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Photo: Gojek

By Dean Koh March 7, 2019
Gojek an Indonesia-headquartered ride-hailing and logistics company with operations in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand, today announced that it has partnered with Singapore-based startup Doctor Anywhere, to offer offline and online medical consultations to its drivers. This announcement came after Gojek’s recent tie-up with Gigacover, a Singapore-based insurtech company, which offers...

Credit: Health2Sync

By Dean Koh March 5, 2019
Health2Sync and Novo Nordisk Pharma Ltd. are partnering in Japan to support digital diabetes management and facilitate communication between diabetics and healthcare providers. Last December, the two companies agreed to support the localisation and promotion of the “SyncHealth” App (known as Health2Sync outside of Japan) and web platform for patient management. People living with diabetes require...

Credit: Halodoc

By Dean Koh March 4, 2019
Halodoc, an Indonesia-based health-tech platform, recently announced that it has raised $65M in a series B funding led by new investor UOB Venture Management. Other new investors in the financing round include Singtel Innov8, Korea Investment Partners and WuXi AppTec. Existing investors also participated. The company said the $65M fundraising would be used to develop its technology and...

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh February 28, 2019
China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, Ping An Good Doctor, yesterday announced its first annual results since listing: the company recorded a revenue of RMB 3.34 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 78.7%. The three key indicators of the company – registered users, monthly active users (MAU) and monthly paying users (MPU) continued to grow at a rapid rate in 2018. As of...

Credit: SUSS

By Dean Koh February 25, 2019
The Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 23 with Changi General Hospital Pte Ltd (CGH) and SingHealth Community Hospitals (SCH) to collaborate on various initiatives to better understand and support the needs of the growing silver generation as well as their caregivers. The lowdown Over a period of three years, the three parties...

Prof. Boaz Lerner of Ben-Gurion University with the new platform for predicting ALS progression​. Credit: BGU

By Dean Koh February 19, 2019
BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), today unveiled an artificial intelligence (AI) platform for monitoring and predicting the progression of neurodegenerative diseases for the purpose of identifying markers for personalised patient care and improved drug development. Developed by Prof. Boaz Lerner of the Department of Industrial Engineering and...

Screengrab of Circle DNA's official website.

By Dean Koh February 19, 2019
Beijing-headquartered clinical genomics testing company, Berry Genomics and Hong Kong and London-headquartered genetics and digital health company Prenetics announced today key management hires for the new company, Circle DNA, which will be operational for business by the end of Q2 2019. The 3 key management hires for Circle DNA are Joe Yan (CEO), Claire Wan (COO) and Candy Liu (Head of Marketing...

Above: Screengrab of Burning Rock's website.

By Dean Koh February 14, 2019
Burning Rock Biotech, which was founded in 2014 and focuses on NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) diagnostics solutions for precision medicine in oncology, today announced the closing of the Series C financing totaling RMB 850 million. The financing was led by GIC, followed by LYFE Capital, CMB International Capital, Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), Sequoia Capital China and T&Brothers Capital. The...
Millenial on a laptop
By Laura Lovett February 12, 2019
When it comes healthcare, young adults expect more technology and nontraditional settings to be integrated into their care than previous generations, according to a new study released by Accenture at HIMSS19 this morning. The study found that Gen Zers and millennials are much less likely to have a primary care doctor than older generations. In fact, only 67 percent of millennials and 55 percent...

Above image: The Dinsow mini, an elderly care robot made by Thai manufacturer CT Asia Robotics​. Credit: Dinsow Elderly Companion

By Dean Koh February 8, 2019
Under its Thailand 4.0 vision, Thailand plans to leverage on its reputation and excellence in medical services and medical devices and strengthen its position as the regional medical hub. To promote medical robotics, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has offered a wide range of investment promotion incentives related to three targeted activities – manufacture of automation machinery/equipment...

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