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Budding student scientists impress Nobel laureate

THEY may be teenagers, but their science projects ranged from studying a gene linked to bipolar disorder to creating a new material that could help Singapore save energy. Yesterday, eight students were lauded by 2009 Chemistry Nobel Prize laureate Ada Yonath, who said that "compared to students around the world, Singapore's are at the top". The eight were finalists of the annual Agency for...


Alcon opens eye-drug plant here

EYE-care firm Alcon yesterday officially opened its first Asia-Pacific eye-care drug manufacturing plant here, a facility housing production, packaging and distribution under one roof. The $200 million plant, which started commercial operations last July, spans 330,000 sq ft of space in Tuas Biomedical Park. It is equipped with high-speed aseptic filling capabilities to produce 25 million bottles...


Novartis unit opens $200m plant in Tuas

A PLANT that officially opened yesterday will allow large numbers of eye-related drugs to be produced from a single complex. The $200 million manufacturing facility at Tuas Biomedical Park II was built by Alcon, the eyecare arm of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis. It uses an innovative system with a "single, seamless process" that can produce about 24 million units of drugs a year. Other firms...


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