Personalized Cancer Medicine:
towards individualized cancer treatments

21 – 23 February 2011 (Monday – Wednesday)
Matrix, Biopolis, Singapore


Welcome Address by Conference Co-Chairmen

Personalized medicine is the management of health and the treatment of disease that is specific for the genetic and epigenetic makeup of the individual. This conference, which is a collaboration between the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the Fritz Bender Stiftung (FBS, Germany), will explore the implementation of this individualized approach to medicine from basic sciences to clinical investigations.

The challenges are great since there are no historical models, but the opportunities for discovery and innovation are significant. We therefore welcome all interested scientists and clinicians to attend and to participate in the deliberations of this 2.5-day conference.


Enrico Mihich
Presidential Scholar and Special Assistant to
the President for Sponsored Research
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard University Medical School
Edison Liu
Executive Director
Genome Institute of Singapore
Kurt Zaenker
Private Universität

Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS)
Fritz Bender Stiftung (FBS)
Scientific Program Committee:

David Lane, Chief Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Michael Rossbach, Scientific Programme Manager, Genome Institute of Singapore
Alex Matter, CEO of Experimental Therapeutics Centre

Ms Winnie Serah Lim (GIS)
Ms Prudence Yeo (GIS)
Ms Chan Siok Bin (GIS)

About the Organizing Institutes

The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is an institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). It has a global vision that seeks to use genomic sciences to improve public health and public prosperity. Established in 2001 as a centre for genomic discovery, the GIS will pursue the integration of technology, genetics and biology towards the goal of individualized medicine. The key research areas at the GIS include Systems Biology, Stem Cell & Developmental Biology, Cancer Biology & Pharmacology, Human Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Genomic Technologies, and Computational & Mathematical Biology. The genomics infrastructure at the GIS is utilized to train new scientific talent, to function as a bridge for academic and industrial research, and to explore scientific questions of high impact.


A*STAR is Singapore's lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. A*STAR actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, with a particular focus on fields essential to Singapore's manufacturing industry and new growth industries. It oversees 22 research institutes, consortia and centres, and supports extramural research with the universities, hospital research centres and other local and international partners. At the heart of this knowledge intensive work is human capital. Top local and international scientific talent drive knowledge creation at A*STAR research institutes. The Agency also sends scholars for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training in the best universities, a reflection of the high priority A*STAR places on nurturing the next generation of scientific talent.
Fritz Bender, born in 1907 in Heidelberg, was a builder and plasterer. After the Second World War, Bender was instrumental in the rebuilding of Munich.

For his lifetime achievements, Fritz Bender was decorated with the Bavarian order of merit on 25th June 1982 by the formerly Bavarian prime minister, Franz Josef Strauß.

Among his professional activities, Fritz Bender was very much into classical music. He liked to perform songs by Schubert, Schumann and Richard Strauß, and to recite poems and couplets.

Before his death on 28th March 1986, he established a foundation that was named after him in which he transferred all his fortune. His foundation was supposed to serve the following three purposes:
  1. The highest priority concerned the promotion of medical research in terms of diseases of the immune system.
  2. Also, upon the instruction of his founder, the Fritz-Bender-Foundation annually awards a construction prize for particular achievements in the range of organic construction.
  3. His private concern applied to his colleagues also. Builders in need and their families can be supported financially in case of diseases.
The Fritz Bender Stiftung (Fritz Bender Foundation) is guided by the spirit of its founder. The establishment of the foundation was the last good deed of Fritz Bender whereby he acted – as in his lifetime – for the benefit of the general public.