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Medical glove manufacturer Careplus Group has extended plans for its M$7 million (US$1.7 million) private placement of shares to 31 July raising concerns that it is having difficulties getting the deal away.
First REIT, Singapore’s first healthcare real estate investment trust, has posted a distribution per unit (DPU) of S$0.0857 for the full year – the trust’s highest annual distribution since listing. This is a 1.2% increase on the DPU for the same period last year.
Healthcare services group Clearbridge Health has completed the acquisition of a 65% stake in Marzan Health Care, in Manila for Ps69.6 million (US$1.4 million).
Zhang Yi has stepped down as chief executive of Hang Seng-listed China Medical & HealthCare Group. He cited other business interests as the reason.
Details are emerging of the US$310 million loan that Top Glove is aiming for to help finance its M$1.4 billion (US$345 million) buyout of Adventa Capital-owned Aspion. The deal will make Top Glove the world’s largest surgical glove manufacturer, in addition to being the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer.
Shares in Dublin-based and ASX listed IT healthcare company Oneview Healthcare rose 5% yesterday after hospital chain Mater Misericordiae signed an agreement to use its software.
Malaysian construction and engineering firm Zecon has delayed the sale of its 49% stake in Zecon Medicare to the State Financial Secretary of Sarawak for M$155 million (US$37.7 million).
KPJ Healthcare, the healthcare arm of the Johor Corporation, is in “advanced talks” to sell Jeta Gardens, its loss making aged care centre in Australia.



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Technologist, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates explains why global health needs the private sector.
Mitch Beaumont, Prashanth Prasad, Ulrica Sehlstedt and Mandeep Dhillon from international management consultants Arthur D. Little explain how medical technology companies can manage going digital.
Susann Roth, senior social development specialist, Asian Development Bank, argues why a health impact assessment is essential for hard infrastructure projects.
After a subdued 2017, healthcare mergers & acquisitions are expected to jump more than 80% this year in Asia Pacific to US$55.1 billion, according to global law firm Baker McKenzie.
After the Hong Kong High court found a doctor and a lab technician guilty of manslaughter, Michael Griffiths, regional director of healthcare at specialist insurance brokers Howden, looks at the extent of insurance or indemnity available to doctors in Asia accused of criminal acts.
Susann Roth, senior social development specialist, Asian Development Bank, looks at how Vietnam is building its digital health capacity.
The world’s first healthcare development impact bond aimed at reducing the number of maternal and newborn deaths in Rajasthan, India, launched last week.
The rise of 3D printing technology in medicine and healthcare is challenging existing regulatory frameworks as higher risk 3D printed medical devices are developed. Tracy Lu, senior associate for Allens in Sydney, explains that Australia is at the forefront of dealing with this regulatory reassessment.


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Markets in Asia continued their rally today, though gains were capped by a poor performance on Wall Street last night and threats of possible US government shutdown. “A predictable air of caution has engulfed global equity markets as we approach the final bell for US budget showdown. But in the bigger scheme of things this case of hic-ups is likely to pass as quickly as it arrived,” said Stephen Innes, head of trading APAC at online multi-asset trader OANDA in Singapore. Attention instead was on yesterday’s Q4 growth figures from China yesterday which beat market expectations. “Almost two-thirds of growth now comes from consumption, which has replaced investment as the biggest growth driver for China,” explained Wei Li, senior economist, China, for Standard Chartered Bank. Even though most economists believe that a slowing housing market and tighter financial conditions are likely to weigh on growth in 2018, traders grabbed the good news and the Shanghai Composite was last seen up almost 0.40%. Elsewhere the Nikkei traded very slightly higher as the US dollar remained flat. A pullback in the price of oil saw the commodity-heavy ASX trade down 0.15%.


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