Dean Koh

Photo: Dr. James Creeden, Global Medical Director of Foundation Medicine​. Credit: Foundation Medicine.

By Dean Koh 10:30 pmJanuary 10, 2019
Launched in 2010 with a $25 million Series A financing led by Third Rock Ventures, Foundation Medicine released its first commercial assay called FoundationOne in 2012. The company develops, manufactures, and sells genomic profiling assays based on next-generation sequencing technology for solid tumours, hematologic malignancies, and sarcomas. In December 2017, the company’s assay FoundationOne...

Ping An Good Doctor's first One-minute Clinic in Wuzhen, outside of Shanghai. Credit: Ping An Good Doctor.

By Dean Koh 03:46 amJanuary 7, 2019
Last year, Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, piloted unstaffed clinics that employ artificial intelligence called “One-minute Clinics” in the Wuzhen Scenic Area outside of Shanghai, which connect patients with a clinician on Ping An Good Doctor’s in-house medical team. Just last week, the company announced that it had placed its One-minute Clinics across 8...

Sebastien Gaudin, co-founder of StartupCare at the launch event in Shanghai, China. Credit: StartupCare

By Dean Koh 08:08 pmDecember 20, 2018
Yesterday, Shanghai-based insurtech startup CareVoice (who launched their AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China in May 2018) announced the official launch of StartupCare, the first health benefit and insurance for startups in China. StartupCare combines a premium medical insurance with fully digitalised health and insurance services. Ahead of the...

Above photo: Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO & Co-founder of MyDoc. Photo: MyDoc

By Dean Koh 01:41 amDecember 18, 2018
The digital managed care platform MyDoc has been tapped to digitally deliver health screening results of AIA Vitality members in Singapore, creating the first digitally integrated corporate health screening programme for the global insurer. As a digital healthcare provider, MyDoc is part of Singapore’s Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox for telemedicine, allowing it to offer digital...

A pharmacy student models the SwipeRX app on her phone in Vietnam. Photo: mClinica

By Dean Koh 10:03 pmDecember 12, 2018
The Singapore headquartered mClinica has recently reached a milestone to become the largest pharmacy data technology player in Southeast Asia: its platform is now being used by 1 in every 2 pharmacists in the Philippines, 1 in every 3 pharmacists in Indonesia and 1 in every 4 pharmacists in Vietnam. About one and a half years ago, mClinica started from just 1,500 pharmacy professionals in the...

Photo credit: Ark

By Dean Koh 10:19 pmDecember 5, 2018
Ark, a Singapore-based medtech enterprise focused on early cancer detection, has raised a record US$40 million in Series A funding. Ark’s vision is “a world without late-stage cancer” and its mission is to eliminate late-stage cancer related death by 2048 through the introduction of accurate, affordable, and actionable cancer detection technologies. This record-breaking Series A round was led by...

Screengrab of the BookHA app.

By Dean Koh 12:55 amDecember 4, 2018
Yesterday, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority (HA) announced that their mobile application, BookHA, which provides new case booking services for Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOPC), would be extended to cover the Clinical Oncology and Anaesthesiology (Pain Clinic) specialties for the convenience of patients starting from 3 December 2018. “From now on, patients can make SOPC new case bookings in...

Credit: jianke.com

By Dean Koh 09:51 pmNovember 29, 2018
Jianke.com, China's online healthcare platform, yesterday announced during the Jianke Doctor Rebrand & 2018 Jianke Partners' Conference in Shanghai that they will be entering into a strategic partnership with US-based global pharmaceutical leader Pfizer. Both companies will leverage their leadership in their respective fields and successful practices to implement a patient-focused strategy in...

Credit: Foundation Medicine

By Dean Koh 02:46 amNovember 29, 2018
Roche announced last week the launch of FoundationOne CDx, Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive companion diagnostic test for personalised cancer care in Singapore. According to the official media release, FoundationOne CDx supports clinicians in their decision-making by providing a clear, in-depth report that describes the unique genomic profile of a patient’s tumour as well as associated,...

Screengrab of the ClinMAPS PRO app.

By Dean Koh 09:44 pmNovember 21, 2018
The first known digital scar assessment app will soon be available for clinicians and therapists working with burns patients. Senior Occupational Therapist with the Adult Burn Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) in Australia, Ms Tanja Klotz, said the ClinMAPS PRO app will be used for patients and in research to accurately assess the severity of burn scars at any point in time. “The app...