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CNRS IRL between France and Singapore in Mechanobiology

The International Research Laboratory BMC² Biomechanics of Cell-Cell Contacts is part of the Mechanobiology institute of Singapore. It is one of the 75 IRL developed by the CNRS with strategic partners across the world and one of the 5 IRL in Singapore. It is directed by Virgile Viasnoff who funded it in 2014. It is composed of about 15 peoples including Postdocs. PhD students and Research assistant. It benefits and contributes to the unique setting of the institute to bring together very interdisciplinary researchers ( biology, physics, optic computing, material science) to study mechanobiology ie the role of mechanics in Biology.

Pr. Virgile VIASNOFF

Director of BMC 2

National University of Singapore
5A Engineering Drive 1, TLAB 9th Floor
Singapore 117411

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Center for Innovation & Technologies AMERA

The mission of the Essilor Center for Innovation & Technologies located in Singapore is to understand Asian consumers and the specificities of their visual system, to analyze Asian technological environment and to develop and launch innovative solutions in the eyewear industry. This R&D center is one of the three integrated global Essilor CI&T. It comprises 50 team members and is structured around core technological clusters (Vision Science, Consumer Knowledge, Advanced Materials & Technologies, Agile Prototyping and Data Science) and a consumer-centric category development team (Myopia and Single Vision Lenses for children, teenagers and young adults).

Alexandra ROOS

VP R&D, Head of Essilor Center for Innovation & Technologies AMERA and China

215 Kallang Bahru #02-00, Singapore 339346

Safran Building

Centre of Excellence for Repair of Avionics and other Aircraft Equipment
SAFRAN Electronics & Defense Services Asia

Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia Pte Ltd is the leading repair and overhaul shop for avionics and electrical components, and Safran Group’s first avionics Centre of Excellence in the Asia Pacific.
Our main business segments are in the repair and overhaul of Safran Group OEM avionics and repair of partner OEM as Authorized Repair or even third-party OEM.

Our 6,000 Sqm facility is equipped with multiple automatic test benches, thermal chambers, anechoic and faraday test labs.
Thanks to accrued focus on lean-sigma methodology, cutting edge new technologies like Additive Manufacturing, AGV logistics, AR/VR, Digital Processes, Blockchain, etc.. and breakthrough innovations from all across the industry, Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia aims at providing faster and cost-effective solutions as well as Avionic MRO Packages for airline customers and OEMs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Safran Electronics & Defense Services Asia is certified ISO9001 and is approved on Part145 by airworthiness authorities such as CAAS, EASA, FAA, CAAC, Thailand TAA, Malaysia DCA, Vietnam CCA. This covers avionics, electronics and electro-mechanical equipment operated on the following aircraft: Airbus A300/310, A320 family, A330/A340, A340-500/600, A380, A350 Boeing 777, 767, 747, 787, ATR 42/72 aircraft types.

Alexandre RAMEL

Senior Manager for Technology and Innovation

SAFRAN Electronics & Defense Services Asia , 26 Changi North Rise – Singapore 498756


CNRS IRL between France and Singapore in Nano-electronics and nano-photonics technologies

Based on NTU campus CINTRA was established in 2009 and has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. CINTRA (CNRS International NTU THALES Research Alliance) develops research activities on Nano-electronics and Nano-photonics technologies, with objective to harness the latest in science and technology to develop innovation in these fields. CINTRA is organized in 3 research thrusts: carbon based materials and devices, new nanomaterials and structures and nanophotonics technologies.

The applications are related to 3D integration, advanced interconnects, electromagnetic shielding, high frequencies applications, thermal management, sensors, energy harvesting and storage, optical communications and optoelectronic devices.

Prof. Philippe COQUET

Director, CINTRA

Research Techno Plaza (RTP) 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637553

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Danone Nutricia Precision Nutrition D-Lab
Danone Place Singapore

The Precision Nutrition D-Lab was officially opened in April 2018. The mission of the D-Lab is to pioneer in digital data collection of risk factors and health benefits, enabled by digital tools, technologies, data management and data science. Next to digital data collection, a microbiome sequence center is being set up in order to measure the microbiome as an important and nutrition sensitive biomarker for health and disease in early and adult life.

Agathe Foussat

Head of Digital Innovation

30 Biopolis Street #05-1B/#05-2A Matrix BuildingSingapore 138671

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EDF Lab Singapore

EDF, a world’s leading electricity company, is aiming at speeding up innovation for the cities of tomorrow with innovations in energy efficiency in buildings, new low carbon uses of energy, smart grids, renewable energy, electric mobility and batteries.

In Singapore, the R&D branch of EDF Group has launched EDF Lab Singapore in 2014 to explore and develop solutions to help decision makers and developers achieve their vision of smart and sustainable cities. Working with the Singaporean government (HDB) and local universities (NUS, SUTD, SIT, ESSEC), EDF Lab Singapore is rooting a strong expertise adapted to the Singaporean and South East Asian context.

Maxime Cassat
Managing Director of EDF Lab Singapore

1 Lor 2 Toa Payoh, #04-02 Braddell House, Singapore 319637


ENGIE Lab Singapore
Renewables & Environment

ENGIE Lab Singapore is the research centre of ENGIE for Asia-Pacific. ENGIE Lab Singapore brings the technical expertise of ENGIE Research in APAC by developing local expertise leveraging on ENGIE Research networks and allowing access in the region to all the technical expertise developed by ENGIE Research in Europe. Bridging the gap between ENGIE Research and business units ENGIE Lab Singapore play a key coordinator/local technical support role in balancing the R&D effort and the business needs for the Group.
Based in Singapore since 2015 ENGIE Lab Singapore primarily addressed 3 technological areas: Smart-Grid, Future Industries and Cities & New Gases. In 2020 the Lab refocused its strategy to stay in line with group strategy and local context and strengthen its expertise in cooling, sustainable data center, vertical farming and local energy communities including REIDS-SPORE multifluid multi-thematic platform.

Loïc Villocel

Head of Technology, Asia-Pacific at Airbus

108 Pasir Panjang Road SINGAPORE, SG


Hangar of the future
Airbus Singapore Private Limited

Airbus aims to reboot the MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) sector with its Hangar of the Future, an innovative application of state-of-the-art technologies and methods aimed at increasing operational efficiency for customers’ aircraft and rotorcraft worldwide.
MRO providers in Singapore have a problem: airlines are going elsewhere for their maintenance and repair. “Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines are drawing MRO [Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul] business away because they’re cheaper,” explains David Woon, Hangar of the Future project manager. “And because of this intense competition, Singapore’s MROs don’t have the time or money to invest in new technologies.”

In February 2016, the Singapore government enlisted Airbus to help local MRO providers improve productivity, with the intention of setting up a testbed where new technologies can be tested in a research environment. By October 2016, Airbus’s Hangar of the Future project was underway.

Dr. Cyrille Schwob

Head of Technology, Asia-Pacific at Airbus

12 Seletar Aerospace Link, Singapore 797553

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CNRS IRL between France and Singapore in Artificial Intelligence

The partners of the IRL IPAL are CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut Mines Telecom, National University of Singapore and A*Star.

The IRL IPAL is currently directed by Dr Christophe JOUFFRAIS (CNRS). The mission and research themes of the laboratory are: Bridge top researchers and labs of CNRS, UGA, IMT, NUS and A*Star into fruitful collaborative links and networks around selected topics in computer science with a strong hold on Artificial Intelligence (project 2021-2025).

Research Axes : Core AI, Explainable and Trustable AI, AI & HCI, Natural Language Processing, Data Science and Applications, Wearable AI.

Dr. Christophe JOUFFRAIS

Director of IPAL

1 Fusionopolis Way
#21-01 Connexis (South Tower),
Singapore 138632

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L’Oreal Research & Innovation Singapore

L’Oreal Research & Innovation Singapore

L’Oreal, the world’s leading cosmetics company, has built an unrivalled portfolio of over 36 brands. With its long history that emphasizes Research & Innovation, L’Oreal has over 21 research centres spread over 6 regional hubs, 3 global centres in Europe and spent 3.3% of its annual sales on R&D in 2019. L’Oreal has established an Advanced Research Centre in Singapore Biopolis, as part of L’Oreal’s strategy to tap into Singapore’s world class research environment and internationalize its research to be close to consumers.


L’Oreal Research & Innovation Asia Director Advanced Research Labs & Business Development

3 Biopolis Drive, Synapse, #05-17, Singaore 138623

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CNRS IRL between France and Singapore in Quantum Technologies

International Research Laboratory between France and Singapore in Quantum Matter Physics, Quantum Information and Computation, Quantum Materials and Photonics. The signing institutions of the IRL MajuLab are CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur, Sorbonne Université, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. The IRL Majulab is currently directed by Dr Christian Miniatura (CNRS). It is one of the 75 IRL developed by the CNRS with strategic partners across the world and one of the 5 IRL in Singapore.

In Singapore, the historical partner labs are Centre for Quantum Technologies (NUS) and School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU). In France, the historical partner labs are INPHYNI (UCA) and Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (SU).

Dr. Christian MINIATURA

Director of MAJULAB

Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
Block S15, 3 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117543

Jurong Port Factory

Modular Construction Research Centre
Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd

A modular building is a prefabricated building that consists of repeated sections called modules. Modularity involves constructing sections away from the building site, then delivering them to the intended site. Installation of the prefabricated sections is completed on site. This type of construction method is called PPVC (Prefabricated, Pre-finished, Volumetric, Construction) in Singapore. Type of R&D done in Singapore: material resistance, new connection systems.

Gilles Chaillan

37 Jurong Port Rd, Singapore 619110

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Naval Group South East Asia Centre of Excellence
Naval Group

Launched at the end of 2019,Naval Group’s South East Asia Centre of Excellence (CoE) aims at acting as both an innovation and business accelerator in Singapore. For Naval Group, the objective is to draw on Singapore’s vibrant innovation ecosystem to spearhead the development of an innovative product portfolio. To do so, the Centre of Excellence is to act as an open innovation hub and project catalyser, leveraging strong collaborations with local industrial, academic and state actors as well as Naval Group’s experts and technologies. The Centre focusses on developing new naval and maritime applications for a wide array of technologies, ranging from additive manufacturing, AI, IoT and big data.

Jevon Tan

R&D manager

8 Commonwealth Lane #04-03D, Singapore 149555

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Smart Small Satellite Systems Thales in NTU

S4TIN is a joint laboratory between Thales Alenia Space and NTU with the participation of Thales Solution Asia, Singapore site. The partnership aims to leverage the rapidly growing nanosatellite and microsatellite segments of the global satellite industry which usually refers to satellites less than 100 kg. The lab brings together the world-renowned heritage of Thales Alenia Space in satellite systems, NTU’s pioneering research in small satellite platforms and technologies, and the local research and technology capabilities of Thales in Singapore.

Lim Wee Seng

Co-director of S4TIN

S1-B2a-09, 50 Nanyang Ave, block s1, Singapore 639798

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Singapore-CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) CEA have launched a joint research centre to develop innovative, energy-efficient solutions
for the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). The research centre focuses on four research thrusts that address the recycling and recovery of materials from common e-waste such as discarded lithium-
ion batteries and printed circuit boards.
This is CEA’s first research centre outside of France. It aims to formulate advanced e-waste separation and extraction techniques that are more eco-friendly and energy efficient than current methods.

Jean-Christophe Gabriel

Director of SCARCE

NTU School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Lab N1.2 B4-01
62 Nanyang Dr, Singapore 637459

Alstom Smart Mobility Lab Sg

Smart Mobility Lab SG

Leveraging on its over 20 years of expertise powering passenger journeys in Singapore, Alstom is deeply committed to its pursuit of a more sustainable and smart mobility.

The Alstom Smart Mobility Lab SG drives sustainable mobility innovations using artificial intelligence and analytics, among others, to support its stakeholders in Singapore and beyond. This builds on a similar concept of innovation centres which Alstom has developed in other parts of the world, including France, Spain and India.

The research and development work of the Lab seeks to improve the passenger experience in areas such as security and fluidity, performance optimisation, multimodality, connectivity and automated driving.


Managing Director, Alstom Digital Mobility East Asia

20 Pasir Panjang Road, #06-27/28 West Lobby, Mapletree Business City, Singapore 117439


Virtuos R&D Centre
Virtuos Games

Located in one-north, Singapore’s R&D and high technology business park, the new Virtuos headquarters is focused on growing new structures based on expanded funding from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The new R&D center in Singapore will ensure that Virtuos stays at the forefront of game technology innovation, and that the company continues to be the ideal partner for studios that are developing blockbuster games. Virtuos plans to create 100 highly qualified jobs over the next five years in Singapore.

Cyril Labordrie

Director of Virtuos R&D centre

1 Fusionopolis Way, #05-10 Connexis, Singapore 138632


Unmanned Traffic Management Lab
Airbus Singapore Private Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. Airbus UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) is building digital air traffic management solutions to enable new aerial vehicles, including air taxis and delivery drones, to safely enter and share our future skies. This more modern and scalable approach to air traffic management aims to safely support the rapid growth of unmanned aerial vehicles..

Located in one-north, Singapore’s R&D and high technology business park, the new Virtuos headquarters is focused on growing new structures based on expanded funding from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). The new R&D center in Singapore will ensure that Virtuos stays at the forefront of game technology innovation, and that the company continues to be the ideal partner for studios that are developing blockbuster games. Virtuos plans to create 100 highly qualified jobs over the next five years in Singapore.

Dr. Cyrille Schwob

Head of Technology, Asia-Pacific at Airbus

12 Seletar Aerospace Link, Singapore 797553


Thales Research and Technology (TRT)

Thales Group has been present in Singapore since 1973 and is now based in 4 locations, with a staff over 2,000 p, in Transportation, Aerospace, Defense, Security & Digital Identity activities, ranging from R&T (Research & Technology) and Engineering to Manufacturing and Services.

Thales Research & Technology (TRT) is one of the 5 Thales Corporate Labs in the world, developing hardware & digital technologies on smart materials (nanotechnologies, space…), sensors (radar, sonar…) and digital applications (signal processing, optimal control, AI…).

TRT Singapore research activities have started in 2002 and since then 2 joint Labs with academic & research partners have been created in Singapore:


  • CINTRA with CNRS and NTU in 2009, following a cooperation agreement between Thales and NTU from 2005. CINTRA objective is conduct fundamental research and applied projects on nanoelectronics and nanophotonics;
  • S4TIN (advanced technologies for small satellites) with NTU since 2014.

Besides TRT, Thales has launched in recent years initiatives and teams to foster innovation with Customers and Thales Business Lines:

  • Innovation Hub (2014): collaborative innovation sessions with Customers;
  • Digital factory (2018): agile development of MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) and new ways of working;
    AirLab (2020): joint aviation innovation research lab with CAAS (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore).


CTO & VP Technical, Thales Singapore

21 Changi North Rise, Singapore 498788