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Above photo: Gillian Tee, Co-founder and CEO of Homage. Credit: Homage

By Dean Koh January 13, 2020
Singapore-based on-demand home caregiving services platform Homage announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding. The double-digit round was led by EV Growth, with new investors Alternate Ventures and KDV Capital also joining the round and participated by existing investor HealthXCapital. EV Growth, a Singapore headquartered venture capital firm, is a joint venture...

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By Dean Koh January 9, 2020
Medirom, a healthtech company based in Japan, has announced that at CES 2020 it will be working with MATRIX Industries, a Silicon Valley material science company, to deliver the world’s first health monitoring smartband named MOTHER that never requires charging. This will enable users in the US and Japan to monitor their health activities 24/7.  HOW IT WORKS Medirom provides the software or app...
By Dean Koh January 6, 2020
Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Japan since 1981 and this is compounded by the fact that the country has a hyper-aging society, which means that Japan will face a substantial increase in the number of elderly cancer patients, according to a review article by Matsuda and Saika published in the Annals of Cancer Epidemiology in 2018. Prof Yasushi Goto of the National Cancer Center...

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By Dean Koh January 2, 2020
A study led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) found that most (93%) mobile apps for suicide prevention and depression management do not provide all the six suicide prevention strategies that are commonly recommended in international clinical guidelines. International guidelines from the UK, US and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend six evidence-based...
By Dean Koh December 19, 2019
“What we have tracked and seen in the last four years is a very vibrant ecosystem, which was in the past, very e-commerce health focused to nowadays, very sophisticated with AI drug discovery, clinical trials and digital therapeutics etc. In 2018, the total amount of venture capital that was invested in Asia Pacific amounted to about $6.8B. To put in context, in the US it is $8.2B and $2B for...
By Dean Koh December 17, 2019
China’s Ping An Good Doctor and Thailand’s largest private medical group, Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), yesterday announced the launch of a video consultation service. The service will allow the users of Ping An Good Doctor to seek second medical opinions via video consultations with top physicians in Thailand. Chinese users can purchase the service from the “Overseas Top-Tier Doctors”...

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By Dean Koh December 10, 2019
Taiwan National Defense Medical Center (NDMC) has partnered with DeepQ, a healthcare division of technology innovator HTC, to build the largest Mixed Reality (MR) anatomy classroom in Taiwan.MR is the combination of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Users can switch between real and virtual anatomy classroom environments, depending on the appropriate learning method. The team at...

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By Dean Koh December 9, 2019
Last week, Ping An Good Doctor, China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform signed a strategic collaboration with Merck, a German multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company to jointly explore integrated solutions to advance intelligent healthcare in China. According to the joint media release, the collaboration will leverage Ping An Good Doctor's extensive experience in...

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By Dean Koh November 28, 2019
Health analytics and education company Elsevier and Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent announced the signing of a strategic agreement to accelerate the dissemination of global health information in China. The two organizations will leverage their respective expertise and resources to help Chinese physicians gain quick access to Elsevier’s medical information and academic resources through...

Above photo: Dr. Min-Han Tan, founder and CEO of Lucence. Credit: Lucence

By Dean Koh November 20, 2019
Singapore-headquartered genomic medicine startup Lucence announced it has raised $20 million in Series A funding. The round was led by IHH Healthcare, one of the world’s largest integrated private healthcare groups, with 80 hospitals in 10 countries worldwide. Other participants include SGInnovate, existing investors Heliconia Capital, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, Lim Kaling and Koh Boon...

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