Article ID: CBB000932553

Singapore Biopolis: Bare Life in the City-State (2009)

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Waldby, Catherine (Author)


East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Volume: 3
Pages: 367--383


Publication Date: 2009
Edition Details: Part of a special issue: Emergent Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Southeast Asia
Language: English

Abstract In late 2003, the Singaporean government launched Biopolis, a life sciences technopole that brings key Singaporean biomedical research institutes together with global and local biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and governance bodies. The government has allocated generous funding to a range of biomedical research at Biopolis and adjacent academic and clinical institutes. Its stated aim is to make Singapore the Biopolis of Asia, the premier life sciences hub in a region where several much more populous states, notably China, India, and South Korea, are rapidly scaling up public investment in regenerative medicine and genomics. This paper will tease out what is at stake in the creation of Biopolis for the Singaporean state and population and what it can tell us about South East Asian governmentality and its bioeconomic and biopolitical aspirations and anxieties. In particular the paper engages with the implicit utopian vision of a regenerative bioeconomy evident in the Biopolis project. Biopolis is a site which brings together local and imported scientific expertise with the biological productivity of the multi-ethnic Singaporean population, who are understood as surrogates for the SE Asian population more generally. The ultimate aim of Biopolis, I argue, is to recalibrate the relationships between the biological and political life of the Singaporean population, and secure the economic future of the city-state, through the advanced research and development of Asia-specific medical biotechnology.

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Description On the 21st-century Singaporean science center integrating biomedical research institutes with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and governance bodies.


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Article Anderson, Warwick (2009) Re-orienting STS: Emergent Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Southeast Asia. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal (p. 163). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Ong, Aihwa
Luk, Yi Lai Christine
Goozner, Merrill
Martin, Paul C.
Smart, Andrew
Sunder Rajan, Kaushik
Journals
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social Studies of Science
Physics in Perspective
Science, Technology and Human Values
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Publishers
Duke University Press
University of California Press
Springer
University of Chicago Press
Harvard University Press
McGill University (Canada)
Concepts
Biotechnology
Biotechnology industry
Pharmaceutical industry
Science and society
Science and politics
Government sponsored science
People
Margulis, Lynn
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
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United States
Singapore
India
Taiwan
Europe
Hong Kong
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United States. Dept. of Agriculture
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
United States. Patent Office
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