Global Biotech Revolution and Biotechin.Asia Partner For a Common Mission


Biotechin.Asia is pleased to announce its partnership with Global Biotech Revolution (GBR), a not-for-profit that connects biotech think-tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers to young bio-leaders of tomorrow.

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About GBR

GBR is solely led by young, passionate and engaged researchers, students and professionals from across the world. They engage key stakeholders through physical and online platforms that initiate and build future global conversations and collaborations.

The global bio-economy is growing steadily as it develops new business models and technologies. However, it faces challenges in investment, government policy and research commercialisation that could make or break the future industry. Young bioleaders are isolated in regional clusters and often solely focus on self-career development, lacking the connection to global challenges and thinking innovatively about their contribution.

Global Biotech Revolution’s (GBR) vision is to create a network of young and current bio-leaders who grow and support each other’s ideas and knowledge, and think innovatively on growing the global bio-economy through collaborative ventures.

GBR’s flagship event is GapSummit, the world’s first inter-generational inter-cultural leadership summit in biotechnology. The next GapSummit will be held at Washington DC in 2017. Young bio-leaders of tomorrow selected from across the world participate in the summit and discuss the current global bio-economy, the grand challenges biotech can solve by 2050, as well as explore the bio-economy around the world.

Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow (SLoT) Forum

slot logo high resBiotechin.Asia is happy to partner with GBR in bringing their first event in Asia. Singapore will be the host to their second Leaders of Tomorrow Forum (Read more on the first event here). The Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow (SLoT) Forum is an initiative spearheaded by Dr Kelvin Chan and Dr Sandhya Sriram, Leaders of Tomorrow at GapSummit 2014 and 2016 respectively, along with Dr Laxmi Iyer, co-founder of Biotechin.Asia.

This one-day event will be held on October 19th 2016 at INFUSE, Level 14, Connexis South Tower, Fusionopolis, Singapore.

The theme of the event will be “Addressing Asian Phenotypic Diseases” with a speaker line-up that includes:

  • Sir Gregory Paul Winter, Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • Dr Benjamin Seet, ‎Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council – ‎A*STAR
  • Dr Carl Firth, Founder & CEO, ASLAN Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Kenneth Noonan, CEO, Lightstone Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Dr Lincoln Chee, Healthcare Chief Executive and Managing Director, Vertex Venture Management Pte. Ltd.
  • Dr Sue-Anne Toh, National University Health System
  • Dr Pauline Tay, Deputy Director, National Research Foundation

Applications will open July 1st, 2016 via their website, where you can find more details about the event. A*STAR is the venue sponsor and supporter of the event.

From the Co-founder(s) of Biotechin.Asia & Key Supporting Partners of SLoT

Sandhya, Co-founder of Biotechin.Asia and Vice-President of Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow (SLoT) Forum says “In April 2016, I attended the GapSummit 2016, organized by GBR, as a Leader of Tomorrow.  I found the entire experience very enriching and felt the need to do a similar event in Singapore that will create a group of focused and motivated bio-leaders who will help advance the biotech and healthcare ecosystem in Singapore. With Kelvin Chan on board, GBR decided to organize the Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow (SLoT) Forum, to be held on October 19th 2016 at Infuse, Fusionopolis, with Biotechin.Asia being the Key Supporting Partner. Bound by a common vision, we hope to help grow the global bio-economy by sparking global conversations and collaborations.”

Says Laxmi Iyer, President of the Singapore Leaders of Tomorrow Forum (SLoT), “We are very happy to partner with GBR and bring the wonderful concept of GapSummit to the Asian context. The concept of having a focussed group of young bio-leaders discussing about the gaps and the future of biotech industry in the presence of stakeholders of the ecosystem, will definitely help trigger a positive change. The theme of “Addressing Asian Phenotypic Diseases” at the inaugural SLoT forum is very apt, especially at a time when there is an increasing burden of diabetes among Singaporeans and Asians. We encourage the young bio-leaders of Singapore to come forward and be a part of this unique gathering and get inspired to act- personally and professionally.”

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Scientist-entrepreneur-manager-journalist: -Co-founder, Author; Former Assistant Editor and Director, Biotechin.Asia, Biotech Media Pte. Ltd.; -Founder & CEO, SciGlo (; -Programme Management Officer, SBIC, A*STAR (former Research Fellow). --Sandhya graduated from University of Madras, India (B.Sc Microbiology and M.Sc Biotechnology) and received her Ph.D from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She worked on oxidative stress in skin, skeletal, adipose tissue and cardiac muscle for a decade from 2006-2016. She is currently working as a Programme Management Officer handling projects and grants at Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Earlier to this she was a Research Fellow in the Fat Metabolism and Stem Cell Group at SBIC. Sandhya was also the Vice President and Publicity Chair of A*PECSS (A*STAR Post Doc Society) (2014-2016). Recently she founded a platform for scientists - SciGlo ( and is a startup mentor at Vertical VC (Finland). She is an ardent lover of science and enjoys globe trotting and good vegetarian food.