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SGD34 million initiative to boost pharma manufacturing industry
A*STAR leads initiative with pharma giants and universities to boost manufacturing innovations and speedier production

To drive the transformation of Singapore’s pharmaceutical manufacturing industry and pre-position it for the future economy, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has initiated the Pharma Innovation Programme Singapore (PIPS) in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS); the Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore); the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT); and leading pharma companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), MSD International GmbH (Singapore Branch), and Pfizer Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

The members of PIPS inked a consortium agreement valued at SGD34 million on 16 October 2018 at the Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific trade show.

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry currently contributes over 3 percent to Singapore’s GDP. Eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the world have facilities in Singapore, and four of the top 10 drugs by global revenue are manufactured here. Since 2000, the sector’s manufacturing output today has grown by more than 3 times.

However, globally the sector is facing sustained pressures on drug pricing, changing expectations of payors, and mounting competition in emerging markets. It is critical for pharmaceutical manufacturing to look at increasing productivity and operational efficiency through leveraging advances in manufacturing technologies and data analytics.

The PIPS consortium will therefore focus on areas such as continuous manufacturing, bio-catalysis, advanced process control and process analytical technology, digitalisation, and enhanced pharmaceutical operations.

The aim is to raise the bar of pharma manufacturing, including more sustainable manufacturing processes and the speedier production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, which will allow drugs to reach patients’ bedsides quicker.

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January:
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February:
Marijuana as medicine — Legal marijuana will open up scientific research
March:
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May:
What's cracking — Antibodies in ostrich eggs
June:
Clinical trials — What's in a name?
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Traditional Chinese medicine in modern healthcare — Integrating both worlds
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