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Title: Manpower development for the biomedical industry space
Authors: Goh, J.C.H. 
Keywords: Bioengineering Education
Enhancement Programs
Undergraduate Study
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Goh, J.C.H. (2013). Manpower development for the biomedical industry space. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS : 3138-3141. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Cluster is one of four key pillars of the Singapore economy. The Singapore Government has injected research funding for basic and translational research to attract companies to carry out their commercial R&D activities. To further intensify the R&D efforts, the National Research Foundation (NRF) was set up to coordinate the research activities of different agencies within the larger national framework and to fund strategic R&D initiatives. In recent years, funding agencies began to focus on support of translational and clinical research, particularly those with potential for commercialization. Translational research is beginning to have traction, in particular research funding for the development of innovation medical devices. Therefore, the Biomedical Sciences sector is projected to grow which means that there is a need to invest in human capital development to achieve sustainable growth. In support of this, education and training programs to strengthen the manpower capabilities for the Biomedical Sciences industry have been developed. In recent years, undergraduate and graduate degree courses in biomedical engineering/bioengineering have been developing at a rapid rate. The goal is to train students with skills to understand complex issues of biomedicine and to develop and implement of advanced technological applications to these problems. There are a variety of career opportunities open to graduates in biomedical engineering, however regardless of the type of career choices, students must not only focus on achieving good grades. They have to develop their marketability to employers through internships, overseas exchange programs, and involvement in leadership-type activities. Furthermore, curriculum has to be developed with biomedical innovation in mind and ensure relevance to the industry. The objective of this paper is to present the NUS Bioengineering undergraduate program in relation to manpower development for the biomedical industry in Singapore. © 2013 IEEE.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
ISBN: 9781457702167
ISSN: 1557170X
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6610206
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