Stephen Gillespie was invited to speak at an event in Singapore by the Longitude Prize organisers NESTA on the 27th March 2017.  The purpose of the meeting was to encourage applicant teams for the forthcoming round of Discovery Awards from the Asian Region.  In the last round the Orbital Diagnostics team from St Andrews won a Discovery Award to develop their SLIC–susceptibility device for point of care use.



The meeting was followed by a reception at the British High Commission..


Longitude Prize Programme Copthorne Waterfront Singapore

13:30 – 13:40     Welcome Address: Why the UK has identified AMR as a key challenge and priority. Major UK programmes.  Nicola Willey, Regional Director for South East Asia, UK Science and Innovation Network, British High Commission Singapore

13:40 – 14:00     Academic researchers as engine of innovation in diagnostics: the UK experience Barbara Fallowfield, Longitude Prize Advisory Panel Member (2014-2016) Commercial Director, Mologic

14:00 – 14:20     Overview of Singapore’s portfolio approach to battling AMR in the country and region National Action Plan, Singapore Ministry of Health

14:50 – 15:10     Longitude Prize: eligibility, highlights of the rules, update on current teams & Discovery Grants  Daniel Berman, Lead, Longitude Prize Nesta

15:10 – 16:50     Panel: Diagnostic research, product development and the Longitude Prize Moderator: Dr Arlene Chua, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology (Tan Tock Seng Hospital) and World Health Organisation, Geneva

Case study: malaria RDT – successful test development with significant clinical impact and wide adoption Dr Yoel Lubell, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit MORU

Singapore Diagnostics Development Initiative Dr Sidney Yee, Chief Executive Officer, Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD Hub) / Executive Vice President, Incubation & Spinoff Management Division (ISM), A*STAR Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL)


A Winner of Discovery Award Round I: Orbital Diagnostics – St Andrews – Scotland, United Kingdom “If we see further than others…”Professor, Stephen Gillespie, School of Medicine, University of St Andrews


16:50 – 17:00      Closing remarksDr Clarence Tam, Assistant Professor, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health