ILO facilitated and managed the agreement that was signed between the NUS Department of Surgery and Stem Cell Technologies (i) Pte Ltd to jointly collaborate on research to find a cure for diabetes through adult stem cells.

This research project, which will entail creating insulin-secreting cells from adult stem cells derived from self, brings together a group of prominent leaders in basic research, clinical applications, industry collaboration and surgery. The main focus of the research will be in the use of adipose tissue, but other sources of adult stem cells may also be investigated.

The collaborators include Professor Bernat Soria, who holds the Chair as Professor of Physiology and Director of the Institute of Bioengineering, Alicante, Spain, and is presently an Adjunct Professor with the NUS Department of Surgery, Professor Sir Roy Calne, who is the Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Cambridge University, UK. He was knighted by the Queen in 1996 for his pioneering work in the field of Medicine, Associate Professor John Isaac, who is currently Acting Head of the NUS Department of Surgery. He is also concurrently Senior Consultant, Head of Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Surgery Division, and Post Graduate Education Director at the Department of Surgery, and Senior Consultant, Liver Transplantation Service at the National University Hospital, and Dr Susan Lim, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Stem Cell Technologies (i) Pte Ltd, who is an accomplished general surgeon in active surgical practice and is known in Singapore and Asia as the first surgeon to have successfully pioneered and performed liver transplantation in this region.