SINGAPORE, October 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Fusionopolis Two, the latest addition to one-north, an R&D hub and icon of Singapore's knowledge economy masterplanned and developed by JTC, was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today.
With its state-of-the art facilities at the heart of one-north's Fusionopolis cluster, the opening of the $450 million Fusionopolis Two provides co-location opportunities for research, innovation and enterprise, aimed at sparking interdisciplinary collaborations amongst the public sector and with private sector players. This ecosystem to support knowledge creation in science and technology will lead to new areas of economic growth for Singapore.
The opening of Fusionopolis Two comes against the backdrop of the highest Gross Domestic Expenditure in R&D (GERD) recorded, at S$7.6 billion in 2013. 2013 also saw the highest level of RSE jobs created since 2005. Of the 1,800 new RSE jobs created in 2013, 1,100 were in the private sector. These results reflect the continuing development and growing stature of Singapore's R&D landscape.
Anchored at Fusionopolis Two are the following A*STAR science and engineering research institutes: the Data Storage Institute (DSI), Institute of Microelectronics (IME), Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), and the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech).
Already located at Fusionopolis One are the Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R) and the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). Together, these two research institutes under A*STAR have established 19 joint labs with industry since they were located at Fusionopolis in 2008.
The co-location of these institutes brings together research capabilities such as data analytics, computational sciences, social and cognitive computing analytics, advanced materials, silicon photonics, future data centre storage technologies and nanofabrication, among others.
Fusionopolis Two has been designed and developed by JTC according to A*STAR's research needs, adhering to stringent requirements for cleanroom facilities to be vibration-sensitive and pollutant-free. The layout has also been designed to foster greater interaction and deepen scientific collaborations through the use of integrated and shared facilities.
The network of A*STAR's research institutes and other public and private research bodies at Fusionopolis, as well as the robust biomedical sciences expertise built up at Biopolis, are emblematic of the Government's commitment to transform Singapore into a knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy, where both public and private sectors can work closely to create impactful economic and societal outcomes for Singapore.
one-north: An Exciting Place of Vision and Inspiration
Over the last 15 years, one-north has grown in stature as an icon of Singapore's knowledge economy that is anchored by dynamic growth clusters at Fusionopolis, Biopolis and Mediapolis, and uniquely blended with residential, lifestyle and educational spaces. one-north is also home to JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, a vibrant start-up cluster comprising key players of the entrepreneurship community such as accelerators, incubators, start-ups, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Today, this creative milieu of research, innovation and test-bedding is home to some 250 leading companies and global institutions, five institutes of higher learning and corporate universities, 41 incubators with over 600 start-ups, 16 world-class public research institutes, and over 35,000 talent.
For full press release and media queries, please contact Vanessa Loh, Senior Officer, Corporate Communications, Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Tel: +65-6826-6395, Email: [email protected]
SOURCE Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)