accelerateHER Speaker - Dr Pauline Erica Tay, Chief Operating Officer, Celligenics
Chief Operating Officer, Celligenics

Dr. Pauline Erica Tay

Pauline is Chief Operating Officer at Celligenics Pte. Ltd., responsible for managing key operations of the company, ranging from research and product development, to corporate and business development.

Simultaneously, she serves as Chairperson of the Singapore Business Federation SME Council’s Subcommittee for Technology, Innovation and Productivity.

Prior to this, Dr. Tay helmed the Innovation and Enterprise Directorate at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, as Senior Deputy Director, formulating and implementing strategies and programmes to catalyse innovation and enterprise development through technology. The Directorate’s scope included designing policies and schemes to catalyse innovation and facilitate the translation of research into impactful outcomes. Initiatives range from support of early innovation coming out of universities, formation and growth of hi-tech startups, facilitation of research collaboration and technology adoption by industry, and talent development programmes.  Since assuming the role, Dr. Tay spearheaded many key signature milestones in the Singapore tech ecosystem, e.g. founded SWITCH (the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology), ESVFIII corporate venture funds with LLEs, Industry-Alignment Fund (e.g. Corp Labs, Tech Consortia, NMRC-IIT/CTG), deep tech accelerators and venture-builders (e.g. SGInnovate, NRF-Temasek investment vehicle Xora), National BioAccelerator Initiative, Central Gap Funding, National Lean Launchpad, Singapore Biodesign, DxD Hub, NAMIC, etc. Dr. Tay also managed Political Office Holders’ (e.g. Permanent Secretaries, Ministers and Deputy Prime Minister) international engagement with tech ecosystems and luminaries. She worked across multiple stakeholders in public and private sector to develop and implement programmes and was a key Foreign Affairs liaison for innovation, science and technology matters.

Before this, Dr. Tay headed the Healthcare cluster at Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) for 4 years, providing technology scouting services and advice to the industry. With a PhD in Stem Cell Biology, 8 years of collective R&D experience at a stem cell start-up, Osaka School of Medicine and the A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology, Dr. Tay has an extensive network with local and overseas research, technology and enterprise communities. Before that, she started her career as a training consultant at the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), followed by another 3 years of research administration at the National Science and Technology Board which became the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).