Dean Koh

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By Dean Koh 09:39 amJanuary 25, 2020
Singapore-based Veredus Laboratories, a provider of innovative molecular diagnostic solutions, recently announced the development of VereCoV detection kit, a portable Lab-on-Chip application capable of detecting the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) i.e. Wuhan Coronavirus, in a...
By Dean Koh 02:02 amJanuary 21, 2020
Prudential Myanmar, the wholly-owned business unit of Prudential Corporation Asia and MyanCare, a telemedicine company, announced last week a first-of-its kind partnership to improve healthcare access for people across the country. Through the ‘PRUCare’ program, Prudential Myanmar will provide complimentary healthcare consultation to 5,000 families in Myanmar facilitated through the MyanCare...

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

By Dean Koh 04:59 amJanuary 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 10:14 pmJanuary 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 01:41 amJanuary 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 02:17 amJanuary 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 04:01 amDecember 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 04:52 amDecember 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 04:11 amDecember 13, 2019
Ibex Medical Analytics, an Israel-based startup focused on AI-powered cancer diagnostics and the KSM Research and Innovation Institute at Maccabi Healthcare Services, announced the deployment of the Ibex Second Read System for breast at Maccabi's pathology institute, the largest pathology lab in Israel. WHAT IT DOES According to Ibex, their Second Read System is the first-ever system that detects...

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By Dean Koh 12:54 amDecember 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...