Top 5 trends and Biomedical Engineering jobs in Singapore

Singapore’s biomedical engineering and manufacturing industries faced one of the biggest increase in production output as reported by Economic Development Board (EDB). Compared to February 2021, output has increased by 25.3% this year, signifying an optimistic outlook and its significance in the manufacturing space.


"The pharmaceuticals segment expanded 46.7% with higher production of biological products and a different mix of active pharmaceutical ingredients; medical technology segment expanded 5.8% with higher export demand for medical devices." - EDB.


With the launch of research and development hubs like Biopolis in Singapore, many more well-known foreign companies are already setting up bases here and it is no doubt that the sector promises greater advancements and growth.

Real Staffing shares five biomedical engineering trends in Singapore that are up and coming:


1. Adaptive manufacturing will evolve

As seen in the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, oncology vaccine researchers worldwide have adapted their mRNA platforms to support COVID research. This is a poignant example that showcases the ability of the biomedical space to pivot quickly in response to a shift in demand or a breakthrough in research. This will become an increasingly important determinant of success for the biomedical engineering industry in Singapore as manufacturing plants will have to be flexible and evolve to stay competitive.

This need for flexibility will drive biomedical engineers away from the traditional, dedicated facility. To get the most out of their capital expenditure, medical devices and pharmaceutical companies will instead turn towards facilities designed for the unknown, capable of adapting smoothly and are cost-effective to change.


2. Procurement strategies will address supply chain turbulence

Leading experts are rethinking how projects are scoped, scheduled, and budgeted to address procurement challenges.

For example, a lean and agile design process makes it possible to pre-order long-lead materials early in the capital project life cycle, ensuring that when construction finishes, project owners aren’t held up by delays in equipment delivery.

New management processes in future also aims to increase the efficiency of the experts involved in equipment and its technical specifications. Biomedical engineers must be able to address all aspects of the biomedical equipment-selection cycle, including the evaluation of the bids submitted by the equipment suppliers. The proposed process is assisted by a management information system, which integrates all related data-handling operations. It provides extensive decision-support facilities to the expert and a platform for the support of knowledge re-use in the field of biomedical-equipment selection.


3. More supply chain challenges

COVID-19 has turned our attention to global distribution challenges as leaders attempt to distribute vaccines in areas where robust cold chain logistics and crucial infrastructure don’t exist.

To address these and other ethically charged supply chain challenges, we need sustainable solutions that support the distribution of all drugs to those who need them. Micro-needles for instance, make it safer and easier for people to self-administer an intravenous drug. This technology could bring vaccines to communities with limited medical resources.

By using modern fleet management and cargo tracking capabilities, distributors should be able to provide near real-time data on supplies relocation to authorities and medical institutions.


4. Precision medicine will continue to be a priority

The field of precision medicine is evolving at a staggering speed, and it has broad implications for how pharma innovators design, build and operate a new generation of testing labs and commercial facilities. These facilities will focus on the aseptic production of small, personalised batches — sometimes as small as a single dose. This radical change will impact everything from process design to cleaning and decontamination protocols.

Opportunities will exist for biomedical engineers to contribute to precision medicine, such as engineering biosensors for diagnosis and health status monitoring, developing smart formulations for the controlled release of drugs, programming immune cells for targeted cancer therapy, or constructing “organs-on-chips” that can screen the effects of drugs.

Collective engineering efforts will help transform precision medicine into a more personalised and effective healthcare approach. As continuous progress is made in engineering techniques, more tools will be available to fully realize precision medicine's potential.


5. The research life cycle is accelerating

Because of COVID-19, we now know that innovating new products quickly is not only possible but essential.

Now that manufacturing plants have had a glimpse of how quickly research and development can move, there’s no going back. Pharmaceutical companies’ appetite for removing silos and fostering an open, productive exchange of knowledge between researchers, regulators and manufacturers will only continue to grow, and the availability of new life-saving therapies will also grow with it.


The biomedical engineering and manufacturing cluster in Singapore can grow by 6.7% year-on-year and this is expected to increase with the trends mentioned. It also posits strong potential for the need of skilled talent and a boom in supply of biomedical engineering jobs to meet demand.


Top biomedical engineering jobs in Singapore

We spoke to Indra Bin Ismail, our Senior Consultant who highlighted hot biomedical engineering jobs in Singapore, and key recruitment trends to look out for.

“The most common engineering talent that every pharmaceutical, biologics and biomedical plant requires would need to possess knowledge of Current Goods Manufacturing Plant (cGMP). This is a common, yet stringent, requirement for hiring managers to select candidates with this specific quality given that specialisation in this area would mean that less training is needed.”

Indra shared with us some of the top pharmaceutical, biologics and biomedical engineering jobs in Singapore that hiring managers are looking for:

  • Validation Engineer
  • Computerised System Validation (CSV) Engineer
  • Process Engineer

He added, “It is also a growing trend to see a lot of engineers in other sectors like oil and gas who are gaining interest in bridging and breaking into biomedical engineering. However, most would face a stumbling block given the requirement for CGMP knowledge.”

Indra then explained that there are solutions to this challenge and hiring managers can afford to be more open towards diversifying their selection of engineers in the market.

He shared, “Biomedical engineering in general has always faced a talent crunch. If we want to increase the talent pool, plants could think about conducting a bridging programme for engineers who have the technical and fundamental skills to pick up cGMP knowledge.

There’s also a shift towards digitisation to upgrade industry standards and digital skills would be a bonus. Most manufacturing plants are launching Industry 4.0  projects to transition to paperless documentation for electronic manufacturing batch records (EMBR) and technological knowledge would grant you a competitive edge.”


Are you looking for biomedical engineering talent? Or looking to see what are the available biomedical engineering jobs in Singapore?

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