Gavin Tan

LLB Law (Bristol)

Founding Director and Group Chief Executive Officer


Mr Gavin Tan is a founding director and CEO of the CellResearch Corporation Group of Companies. With an active interest in the life sciences sector, Mr Tan recognised the growth potential of the industry when in 2002, he invested and co-founded CellResearch Corporation. Mr Tan has been instrumental in charting the strategy and growth of CellResearch Corporation and its subsidiaries. Mr Tan has over 22 years of experience in Asian financial markets. For seven years prior to assuming his current role at CellResearch Corporation, Mr Tan was Head of Institutional Sales at NomuraSecurities Singapore Pte Ltd where he was responsible for directing and developing the firm’s institutional equity business in Singapore and Malaysia. Mr Tan has extensive experience in developing and marketing equities products as well as growing an international business.


Mr Tan holds executive directorships and non-executive directorships in several companies including Aglaia Investment Management Pte Ltd, an Asian based diversified asset management company and multi-family office.


Phan Toan Thang


Founding Director and Group Chief Scientific Officer


Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the Wound Healing and Stem Cell Research Group, Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. 

Professor Phan is a founding director and CSO of CellResearch Corporation Group of Companies. A graduate of the Military Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam in 1991, Prof. Phan Toan Thang has had a strong interest in wound healing since the earliest days of his medical and scientific career. His interest led him to hands-on experience during his four-year surgical residency in Hanoi at the National Institute of Burns and at the Army Hospital 103. Prof. Phan's commitment and excellence in laboratory research was proven when he spent two years at the prestigious Wound Healing Institute and Department of Dermatology in Oxford, England. 

He arrived in Singapore in 1997 to join the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital. In 1998, he met Mr Ivor Lim, and together they established the Skin Cell Research Group (currently Wound Healing and Stem Cell Research Group) focusing on skin and keloid scar biology. The Wound Healing and Stem Cell Research Group was the first group in the world to explore the role of epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in keloid pathogenesis, and is recognised today as one of the world leading groups in keloid and scar biology research. 

Prior to taking up his faculty position at the Department of Surgery, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry at the National University of Singapore, Prof. Phan completed two years of post-doctoral research at the Stanford University Children Surgical Research Laboratory. 

Prof. Phan is author of more than 80 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, two book chapters, has more than 35 granted patents and serves as a reviewer for prestigious international scientific journals as well as local and international research funding bodies. His recent innovative research work is the discovery of a novel source of stem cells from the umbilical cord lining membrane with translational potential for regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cell-based therapy.



Ivor J Lim

Founding Director


Mr Lim is a Founding Director of CellResearch Corporation Group of Companies which is focused on the research and commercialisation of Umbilical Cord Lining membrane Stem Cells, a patented technology that he co-developed with Professor Phan.

He received his undergraduate professional training at Cambridge University, and postgraduate training in London.

In addition to directing the Skin Cell Research Group at the National University of Singapore where he has an academic affiliation, he has international collaborations for research, reviews grants both locally and internationally, and is a peer reviewer for local and international scientific and professional journals.