Dr. Wong Mun-Yew, Founder & Managing Director
Dr. Wong Mun Yew is the founder & CEO of Asia Genomics. He is also an angel investor, and supports a couple of start-ups in Singapore as advisor and mentor.
Mun Yew worked more than 10 years in the investment industry. He was an Asia Business Development Operating Partner at Formation8 Partners 2013-2016, a successful Silicon Valley technology venture capital fund, focusing on Singapore and South East Asia. He began his investment career with Bio*One Capital in 2005, a global healthcare private equity fund, before becoming Senior Vice President at EDB Investments Pte Ltd where he led EDBI’s cleantech investment team.
He has served as a director for Codexis Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS), Amaranth Medical Inc., and was board observer in Fluidigm Corp (Nasdaq: FLDM), Revance Therapeutics (Nasdaq: RVNC) and Innovalight Inc (acquired by DuPont).
He also gained experience in business development and operations in healthcare services, and spent time in China as Vice President (International Operations) at Parkway Pantai Limited, a subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad.
Prior to investing, Mun Yew practised clinical medicine for 7 years in Singapore.
Mun Yew holds a medical degree and Diploma in Dermatology from the National University of Singapore.
Har Jia-Yi, Senior Vice President & General Manager
Jia Yi worked in the life sciences and healthcare industry for over ten years. Prior to joining Imagene Labs, she was the APAC Imaging Systems Life Cycle business manager at Philips Healthcare, where she built and grew new business areas to create additional revenue streams for the Philips Health Systems business.
Jia Yi was also previously a healthcare investment professional at Partners Group, a global asset management firm with asset under management of USD 40 billion. She was responsible for deal sourcing and business development with APAC healthcare and investment companies, and commercial due diligence on pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, healthcare services and healthcare IT assets.
Jia Yi holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSc in Life Sciences (Molecular & Cell Biology) from National University of Singapore. She has six years of laboratory experience conducting interdisciplinary research
in molecular genetics, microbiology and biophysics, and has published five scientific papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Lionel Lim, Scientific Director
Lionel brings a diverse breadth of scientific experience to Imagene Labs, having trained in microbiology, stem cell and cancer laboratories. He is proficient in numerous molecular biology techniques and adept at the latest in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies. Lionel was previously the laboratory manager at POLARIS@GIS, one of the first laboratories in Asia to receive College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation specifically for the use of NGS as a core clinical service. There, he led a diverse team in managing various aspects of Clinical Laboratory Operations including financial planning, assay development, workflow assignment, LIMS and IT integration, process improvement, quality management and safety.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California – San Francisco, both funded by a National Science Scholarship from the Agency for Science Technology and Research.
Hasyim Sim, Laboratory Lead
Hasyim received his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Monash University, and Masters in Biotechnology (majoring in molecular biology) from the Queensland University of Technology. After his studies, Hasyim headed to Malaysia and worked in Genenews Malaysia – a molecular diagnostics start-up specialising in research and development for cancer risk assessment tests. Prior to joining Imagene Labs, he was with Sengenics Brunei where he was involved in setting up the laboratory and building his experience in microarray, PCR-based and next-generation sequencing technologies. He was also responsible for the management of two major Brunei government funded research projects.
Vishweshwaran Sridhar, Bioinformatics Lead
Vishweshwaran received his Engineering Degree in Biotechnology in 2008 and started his career in India as a software engineer with Wipro Technologies. In 2013, he graduated with a Master Degree in Bioinformatics from Nanyang Technological University Singapore. He worked as a Bioinformatics Engineer at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory where he specialized in NGS Data analysis. Throughout his education and career, Vishwesh has built extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in several programming languages and statistical analysis, particularly in software and database development.
Thomas Joshi, Engineering Lead
Thomas received his Diploma in Information Technology in 2003 before obtaining a Bachelor degree in Computer Science. He has been into software development since 2003, growing his proﬁciency through hands-on experience in several programming languages.
He began his professional career with an SME in India as an internet developer, progressing to multinational organizations such as Foster Wheeler UK where he worked in domains such as digital media, oil and gas, higher education and health care. His specializations are in software and database design, development, troubleshooting and maintenance.
Toh Hong Boon, Associate Director, Operations Planning
Hong Boon graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, and King’s College London with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences Research. He gained extensive laboratory operations and research knowledge from his career at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), a leading research institute under A*Star, where he was involved in genotyping and Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS).
He subsequently moved to the role of Analyst, Project Coordinator and Functional Planner in the Asia-Paciﬁc (APAC) Regional Molecular Marker Laboratory of Syngenta, a Swiss agro-biotechnology multi-national corporation. He was part of the Leadership Team that led the Laboratory in serving clients and collaborations globally. He was also involved in data analysis, management of global and regional projects, demand and resource planning, and management reporting for the APAC Regional Laboratory.
Prior to joining Imagene Labs, Hong Boon was involved in the setting up of embraceBio, a Singapore Company that assists researchers to source and recruit research volunteers and samples. As embraceBio’s Assistant General Manager, he oversaw Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Community Outreach.
Roy Chong, Associate Director, Commercial
Roy’s career spans various roles in sales and business development. He played an integral role in building the sales portfolio of Vivant Resources and the Kibing Group in the Asian and North American construction industries. Part of his experience in the wellness industry involved being the founder and director of his own wellness business Neuganics, which creates and distributes premium health products made from natural ingredients. His specialty lies in creating new market channels through partnership marketing and engagement.
Aslina Abdullah, Associate Director, Fitness Lead
Aslina spent 16 years in the fitness industry. Starting out as a Personal Trainer, she gained broad cross functional experience through various roles after in managing operations, driving revenue and developing talent with leading international gym chains including Singapore’s first mega gym chain California Fitness. Her most recent role prior to joining Imagene Labs was Regional Vice President at Celebrity Fitness, one of South East Asia’s biggest fitness center operators who dominate the Indonesia and Malaysian markets. Her role covered the lengths of business improvement projects, membership life management and skills development within teams.
Having once based herself in the Indonesian and Malaysia capitals, this born and bred Singaporean loves connecting with people and experiencing the different cultural nuances of working in trans-national ecosystems.
Lynette Mun, Country Manager, Malaysia
Lynette’s career started in sales before she moved into operations and management. She has helped expand business for companies such as Wyann International and Bonia in Malaysia. Driven by her passion for helping people transform not only their physical appearance through their skin and bodyline, but also their self-confidence, she built her experience in the beauty and slimming industries to include overseeing a 21-outlet wellness chain brand. Her ability lies in opening new market through strategic partnership and engagements.
Melisa Fu, Nutritionist & Country Manager, Hong Kong, Macau & South China
Melisa is a Nutritionist graduated from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has over 15 years experience in the health and wellness industry in Hong Kong and Macau.
She has received her Personal Trainer license in Hong Kong in 2005 and has since been very active in physical healthcare either personally or professionally.
She strongly believes that good mental and physical health foundations are the first and foremost priorities to everlasting happiness, health and longevity. Therefore, we must always start from the roots and basics and work our way up from there.
With the completion of the Genetics and Genomics Certificate offered by Stanford University, Melisa will have a much higher understanding of the advances in genetics research and how these can be applied to our healthcare concerns.
She has four children and particularly enjoys working with women on postnatal recovery. She also enjoys working with children, teaching them healthy eating and exercise habits that can set them up for life.
Dr. Kenneth Fung, Product Innovations Director
Prof. Dr. Walter Wahli
Professor Walter Wahli is Professor of Metabolic Disease at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University & Imperial College London. He is also the President of the Council of the Nestle Foundation for the Study of Problems of Nutrition in the World. Prior to these appointments, Prof Wahli spent most of his scientific career at the world-renowned University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He obtained his PhD in 1977 under the guidance of Prof. Weber at the University of Berne. He has been postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution of Washington in Baltimore, USA, and Visiting associate at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA. He was appointed Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Animal Biology of the University of Lausanne in 1980. He is also the Founder Director of the Center for Integrative Genomics at Lausanne.
Prof Wahli is internationally recognised for his contributions to the area of energy metabolism. He is the co-discoverer of the transcription factors (PPARs), which are activated by fatty acids and eicosanoids, and has provided fundamental insights into their multifaceted functions. His discoveries contributed in advancing the understanding of the molecular signalling of these lipids, which impact most key biological processes in vertebrates, including humans. He has published close to 330 papers in top-ranking journals, book chapters and editorials. He was awarded several prizes and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne.
Dr. Paul Clayton
Paul Clayton is a clinical pharmacologist specialising in the pharmacology of foods and food extracts. Currently a Fellow at the Institute of Food, Brain and Behaviour (Oxford), he conducts clinical and pre-clinical research on nutrition and pharmaco-nutrition. His experience also spans various academic and professional positions with organisations around the world; most notably: Senior Scientific Advisor at Zinzino (Norway), Chief Scientific Officer at Gencor Pacific (USA), Trustee at the Szechenyi Scientific Society (Hungary) and Fellowships at the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as serving on the Advisory Committees of the Nutritional Therapy Council and Alliance on Natural Health in the UK.
Alongside editorial contributions at EC Nutrition, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and ‘Nutrition Practitioner’, Paul has published several books on nutrition including ‘Out of the Fire’, ‘Health Defence’ and the ‘Health Defence Cookbook’ (with Portia Dean) and ‘After Atkins: Atkins and Other Low-Carbohydrate Diets’. He advisesnumerous companies in the health sector and is a frequent public speaker.
Dr. Ross Walker
Dr Walker has over 35 years of experience as a non-interventional cardiologist, with an extensive practice in all aspects of echocardiology and preventative cardiology on the North Shore of Sydney. He has performed over 100,000 transthoracic echocardiograms along with 50,000 stress echocardiograms and 2000 transoesophageal echocardiograms.
Dr Walker has been on the International speaking circuit for 22 years, having spoken twice to audiences of 35,000 people in Mumbai, India. In 2005, he presented to 10,000 people at the Hong Kong convention centre, for MDRT, the biggest insurance conference in the world. Dr Walker lectures for major corporations both in Australia and internationally on a regular basis.
Dr. Tan Thiam Chye
He was awarded the inaugural SingHealth Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Educator in 2011 and SingHealth Distinguished Educator in 2018. His research interest is in Reproductive Endocrinology in First Trimester Miscarriage. He was awarded the NMRC/MOH Industrial Aligned Fund (IAF) Research Grant $1.2 million for his research work in miscarriage biomarkers in pregnancy for 2016-2018. He was granted SGD $1 million under the NMRC-ZIKA Medical Research Grant for A Multi-Center Prospective National Longitudinal Study on ZIKA. He co-authored the book “Practical O&G Handbook for the Clinician and General Practitioner” which was awarded the prestigious British Medical Association Book Award in 2015.
Prof Tan is also a strong advocate of using healthcare technology to enhance patient experience and education. In 2016, he co-developed the HealthHub Pregnancy Track, a new web portal and mobile app with Health Promotion Board. Since 2018, he founded and is Chief Editor for Pregnancy Singapore, a pregnancy information web portal to provide bite-size contents to Asian mothers. In 2019, he collaborated with Public Service Division on Moments of Life (Families) app to connect parents digitally in Singapore.
Asia Advisor to People Shores Inc on Impact Sourcing out of India and USA.
CEO of Westpac Bank Singapore and Head of Large Corporates Asia (2014-2017). Institutional Wholesale Banker with at Standard Chartered plc (2009-2012) and Deutsche Bank (2006-2009)
Chairman & CEO of Steel Group in Malaysia ( 2012-2014), CEO of 1 Group plc ( 1999-2006)
Chartered Accountant of Scotland (1986) and Singapore (2017)
A member of the Corporate Governance committee for the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and an audit committee member of Securities Investors Association of Singapore.
Dr. Cheryl Kam
Dr Kam is a King’s College London graduate and has over 10 years of clinical experience in the UK and Singapore.
She particularly enjoyed her experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Neurology and Acute medicine.
She subsequently received postgraduate training at the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, and is also trained in Advanced Nutrient Therapy and Brain Biochemistry by the Walsh Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
She enjoys working with women, children, and those with emotional health and complex chronic health issues, using modern integrative methods to get to the root causes of disease.
Certified by the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, she has a good understanding of mind-body medicine, bringing depth into consultations where emotional wellness may be a limiting factor in recovery.
She works seamlessly with the team at Mint Medical Centre, and a close network of specialists, psychologists and nutritionists in bringing you to mind, body and spiritual wellness.
She regularly gives talks, workshops and writes articles to empower women as wellness advocates within their family and the wider society.
Dr. Ivan Puah
Dr. Ivan Puah’s current professional appointments include Medical Director of Amaris B Clinic which he started in 2004, Medical Aesthetic Trainer for Allergan Medical Institute, and Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for the Society of Aesthetic Medicine, Singapore. He regularly travels to places like Italy, Argentina, the United States and more to receive training in treatments such as Laserlipolysis, Vaser Full Body Sculpting and Vaser Assisted High Definition Liposculpture (VAHDL) where he received personal training from Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, the pioneer of VAHDL.
Dr. Puah was also personally trained by renowned French plastic surgeon Dr. Pierre Francois Fournier on Syringe Fat Grafting, Liposculpture, APTOS thread and Curl lift in Singapore.
A graduate of the National University of Singapore (M.B.B.S.), he also has a Diploma in Acupuncture awarded by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Singapore), which certifies him as an Acupuncturist with the Traditional Chinese Practitioners Board, Singapore. With knowledge in both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Puah hopes to fulfill the aesthetic and beauty aspirations as well as boosting the confidence even of more people.
Dr. Michael Bryant
Dr. Michael Bryant (Chiropractic, USA) completed a rigorous program of study at the University of Michigan in Cell and Molecular Biology / Pre-Medicine, and spent a brief period working in the research and biotech / pharmaceutical industries after completing his undergraduate studies. It was during this time that he gained an appreciation for the passion of many working within biological research, but also witnessed firsthand some of the shortcomings of the medical field as a whole in how it translated into producing a healthy population. This drove Dr. Bryant to pursue his graduate studies in the conservative care speciality of chiropractic.
Growing up, he experienced for himself the powerful effects modern chiropractic care can deliver to health and wellbeing. He discovered that by utilising a combination of unique analysis, treatment techniques, and proper lifestyle modification strategies, doctors of chiropractic can often help people unlock their own healing potential in ways that traditional medicine cannot. He went on to develop a unique system of treatment combining different manual therapies, advanced therapeutic equipment, and rehabilitative exercise that has helped thousands get out of pain and improve their quality of life in many ways. He aims to make his company in Singapore – Elite Spine Centres – a recognised leader in the conservative care field by employing both the highest standards in modern patient care, and maintaining the unique compassion and human touch his patients often recognise him for.
Dr. Bryant graduated summa cum laude from his chiropractic program, and received several distinctions while also completing additional coursework and training in physiotherapy, extremity management and athletic performance.
Dr Jonathan Wong
Jonathan is the founder of Genesis Gym Singapore. His team of fitness and health care professionals use teamwork, technology, and modern health and fitness methods to give provide holistic health solutions to clients.
Jonathan holds a Doctor of Science degree in Holistic Medicine, and over 40 industry certifications. He is a lecturer in the science of posture correction, and has a certification in business psychology which he uses to ensure clear communication with his students, clients and team members.
He is a fitness consultant for Imagene Labs and contributed to the authoring of Imagene Labs‚Äô OriFIT reports.
J.J. Sweeney has close to 30 years’ experience as a veteran in the fitness industry. As co-founder and Senior Vice-President of Fitness Development & Innovation at ASEAN’s leading fitness chain Celebrity Fitness, J.J. continues his lifelong dedication to learning more about the science of health and fitness from as many angles as possible. He holds a myriad of globally recognized qualifications including a Sports Science Diploma, and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) accreditations from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Precision Nutrition Level 1. J.J. teaches courses and workshops as an authorized Master Trainer in Twist Sports Conditioning, Weck Method, IKFF, Rumble Roller, Dynamax, ViPR, BOSU, Sandbell, Equalizer, and WattBike.
Among his many accomplishments are authoring and publishing two books ‘Be Lean For Life‚Äô (in 2014) and ‘Dream Factor: Ultimate Body Changing System’ (in 2002), winning both the New Zealand Mr. Canterbury Top Model and Mr. South Island Body Building Champs awards in 1993, and serving as Physical Coach to Alpine Ski Racer and Winter Olympic medalist Annalise Corberger and Personal Trainer to Chris Cairns (from the New Zealand Cricket Team) and record-holding New Zealand Coast to Coast winner Steve Gurney