Professor Patrick Loh
Professor Patrick H.M. Loh is Cofounder-Director of SINGAPORE LINK SCIENCES PTE LTD and PREMIUM HERB INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD. He is Chairman of PURE ORIENT GLOBAL HOLDINGS PTE LTD and Chairman of DONGMAN AGRO PTE LTD.
In 2008 to 2010, he was appointed President Commissioner/Non-Executive Chairman of both IDX-listed PT. Citra Kebun Raya Agri and PT. Royal Oak Development Asia in the Republic of Indonesia. He has served as Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board at SGX-listed Eu Yan Sang International Ltd from 2011 to June 2013 and as its Chief Scientific Officer from 2007 to 2011. In June 2013, he was appointed Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Institute of Higher Learning (working partner with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, Edith Cowan University in Australia and the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom).
A practicing plant scientist, he is one of the early pioneering bio-entrepreneurs in Singapore who has successfully established the commercial application of biological and molecular techniques to plant and crop improvements in the agro-based industries in the ASEAN region.
He is currently a Professor at the College of Lifelong and Experiential Learning; and the School of Science & Technology of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He is also a Professor of Western Australian State Agricultural & Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and the Centre for Crop & Food Innovation (CCFI), School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, College of Science, Health, Engineering & Education. He is an Advisory Board Member of Murdoch Business School, College of Arts, Business, Law & Social Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University (SMU)’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business from 2001 to 2018. In March 2011, he was appointed Member of the Industry Advisory Panel at the School of Biosciences, Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and subsequently in February 2016, appointed as Visiting Professor to both the School of Biosciences and the School of Medicine. In October 2011, he was appointed Adviser to the Centre for Cancer Research and International Collaborative Partner Global Network (ICPGN) and Co-Principal Investigator at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. In June 2013, he was appointed a Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. He served as Agri-Adviser to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Ministry of National Development from 2003 to 2011. He is a Chartered Horticulturist (C Hort) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort) and the Chartered Institute of Management for Sports & Physical Activity (CIMSPA) in the United Kingdom. In 2005, admitted as a Member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology (AIAST) and a Certified Practicing Agriculturist (CPAg) of Australia and New Zealand.
He has been appointed Chairman, Science and Engineering Cluster of the School of Science & Technology at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS); and also an Advisory Member of the School of Chemical & Life Sciences at the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. Professor Loh was the Mentor-in-Residence of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Member of the Area of Excellence & Core Innovation Working Group at the Provost’s Office in Singapore Management University (2013 – 2015). He is a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In 2014, he completed and qualified as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (CHt) registered with the National Guild of Hypnotists (estb 1951, New Hampshire, USA) and a Certified Member of the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, USA. Professor Loh completed his doctoral (PhD) research training in plant virology and tissue culture technology (1988 – 1991) from the Institute of Arable Crops Research, ROTHAMSTED EXPERIMENTAL STATION (estb 1843, Harpenden) in the United Kingdom. He also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1992 from the University of Dubuque (estb 1852, Dubuque), Iowa, USA.
In 2015, he received the highest science honour – the Honorary Doctorate of Science (HonDSc) from Murdoch University, Western Australia in recognition of his exceptional contributions to science, academia and agribusiness in the ASEAN region. In 2017, Professor Loh was appointed a Board Director of Murdoch Singapore Pte Ltd and also the Chair of the Special Advisory Group of Murdoch University in Singapore.
In 2009, he filed a joint-patent in the USA with researchers from the Nanyang Polytechnic of Singapore on “Method of Making a Red Yeast Rice Extract” (US Patent Application: US61/167543, 2009) and published in the prestigious Scientific Reports of Nature.com in March 2012. In 2011, together with food technologists from the Food Science & Nutrition programme of the School of Chemical & Life Sciences at Nanyang Polytechnic, developed “Frozherb” recipe – a combination of two herbal ice creams consisting of Hawthorn and Wolfberries. “Frozherb” competed with more than 100 flavours from 25 countries including China’s Mengniu Dairy Company (China’s biggest supplier of dairy produce) and Japan’s Meiji Dairy Company to win the “Best New Ice Cream” Award at the 2011 International Dairy Federation (IDF) Dairy Innovation Competition in Parma, Italy.
In June 2012, he filed a Patent on “Method to Extract Borneol From Exudates of Dryobalanops aromatica” (Grant of New Patent No.: PI 2012002620) in Malaysia with medical researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. In April 2014, a patent (Grant of Patent No.: 175085) has been granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) for the invention of “Plant Extract Comprising Statins And Preparation Techniques And Uses Thereof”.
In 2018, a novel nutritional medicine developed through the Clinical Studies & Advanced Development (CSAD) programme and the completion of its findings were accepted and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Complementary Medicine & Alternative Healthcare (JCMAH) in USA.
In recognition of his leadership to the community, Professor Loh was conferred the PINGKAT BAKTI MASYARAKAT (PBM – THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL) in 2001 and the BINTANG BAKTI MASYARAKAT (BBM – THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR) in 2006 by HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE.