Asia Pacific news

Above photo: Cole Sirucek, Co-founder & CEO of DocDoc. Credit: DocDoc

By Dean Koh August 7, 2019
DocDoc, a virtual network of physicians and hospitals supporting patients to find quality medical care in Asia, announced that it has raised $13M in its latest institutional capital round. The financing was done on a convertible note and was led by Adamas Finance Asia Limited (ADAM), a London-listed investment company, alongside leading regional family offices, a fund managed by a global...
By Dean Koh August 6, 2019
Hot on the heels on being granted a US patent for pain assessment invention last month, Australia-based PainChek, developer of the world’s first smart phone-based pain assessment and monitoring app, has received regulatory approval from Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for the use of the PainChek app in the market. PainChek has also entered a two-year license agreement with Singapore-...
By Dean Koh August 5, 2019
Hong-Kong headquartered life insurance company Prudential announced that it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates. MyDoc's services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region...

Above: A graphic that demonstrates how the smartphone virus scanner works. The virus-containing cavities are 4.5 micrometres across and 9 micrometres apart. Credit: © 2019 Minagawa et al.

By Dean Koh August 4, 2019
Most of us are similar with ‘viruses’ and malware relating to our computers or smartphones, but Yoshihiro Minagawa, a researcher from the University of Tokyo has taken it on literally – he has invented a portable, low-cost, battery-powered device that pairs with a smartphone, which was tested with viruses but could also detect other biological markers. His initial findings, together with other...

Credit: Halodoc

By Dean Koh July 26, 2019
Indonesia-based healthtech platform Halodoc announced that it has secured additional funding from strategic investors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allianz X and Prudential. Allianz and Prudential provide insurance services in Indonesia and are users of Halodoc's services. The funds will be used to further Halodoc's commitment to simplify healthcare through technology in...
By Dean Koh July 19, 2019
Much has happened in the healthtech landscape in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region in the first half of 2019 – according to Galen Growth Asia’s latest report for that period, APAC healthtech funding hit $2.5B across 140 deals. In this article, MobiHealth News looks at the healthtech landscape in APAC for the first half of 2019 across three broad areas: healthtech accelerators, notable funding rounds...

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh July 18, 2019
Chinese healthcare ecosystem platform Ping An Good Doctor has reached strategic cooperation with nearly 50 hospitals across China, including the Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University, Sichuan Second Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, and the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, to jointly develop a new “internet hospital” model, the company recently announced....

Above photo: Tomoko Inoue, CEO of OMRON Ventures. Credit: OMRON Ventures

By Dean Koh July 16, 2019
With a background in biomedical science and rich experience in medical device venture capital investment, Tomoko Inoue possesses the technical, operational and business knowledge of what makes medtech startups successful – a role perfectly suited for her current role as the CEO of OMRON Ventures.  She believes that in a hyper aging society like Japan, there is a big need for smart infrastructure...

Above photo: Professor Krystyn Van Vliet (left) with a fellow researcher in the SMART CAMP laboratory performing confocal microscopic imaging of cells. Credit: SMART CAMP

By Dean Koh July 15, 2019
The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), together with A*STAR Institutes and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF), has launched a new national initiative dubbed Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalised-Medicine (CAMP). The initiative was launched as part of Singapore’s National Cell Manufacturing Initiative to overcome scientific and technical...

Credit: ANDHealth

By Dean Koh July 10, 2019
ANDHealth, an Australian organisation dedicated to supporting digital health companies in their commercialisation journey, has partnered with a consortium of leading medical research institutes and universities in Western Australia (WA), led by the Telethon Kids Institute, as part of the State’s first Digital Health Accelerator Program. Under the new partnership, ANDHealth will deliver its BRIGHT...

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