Editor’s Note – January 2015 Print Magazine

Our January 2015 print edition starts the year off with a bang, looking at the latest developments in biotechnology.

The January 2015 issue of Asian Scientist Magazine is dedicated to all things biotechnology. We look at all stages of the pipeline, from emerging problems that demand a robust technological solution (Ebola), to exciting new technologies that look set to revolutionize the field (optogenetics); products that are close to commercialization and even those that are market ready (Asian biotech innovations).

While technology has the clear potential to impact lives, our articles highlight that technology alone is insufficient. Political will, affordability and even a supportive patent infrastructure all interact to determine whether a given biotechnology fails or succeeds.

At the personal level, we hear from Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of Biocon, on her own journey in building what is now India’s largest biotechnology firm. Mr. Goh Khoon Seng from Edwards Lifesciences also shares with us what it takes to be a great medical device company.

We hope that you’ll find this issue as fascinating and insightful as it has been for us putting it together. If you’ve been inspired to get started on your own biotech company, check out our last page for handy tips to get you going.

Rebecca Tan
Managing Editor

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Rebecca did her PhD at the National University of Singapore where she studied how macrophages integrate multiple signals from the toll-like receptor system. She was formerly the editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine.

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