Dr. Samson Soon is the director at the Center for Molecular Sciences and Head of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation division at Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL), a private university located at the southern corridor of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. He is also a senior faculty member at the Department of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Science, and Technology at the university.
Dr. Soon is involved in the research and development of aptamers which are synthetic oligonucleotides that can form 3D nanostructures capable of binding tightly to a wide range of molecules and compounds. He investigates the structural molecular biology of aptamers and their specific binding mechanism towards targeted bacterial, viral, and toxin proteins. He innovated and licensed a novel platform called ICADD (In silico Conformational Aptamer Development by Design) for the design and development of aptamers using in silico modeling via a biocomputational approach. The new technology platform was recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia, and had received commercial support for technology innovation under the Malaysia Commercialisation Year 2019 program. He and his team of researchers work closely with the Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) to develop biosensors employing aptamers as Point-of-Care tests (POCT) for the rapid screening of zoonotic pathogens.
Dr. Soon received his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2001 and has over 20 years of experience in the commercialization of molecular biology systems.