Singapore is currently a growing market for HealthTech startups in the APAC region, Here are 10 HealthTech startups in Singapore that were established to improve the public’s health.
Singapore is well known for its world-class quality healthcare, ranking as one of the top countries with the best healthcare innovations and incredibly successful outcomes. The country’s healthcare itself has become an idealistic goal which other countries strive towards. Despite winning the race in groundbreaking health technology, Singapore is not slowing down; the growth of HealthTech startups in Singapore is continuously increasing, in the development of new products to make healthcare more accessible to the public. Here is a list of 10 inventive HealthTech startups in Singapore to keep an eye on.
Launched in 2016, Homage is an award-winning personal care app, which uses the latest smart technology to better serve those with mobility and medical conditions like Parkinson’s and Dementia. The app allows you to consult a doctor 24/7 to seek medical advice online and generates the best-fitted programme for you or your loved one. You are also able to seek personal care, nursing care, medical care, and rehabilitation therapy services through the app.
The Plano app was launched in 2017 by the Singapore Eye Research Institute and National Health Innovation Centre with the support of the Singapore National Eye Centre. Plano’s goal is to create a safe and healthy solution for improving eye health. Given the extensive technology and device usage people take part in on a daily basis, the app provides features including eye break reminders, app locking, low light detection, and a reward system that encourages users to maintain healthy eyesight practices.
3. Engine Biosciences
Raising US$10 Million to accelerate their research in 2018, Engine Biosciences is a BioTech company that uses genomics to research drug discovery. With laboratory locations in both San Francisco and Singapore, Engine Biosciences uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and genomic networks to speed up the process of drug discovery and cellular reprogramming. Engine Biosciences hopes to efficiently find cures for today’s top health concerns.
Co founder and CEO, Cole Situcek created DocDoc in 2012 as a virtual network platform that uses AI to find doctors based on indicated medical needs. With their patient-centric philosophy, DocDoc has made patient care much easier by partnering with insurance companies to reduce medical costs. Users simply need to enter their medical concern and location on the app and it will provide a list of doctors in the area. You can also compare and book appointments online to find the best doctor to treat your medical concern.
5. ASLAN Pharmaceuticals
Carl Firth founded ASLAN Pharmaceuticals in 2010, a clinical-stage immunology and oncology biopharmaceutical company. ASLAN focuses on developing drugs and immunotherapies that target specific cancerous tumours providing life-transforming treatments for patients. Since 2010, ASLAN has raised over US$167 million in funding to develop drugs focusing on stopic dermatitis and autoimmune diseases.
For those who are expecting a child, TheAsianParent is an app that provides new mothers and fathers fundamental parenting information. Through the app, mothers are able to track their pregnancy progress, interact with other parents in the community, create a baby photo album, and learn about their nutritional needs. This family-friendly app also hands out gifts and giveaways to make pregnancy more exciting and encouraging for new parents.
UCARE.AI consists of a team of data scientists and domain experts specialising in finding solutions for healthcare professionals. The startup’s mission is to use AI to detect abnormality in a patient’s body and make medical predictions through compiling a list of diseases, making it an innovative diagnostic tool for usage in hospitals.
8. AEvice Health
There is no doubt that AI is impacting the growing HealthTech industry: Adrian Ang founded AEvice Health to provide asthmatic monitors called Bioasthma to patients struggling with asthma. Bioasthma can be attached to children’s chests which will then send signals via Bluetooth to become processed by the monitor. Once the data has been processed, it will then generate reports and insights on children’s heart and respiratory rates. The information will then be transferred to an app for parents and doctors to monitor and advise on.
Indranil Roychowdhury and Amit Vithal co-founded multiple startups together before creating Docquity, an app connecting doctors together. Since Docquity is invitation only, doctors require a unique invitation code to create an account. Docquity provides an online networking community for doctors to share case studies, experience, and receive mentorship from other doctors. The app also provides live webinars, panel discussions, and allows doctors to read original articles written by other doctors in Asia.
AWAK is the first startup in Singapore to develop a portable dialysis device. After noticing how patients struggling with acute renal or chronic renal failure are unable to travel freely due to being bound to a dialysis machine, AWAK developed a portable dialysis device to give patients the ability to carry it around and use it at home, without the need to stay in a hospital bed all day.
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