|By ACN Newswire||
|February 11, 2014 09:02 PM EST||
Glycomics an emerging field with implications for understanding and treating human diseases
Singapore, Feb 12, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - A*STAR's Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) today signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) and Chungnam National University's Graduate School of Analytics Science and Technology (GRAST) to advance collaboration between Singapore and South Korea in the field of glycomics in Asia. The agreements were signed by the three organisations at the first Singapore-South Korea Symposium on Glycomics (SKSG), held from 12 - 13 February 2014. The signing was witnessed by A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Singapore, H.E Suh Chung-ha. The MOUs will collectively increase the impact of both countries' glycomics capabilities and establish them as leaders in Asia in glycomics research.
Glycomics refers to the study of the structure and function of sugars (also known as glycans) in biological systems. Glycans are known to modify the functions and characteristics of proteins and are important to diseases as varied as cancer, arthritis, cholera and malaria. Glycan structure analysis is an increasingly important component in biologics design and production to determine the safety and efficacy of biopharmaceutical drugs.
The new partnerships are timely and will bring together both countries' complementary strengths in biologics research and manufacturing and increase the collective impact of their glycomics capabilities. Singapore is home to many innovative biopharma companies while South Korea has built up a strong foundation in biosimilars development and production. The Korean institutes will provide their expertise in advanced analytical technologies for biopharmaceutical characterisation and glycomics research in cancer while BTI provides the biological context and is equipped with a diverse suite of bioprocessing technologies and in-house analytical capabilities for the whole biologics value chain, from upstream research to manufacturing.
The collaborations between BTI, KBSI and GRAST will collectively advance glycomics research in Asia by encouraging joint research projects, conferences and workshops and talent exchange and development through manpower training to facilitate the exchange of knowledge.
Prof Lam Kong Peng, Executive Director of BTI said, "BTI, KBSI and GRAST are at the leading edge of glycomics research in Singapore and Korea. BTI is one of the small number of research entities worldwide with the facilities and know-how for glycoscience and dedicated to biologics R&D. These collaborations will build upon GlycoSing - a strategic programme to establish BTI as one of Asia's Centre of Excellence in glycomics R&D. They will also boost Singapore's reputation as a world-class destination for biologics manufacturing and R&D."
Dr Chung Kwang Hwa, President of KBSI stated, "These MOUs between KBSI, GRAST and BTI are not only to establish a solid foundation for collaboration of world-class research institutes, but also to strengthen the collaboration of two countries, leaders in glycomics research and manufacturing in Asia. This partnership will be a milestone for global collaborations in glycomics, in consideration of timely and complementary exchange of each institute's competitiveness, such as advanced analytical technologies and glycomics research of the Korea institutes."
Prof Hee-Sun Chung, Dean of GRAST said, "GRAST and BTI are at the cutting-edge of technology and knowledge in the field of glycomics. GRAST is one of the world's leading universities on glycan research. This collaboration will not only contribute toward the improvement of the biosimilars industry in Korea, but also help scientists discover new cures and develop new drugs and vaccines to treat and prevent diseases with the latest analytical and scientific technologies for research in glycomics."
About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore's lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy. In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore's manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. A*STAR oversees 18 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR's research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories. Please visit www.a-star.edu.sg.
About the Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI)
Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Established in 1990 as the Bioprocessing Technology Unit, it was renamed the Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) in 2003. The research institute's mission is to develop manpower capabilities and establish cutting-edge technologies relevant to the bioprocessing community. Some of the key research areas include expression engineering, animal cell technology, stem cell research, microbial fermentation, downstream purification and analytics. For more information about BTI, please visit http://bti.a-star.edu.sg.
About the Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI)
Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI) is a government sponsored institute established in 1988 with the goal of promoting basic science research. The institute has been developing analytical technology, performing research support activities and operating large-scale research facilities as a sole research support institute for basic science in Korea. KBSI also jointly established GRAST with Chungnam University to train analytical science specialists. 2HQs and 10 regional research centers of KBSI across the nation provide leading-edge analytical technologies with over 500 research equipments to researchers requiring large-scale research facilities, such as 1.3MeV HVEM (High Voltage Electron Microscope). Please visit http://www.kbsi.re.kr/english for more information.
About the Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology (GRAST)
The Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology (GRAST) is a specialized graduate school in the field of analytical science and technology. Our Graduate Program is unique from other educational system in that it includes extensive on-site practical education, which equips students with the vital skills to ensure success in their specialist field. The mission of GRAST is to strengthen student's research capabilities and foster outstanding specialists required in the field of analytical science and technology through university-institute cooperation. It aims to become the world's leading graduate school in the field of analytical science and technology. Research includes NT (nano-science technology), BT (bio-science technology), and ET (environmental science and technology). For more information about GRAST, please visit http://grast.cnu.ac.kr.
Ms Vanessa Loh
Corporate Communications Department
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Tel: +65 6826 6395
Email: [email protected]
Mr Jae-Yun Kang
Division of International & Public Relations
Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI)
Tel: +82 42 865 3930
Email: [email protected]
Assoc Prof Hyun Joo An
Asia-Pacific Glycomics Reference Site
Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology
Chungnam National University
E-mail: [email protected]
Copyright 2014 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Feb. 27, 2017 02:00 AM EST Reads: 7,492
Zerto exhibited at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, in June 2016. Zerto is committed to keeping enterprise and cloud IT running 24/7 by providing innovative, simple, reliable and scalable business continuity software solutions. Through the Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform™, organizations can seamlessly move and protect virtualized workloads between public, private and hybrid clouds. The company’s flagship product, Zerto Virtual...
Feb. 27, 2017 01:30 AM EST Reads: 1,890
Some people worry that OpenStack is more flash then substance; however, for many customers this could not be farther from the truth. No other technology equalizes the playing field between vendors while giving your internal teams better access than ever to infrastructure when they need it. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will talk through some real-world OpenStack deployments and look into the ways this can benefit customers of all sizes....
Feb. 27, 2017 01:15 AM EST Reads: 1,664
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.
Feb. 27, 2017 01:15 AM EST Reads: 1,629
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
Feb. 27, 2017 01:00 AM EST Reads: 2,049
Niagara Networks exhibited at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, in November 2016. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
Feb. 27, 2017 01:00 AM EST Reads: 1,293
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
Feb. 27, 2017 12:30 AM EST Reads: 8,801
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Feb. 26, 2017 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,116
Who are you? How do you introduce yourself? Do you use a name, or do you greet a friend by the last four digits of his social security number? Assuming you don’t, why are we content to associate our identity with 10 random digits assigned by our phone company? Identity is an issue that affects everyone, but as individuals we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ben Klang, Founder & President of Mojo Lingo, discussed the impact of technology on identity. Sho...
Feb. 26, 2017 11:45 PM EST Reads: 6,233
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
Feb. 26, 2017 10:00 PM EST Reads: 13,736
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
Feb. 26, 2017 09:15 PM EST Reads: 2,500
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Feb. 26, 2017 09:00 PM EST Reads: 9,024
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Feb. 26, 2017 08:45 PM EST Reads: 2,050
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
Feb. 26, 2017 08:45 PM EST Reads: 5,213
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitrons Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Hitrons Solutions Inc. is distributor in the North American market for unique products and services of small and medium-size businesses, including cloud services and solutions, SEO marketing platforms, and mobile applications.
Feb. 26, 2017 08:30 PM EST Reads: 795