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The Business Times - Life Science Showcase 4 March 2010

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star)’s annual Science and Technology Festival is taking place at Biopolis until tomorrow to showcase the latest life science products and services. This year, its aims to reach out to the burgeoning biomedical science research community in Singapore.

Organised by Research Support Centre, a unit under A*Star’s Biomedical Sciences Institute, the event is Singapore’s biggest showcase of life science research technology and methods. At least 30 major vendors of life science supplies, such as Bio-Rad, Qiagen and Roche, are taking part in the event. It also involves a series of scientific seminars, networking sessions and workshops for biomedical researchers.

Seminar topics include nucleic acid analysis and cell culture. Seminar speakers – local and international – are from academia and industry. They include Vikrant Kumar from A*Star’s Genome Institute of Singapore; Choong Meng Ling, a research scientist at A*Star’s Experimental Therapeutics Centre; and Gary McMaster, Chief Scientific Officer of Affymetrix, which makes DNA microarrays.