Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2011
KOE Khoon Poh
BPharm 1966
Managing Director, ICM Pharma Pte Ltd

Educated in Chinese and effectively bilingual, Mr Koe Khoon Poh graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of Singapore in 1966.

Mr Koe is the founder in 1970 and currently Managing Director of ICM Pharma Pte Ltd and a group of companies. Over four decades, he built up a trading entity to a leading pharmaceutical products manufacturer in Singapore supplying both public and private sectors and for export market.

As President of Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS) for 4 terms, (1979 to 1981, 1991 to 1993) his active and passionate involvement with the profession dates back to 1970. For his contribution and passion, he was conferred Fellow of PSS in 1986. In 2005, he donated S$100,000 to PSS for study on the practice of Pharmacy in Singapore among other issues.

Over the years he sat in committees such as Pharmacy Board, Pharmaceutical Quality Control Advisory Committee, Singapore Health Advisory Committee, Government Parliamentary Committee (Health) Resource Panel, Protem Accreditation Committee on Continued Pharmacy Education and many committees on trade and professional practice and member of the Singapore Pharmacy Council which he has just stepped down.

He was also the founder chairman of the Singapore Pharmaceutical Manufacturer’s Council (SPMC) in 1986 and remained as chairman for the most part of its existence. SPMC is the recognized national body for Pharmaceutical Manufacturer for the secondary products in Singapore and component of ASEAN Pharmaceutical Industry Club (APC) where he was the president (1988 –1990).

Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Life Sciences Industry Group (LSIG, an industry group under Singapore Manufacturers' Federation) which he helped to found.

Active in NUS Alumni affairs, he served two terms as Chairman (2009/2010 and 2011/2013) of the Singapore Alumni Association Southern Branch (Medical) covering Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Alumni. He is also a member of the NUS Alumni Advisory Board since 2009.

Passionate for undergraduates' activities, he has donated $10,000 yearly to the NUS Pharmaceutical Society. In 2010, he also chaired a committee to raise $400,000 for the Alumni Association Endowment Fund - Chee Phui Hung Bursary for needy Medical, Dental and Pharmacy undergraduates. With government matching, the sum stands at S$1million.

Mr Koe and his company (ICM Pharma Pte Ltd) have received 3 awards, The Entrepreneur of the Year – A Rotary-ASME Award (2008), The Enterprise 50 Awards (2009) and Singapore Prestige Brand Award (2009).

He led five missions to promote Singapore made health products to Indonesia, USA, India, Taiwan and Philippines under the sponsorship of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.

Besides sponsor and donor of many health-related community projects he also donates medicinal products to overseas relief missions.

Apart from continuous support to the professional advancement and Alumni affairs, he is currently actively involved in expanding his own business as a major Singapore manufacturer and marketeer of pharmaceutical, personal care and health supplement products in Singapore and globally.

“Have a vision, be different and go for it!
Work hard, persevere and be pragmatic.
Treat all setbacks as part of learning process”

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Mr Koe Khoon Poh with the 2011 Distinguished Science Alumnus Award.