Dean Koh

Above photo: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (left), Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative officiated the launch of Catalyst on August 19, 2019. Credit: Catalyst

By Dean Koh 02:46 amAugust 20, 2019
Singapore-based medtech startup Aardvark Labs and Padang & Co, an innovation catalyst, joined forces to launch Catalyst, a co-working space which aims to creates new partnerships that deliver real health outcomes and meaningful business impact in the healthcare industry. At Catalyst’s official launch on August 19, Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between Aardvark Labs and...

Credit: Ping An Good Doctor

By Dean Koh 02:55 amAugust 19, 2019
China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform Ping An Good Doctor, officially launched its Private Doctor service last week in China on August 13. On the same day of launch, the company also entered into partnership with 29 companies including China Mobile Internet, BAIC Group, China CITIC Bank, Wyeth Nutrition, China Everbright Bank, Minsheng Life, Pearl River Life and PKU Founder Life. The 29...

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

By Dean Koh 02:33 amAugust 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 01:06 amAugust 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 02:46 amAugust 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 11:16 pmAugust 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 05:17 amJuly 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 05:29 amJuly 24, 2019
Australian digital health company PainChek recently announced that the United States Patent Office has issued a Notice of Allowance for its pain assessment invention. This means that patent prosecution has been successfully completed.  The U.S. patent, when granted, gives PainChek exclusive rights to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing the invention for 20 years from the...
By Dean Koh 05:18 amJuly 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 10:29 pmJuly 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....