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Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), a research intensive graduate-entry medical school, GenScript Biotech Corporation (“GenScript”), a leading global biotechnology company, and the Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD) at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), today announced an exclusive agreement to co-develop and manufacture a unique serological coronavirus (COVID-19) detection system known as the surrogate virus …

A*STAR scientists, together with SingHealth doctors from the SGH Department of Infectious Diseases; and the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine; designed an experiment to show the importance of wearing a mask in helping to prevent the spread of viruses. The experiment showed that when the subject coughed without wearing a mask, respiratory droplets …

Since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, Singapore is now better prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of R&D, Singapore has placed emphasis on a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to research on infectious diseases. This spans across A*STAR, the Institutes of Higher Learning such as NUS, NTU, Duke-NUS, and …

Close collaboration between scientists and the public health community have enabled the Fortitude Kit 2.0 diagnostic to be quickly developed and deployed in Singapore hospitals to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. From February, Fortitude Kit 2.0 has been in routine use in six public hospitals, and four private hospitals in Singapore. Currently, it …

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, have successfully developed a test kit which can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, quickly and with high accuracy. Called Fortitude Kit 2.0, the test was co-developed with, and validated by TTSH. It is the first …

With the goal of supporting the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century, a philanthropic organisation founded by Dr Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, awarded its first Asian research network grant. It was awarded to a team of scientists …

Researchers from A*STAR’s NanoBio Lab (NBL) have designed a semi-solid electrolyte for lithium-sulfur batteries that improves their safety without compromising their performance 1. This promising breakthrough paves the way for lithium-sulfur batteries to be used as efficient power solutions across diverse electronic and energy storage applications. Safety is an important issue hindering the use of …

Sembcorp Marine and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) to jointly pursue innovation in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing. With this agreement, the partners aim to shorten the development cycle and time-to-market of new offshore, marine and clean energy solutions achieved through their research efforts. …

As technologies become essential in the delivery of public services, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has been working with public agencies to create solutions that improve effectiveness and efficiency. From the cyborg assassins in the Terminator movie series to the endearing humanoid C-3P0 in the space opera franchise Star Wars, popular representations …

A new genetic databank has been established containing the completed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data of close to 5,000 Singaporeans. Worldwide, WGS is increasingly used in research and healthcare to identify genetic variations using cutting-edge technologies that allow large numbers of individuals to be sequenced rapidly – This new study is the world’s largest WGS analysis …