February 2015 | ISSUE 16
Singapore President lays foundation stone of LKCMedicine’s dual campus

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Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam with senior leadership from NTU, Imperial and LKCMedicine launching the foundation stones

On 8 January, some 180 guests, staff and students from LKCMedicine and its founding institutions, NTU and Imperial, gathered at NTU’s School of Biological Sciences (SBS) to witness the foundation stone laying of LKCMedicine’s two new buildings by Guest-of-Honour Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore.

The seven-storey Experimental Medicine Building (EMB), which is located across from SBS on NTU’s main campus, will be completed by July to welcome the next cohort; while the 20-storey Clinical Sciences Building (CSB), which is at the heart of the upcoming medical hub HealthCity Novena, will open its doors next year. The two buildings will form LKCMedicine’s dual campus.

Dr Tan said, “I am delighted to lay the foundation stone for the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine Building and Clinical Sciences Building. This promising young medical school builds on the strong foundations of the Nanyang Technological University and Imperial College London. I look forward to seeing the School flourish and make its mark on the world stage through state-of-the-art training of doctors who put patient care first and push the boundaries of care through multidisciplinary research.”

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Lee Foundation Deputy Chairman Dr Lee Seng Tee (second right), senior management and board members from NTU, Imperial and LKCMedicine attending the event

Also present at the ceremony were Lee Foundation Deputy Chairman Dr Lee Seng Tee, senior management from both NTU and Imperial, as well as members of NTU’s Board of Trustees, LKCMedicine’s Governing Board and the medical fraternity.

Speaking at the ceremony, LKCMedicine Governing Board Chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh said that the coming together of Imperial and NTU, “with their excellent track records and combined
strengths in medicine, engineering and the biomedical sciences, to establish Singapore’s newest medical school has provided LKCMedicine with an excellent foundation upon which to grow and develop”.

The firm integration of LKCMedicine’s dual campus into clusters of pre-clinical and clinical expertise will complete the research chain and inject a great dose of synergy and energy into the research community.

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “This will bring new treatments and next-generation therapeutics to patients
faster, through the hands of doctors that you and I would like to have caring for us.”

At the same time, CSB will also ease students’ transition into clinical settings and facilitate closer interaction between researchers and clinicians.

Imperial President Professor Alice Gast said, “In creating LKCMedicine, we have a remarkable spirit of collaboration that is becoming the envy of many around the world.”

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Healthcare leaders from Singapore's leading healthcare clusters attending the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony; LKCMedicine students give President Tan a flavour of student life

After launching the laying of the foundation stones, President Tan toured a specially curated exhibition that showcased the School’s research strategy, curriculum and vibrant student life, meeting researchers, faculty and students.