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Vol 21, No 03, March 2017
Asia-Pacific's Invisible Malaria Problem

Malaria is an acute febrile illness caused by infection with any of five species of protozoan obligate parasites in the genus Plasmodium. These infections are transmitted via the bite of specific species of mosquitoes in the genus Anopheles. While most of Africa has only three species of those mosquitoes, the Asia-Pacific has several dozen of them transmitting malaria in a very wide variety of habitats. Over...

Philips Launches Health Continuum Space to Enable Co-Creation of Future Healthcare Innovations

Royal Philips launched the Health Continuum Space in Singapore on 19th January, which was developed to facilitate collaboration with governments, healthcare professionals and related stakeholders to design and co-create future healthcare solutions, facilities and hospitals. The launch was graced by Guest of Honour, Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information...

Vol 21, No 02, February 2017
APACMed in MedTech Industry - Insights from Brent Scott

Founded in 2014, APACMed is a relatively new organisation. What are some contributions that APACMed has made in Asia Pacific? The Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) was established in 2014 as a non-profit trade association that aims to unify the medical technology industry across Asia Pacific and raise standards of care for patients. As an association, we have important...

L'Oréal Supports Women Contributing in Science Industry

The evening of 15th December 2016 marked a wonderful end of day for Dr Wan Yue and Asst. Professor Shao Huilin, who were honoured with the L'Oréal Singapore National Fellowships for the year of 2016. At the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in National University of Singapore (NUS), people are gathered to witness the women acknowledged for their contributions to the field of...

Vol 21, No 01, January 2017
SAVE your Sight - New Treatment for PCV Patients

If you are seeing distorted straight lines or in other words, wavy lines, it might be an alarming sign that you have an age-related eye disease - PCV (Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy). PCV is a common subtype of a wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and is a leading cause of blindness globally. It is characterised by the abnormal growth of blood vessels ending in polyps forming at the...

APBN Interview with Roche Diagnostics

At Roche, we are focused on creating an environment where employees can perform to their best and if this includes leadership roles, we provide opportunities for employees to learn and develop. In Singapore, we have partnered with well-known institutions to help us design and deliver our global and regional leadership programs as well as virtual tools and sessions to make learning accessible to all...

New Finding on Acne Pathogenesis: Interview with Dr. Anita Damodaran, The Pond's Institute

For the first time ever, using microarray technology for gene expression analysis, we were able to show that inflammation starts very early in comedones. Inflammatory markers were upregulated in whiteheads, traditionally seen as non-inflammatory acne, while keratin markers were upregulated in blackheads. These results indicate that lesions progress from blackheads to whiteheads to...

Vol 20, No 12, December 2016
AbbVie's First Manufacturing Facility in Asia

On 29th September 2016, AbbVie officially opened the first phase of its global manufacturing facility - the small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) facility in Singapore. The opening ceremony attended by the media and its employees, marked AbbVie's first manufacturing presence in Asia. Also in attendance was Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry. AbbVie was formed...

The QUATTRO® Dual Mobility Cup: A Technical Revolution in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) consists of replacing a diseased hip with an artificial joint: the hip implant helps to relieve pain and improve a patient's mobility. Over the past 50 years, this procedure has become one of the most reliable in the field of orthopedic surgery and it has contributed to great improvement in the quality of life and activity level of older people [1]. The Judet brothers tried...

Vol 20, No 11, November 2016
Kantar Health in Healthcare

Interview with Mr. Graeme Jacombs: 1. Kantar Health is a leading global healthcare consulting and market research firm. Please share with us more about the business, focus area and market strategy of Kantar Health in healthcare industry. If I had to sum up Kantar Health in a sentence, it is that we provide insights and evidence that enable healthcare and life sciences companies to accelerate...

Saphetor: Leader of the Revolution in Clinical Diagnostics

Saphetor is a precision medicine startup founded by Dr Andreas Massouras, the CEO, with whom we were delighted to talk with about cutting edge clinical data-driven diagnostics, powerful databases for genetic research, and the fascinating world of the genome and the information that lies within. So how does DNA play a role in clinical diagnostics? While Dr Massouras confirms to us in our interview...

Healthcare Advancement: "Healthcare is a National Right, Not a Privilege"

Interview with Sanjay Joshi: 1. In your opinion, what are some challenges currently facing or will be faced by healthcare organizations in Asia region? At the macro level, the healthcare challenges of Asia are clean air and drinking water, communicable diseases and an aging population with chronic diseases. Three pervasive trends will drive the adoption of technology: patient-centric care, new...

Data Showed Treatment Makes mCRPC Patients Live Longer

Interview with Professor Kurt Miller & A/Prof. Edmund Chiong: Q1: What is castration-resistant prostate cancer? A1: According to the Annals Academy of Medicine's Guidelines on Management of Prostate Cancer (2013), castration-resistant prostate cancer is a type of prostate cancer that no longer responds to hormone therapy. The male body naturally produces hormones called androgens, which...

Vol 20, No 10, October 2016
Partnership with Bayer Addressing Healthcare Needs

With the mission of "Science for A Better Life", Bayer always dedicates itself in developing diverse innovative medicines for healthcare needs, especially combining the strengths from various parties of the innovation community. From traditional licensing partnerships and strategic research alliances with companies and academia, to new models of open innovation, Bayer embraces different...

Exploring the Factors behind Heart Failure Disease in Asia

Realising the lack of data on heart failure from Asian perspective, Associate Professor Carolyn Lam, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) and Professor Mark Richards, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Singapore (CVRI) at the National University Health System (NUHS) and other researchers aspired to collect quality information of...

Tobacco Harm Reduction and Reduced-Risk Products

For many decades, the primary strategies for reducing the harm associated with cigarette smoking have been focused on preventing smoking initiation and promoting smoking cessation. Although smoking prevalence has declined in many countries over the last forty years, in the last ten years those declines have flattened in many OECD and other advanced countries such as Singapore. Globally...

Vol 20, No 09, September 2016
Medtronic and SingHealth Collaborate on a Centre of Excellence to Fight Diabetes

Headquartered in Dublin, Medtronic provides medical technology, services and solutions to millions of people worldwide, helping them alleviate pain, restore health and prolong life. It is a well-established company, with operations in more than 260 locations across 155 countries. With Medtronic's mission on collaborating with stakeholders worldwide to take healthcare "Further, Together"...

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

Mundipharma, recently delivered another boost to the City State's booming biomedical sector, announcing a planned 7,900m2 facility in Tuas. The new facility will be the world's first BETADINE® Consumer Health Hub that combines R&D, manufacturing and distribution. The povidone-iodine-based solution has been trusted by hospitals, doctors and consumers around the world for...

Vol 20, No 08, August 2016
New Discovery: Interleukin-25 Induced by Q2-3 to Suppress Tumour Metastasis

Recently, a joint research team led by Dr. Ning-Sun Yang from Agricultural Biotechnology Research Centre of Academia Sinica, and Dr. Yueh-Hsiung Kuo from China Medical University in Taiwan, found a natural plant product-derivative dihydrobenzofuran lignin (Q2-3), could prevent metastasis of mammary tumour cells. They discovered that Q2-3 can be easily obtained by the dimerization of...

MEDNIVA Develops New Science-based Teaching Method for Healthcare Industry

MEDNIVA provides learning solutions to cater to the healthcare industry worldwide. These include individual and team tests, case studies, active discussions and simulations. It aims to deliver optimal learning outcomes to healthcare stakeholders including professionals and patients, so that industry investments in education are fully utilised to improve healthcare outcomes. MEDNIVA has exclusive...

Vol 20, No 07, July 2016
Efficient Light-Harvesting of Plants: Conversation with Professor Alexander Ruban

APBN editor, Carmen met Professor Alexander Ruban, who was invited to give a presentation of the dynamic light harvesting membrane, at 4th International Workshop on Solar Energy for Sustainability: Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics held in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore last March...

Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Emerging Markets

Takeda Pharmaceuticals' Emerging Markets Business Unit is headquartered in Singapore and operates across almost 40 countries, spanning five geographic Areas: Asia Pacific, CIS, Greater China, Latin America and Near East, Middle East, Africa (NEMEA)...

Burden of Thrombosis-related Diseases in Asia-Pacific

1 in 4 people worldwide die of conditions caused by thrombosis. [1] 13 October is marked yearly as World Thrombosis Day. Thrombosis, the medical term for a blood clot, leads to diseases including heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE)...

GE Healthcare's Cell Culture Media Facility in Singapore

GE Healthcare's Life Sciences business is now producing high quality powdered media at its new Cell Culture Media facility. Located at Tuas, Singapore, the facility aims to supply cell culture media to meet the growing demand from the local region and worldwide...

Waste Management in Singapore: Where Does Our Rubbish Go?

A drastic increase of solid waste of 159,000 tonnes was observed from 2014 to 2015 in Singapore. The growing population and rise in affluence and purchasing power, substantially increase the production of solid waste over year. This situation is not unique to Singapore, but also happens across other nations in this planet...

Vol 20, No 06, June 2016
IoT in Healthcare

What can the Internet of Things (IoT) do for Healthcare? At the IoT Asia 2016 Conference held from 30-31 March 2016, APBN was honoured to interview two experienced leaders in the industry, Mr. Eugene Borukhovich and Mdm. Véronique Pequignat, for their insights on IoT's latest trends and its impact on healthcare...

The J750: The World's First Full-Colour Multi-Material 3D Printer

In medicine, the most beneficial use of 3D Printing is to create organ models customised for the patient for doctors to use in surgical planning. 3D Printing has revolutionised science, healthcare, manufacturing, and even culinary arts, with its innovative technology from concept to realism. Stratasys, one of the leading game changers in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry...

SONY Expanding Footprint in Medical Field

Sony has recently launched many interesting and high quality products and technologies that can be brought to hospital and other healthcare institutes. Here are some of its cutting-edge technologies that worth introducing...

High Performance Computing Cluster (HPC), Pearcey, a Result of CSIRO-Dell Partnership

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has teamed up with Dell to deliver CSIRO's newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey. This cluster is named after Australian ICT pioneer Dr. Trevor Pearcey who led the CSIRO project team which built one of the world's first digital computers...

Vol 20, No 05, May 2016
Young Innovators under 35 - 2016 Asia's TR35 Innovators (EmTech Asia 2016)

Every year since 2014, 10 young people are selected as Asia's TR35 innovators, from a list of talented candidates who are scientists, researchers, technologists, inventors, or entrepreneurs. They must be citizens of (or work in) one of the following countries... Amazed by their works and dreams, APBN conducted interviews with four of these young innovators during the EmTech Asia conference from 26 to 27 January 2016...

New Biomedical R&D Centre Set Up by Lite-On Group in Singapore

Early this year in January, Singapore government announced a SGD 4 billion funding to health and biomedical science sector over the next 5 years (2016-2020) in Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan. Attracted to Singapore government's commitment in establishing a global R&D hub, Lite-On Technology had taken its first move to set up its first overseas biomedical R&D centre in Singapore...

The Philippines Initiates the World's First Public Dengue Vaccination Programme

The Department of Health (DoH) of the Philippines has launched the world's first public dengue immunisation programme on 4th April 2016. The country aims to vaccinate one million public school children aged 9 years and older students from 6,000 public schools in three highly dengue-endemic regions of the Philippines. The initiative sends a strong message to the rest of the world that dengue vaccination is a critical addition to integrated disease prevention efforts...

Vol 20, No 04, April 2016
Geriatric Oncology - Featuring Dr. Ravindran Kanesvaran, President of the Singapore Society of Oncology (SSO)

"Cancer is the leading cause of deaths in Singapore. It had overtaken cardiac diseases for a decade and a half now. 1 in 4 Singaporeans died due to cancer. 40% cancer disease occurs in people aged 70 and above, and there are 14 cancer deaths every day." said Dr. Ravindran Kanesvaran, a geriatric oncologist...

ASLAN — Transforming the Treatment for Rare Tumour Types in Asia

ASLAN Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company focused on developing a portfolio of immuno-oncology agents and targeted therapies. Led by highly experienced management team with global pharmaceutical expertise, ASLAN has offices across Singapore, Taiwan and Australia, working on the clinical development programmes for Asia prevalent tumour types such as...

Conversation with Dr. Rebecca Dent at 5th Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit (APBCS)

5th Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit (APBCS) in conjunction with 2nd Singapore Breast Oncoplastic Surgery Symposium (SBOSS) was held successfully from... Dr. Rebecca Dent is the Senior Consultant in the division of Medical Oncology at National Cancer Centre Singapore. She is the founder and co-chair for the Asia-Pacific Breast Cancer Summit...

Vol 20, No 03, March 2016
GE Healthcare Life Sciences take part in Life-Saving, Olivier Loeillot (GM of Bioprocess Asia)

Olivier Loeillot is General Manager of Bioprocess Asia for GE Healthcare's Life Sciences business, based in Singapore. In his role, he oversees the services and technologies offered to the biopharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing industries, including helping companies improve product yields and reduce production times. Previously, Olivier was General Manager of Enterprise Solutions, a global business unit of GE Healthcare's $1.8 billion Life Sciences division...

Cennerv Pharma: A Company that Fights Along with Mental Illnesses

Cennerv Pharma ("Cennerv") is a pharmaceutical development company started by Dr. Anil K. Ratty in year 2014, focusing on developing novel therapies for mental dysfunction in the 'Big 5' central nervous system disorders. Cennerv's effective solutions improve quality of life for patients and restore their dignity. With a total market value of US$77 billion and growing, these diseases together represent...

How Can Cord Blood be Used to Save Lives? Life-Saving Mission of SCBB: An Interview with Dr. William Hwang

Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB), Singapore's non-profit public cord blood bank, was officially opened in September 2005 in response to the growing demand for unrelated donor umbilical cord blood transplantation. Haematologists and paediatricians in Singapore identified this need as their patients were unable to find matching stem cell units they needed for blood stem cell transplants...

An Interview with Mr. Stephen Ooi, Senior Executive Advisor Zimmer Biomet Asia Pacific

Being in the medical device and musculoskeletal business for more than 30 years, what inspires you in your career journey? The inspiration and motivation that kept my career journey charging forward in the musculoskeletal business was the sense of actualisation and contributions to improving the quality of life for patients in Asia Pacific and to help elevate the skills of surgeons in the region. The driving force...

APACMed - Serving Unmet Healthcare Needs in Asia Pacific, Fredrik Nyberg (CEO of APACMed)

The Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed) was established to represent a diverse group of innovative medical technology companies and industry associations in the Asia Pacific region. With this purpose, APACMed hosted a MedTech Forum held on 10-11th December 2015 in Singapore, which attracted the attention of close to 500 delegates and professionals. "Our region is diverse and filled with complex healthcare challenges. APACMed is uniquely positioned to provide a unified voice...

Vaccination, One of the Solutions to Prevent Dengue Infection

Dengvaxia? is the first dengue vaccine licensed for dengue prevention in Asia. What are the hurdles before getting Dengvaxia? into market? Specifically, the first Asian country to license Dengvaxia? for dengue prevention is the Philippines. The regulatory review process is ongoing in other endemic countries within Asia...

MonaLisa Touch® Advanced Laser Treatment for Better Life Quality

MonaLisa Touch®, is not a classical portrait, but is the new frontier in vulvo-vaginal laser treatment for menopause related symptoms especially vaginal atrophy, innovatively developed by Italian company DEKA...

Vol 20 No 02, February 2016
The International Peptide Symposium Held in Singapore for the First Time

Singapore hosted the 7th biannual International Peptide Symposium (IPS), which was held recently at Matrix at Biopolis from 9-11 December 2015. This was the first time that the IPS was organized in Singapore and the meeting was a great success, with about 280 delegates from 20 countries especially representatives from China and India. The co-chairs Sir Professor David Lane from A*STAR, Professor James Tam from NTU and...

Inspirations from 2015 FWIS L'Oréal Winners

We met up with female scientists who won the 2015 L'Or éal Singapore For Women In Science (FWIS) National Fellowships. They are passionate and find a lot of joy in their work. While working hard to achieve success, they also find time to enjoy life. Let's get to know them better...

Emerging Opportunities in Myanmar's Diagnostic Imaging and In Vitro Diagnostics

With the increasing economic growth and demographic changes in Myanmar, expenditure in the healthcare landscape is set to rise exponentially by the growing awareness of regular check-up for early detection of non-communicable diseases. Myanmar's total healthcare expenditure is set to cross...

Vol 20 No 01, Januray 2016
An Overview of Biopharma Industry in China - Featuring Mr Ling Zhen, Head of Greater China, Quintiles

Mr. Ling Zhen is the General Manager and Head of Greater China at Quintiles. He oversees the overall service offering and strategic growth of the business in the Greater China region. Ling joined Quintiles in 2007, based at its global headquarter in North Carolina, where he led key programs structuring innovative resource-based and investment-based partnering solutions for global pharmaceutical companies...

L'Oréal Singapore Awards 2015 For Women In Science National Fellowships

Singapore has awarded national fellowships to two female scientists, Dr Neo Mei Lin and Assistant Professor Ling Xing Yi, as part of the 2015 L'Oréal Singapore For Women in Science National Fellowship programme. Each receives a grant of SGD$30,000...

Vol 19, No 12, December 2015
Coffee & tea session with Prof. Daniela Rhodes

Professor Daniela Rhodes, the director of NTU Institute of Structural Biology. The leading structural biologist who is recreating a similar LMB research spirit in Singapore.

In 2011, Rhodes moved to Singapore and joined the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) as a professor. Prior to her current designation, the Italian-born research scientist spent a significant amount of time in Sweden and the United Kingdom...

A Conversation with Professor Dr. Xu Zhang

Dr. Xu Zhang is a neurobiologist working as a senior principal investigator at the Institute of neuroscience, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was conferred the Bachelor degree of Medicine from the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU) in 1985...

Vol 19, No 11, November 2015
The Great Mind in Research & Enterprise: A conversation with Prof. Jackie Ying

Prof Jackie Ying was born in Taipei, and raised in Singapore. She received her B.E. and Ph.D. from The Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively...

Featured interview – Duke Kunshan University, Prof. Fang-Fang Yin

Fang-Fang Yin is a professor and director of radiation physics in radiation oncology department at Duke-Kunshan University. He obtained BS in physics from Zhejiang University and MS in physics from Bowling Green State University, and PhD in medical physics from the University of Chicago...

Learn more about the new treatment for Type-2 Diabetes Jardiance from Dr. Editha Arceo

When developing a drug to treat Type-2 diabetes, it is important to develop one that addresses the cardiovascular (CV) safety of the drug beyond glycemia alone...

Vol 19, No 10, October 2015
What it takes to be a Technopreneur & Sir Tom Blundell

Professor Sir Tom Blundell is the Director of Research and Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is also the co-founder of Astex, an oncology company valued at US$886 million...

Fumarase: A Novel Molecular Target in Cancer Treatment

On 3rd August 2015, Nature Cell Biology published the article 'Local generation of fumarate promotes DNA repair through inhibition of histone H3 demethylation.'...

AXA Assistance on Regenerative Medicine: An interview with Serge Morelli and Xavier Blanchard

AXA Assistance is an independent subsidiary of the AXA Group with more than 35 alarm centres around the world operating 24hrs round the clock and 365 days a year. With a humble beginning that dates back to 1959 in Barcelona...

Vol 19, No 09, September 2015
Learn more about University of Manchester & A*STAR ongoing partnership – Joint PhD programme

An interview with Prof. Martin Humphries. Professor of Biochemistry, Vice-President & Dean in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK. He is concurrently Vice-President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. The interview was conducted by the editor, Yuhui Lin.

10-mins Interview with Dr. Patel on Philippines Healthcare & his new digital platform, MyDoc.

The interview was conducted by the editor, Rachel Lim

Vol 19, No 08, August 2015
The Lifelines Study: A Population-based study in The Netherlands

The interviewees: Prof. Ronald Stolk and Mr Gerard Lenstra

Sunitinib: An interview with Dr Tan Min Han, visiting Consultant at Medical Oncology and Cancer Genetics National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)

The interviewee: Dr Tan Min Han

Is Chocolate Good for You?

Mars, Incorporated Health and Nutrition Director Sets the Record Straight in Time for Chocolate Day

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APBN Editorial Calendar 2017
January:
Healthcare Focus: LUNGS
February:
War on CANCER
March:
Get to Know TCM
April:
Diabetes: The Big Picture
May:
The Piece of Your Mind - Brain Health/Science
June:
Advocacies in Support of Rare Disease Patients
July:
Food Science & Technology
August:
Eye – the Window to your Soul
September:
Emerging Infectious Diseases
October:
No. 1 Killer — Heart Diseases
November:
Diseases threatening our Children
December:
Skin Diseases/Allergic Reactions
Editorial calendar is subjected to changes.
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