Biomed pioneer in coma after sudden illness

PHOTO: Biomed pioneer in coma after sudden illness

SINGAPORE - Professor Miranda Yap, 64, the founding executive director of the Bioprocessing Technology Institute, suffered a brain aneurysm in September last year while playing golf.

She underwent intensive care and therapy, but remains in a coma and is being treated at home.

Prof Yap is considered a pioneer who played a pivotal role in developing the biomedical sciences landscape in Singapore.

She was key in developing the biologics sector, anchoring some of the leading multinational biologics manufacturing companies in Singapore and helping to attract over $2.5 billion in investments here and creating thousands of jobs in the process.

Prof Yap's outstanding achievements in education, research and management were recognised by the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering, which elected her Foreign Associate in 2006. She became the first foreign female associate and the only engineer in Singapore to be elected into the academy.

In 2009, she was awarded the President's Science and Technology Medal - Singapore's top science and technology honour.

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