Dean Koh

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By Dean Koh 03:17 amMarch 31, 2020
Singapore-listed medtech company Biolidics recently launched its rapid test kit for COVID-19 and has entered into a manufacturer agreement with a diagnostic kit manufacturer to customize and manufacture the rapid test kits. The first batch of Biolidics’ rapid test kits is expected to be available in April 2020. Biolidics has obtained provisional authorization from Singapore’s Health Science...

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By Dean Koh 12:02 amMarch 31, 2020
Singapore-headquartered telehealth startup Doctor Anywhere today announced it has secured a $27 million Series B financing round led by Square Peg – the largest venture capital fund in Australia, Singapore Government investment arm – EDBI, and IHH Healthcare, a leading international healthcare provider. Other participants in this round of funding are Pavilion Capital and existing shareholder...
By Dean Koh 11:26 pmMarch 26, 2020
Insurance and financial services provider Manulife announced that it will be collaborating with dacadoo, a Swiss-based global digital health provider to enhance its digital offerings in Asia. The partnership will see dacadoo strengthening Manulife’s existing health engagement platform, ManulifeMOVE.  The enhanced capabilities, which features dacadoo’s patented Health Score, will provide...

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By Dean Koh 11:00 pmMarch 22, 2020
Genomic medicine startup Lucence announced that the development of the SAFER-Sample (Stabilization of nucleic Acid Formulation for Evaluation of RNA) kit, a sample collection medical device to facilitate more accessible testing of viral infections such as COVID-19. WHY IT MATTERS Currently, definitive diagnosis of RNA viral infections such as COVID-19 requires patients with respiratory infections...

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By Dean Koh 10:38 amMarch 20, 2020
[UPDATE: According to Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan's Facebook post on the morning of March 23, TraceTogether has been installed by more than 620,000 users so far.] The Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), the in-house IT agency of the Singapore public service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced the launch of a mobile...
By Dean Koh 05:52 amMarch 17, 2020
AIA Singapore, which is part of the largest public listed pan-Asian life insurance group, announced that will cover the costs of 50,000 video medical consultations provided by WhiteCoat, a Singapore-based tele-medicine provider for all its HealthShield Gold Max policyholders.  Individuals who require professional medical advice can engage WhiteCoat's Singapore-registered doctors from the comfort...
By Dean Koh 03:30 amMarch 9, 2020
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd (Ping An) launched its COVID-19 smart image-reading system on February 19, which was  developed by Ping An Smart Healthcare, the smart health care team of subsidiary Ping An Smart City. The system assists doctors with efficient and accurate diagnoses by leveraging Ping An’s AI tech, which could help control the epidemic through earlier diagnoses and...

Above graphic: The new embedded droplet printing method suspends 3-D arrays of droplets in a uniquely isolated state that allows for precise processing and experimentation. Credit: SMART

By Dean Koh 01:41 amMarch 5, 2020
A research team from Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT's research enterprise in Singapore, and National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a unique method for generating and processing fluid droplets under previously unattainable conditions. The new embedded droplet printing method is explained in the research article, "Embedded droplet printing in yield-...
By Dean Koh 04:08 amMarch 4, 2020
DoctorOnCall, a Malaysia-based digital health platform by Health Digital Technologies Sdn. Bhd, has partnered with Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd (Merchantrade), which will allow Merchantrade Money application’s users to access online consultations with accredited doctors and e-pharmacy, purchase medication safely and have them delivered conveniently. Merchantrade Money users just have to click on the...
By Dean Koh 01:12 amMarch 3, 2020
Last week, Singapore-based Veredus Laboratories announced that it has obtained the Provisional Authorization from the Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for its VereCoV Detection Kit following the company’s rapid launch of this kit as a “Research Use Only” (RUO) test in late January, which was reported by MobiHealthNews here. The VereCoV Detection Kit is a collaborative effort between...