Dr. Susan Lim created a biotechnology company called Stem Cell Technologies

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Dr. Susan Lim in 1990 became the first person to perform a successful liver transplant on the entire continent of Asia. Dr. Lim is originally from the island nation of Singapore, made up of sixty-three different islands in Southeast Asia, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Singapore is one of the Four Asian Tigers and is one of the leading financial centers in the entire world. It is one of the five busiest ports in the world, too. Singapore has the third highest per capita income in the world—so it is a highly modernized nation with some of the best hospitals and surgical centers in the entire world.

Dr. Susan Lim was born, raised, and mostly educated in Singapore. She was educated at the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and the Raffles Institution, both located in Singapore. Additionally, she studied medicine at Monash University in Australia, after being awarded a scholarship under the Colombo Plan in 1974. The Colombo Plan is a regional organization in the Asia-Pacific region that focuses on trying to strengthen economic and social development of the member countries, the primary focus being on human resources development. Monash University is a public university in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded in 1958, it is the second oldest university in the state, and the largest student body in Australia. Monash University is host to some very advanced research facilities in the medical field, including The Australian Stem Cell Centre.

In 2003, Dr. Susan Lim created a biotechnology company called Stem Cell Technologies, which was a firm that sought to research the use of adult stem cells for use in cell therapy and regenerative medicine programs. In 2004, Stem Cell Technologies entered into a collaboration with the National University of Singapore to research whether adult stem cells could be used as a treatment for diabetes.

In 2004, Dr. Susan Lim become a fellow at the Trinity College at University of Melbourne, Australia. She was the youngest fellow at Trinity College and is the first Singaporean to ever be conferred with this honor.

The Indiapore Trust is a charitable organization established by Dr. Susan Lim and her husband, along with a mutual friend. The Indiapore Trust aims to provide assistance to underprivileged children from regional countries. In addition to providing scholarships to underprivileged children in Singapore and India, the Indiapore Trust has donated a science laboratory to the Raffles Junior College and given a $50,000 donation to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, which helps struggling parents to pay for their childrens’ schooling. Additionally, Dr. Susan Lim sat on the Global Advisory Council of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in 2011. Lastly, she has pioneered two new surgical procedures in Singapore, the mammotome minimally invasive breast biopsy and robotic surgery for the private sector.