Panel Science & Technology



- To inspire youth to build their careers on the foundation of doing research

- To provide insights on what skills and expertise researchers can leverage on to be a successful entrepreneur

- To discuss implications to build a strong R&D infrastructure in Vietnam and its importance in the country’s development as well as expatriates’ potential contributions


Language: Vietnamese


Panel flow:
- 1:30pm-2:00pm: Inspiration
- 2:00pm-2:30pm: From know-how to entrepreneur
- 2:30pm-3:00pm: Implications for R&D Vietnam





Dr. Phan Toan Thang, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (National University of Singapore)


Dr. Phan has 20 year experience in wound healing research. His first clinical exposure was in 1991 during his surgical training at the Department of Burns & Trauma Surgery, Military Hospital 103 of the Vietnam Armed Forces. Before taking research faculty position at NUS-Department of Surgery in 2004, Dr Phan had been received advanced research training and employment at the Oxford Wound Healing Institute, England, Department of Plastic Surgery/Burns Centre, Singapore General Hospital, and Hagey Laboratory for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University, USA.


Dr Phan has authored more than 60 publications, 2 book chapters and 18 granted and pending patents related to wound healing and stem cell research. He is also a inventor of Cord Lining Stem Cell technology and co-inventor of nanofiber mat for wound care that have lead to successful out-licensing contracts to local and international biotech companies, namely CordLife, ClearBridgeNanomedics, StemCyte Inc.


As a biotech entrepreneur, Dr Phan is a founding member of Singapore-based CellResearchCorp (2002) and Vietnam-based MekoStem and FBM Regenerative Medicine Pte Ltd (2008) that are currently focusing on stem cell banking and skin regeneration for Vietnam, IndoChina and Southern China market and have proven commercially successful. 

Dr. Bui Dinh Thuan, PhD

Founder & CEO, i-DNA Biotechnology Pte Ltd


Mr. Bui obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of London, in 1994. Dr. Bui worked as a research fellow funded by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and then the Wellcome Trust, at the University of Oxford (1994-1997), followed by the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore (1998- 2001). In 2001, Dr. Bui obtained an MBA from the University of MacQuarie, Australia. Between 2001-2, Dr. Bui worked in a Singapore government-funded start-up company, which subsequently merged to form Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, the commercialization arm of A*STAR. Here, Dr. Bui worked as an Assistant VP of Commercialisation in the Biomedical Sciences Group until early 2004, where he left to start-up i-DNA Biotechnology Private Limited. The vision of i-DNA is to become a leading provider of life sciences research products and customised services.

Dr. Nguyen Nam Trung, Dr.-Ing. habil.

Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University


Dr. Nguyen received his Dr.-Ing. habil (a respected qualification in Germany for a full professorship) from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2004. Dr. Nguyen is also the First Runner Up of Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development in 2009 and the Runner Up of ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2008.


Currently, he is an Associate Professor with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. His research focus is microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro/nanomachining technologies, micro/nanoscale sience, and instrumentation for biomedical applications.


Dr. Nguyen is an internationally recognized researcher with 140 journal papers, two patents granted and author of bestseller books in his field. His current H-index is 23 and he ranks 742 out of 6678 of the top 1% most cited scientists in engineering.