Introduction to NBSG
The National Biomedical Science Gathering (NBSG) stands as a non-profit organisation, uniting students from undergraduate to postgraduate levels with a primary focus on biomedical science. The organisation annually orchestrates a networking event, welcoming students from diverse biological science disciplines. The upcoming 7th National Biomedical Science Gathering, scheduled for December 9, 2023, aims to foster connections and explore the varied skills and interests within the biomedical science community in Malaysia. This inclusive event is not limited to biomedical students; anyone with an interest is encouraged to participate. The overarching objective is to create awareness about career options in biomedical science, nurture leadership and interpersonal skills, and facilitate meaningful connections among like-minded individuals.
The theme of the event is “Preparation and Readiness”. The event aims to raise awareness about career opportunities for biomedical students, provide a platform for honing leadership and interpersonal skills, and expand connections with like-minded individuals in Malaysia.
There will be a forum session, two plenary sessions, and a main event. Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan will deliver the first talk, which will be about overcoming self-doubt and boosting self-esteem. Ms. Sok Ling, the speaker for the second talk, will go over the range of job paths available for graduates in the biomedical field. Dr. Lee Tze Yan will serve as the forum’s moderator, and Dr. Ng Hui Xuan, Dr. Low Ley Hian, and Prof. Ts Dr. Goh Bey Hing will be the panellists. Discussion regarding professional growth for entrepreneurs will be moderated by the speakers. The event is co-organised with Monash University Malaysia and in collaboration with the Incubator for Bioscience Malaysia (IBMY).
The event promises a blend of knowledge, insightful talks from renowned experts, and engaging activities designed to foster connections with like-minded individuals. Here’s more of what you can expect during the event:
8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 10:45 am
The icebreaking session involves convivial games that require working in teams.
10:45 am -12:00 pm
Forum – “Perspectives from Entrepreneurs on Career Development” by Dr Ng, Dr Low and Prof. Ts Dr. Goh
The forum serves as a platform showcasing the various pathways, such as industrial and research fields, that students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) can venture into.
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
The activity involves creating a poster presentation on several thought-provoking and debatable topics relevant to career paths, academic studies, and biomedical science. This aims to provide participants with different perspectives on frequently asked questions upon graduating with a degree in STEM. During the activity, participants will not only be able to enhance their teamwork skills, but also make new friends.
2:30 pm – 3:10 pm
Talk 1 – “Various Career Options of Biomedical Graduates” by Dr Maha
Drawing from her experience, the talk by Dr Maha promises an insight to the diverse career pathways relating to biomedical science. She will also elaborate further on her ongoing initiatives and projects. Participants can expect to gain a comprehensive understanding of the various pathways within the field.
3:10 pm – 4:25 pm
4:25 pm – 5:10 pm
Talk 2 – “Strengthening Self Esteem & Say No to Self Doubts” by Ms Sok Ling
The talk will focus on empowering participants to make informed decisions about their career pathways. Through coaching, Ms Sok Ling aims to instil a sense of readiness and confidence in participants, equipping them with the mindset needed to make a career choice.
5:10 pm – 5:25 pm
5:25 pm – 5:55 pm
Meet the Speakers & Panellists
Dr Ng Hui Xuan has embarked on a diverse and dynamic career journey, showcasing her versatility and expertise across various sectors – beginning in academia with a focus on neuroscience research, strategy consulting at McKinsey, and venturing into the tech industry with Southeast Asia’s Unicorn Grab. Currently, she has found her niche in the in vitro diagnostic and digital health sector. In this role, Dr Ng leverages her understanding of healthcare, business acumen, and tech insights to bridge the gap between innovation and healthcare service delivery. Her unique combination of experiences positions her as a valuable contributor at the intersection of healthcare and technology, where she can drive advancements in healthcare services through innovation.
Dr Low Ley Hian, a neuroscience graduate from the University of Melbourne, has cultivated a multifaceted career at the intersection of science and business. Following a postdoctoral training in neuroscience at both the University of Melbourne and the University of California, Dr Low became captivated by the biotechnology industry, leading him to become a Founding Member of InterVenn Biosciences. Currently serving as the Global Alliance Lead for Biogenes Technologies Sdn Bhd, Dr Low plays a vital role in establishing global collaborations to advance the adoption, and commercialisation of cutting-edge aptamer research. Driven by a vision of transformative impact, he integrates his expertise in biosciences and business development with a commitment to catalyse transformative impact across both fields.
Professor Ts Dr Goh Bey Hing, currently the Head of Sunway Biofunctional Molecules Discovery Centre at the Sunway University’s School of Medical & Life Sciences, is a distinguished researcher with a focus on the biofunctionality of molecules and pharmacology. With an impressive record of over 200 publications, his research encompasses both fundamental studies and collaborative projects with industries and healthcare sectors. Notably, he holds the distinction of being the first Malaysian on The Advisory Board of The International Natural Product Sciences Taskforce (INPST). Recognised as a Chartered Biologist by the Royal Society of Biology, Prof Ts Dr Goh has also been named one of the Top 10 Outstanding Young Malaysians and one of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia by Junior Chamber International and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia respectively. His contributions underscore his commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and his significant impact on research, education, and the community at large.
Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan is a prominent figure in the field of biotechnology and science communication. Currently serving as the Global Coordinator of the BioTrust-ISAAA and the Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC), she holds a Ph.D. in Science Communication, a Master of Biotechnology and a degree in Microbiology. Dr Maha is not only the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Petri Dish, the first science newspaper in Malaysia, she is also a Co-Founder of the Science Media Centre Malaysia. In addition to her extensive contributions to biotechnology, Dr Maha holds key positions that further highlight her influence and expertise. Notably, she serves as a board member of the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) and is also a member of the editorial board of the European Federation of Bioeconomy Journal. Dr Maha continues to contribute significantly to the advancement of bioeconomy and biotechnology development, as evident in her advisory roles, editorial board memberships, and publications in these areas.
Ms Sok Ling is a seasoned training facilitator with more than 8 years of expertise in experiential training. Known for her remarkable ability to drive personal and professional growth, Ms Sok Ling is dedicated to empowering individuals to realise their fullest potential and evolve into the best versions of themselves. Throughout the past decade, she has played a pivotal role in the success of thousands of individuals in the areas of personal development, life coaching, leadership development, high-performance team building, and relationship coaching.
Additional Details: How to Register and Venue Information
For those eager to participate, registration is currently open, and early bird registration has
been extended until December 1, 2023. The registration process can be completed at https://tinyurl.com/3e2hw3dc.
Individual registration costs RM80, while groups of 5 can register for RM360.
Monash University students enjoy exclusive rates with individual registration at RM70 and group registration at RM315. Regular registration rates apply from December 2 onwards, with the individual rate set at RM140. The event will take place at Monash University Malaysia and is co-organised with the collaboration of the Incubator for Bioscience Malaysia (IBMY). To access further details or make inquiries, individuals can reach out via email at email@example.com.
Additionally, information is available on the
- NBSG Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nbsg2023)
- LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/malaysia-nbsg/mycompany/).
This gathering promises to be a day of insightful talks, featuring prominent speakers in the field and serves as a platform for educational and professional growth in the biomedical science community.
Join the 7th National Biomedical Science Gathering
Mark your calendars! This upcoming event assures insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities within the field of biomedical science. The event is tailored to inspire and empower participants on their academic and professional journey. By participating, you will gain exposure to different career pathways and expert guidance to shape your future. So, don’t miss the chance to be part of this event!
Written by: Tarini, Chloe
Editted by: Ruby