For Immediate Release - December 16, 2013


SINGAPORE - Monday, December 16, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick today met with several leaders of Singapore's innovation economy to discuss opportunities for collaboration between Massachusetts and Singapore in the areas of Big Data, transportation, cleantech, life sciences and information technology, among other sectors. The Commonwealth is a leader in several key innovation economy sectors and today’s events presented another opportunity for the Governor and members of the delegation to collaborate with leaders in Singapore to cultivate and grow these industries, as well as promote all Massachusetts has to offer for companies and nations looking to expand these industries.

"From life sciences and clean tech to water management and 'Big Data,' Massachusetts is working on many of the same innovations as Singapore," said Governor Patrick. "We are connecting with innovators, inventors and investors here to show that the doors of Massachusetts open to the world, and we have identified a number of fronts on which to collaborate."

This morning, the Governor and members of his delegation visited the Future Urban Mobility project, where they learned about and interacted with several pilot projects that are using big data and technology innovations to address local and global transportation challenges. The Future Urban Mobility project is working to develop innovative technology and information-based transportation solutions to improve the safety, comfort and time associated with transportation, and to reverse unsustainable energy and environmental trends associated with transportation.

This project is being led by an interdisciplinary research group within the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute for Technology Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).

“The SMART research projects taking place in Singapore use the analytics and computing expertise of both regions to develop innovative solutions to major transportation challenges,” said Pamela Goldberg, CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Exposure to the technologies created through the Future Urban Mobility project will help to better inform the Commonwealth’s ongoing dialogue about how big data analytics play a role in improving our transportation future.”

Later in the day, Governor Patrick met with representatives from the Singapore water industry to introduce them to Massachusetts companies, and to find ways to collaborate in the field of water innovation. The discussion covered the challenges facing water companies in Massachusetts and Singapore, best practices and ideas for the future of the water industry.

Last week, as part of the Massachusetts - Asia Innovation Partnership Mission, Governor Patrick joined representatives from Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation and Massachusetts-based Desalitech in Tokyo to announce a global partnership that will introduce environmentally responsible and highly economical water and wastewater treatment solutions to Japanese, East Asian and international markets, and keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the global water innovation economy.

In Singapore today, Governor Patrick and his delegation also met with Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), in order to learn more about how Singapore fosters innovation industries and compare best practices between the Commonwealth's organizations and A*STAR, which is  the lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and  talent for a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation-driven Singapore. A*STAR oversees 14 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research institutes, and six consortia and centres, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis, as well as in their immediate vicinity.

Governor Patrick also met with staff and researchers from the institutes that comprise the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Centre for Translational Medicine, which works closely with A*STAR, and discussed the growing life sciences industry in the Commonwealth. Singapore is an important region for life sciences innovation, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) has been building relationships with companies in Singapore in order to build a solid foundation for collaboration. Over the past several years, the MLSC has worked with numerous companies from the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate their location or expansion in Massachusetts, including companies from Japan and China. Singapore is home to many innovative companies with potential for future U.S. expansion. During the trip, the life sciences delegation and Governor Patrick were hosted by the NUS' Centre for Translational Medicine. The Centre is part of Singapore’s efforts to develop research talent in biomedical sciences. The delegation visited with various institutes within the Centre, including the Cancer Science Institute, the Translational Research Innovations in Ocular Surgery Program and the Investigational Medicine Unit.

"Over the past several years companies large and small from the Asia-Pacific region have been choosing Massachusetts as the best place to invest, locate and expand, thanks to the investments we've made in our life sciences ecosystem, and the growing relationship between our regions,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “The Governor's trade mission and today’s forum are providing an opportunity to deepen conversations with companies that are beginning to look at Massachusetts as a great place to do business in the life sciences."

From December 7-17, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick is leading a coalition of the Commonwealth's government and industry leaders on the Massachusetts - Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state's partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and region for economic development and job creation in the innovation, life sciences, financial services, clean tech and transportation sectors.

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