BIC at the National University of Singapore was officially formed in 1996 with seed funding from the Economic Development Board (EDB). During its early years, it managed to secure more funding from the National Science and Technology Board (NSTB), Glaxo Wellcome and NUS. In total, more than $15M during 1996 to 2002 had been raised. BIC had vibrant research groups at Kent Ridge Digital Labs (KRDL), the Centre for Natural Product Research (CNPR) and the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB).
BIC worked closely with researchers from the life sciences and information technologies and not just in Singapore. It has also established close links with many groups regionally and internationally. BIC was among the first in the region to undertake research in bioinformatics and is until today still playing a leading role in the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network (APBioNet).
Over the years, it has provided friendly support and advice to GIS, IMCB and BII and has been used in teaching undergraduates in BM1106, LSM2104, LSM2241, LSM3241, MDG5101 directly and other modules informally, including the funded training of 20 Graduates in Bioinformatics from 2002 to 2008. It also runs ad hoc workshops to researchers and students on how to use Bioinformatics techniques based on demand and has since 1998 been the first fully APBioNet endorsed Bioinformatics node hosting a world-wide Bioinformatics public service for high speed access to up-to-date DNA & protein biological sequence databanks, the APAN-APBioNET BioMirrors.
After more than 10 years, BIC has streamlined its operations, handing over the national duties to the Bioinformatics Institute (BII) while it concentrates mainly on the academics. BIC is currently under the umbrella of the Life Sciences Institute and acts as a core resource unit, providing compute power, storage, applications and consultancy to the various groups thoughout the many departments of NUS, playing a key role in providing resources and technical support in the areas life science research and education.