central role in the development of Singapore’s NEWater and desalination capabilities. His outstanding leadership in Singapore’s water R&D effort has made a profound impact on water sustainability, and spawned a thriving water and environment research, development and industry ecosystem in Singapore.”

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Professor Patrick Tan
Cancer and Stem Cell Biology
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore/Genome Institute of Singapore

Professor Teh Bin Tean
Division of Medical Sciences
National Cancer Centre Singapore

Professor Steven Rozen
Cancer and Stem Cell Biology and Centre for Computational Biology
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

“For outstanding integrative and translational research in Asian cancer genomics”

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Professor Neal Tai-Shung Chung
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
National University of Singapore

“For his outstanding research work on various novel membrane technologies, especially for water treatment, that have shown significant potential to make desalination more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and that have helped to establish Singapore as a leading research centre for water research”

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2014

Professor John Eu-Li Wong
Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences
Chief Executive, National University Health System
Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), National University of Singapore

"For his outstanding contributions to the scientific research and biomedical science communities, and his visionary leadership in healthcare and medical sciences in Singapore”

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Professor Loh Kian Ping
Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

“For his outstanding research on graphene chemistry”

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Professor Wynne Hsu, Professor Wong Tien Yin, Professor Lee Mong Li
Singapore Eye Research Institute, SingaporeNational Eye Center,
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, National University of Singapore
School of Computing, National University of Singapore


“For their outstanding contributions to the development of novel ocular image analysis technology for the screening and evaluation of significant clinical problems in eye and vascular diseases”

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Professor Subbu Venkatraman, Associate Professor Tina Wong and Professor Freddy Boey
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore Eye Research Institute


“For their innovative application of nanostructures and novel drug delivery approach to combat blindness from glaucoma”

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2013

Professor Freddy Boey
Deputy President and
Provost Nanyang Technological University

"For his distinguished contributions to Singapore’s science and engineering landscape, particularly in advancing the bioengineering and nanomedical sector through R&D and his role in nurturing young research talent”

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Name : Professor Barry Halliwell
Designation : Deputy President (Research & Technology)
and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor National University of Singapore

"For his outstanding contributions to development of the research landscape in Singapore and his excellent research on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in human health, nutrition and disease”

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Professor Boris Luk’yanchuk
Data Storage Institute Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For his outstanding input to the theory of laser-matter interactions and light scattering by nanoparticles, in particular to Fano resonance in plasmonic materials”

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Name:Professor Yu Hao
Department: National University of Singapore

“For his outstanding research in plant functional genomics and its biotechnological applications to economically important crops”

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Professor Li Haizhou, Ms Aw Ai Ti , Dr Su Jian, Dr Ma Bin
Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For their outstanding contributions to human language technology that have empowered the industry and benefited the Asian society”

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2012

Professor Dim-Lee Kwong
Executive Director,
Institute of Microelectronics
Agency for Science, Technology and Research

"For his distinguished, sustained and exceptional contributions to Singapore’s science and engineering landscape, particularly in advancing the semiconductor industry through R&D and the forging of strategic research partnerships between industry and public sector agencies”

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Professor Wang Yue
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For his ground-breaking discoveries in the biology and virulence of the fungus Candida albicans, a leading cause of serious hospital-acquired infections”

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Associate Professor Louis Phee, Professor Lawrence Ho Khek Yu
School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, National University of Singapore

“For the development of a novel flexible endoscopic robotic system that enables intricate surgical procedures to be performed without the need for external incisions”

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2011

Professor Soo Khee Chee
Director, National Cancer Centre Singapore

"For his distinguished, strategic and far-sighted contributions to Singapore’s clinical services and healthcare landscape, particularly in spearheading research led improvements in clinical care, and catalysing research in the public healthcare environment”

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(from left to right)Dr Lim Bing
Dr Lawrence Stanton
Dr Paul Robson
Dr Ng Huck Hui

Genome Institute of Singapore
Agency for Science, Technology and Research

“For their ground breaking work on the regulatory pathways controlling embryonic stem cell pluripotency and cell fate decisions”

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(from left to right) Professor Ooi Beng Chin Professor Tan Kian Lee
School of Computing
National University of Singapore

“For their outstanding contributions to database systems research for managing “big data” in large-scale parallel and distributed systems”

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Professor Lim Chwee Teck
Department of Bioengineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering
National University of Singapore

“For the development and use of novel micro biochips in the detection and diagnosis of human diseases”

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2010

Professor Chong Tow Chong
Provost, Singapore University of Technology and Design

"For his distinguished, strategic and far-sighted contributions to Singapore’s science and engineering landscape, particularly in spearheading the development of the data storage industry, driving research integration in Fusionopolis, and shaping R&D in Singapore”

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Professor Yoshiaki Ito
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR

“For his breakthrough discovery of the tumor suppressor roles of RUNX3 in gastric and colon cancers”

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Professor Wong Tien Yin
Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre National University Health System

“For the development and use of novel retinal imaging to understand pathways in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases”

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(from left to right) Dr Patrick Lo Guo-Qiang
Dr Liow Tsung-Yang
Dr Ang Kah Wee
Dr Yu Mingbin

Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR

“For their outstanding contributions in advancing Singapore’s semiconductor technology and industry development through cutting edge research on silicon photonics”

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2009

Professor Miranda Yap
Executive Director, Bioprocessing Technology Institute
Executive Director, A*STAR Graduate Academy
Agency for Science, Technology and Research


"For her sustained, distinguished and strategic contributions to Singapore’s Biomedical Sciences landscape particularly in the areas of developing the biologics industry sector, building the research culture and nurturing young talent”

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(from left to right) Associate Professor Aung Tin
Professor Roger Beuerman
Professor Donald Tan

Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


“For their innovative breakthroughs in “bench-to-bedside” medical research in blinding corneal diseases, leading to major advancements in scientific knowledge and treatment of corneal blindness”

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Mr Goh Szu Huat
Mr Alfred C.T. Quah
Professor Jacob C.H. Phang
Mr Chua Choon Meng
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
SEMICAPS Pte Ltd, Singapore


“For their outstanding contributions to the research, development and commercialisation of scanning optical microscope systems for design debug and failure analysis of advanced integrated circuits which have been adopted by some of the world’s top semiconductor manufacturers”

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