Singapore is a pharmaceutical hub, so now it aims for outer space

Singapore is not a big country, by land area, but years ago it became a big part of the global pharmaceutical world. Now it wants to send a citizen into space.

The Bloomberg News story the other day that also said the biomedical industry overtook electronics last year as the biggest contributor to manufacturing, according to a government report.

A link to the Bloomberg story is here.

But the government hopes to couple space travel with its experiences in electronics and put a human in space by 2015.

“We see an opportunity in the satellites industry cluster, riding mainly on our established capabilities that we have in the electronics integration, certain strengths that we have,” Ow Foong Pheng, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “It would be good if it grows” to what the biomedical industry has become for Singapore, she said.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Novartis AG, Merck & Co., Inc., and Pfizer Inc., are among the drugmakers with factories in Singapore.