Rising stars on Forbes under 30 Asia list

26 February 2016 | Research
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Dr Neo (left) and Dr Zuo have been honoured in Forbes' inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list, under the Healthcare & Science category

Dr Neo Mei Lin, Research Fellow from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS and Dr Zuo Jian, Research Fellow from NUS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have made it to Forbes’ inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list, under the Healthcare & Science category. The young entrepreneurs, scientists and healthcare innovators in this category focus on advancing the health and well-being of people all over the world.

From an early age, Dr Neo has been passionate about marine life and protecting the world’s largest clams. In 2011, she led Singapore’s giant clam restocking and conservation programme. Dr Zuo’s expertise lies in membrane science and technology, and he has developed a thin-film composite membrane that is used in the production of the biofuel known as bioalcohol.

Several NUS alumni are also featured in Forbes’ list, as follows:

  • NUS Business Ms Chan Yi Wen, Co-Founder, Bolt Media in Media, Marketing & Advertising
  • NUS Science Ms Guan Dian, Co-Founder and Vice-President, PatSnap, in Enterprise Technology
  • NUS Engineering Mr Lucas Ngoo and NUS Business Mr Quek Siu Rui, Co-Founders, Carousell, in Consumer Technology
  • NUS Engineering Mr Shu Su, Founder and CEO, Mingyizhudao, in Healthcare & Science

NUS alumni Mr Royston Tay, Cofounder and CEO, Zopim; and Dr Wong Tien Hua, President, Singapore Medical Association, who is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, served as judges for the Enterprise Technology and Healthcare & Science categories respectively.

Announced on 25 February, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia showcases 300 upcoming risk-taking entrepreneurs and young trailblazers in 10 different categories — Consumer Technology; Enterprise Technology; Entertainment & Sports; Finance & Venture Capital; Healthcare & Science; Manufacturing & Energy; Media, Marketing & Advertising; Retail & Commerce; Social Entrepreneurs; and The Arts.