Office of Strategic Alliances and Knowledge Management
Within the Genome Institute of Singapore, innovation is our answer to today’s biomedical challenges. Through our research, we create the basis for state-of-the-art genome technologies for novel diagnostics and pioneering medicines. In this context, the OSAKM provides a pathway for resolving academic/business-related matters, manages the business operations, and engages with governance committees to enable strategic alignment with our partners.
We serve as a dynamic bridge between GIS laboratories, academic partners and industry to make certain that promising new technologies and findings are translated into successful products and services that benefit society, both in Singapore and worldwide. This is achieved by:
- Building research collaborations with industry around our research projects;
- Fostering collaborations with clinicians and researchers;
- Stimulating technology development and innovation within the GIS and securing all necessary protection of the resulting intellectual property;
- Licensing agreements, establishing new ventures and building value around GIS innovations;
- Reaching out to external funding bodies both in Singapore and overseas.
In addition, OSAKM not only oversees and manages our flagship programs in diagnostics for pathogens and cancer, cancer treatment and in personalized genomic medicine, but also continues to evaluate and searches for promising opportunities arising from scientific projects within the GIS or with academic, industrial, biotech and pharma partners. We seamlessly work together with our scientific teams to provide the best chance of success for innovation.
Office of Research Administration
The key role of the ORA is to bring together established GIS scientists with early career researchers (ECRs) at various stages of their scientific career: attachment students, undergraduate honours students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. Through weekly seminar series, students and post-doctoral fellows present their scientific work, and are given feedback on their research and presentations. Our goal is to facilitate the training of these ECRs so that they develop their scientific skills and careers. We also coordinate Outreach activities such as Open Houses or mentorship programmes for local Junior College students and organize visits of foreign University programmes keen to learn about the research at the GIS.
ORA is also providing assistance in managing space and assets as well as handling the processes for senior staff recruitment/contract renewal and the visit programmes of overseas and local scientific speakers.