According to a United Nation’s report, Asia’s population is expected to increase from 3.7 to 5.3 billion by 2050. With rising affluence comes greater attention to personal health and well-being, and a bigger demand for better quality healthcare.
For PerkinElmer, the opening of the new centre of excellence in March 2009 was a strategic move designed to harness Asia’s potential as a key growth region in a range of areas, from pharmaceutical research and neonatal and prenatal screening to environmental monitoring.
While biomedical sciences companies are in a race to develop new solutions for unmet clinical and market needs, there is also intense pressure to keep developmental costs competitive. Raising productivity and R&D cost effectiveness have become critical for these companies.
In view of this, PerkinElmer’s entry is timely and welcomed by the scientific community in Singapore. The R&D centre provides a platform for PerkinElmer to work with public research centres and global biopharmaceutical companies to further development and innovation into new tools and applications to support the biomedical sciences research in Singapore.
Centre of excellence project
The centre of excellence is the second Singapore-based facility of its kind opened by PerkinElmer in the past year. The centre will serve as a training and knowledge sharing facility for life sciences researchers located throughout the Pacific Rim. Operated by PerkinElmer’s bio-discovery business unit, the centre will provide advanced solutions in the areas of automation and detection, cellular imaging and analysis, and drug discovery and research reagents.
PerkinElmer’s first Singapore based centre of excellence was opened in March 2008. This application centre is dedicated to the critical issues surrounding environmental health. The first centre supports a wide range of detection instrumentation and applications for environmental, food, materials and oil industries, as well as for expanding PerkinElmer’s EcoAnalytix revolutionary problem-solving initiative that addresses the global imperatives of food and consumer product safety, water quality and sustainable energy development.
New Singapore facility
The new centre has been built to recognise the importance of technical support and training to ensure that our customers benefit fully from PerkinElmer’s expertise in imaging and detection as well as reagent biology and chemistry.
The CoE is equipped with PerkinElmer instruments, software and reagents for biotech, pharmaceutical and academic customers that enable scientific workshops, demonstrations and customer support and training. It also provides classroom courses with topics covering techniques for assay development and training of instrumentation and related analysis software.
Cutting-edge developments include the manufacturing of instruments for atomic absorption spectroscopy and UV/visible spectroscopy to detect both inorganic and organic materials in the environment, food, materials and oil industries.
The new facility will provide R&D support for the expansion of PerkinElmer’s EcoAnalytix solutions family, a revolutionary problem-solving initiative that addresses the global imperatives of food and consumer product safety, water quality and sustainable energy development.