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Screenshots of the Arli mobile app.

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 01:06 am April 20, 2021
Arli, an addiction support platform based in Sydney, has raised $1.9 million (AU$2.5 million) in seed funding; proceeds will be used for its expansion into the US early next year. The seed round was led by Folklore Ventures and venture capitalists such as Antler, AirTree Ventures and Simon Griffiths of toilet paper maker Who Gives A Crap. WHAT IT DOES Arli, which has yet to publicly launch,...
Two older Samsung Galaxy phones side by side.

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 05:52 am April 15, 2021
Samsung has developed a medical device that uses older models of its Galaxy smartphone line to screen for eye diseases in underserved areas. The global electronics firm teamed up with International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Yonsei University Health System in South Korea to create the EYELIKE fundus camera under its Galaxy Upcycling programme, which started in 2017. WHAT IT DOES...
Silver and gold coins with a clock in the background.

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 06:07 am April 12, 2021
Surgical robots developer EDDA Technology has closed a $150 million funding round; proceeds will enable it to capture untapped markets of intelligent surgical robots. Masayoshi Son’s Softbank Vision Fund 2 led this round, along with global healthcare investment firm OrbiMed and Hong Kong-based 3W Fund. The company is also supported by Morningside Ventures, Matrix Partners China, SBCVC, BOCGI,...
Screenshots of Dongwoon Anatech's blood glucose monitoring device.

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 02:40 am April 12, 2021
South Korean fabless manufacturer Dongwoon Anatech is seeking the approval of both the US and Korean Food and Drug Administration for the commercial rollout of its saliva-based glucose monitoring device after completing its first clinical trial in December. WHAT IT DOES The glucose monitoring device called D-SaLife, a product of six years of research and development, makes use of microcurrent...
Screenshots of the MFine Pulse App

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 12:04 am April 9, 2021
MFine, a health tech startup in India, has developed a free mobile app that turns a smartphone into a blood oxygen saturation meter. The beta version of the app is currently available on Android phones, while a trial version on iOS devices is expected to come out in a “couple of months”, the company told Mobihealth News. MFine is also planning to create other medical app-based tools to measure...
A patient having his eyes examined.

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By  Thiru Gunasegaran 05:15 am April 7, 2021
Plano, a Singapore-based eye wellness app developer, has teamed up with US-based myopia education platform Review of Myopia Management with the aim of providing the latest in educational content for eye care professionals around the world. Both organisations hope to expand their current platforms and engage with the growing myopia management community globally.  WHY IT MATTERS According to Plano...
A compilation of screenshots of Clinic to Cloud's Patient Portal.

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By  Roy Chiang 04:41 am April 2, 2021
Clinic to Cloud, a Sydney-based clinical and practice management software provider, has revamped its Patient Portal to improve patient experience.   HOW IT WORKS Patients are now able to perform a variety of functions on the cloud-based system. These include booking appointments; viewing fees, invoices, and approved results from pathology and imaging investigations; and uploading referrals....
A stock exchange board.

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By  Roy Chiang 10:19 pm March 25, 2021
South Korean medical AI company made its debut on KOSDAQ, a trading board of Korea Exchange, for an IPO of 37.8 billion won ($33.6 million) by issuing 1.8 million shares. WHY IT MATTERS The company had accumulated an operating deficit of 7 billion won ($6.2 million) by the third quarter of 2020, and the funds will be a much needed injection of cash. Vuno plans to invest in research and...
A hand wearing the GyroGlove.

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By  Roy Chiang 03:38 am March 25, 2021
GyroGear, a UK-based neuromuscular medical device company, has landed $4.3 million in phase one of its seed round for the GyroGlove that supports people living with tremors. $1.41 million was received upfront from electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group which led the round. Participants in GyroGear’s second seed round will include the UK Government Future Fund and Singapore’s venture...
By  Roy Chiang 03:42 am March 1, 2021
In collaboration with Affinidi, a global investment firm headquartered in Singapore, Malaysia’s Immunitee Health Passport will become the country’s first health passport allowing tourists to be accepted into Singapore upon being verified and cleared via the Affinidi’s Unifier digital credential platform. Immunitee functions as a blockchain based health passport, built on a highly secure end to...