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Prominent Singapore scientist joins UCrest

We are in the process of strengthening our board and management team to take the company to the next level of growth, says UCrest chairman Eg (pic: TMRpic)

Mobile health and cloud platform provider to tap Prof Low’s extensive business resources

By HABHAJAN SINGH

A Malaysian public listed company is tapping a prominent Singapore scientist who had earlier turned down a job to helm Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost).

Mobile health and cloud platform provider UCrest Bhd, formerly Palette Multimedia Bhd, has appointed Prof Dr Low Teck Seng as an independent director to tap his “extensive business resources globally”.

Low, a professor at two Singapore universities, is also the CEO of National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF).

“We are in the process of strengthening our board and management team to take the company to the next level of growth,” said UCrest chairman Eg Kah Yee (picture) when announcing the appointment.

In April 2016, Low announced that he had reconsidered his decision to accept the appointment as chairman-designate of SingPost as it would “demand more time and focus” than he would be able to give.

“Since the announcement, I have had time to reflect on my dual responsibilities as the new chairman of SingPost alongside my principal commitment as CEO of NRF.

“As SingPost is at a critical and pivotal phase of its transformation and growth, the chairman’s position would demand more time and focus than I would be able to give,” he was then quoted by Singaporean newspapers.

NRF sets the national direction for research and development (R&D) by developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise. It also funds strategic initiatives and builds up R&D capabilities by nurturing research talent.

NRF aims to transform Singapore into a vibrant R&D hub that contributes towards a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy; and make Singapore a mag- net for excellence in science and innovation.

Low is also the current MD of Agency for Science, Technology and Research, or known as A*STAR, as well as professor at Nanyang Technology University and National University of Singapore (NUS).

He was previously the CEO of Singapore’s Parkway Education Pte Ltd and group senior VP of Parkway Holdings Ltd, CEO of Republic Polytechnic and dean of the Faculty of Engineering at NUS.

Born and raised in Malaysia, he received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK.

“I am very excited to learn of UCrest’s application of its suite of technologies and cloud platforms in many sectors, including health- care. With the talents and technology capabilities in the company, there are many opportunities which are made possible by pervasive connectivity, data and computer power, in addition to mobile healthcare,” Low said in the same statement released by UCrest.

Eg said Low has extensive business resources globally that would assist the company in forging strategic partnerships.

UCrest provides solutions used by thousands of doctors and patients in the US, Russia, China and other Asian countries, according to the statement.