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Cancer-detection company Grail has raised US$300 million Series C funding led by healthcare focused investment firm Ally Bridge Group, Hillhouse Capital and 6 Dimensions Capital.
ASX-listed, but New Zealand-based medical device manufacturer Adherium has appointed David Allinson as chief financial officer. This follows the sudden resignation of Timothy Marcotte at the end of January after only four months in the post.
Following Abano’s transition to focus solely on the NZ$11 billion (US$7.6 billion) trans-Tasman dental market, the NZX-listed specialist medical investment firm has appointed Tracey Batten to the board.
Rhythm Biosciences, which is developing a screening test intended for the accurate and early detection of colorectal cancer, has appointed Glenn Gilbert as chief operating officer. For the past eight years Gilbert has held various roles at the ASX listed pharmaceutical and device maker Medical Developments International, most recently as head of sales and marketing.
Peking University Founder Group continues to develop its bond curve with the sale of US$310 million new three-year floating rate notes at three-month Libor plus 400bp as well as a US$65 million tap of its 6.25% 2020 2.5-year fixed-rate bonds. They originally priced in mid April.
Matthew Ratty has stepped down from the board of Australian healthcare group Admedus after being appointed chief executive of performance-based online and mobile marketing solutions provider Tech Mpire.
Aoxin Q&M Dental Group (AQMD), a spin off of Singapore’s Q&M Dental Group, plans to acquire a dental hospital called Youxin Dental Clinic, better known as XY Dental, in Jinzhou City, Liaoning, for Rmb19.6 million (US$3.1 million).
Healthscope, Australia’s second largest private healthcare operator, has rejected two takeover bids saying that it will not provide due diligence access to either the BGH Capital/AustralianSuper consortium or Brookfield Asset Management. Instead, Healthscope said that it will undertake a strategic review of its hospital property portfolio.



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Sara Jost, global healthcare industry lead at BlackBerry, explains that putting the systems and procedures in place to deliver a healthy and secure digital healthcare system will protect patient health information and support medical innovation.
Joseph Soon, global digital director at Bupa, explains why industry players must stay agile in the market and act fast to take every opportunity the digital age has to offer.
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) healthcare industry is undergoing rapid transformation with a dramatic shift in consumer behaviour and expectations, opening up growth opportunities across diagnostics, regenerative medicine, medical tourism and digital health.
Tan Chorh Chuan, executive director at the Office for Healthcare Transformation and chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health in Singapore, explains why population health improvement has to become a crucial area of focus.
What an earth happened to Ping An Good Doctor? It was expected to be one of the brightest IPOs of the year and at HK$8.8 billion (US$1.1 billion) certainly one of the biggest out of Asia Pacific.
From aspirin to bone broths, the consumer healthcare market in Asia combines East and West and the growing population has more money to spend on healthy lifestyles. Sumit Sharma, head of health & life sciences, Asia Pacific, at Oliver Wyman, looks at how to identify new sources of value.
Fabian Boegershausen, manager at corporate strategy consulting firm Solidiance, takes a look at rising healthcare costs in ASEAN and provides measurable solutions to overcome future challenges.
Bain & Company’s seventh Global Healthcare Private Equity and Corporate M&A Report shows that Asia Pacific deals last year surged to their highest levels since 2001.


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“It looks like we are back to fire and fury as the modus operandi for the White House again,” said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader in Sydney, after US president Donald Trump cancelled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last night. Markets took it in their stride and although most regional bourses traded down slightly, they were generally defensive. After an initial decline, the Nikkei was last seen flat. The Hang Seng was off by 0.25% and the ASX slipped 0.08%. Are markets getting used to Trump theatrics? Possibly. It is notable that 10-year UST yields remain below 3% and the yen actually slipped against the US dollar today. Monday’s tone will be set by diplomatic rhetoric over the weekend.


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