Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Professor Dominic Man-Kit Lam

Professor Dominic Man-Kit Lam, Director of the Institute of Creativity of the Hong Kong Baptist University, a world-renowned scientist, a most distinguished Chinese artist and a philanthropist, held a solo art exhibition to celebrate the First WHO meeting on development and clinical trials of influenza vaccines that induce broadly protective and long-lasting responses. The meeting was co-organized by Professor Lam and was held at the Lam Woo International Conference Centre at the Hong Kong Baptist University from 24 to 26 January 2013.

As a scientist, his achievements were honored in 1989 with the U.S. High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Merit. In 2001, Professor Lam’s patent on “Edible Vaccine” was named by the Time Magazine as one of the ten most important inventions of the century, and by MIT as one of the “Five Patterns that will transforn business and technology”.

Professor Lam’s artistic works have been exhibited widely and in 1999, he was named one of the 99 most accomplished and influential artists in China of the 20th century by the Chinese Academy of Art, the Artists Association of China and the National Palace Museum of Art. One of Professor Lam’s latest significant works include his painting "Millennium Olympic Odyssey II: From the Great Wall to the River Thames - Embrace the World" which was exhibited at the Barbican Centre in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, and for which he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition organized by the 2012 London Olympic Committee. In 2013, Professor Laurence Tam, the Founding Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, selected Professor Lam as one of the eight most important artists in Hong Kong.

In 1982, Professor Lam was responsible for bringing “Orbis”, the flying eye hospital to China. In 1999, Professor Lam found World Eye Organization (WEO) which is a charitable organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eye diseases, especially among the poor, through education, training, research and the establishment of ophthalmic centers, initially in China and subsequently in other parts of the world. There are currently 9 ophthalmic centers in China.