Professor Tan Sze Wee
Prof Tan Sze Wee, is currently the Executive Director of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering
Prof Tan’s career in A*STAR began in 2009, where he held the appointment of Programme
Director of the Medical Technology initiative in SERC. His next appointment was as Director of
SERC’s Strategic Initiatives, where he oversaw all SERC cluster-led R&D development. He also
provided leadership for SERC’s cross-cutting programmes such as the Thematic Research
Programme and the Joint Laboratories programme with the local universities and concurrently
spearheaded the Healthcare and Lifestyle (H&L) Programme in A*STAR.
In October 2012, Prof Tan was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in the Biomedical
Research Council (BMRC). His experience with the SERC RIs enabled BMRC to engage
companies in these industry sectors holistically, cross-promoting the multi-disciplinary
capabilities available at both Councils to meet the needs of companies. He helped to pave the
way for growth of A*STAR’s engagements with companies in the Food & Nutrition, Medical
Technology and Consumer Care sectors with leading MNCs like GE Healthcare, Nestle, Coca
Cola and P&G.
Prof Tan is Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Chemical and
Biomedical Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Associate
Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. He is also Chairman of the
Singapore Stanford Biodesign Steering Committee, and member of the steering committee of
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore.
Prof Tan was formerly the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rockeby Biomed
Limited. Prior to joining Rockeby, he was the Asia-Pacific Associate Regional Medical Director
(Asia Regional Office) for Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a division of Bristol-Myers Squibb
Company from 1997 to 2001.
Prof Tan was a former Nominated Member of Parliament of Singapore.
Prof Tan is a member of the Corporate Technology Platform Scientific Advisory Board for
Procter and Gamble, as well as a member of Singapore National Eye Centre’s Ophthalmic
Technologies Incubator Advisory Board.
Prof Tan is a Board Member to DSO National Laboratories and the Singapore Maritime Institute.
Prof Tan is also council member of the Singapore Medical Association (SMA), as well as board of
director for SMA Pte Ltd and SMA Charity Pte Ltd.
Prof Tan is currently the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore’s
Executive Committee. He is also co-chair to the MND Inter-Ministry Committee on Food
Security R&D Workgroup. Prof Tan is also the Treasurer of the YMCA, and a member to
Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) Central Committee.
A/Prof Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the National
University of Singapore, and attained his Masters of Business Administration from Warwick
University, UK. He attended the Stanford Executive Programme at the Stanford Graduate
School Business. He is an affiliate member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal
College of Physicians, UK. He is a registered medical practitioner with the Singapore Medical
Council and the Hong Kong Medical Council.