Dean Koh

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By Dean Koh 10:54 pmMay 26, 2019
Last week, AIA, the largest public listed pan-Asian life insurance group, announced a landmark partnership with Medix, a global health management solutions provider that will benefit AIA customers in the Asia Pacific region. Under the expanded regional partnership, building on already successful collaborations between AIA and Medix in Hong Kong and Singapore, AIA and Medix will work together to...

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By Dean Koh 05:21 amMay 15, 2019
Ping An Good Doctor, China’s one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform, announced that it will be forming a strategic cooperation with Wyeth Nutrition, a nutrition and health company that is part of the Nestlé Group. What’s it about Both parties will utilise their strengths in their respective fields for an all-round cooperation in areas including the new healthcare services, new technology...
By Dean Koh 04:35 amMay 14, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced that Omron Ventures has joined its $35M series B funding round, which was announced earlier this March. The investment sum by Omron Ventures has not been disclosed.  Omron Ventures, the venture capital arm of Japan-based Omron Corporation...
By Dean Koh 01:53 amMay 14, 2019
Although health tech and digital health startups have much to offer in terms of transforming healthcare, they often face the challenges of overcoming regulatory hurdles, which are especially stringent in healthcare for the safety of patients. In addition, clinicians can often be torn between being in medical practice and being involved in health tech innovation/research, particularly for those in...

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By Dean Koh 06:11 amMay 9, 2019
Sydney, Australia-based tech accelerator BlueChilli and Enterprise Singapore, an economic agency under the Singapore Ministry and Trade and Industry, announced that they will partner to launch a Singapore-based health tech accelerator to spur innovation and build startups that address health challenges and opportunities in Southeast Asia. BlueChilli has also joined Enterprise Singapore’s Startup...

Screengrab of the PainChek app.

By Dean Koh 01:55 amMay 3, 2019
The federal government of Australia recently announced that it will invest A$5M to facilitate the implementation of PainChek’s pain recognition app in Australian residential aged care centres (RAC’s). The PainChek app was originally conceived at Western Australia’s Curtin University and further developed by listed Australian digital health company PainChek Ltd. It provides caregivers and health...

(Photo from left to right): Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President of CUHK, Gordon Watson, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia and Barnaby Perks, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford VR at the signing of Asia’s first partnership for mental wellbeing using immersive VR. Credit: AXA Hong Kong

By Dean Koh 12:44 amApril 30, 2019
AXA Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Oxford VR (OVR) announced a first-of-a-kind partnership to pilot a groundbreaking automated immersive therapy using virtual reality (VR) for mental health in Asia including the Greater Bay Area. What’s it about The pilot focuses on a jointly supported clinically-validated trial in Hong Kong using a modern VR technology platform for...

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By Dean Koh 03:15 amApril 29, 2019
Established in the US in 2013, Shanghai-headquartered QTC Care, a healthcare platform that uses AI to streamline treatment recovery and disease prevention, announced that it has raised $7M in series A funding. The investment was led by a Chinese internet giant, Tencent, followed by several other top investors in China. Just last week, Tencent-backed Trusted Doctor said that it had raised $250M in...

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By Dean Koh 12:08 amApril 26, 2019
China's Tencent Trusted Doctor, a venture backed by tech giant Tencent Holdings, announced that it had raised $250M in a fundraising round. The investment was led by Country Garden Holdings, Tencent Holdings and Sequoia Capital, Tencent Trusted Doctor said in a statement. The fundraising marked the first investment since the entity was formed through a merger of Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted...

mfine's founders Ashutosh Lawania (left) and Prasad Kompalli (right). Credit: mfine

By Dean Koh 03:10 amApril 25, 2019
mfine, a health-tech AI startup from India has raised $17.2M in Series B funding. The investment was led by SBI Investment, a Japan-based venture capital firm and a subsidiary of the SBI Group. Singapore-based SBI Ven Capital which is SBI Group’s Southeast-Asian investment arm and tech-focused global venture capital firm BEENEXT also participated in the round alongside existing investors,...