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MIT Technology Review announces 2018's 10 'Innovators Under 35 Asia'

Ten visionaries from Singapore, Australia and Taiwan honoured.

Novogen becomes Kazia Therapeutics

Kazia Therapeutics is an agile oncology-focused biotechnology company, based in Sydney, Australia, with two clinical staged drug development candidates and an early stage discovery program, across a range of oncology indications

Transforming healthcare through innovation: addressing unmet healthcare needs in Asia Pacific

Medical technology experts convene for Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2017

77% of healthcare leaders believe they need to be a digital business to succeed: Microsoft study

Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study shows that healthcare providers are just starting to embrace disruptions as region ushers in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Amgen Foundation partners with Science Centre Singapore to launch Amgen biotech experience

Long-established innovative science education program gives local secondary students real-world hands-on biotechnology lab experience

Fighting Asia Pacific's growing fragility fracture epidemic

Multi-stakeholder approach needed to address preventable fragility fractures in rapidly aging Asia Pacific: new Economist Intelligence Unit report

Roquette opens new Asia Pacific Headquarters and an Innovation Center in Singapore

These new facilities will be focused on Food, Nutrition and Pharma to better address eating habits and health concerns of Asian consumers.

Singapore Innovation & Productivity Conference and Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2017 focuses on future of manufacturing

The manufacturing industry has experienced rapid development over recent years in terms of advancement in technology, operations and best practices. With the current march towards digitalisation, the sector is undergoing a makeover, challenging traditional mindsets and paving the way for the future of the industry.

Nokia trials Asia's first fall prediction video analytics application

Singapore's St Luke's Eldercare to use Nokia Bell Labs' proprietary video analytics technology to predict and prevent falls among the elderly population.

Singapore Prevention & Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium 2017 concluded with key recommendations for the advancement of cardiac rehabilitation

International and regional experts also weighed in on comprehensive approaches to cardiac rehabilitation, with a special focus on E-Health.

Medical technology experts to address the impact of innovation in shaping patient outcomes across Asia Pacific

The 3rd Annual Asia Pacific MedTech Forum will be held from 7-9 November 2017 at The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore.

China biotech's 'coming out party' masks long road ahead

CFDA strives to narrow a typical five to seven year lag between how long new drugs reach the market in China compared with Western countries.

SingHealth, Duke NUS and GSK to conduct large-scale big data study on asthma and COPD in Singapore

Three-year study to collect and analyse data from 13,000 respiratory patients per year to improve and predict care outcomes for asthma and COPD

$1.7 million awarded to Australian biomedical researchers through philanthropic Ramaciotti Foundations

Awards champion Australian-based research, highlight impact of philanthropy on health and wellbeing of millions worldwide

Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions

Rutgers scientists discover way to reduce animal feed and food production costs by increasing a key nutrient in corn

Inhibitor Pariet obtained approval of additional dosage in Japan for maintenance therapy of proton pump inhibitor resistant reflux esophagitis

The above approval will add a treatment option for patients with reflux esophagitis who had inadequate response to the existing treatment by proton pump inhibitors.

Dornier MedTech opens Asia Pacific Headquarters & Global Clinical Innovation Centre in Singapore

Opening of new HQ and Clinical Innovation Centre represents Dornier MedTech's largest investment in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific HQ will lead the clinical research, regulatory and commercialisation strategy for new urology unit, Dornier Aries, in global high-growth markets.

ASLAN Pharmaceuticals announces first patient enrolled in global phase 2/3 study for varlitinib in gastric cancer

Varlitinib is a potent, reversible, small molecule pan-HER inhibitor and is currently being developed across multiple indications including biliary tract, gastric, metastatic breast and metastatic colorectal cancers.

Imugene commences first patient dosing of HER-Vaxx Phase 1b/2 Gastric Cancer Study

All eight clinical sites in Asia are actively recruiting. The study is being conducted in Asian countries where there are high rates of gastric cancer and where patients have difficulty accessing expensive antibody treatments such as Herceptin and Perjeta.

Australian cancer specialists may hold key to next advancement in ovarian cancer treatment

The drug, Cantrixil, has shown evidence in the laboratory of being able to target and kill cancer stem cells responsible for relapse. It is being developed as a first line treatment in combination with IV chemo (to prevent relapse), and to treat women who have recurrent ovarian cancer and have become resistant to chemo.

New monotherapy option for treatment of relapsed or refractory peripheral T-cell Lymphoma

DIFOLTA can be administered without hospitalisation, which reduces burden on hospitals and patients.

Colorcon opens new technical services laboratory in Vietnam

This brings the total number of technical service laboratories around the world to 21 and is the sixth within Southeast Asia.

Merck collaborates with Angiex to speed clinical readiness of new cancer therapy

Project is first for Merck's Massachusetts BioReliance End-to-End Solutions center. Collaboration gives Angiex access to Merck's process development tools and technologies.

Academia Sinica proposes key recommendations on revitalizing Taiwan's economy

The research group believes that the ultimate driving forces behind industrial transformation are innovation, the enhancement of soft skills, and organizational capital.

Vitafoods Asia 2017: strategic move to Singapore makes positive impact

Participation hits an all-time high; platform successfully melds science and business

AbbVie opens biologics manufacturing facility in Singapore

AbbVie, a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, opened its Biologics Manufacturing Facility, expanding its capabilities to include biological products in addition to its existing small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) facility.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation announces winners of the Singapore QuickFire Challenge in collaboration with ETPL and SMART

Three winners in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Consumer Health sectors, each awarded SGD100,000 in project money to conduct research for the diagnosis and/or treatment of metabolic diseases.

Singapore leads the world in progress toward the health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Singapore is 1 of only 4 countries to score a perfect score 100 (where 100 indicates safe levels) in the categories of under-5 mortality rates and neonatal mortality, as well death certification.

HIMSS AsiaPac17 conference and exhibition returns to address Asia's health IT challenges

A stellar line-up of healthcare leaders and thought leaders from around the world

Vitafoods Asia 2017: Meeting the region's nutraceutical needs

Healthy ageing, digestive health, and personalised nutrition are top-of-mind

Vitafoods Asia 2017 heralds a new future of innovation

Inspiring industry with next-generation nutraceuticals and incisive learning opportunities.

Sanner receives Zero Defect Award

GSK honors Sanner of China as outstanding supplier

AdAlta pioneers novel drug for rare lung disease

Compelling new lung disease treatment pioneered in Victoria gains global attention alongside top researchers and drug developers.

Vitafoods Asia 2017: Industry players optimistic of future

Companies and experts identified most important product categories and trends.

Nestlé Introduces their Singapore R&D Centre

Nestlé's history began in 1866, with the foundation of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. In 1867, Henri Nestlé developed a breakthrough infant formula

Vitafoods Asia Elevates 2017 Learning Programme

Upcoming Edition Offers Streamlined Conference, New Theatres, and Trending Topics

The Seventh International Meeting on Synthetic Biology (SB 7.0)

Singapore, 13 June 2017 - Imagine a world where extinct animals return to life. Or a world where movies and music can be stored in DNA...

Healthcare Sustainability in Asia: Now is the Time to Act — FT Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit 2017

Singapore, 25 April 2017 - Asia's leading healthcare representatives gathered today at the Financial Times' third annual FT Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit, held at The Westin Singapore...

6th Asia-Pacific Breast Cancer Summit to take place in Hong Kong

24th January, 2017 - MCI is proud to announce the sixth edition of the Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit (APBCS) to be held inHong Kong from 17–19 February 2017...

MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics in Singapore!

Feb 10-12 2017, Singapore - Calling developers, clinicians, engineers, designers, researchers and business managers to join MIT Hacking Medicine for the first hackathon in Asia focused on companion robotics for eldercare...

Lilly's Ramucirumab (Cyramza®) Is Now Available in Singapore

SINGAPORE, 13 December 2016 - First country in ASEAN to approve the new biologic therapy that extends survival in patients with advanced stomach cancer after prior chemotherapy

Accuron Technologies' MedTech Division Invests into AWAK Technologies

1 December 2016, Singapore - Accuron MedTech, a division of Accuron Technologies Limited, today announced that it is leading an investment totaling US$11.2 million into AWAK Technologies, a Singapore medtech start-up developing solutions that address end-stage renal disease...

Philips introduces PerformanceBridge suite of operational performance improvement software and services for radiology departments

Singapore - Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today introduced PerformanceBridge, a new suite of performance management software and services to assist radiology departments in enhancing productivity...

Give a Gift that Will Last a Lifetime this Holiday Season with Smile Train

NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Smile Train launches Give Smiles campaign with aim of raising funds for 2,017 new smiles

Fight Against Women's Cancer: Globe-Athon 2016

SINGAPORE, 15 November 2016 - The Society for Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology of Singapore (SCCPS) will once again be organising this year's Globe-athon event, as part of the Global Initiative to raise awareness for Women's Cancer.

Christiane Hamacher Takes Up Appointment as Head of Asia Pacific, Roche Pharmaceuticals

Singapore, 1 November 2016 - Roche Pharmaceuticals Asia Pacific announces that Dr. Christiane Hamacher has assumed the role of Head of Asia Pacific (APAC), joining Roche's global Pharmaceutical Leadership Team.

Enterprise meets technology: More than 300 enabling innovations showcased at TechInnovation

Robotic Chef, Thin Film Solar Cells, Free Space Technology and more at the fifth edition of Singapore's premier technology brokerage event

CPhI's Pre-Connect Congress outlines current trends in pharma

Patient centricity, combination products, packaging innovation and biotherapeutics showing promise at the forefront of the industry's development

World Population Day 2016

World Population Day is observed by the United Nations every year on 11 July to emphasise the urgency and importance of being aware of global population issues. It is an opportune time to reflect on the effects of overpopulation on public health and its impact on this generation and the next.

NUS Student Clinches Top Prize at National Smart Mapping Competition with Cutting-Edge Food Security Solution

A National University of Singapore (NUS) student's innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology — otherwise known as smart mapping technology — has earned him the 2016 Esri Young Scholar Award.

Gather China & World Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs, Create a New Chapter of Chinese Pharma Industry

CPhI & P-MEC China will be held in Shanghai New International Expo Center on June 21-23, 2016.

Mundipharma's New Betadine® Facility to Meet Regional Healthcare Challenges

  • New R&D facility in Singapore will support healthcare emergency response
  • Reinforces Singapore's status as world's leading biomedical hub
  • STRATASYS launches World's First Full-ColoUr Multi-material 3D PRINTER - THE J750 - In Singapor

    One-stop realism to eliminate time-consuming processes, accelerating product concepting, design, decision-making, and delivery.

    World Immunisation Week 2016

    In conjunction with World Immunisation Week 2016 (24-30 April), the following infographic was developed by Sanofi Pasteur, highlighting the advancements in public health sector through immunisation.

    IoT Asia 2016 Delivers Actionable Solutions for a Sustainable IoT Ecosystem in Asia

    SINGAPORE - 30 March 2016 - Today, IoT Asia 2016, the region's leading platform in the Internet of Things (IoT) returns with its third and largest edition from 30-31 March 2016 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Lite-On presents a new Biomedical Research and Development Centre in Singapore

    It will be the company's first overseas biomedical R&D center with a focus on in-vitro diagnostics.

    Zika Virus Urgently Needs Improved Detection Methods as Vaccine Development Faces Array of Obstacles, says GlobalData Analyst

    LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 16 February 2016 - The growing threat of the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization believes could infect four million people in the Americas over the next twelve months

    Singapore Researchers Develop World'S First High-Throughput Imaging Platform for Predicting Kidney Toxicity

    Automated cellular imaging platform efficiently and accurately predicts toxicity of chemical compounds paving the way toward safer products

    Collaboration is Cure for Better Global Health Outcomes, UK-India Experts Say

    Healthcare and biotechnology companies should be focused on developing blockbuster drugs that benefit billions of patients, says world-leading healthcare experts, and this can only be done through collaboration and innovation they say.

    EmTech Asia Opens: Features 50 speakers on innovation and emerging technologies

    The conference features local and international speakers, an exhibition and networking opportunities and is a hallmark of the region's innovative spirit and exemplary research and development.

    Russia's only project to supply local high-tech anti-cancer drugs abroad continues with the first shipment to Vietnam

    Russian biopharmaceutical company BIOCAD is the first company in the country to launch a 150-million-dollar effort to supply therapeutic products based on monoclonal antibodies to several countries outside Russia.

    Wheat Genome Sequencing Gets Major Boost

    A high quality bread wheat reference sequence will be available in less than two years

    Professor Jackie Y. Ying Wins The Mustafa Prize Top Scientific Achievement Award

    The Mustafa Prize is granted to research that has improved human life and made tangible and cutting-edge innovations on the boundaries of science or has presented new scientific methodology

    Inaugural Esmo Asia Congress Concludes on A High Note in Singapore

    The ESMO Asia 2015 Congress was a huge success in Singapore, bringing together a total of 2,960 international participants

    Inaugural Esmo Asia Congress to Be Held in Singapore

    ESMO Asia will see attendance of renowned regional and international oncologists

    A Nation-Wide Study Uncovers Inverse Relationship Between Childbirth And Risk Of Lung Cancer In Singapore Women

    Smoking is widely known as a key cause of lung cancer but the majority of lung cancer cases and deaths among Asian women occur in non-smokers

    Veolia Water Technologies Hosts First Think Tank Asia

    Veolia Water Technologies proudly announces today the official launch of its Think Tank Asia initiative

    Treeway Announces Positive Data from Two Separate Phase I TW001 Clinical Trials

    Successful dose and confirmatory study solid platform for phase II/III trial in ALS patients

    APACMed Kicks Off Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2015

    Inaugural industry event explores how smarter regulations, disruptive innovation and collaboration are the keys to pioneering a healthy future together

    NUS researchers discover gene that protects breast cancer patients against 'chemobrain'

    Study shows that early-stage breast cancer patients who carry a variation of the BDNF gene are less likely to develop chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment

    Discovery by NUS researchers contributes towards future treatment of cervical cancer

    Latest findings may provide an avenue for therapeutic intervention of viral-mediated cancers

    iGene: Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Kit (Keep at Room Temperature)

    APBN has received a complimentary iGene prenatal test kit, and we like to send it out to one of our lucky readers. It is an open book test.

    Nanyang Technological University Smart Chip tells you how healthy your battery is

    25th November 2015, SINGAPORE - A new smart chip developed by Professor Rachid Yazami of the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) is smart enough to derive the entropymetry of battery life and for safety enhancement.

    Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore (MBI) and Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI) at National University of Singapore

    cientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel technique to efficiently culture clusters containing circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in 14 days. The study has shown that CTCs can predict the outcome of cancer treatment and assists clinicians on patients' chemotherapy regimen, as well as to monitor the status of cancer.

    The Future of Cities - A collaboration between Channel NewsAsia (Perspectives) and Newcastle University

    Rural-urban migration, optimizing housing conditions, health and education, on how technology can help to improve the conditions and equip for future potential.
    The future of cities and on how urban planning can help to solve the problems from migration.

    From keyhole to 'no-hole' using radiosurgery, a clinical treatment to removing cancer tumours in patients

    On the 21st November 2015, an afternoon symposium organized at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, gathered ~100 clinical experts and healthcare industry leaders from the United States, Canada and Asia.

    BioSingapore Launches White Paper on the Future of BioSciences in Singapore

    SINGAPORE - The next 10 years of Singapore's biosciences industry is the focus of a new white paper that captures the views and predictions of the nation's biosciences industry leaders.

    Sharks' hunting ability destroyed under climate change

    The hunting ability and growth of sharks will be dramatically impacted by increased CO2 levels and warmer oceans expected by the end of the century, a University of Adelaide study has found.

    NCIS pilots Velcade@Home, the first home-administered chemotherapy treatment in Asia Pacific

    Multiple myeloma patients can now have their injections for VELCADE®, a chemotherapy drug, administered in the comfort of their home, as part of NCIS' home care programme.

    New drought atlas maps 2,000 years of climate in Europe

    The long history of severe droughts across Europe and the Mediterranean has largely been told through historical documents and ancient journals, each chronicling the impact in a geographically restricted area.

    Global Business Leaders Make Bold Sustainability Commitments At The Responsible Business Forum, Singapore

    Nearly 30 Singaporean and multi-national companies including Rolls Royce, ING, City Developments Limited, and Autodesk, came to the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2015 ready with bold commitments regarding labour practices

    NTU scientists use dead bacteria to kill colorectal cancer cells

    Colorectal cancer is the number one cancer in Singapore and the third most commonly occurring cancer in the world. It is characterised by the uncontrolled growth of cells in the epithelial tissue of the large intestine.

    Humans can empathize with robots

    Neurophysiological evidence for human empathy toward robots in perceived pain

    Preoperative Breast Cancer Programme is an Option

    Surgeons treating breast cancer patients who seek treatment at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Breast Centre (SDBC) may now refer them to participate in the Preoperative Breast Cancer Programme (PBCP) for chemotherapy treatment before performing definitive surgery.

    Taiwan-made sponge goes Green, the Green-Tech SpongeBob absorbs oil only

    A team lead by Professor Nyan-Hwa Tai of the Department of Materials Engineering at National Tsinghua University recently invented a sponge that absorbs only oil won first place at the TECO "Green Tech" International Creative Contest.

    Meribank collaborates with National Chiao-Tong University with a NT$10 billion cell decoding deal

    National Chiao-Tong University and Meribank signed the biotech industry-university cooperation program today. Under the leadership of Dr. Zhong Yuzhi, NCTU's Biotechnology dean, the Meribank's Research & Development team and NCTU's Institute of Biotechnology first wave of project collaboration will be run by Dr. Huang Yaoqi and Dr. Yang Jinmu.

    Carnegie Mellon researchers hack off-the-shelf 3-D printer towards rebuilding the heart

    PITTSBURGH — As of this month, over 4,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant. With failing hearts, these patients have no other options; heart tissue, unlike other parts of the body, is unable to heal itself once it is damaged. Fortunately, recent work by a group at Carnegie Mellon could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs.

    To reach CO2, energy goals, combine technologies with stable policies: World electricity firms

    An association of the world's leading electricity firms today lit a picture of a future high-tech enabled world energy mix that would help nations meet climate-related CO2 reduction pledges and the expanding demand for electricity.

    Genes linked with malaria's virulence shared by apes, humans

    Boston, MA — The malaria parasite molecules associated with severe disease and death — those that allow the parasite to escape recognition by the immune system — have been shown to share key gene segments with chimp and gorilla malaria parasites, which are separated by several millions of years, according to a new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Genetic variant shown to influence women's body shape and diabetes risk

    BETHESDA, MD – A genetic variant near the KLF14 gene regulates hundreds of genes that govern how and where women's bodies store fat, which affects their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

    Runners' High, Happy Feet — If you're Happy, and you know it 'Clap' your Feet

    6th October 2015- A group of researchers in Germany recently published findings evidencing that runner's high is not just caused by exercise-induced endorphin release. A runner's high is a subjective sense of well-being some people experience after exercising for long periods of time.

    Snapshot of Stem Cell Expression using Single-cell RNA Sequencing

    Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, 1 October 2015 — Researchers on the Wellcome Genome Campus reveal new genes involved in stem cell pluripotency, new subpopulations of cells and new methods to find meaning in the data. Published in Cell Stem Cell, the findings have implications for the study of early development.

    A Heroic Voyage — Sydney Brenner's Life in Science

    Sydney Brenner – the man who shared the same office with Francis Crick; made the key discovery of messenger RNA; glammed up a humble tiny transparent nematode into a powerful research tool for developmental biology. Along with John Sulston and Bob Horvitz, Brenner received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002.

    VeloX, A Minimally Invasive Prosthetic Heart Valve for treating Mitral Regurgitation

    Mitral Regurgitation (MR) affects 250 to 350 Singaporeans per year, and the failure of MR clinical treatment can lead to heart failure and death. A team of researchers from NUS has developed a novel prosthetic heart valve for the treatment of MR, VeloX which can be implanted through a small incision ~ 5cm at the left ribs.

    Anti-CD25 monoclonal antibody (90Y-daclizumab) a favorable target towards systemic radio-immunotherapy in Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    Survival probability of Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) has improved significantly over the past two decades. Monoclonal antibodies against targeted proteins on Reed-Sternberg cells in HL though a popular choice for immunotherapy have yet to demonstrate complete responses...

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    January:
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    War on CANCER
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    Get to Know TCM
    April:
    Diabetes: The Big Picture
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    The Piece of Your Mind - Brain Health/Science
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    Advocacies in Support of Rare Disease Patients
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    Paediatric Illnesses
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