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Paragon Care, a leading distributor and manufacturer supplying medical equipment to hospitals, has said that it is confident that it will meet its earning guidance of A$18 million (US$13.7 million) to A$19 million EBITDA for the year.
At the end of October last year, the owners of Eastlife Private and Maxglobe Private started a suit against private specialist healthcare provider Singapore Medical Group.
German medical device manufacturer B. Braun Medical Industries has opened five new and enhanced production plants and other administrative buildings in Penang.
Top Glove Corporation, the world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer, plans to sell US$300 million five-year Reg S exchangeable bonds. The bonds will not be underwritten.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group member firm, is considering a loan of up to US$40 million to Singapore-based managed healthcare provider Fullerton Health to support acquisitions in the Philippines.
Ping An Insurance has attracted strong cornerstone support for its up to HK$8.8 billion (US$1.1 billion) IPO of Ping An Healthcare and Technology, formerly known as Good Doctor, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Women’s healthcare specialist Singapore O&G (SOG) has signed a 12-month service agreement, to provide on-site medical services through its specialist medical practitioners to SATA CommHealth. These will be at SATA medical centres, which shall be responsible for all equipment and supplies.
Alan Hoffman has stepped down as chairman of Optiscan Imaging, which develops microscopic imaging technologies for medical markets. He had only been the executive chairman since February.



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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.
In an otherwise saturated consumer health market, Matt Zafra, engagement manager, health & life sciences, Oliver Wyman, explains how traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) could form an integral part of the fabric in the goal of improving healthcare access.
In Vietnam, population and GDP growth have encouraged the country to think beyond technology in providing more health for more people.
Focused initiatives drive down medical inflation by more than 50 percentage points, according to a new report from Aon Asia Healthcare.
The Japanese healthcare system is a shining example of strength and resilience. At an average lifespan of 84 years, the Japanese society is not only the healthiest but also the "oldest" in the world. However, the challenges presented by an ageing population pose serious threats to the sustainability of the Japanese health system.
Susann Roth, senior social development specialist, Asian Development Bank, explains how investing in energy makes people healthier.
CFO Luke Chen’s reticence on the Q3 earnings call on Friday now makes sense. Jack Ma’s Yunfeng Capital and Alibaba Investment will buy out iKang Healthcare Group, China’s largest private preventive healthcare services provider, for around US$1.4 billion.
Following news that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional will acquire Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) from Petronas, IHH Healthcare, Asia’s largest healthcare company, has signed an agreement with Khazanah to look after the day-to-day running of the medical centre.


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Although markets in Asia came off their early lows, they traded in the red today. Dour market conditions are the result of a weak performance on Wall Street last night. Reporting quarterly earnings, a number of US bluechips warned of rising costs. Much more to the point, 10-year US Treasury yields breached 3% for the first time since 2014. Earlier this week, one Wagnerian-minded market analyst warned that crossing that psychological barrier would be: “like Götterdämmerung and “Liebestod” wrapped into one”. It’s not quite that bad, but most regional bourses are bracing themselves for a sell-off and the bears are out in force. Korean markets were off by 0.95%, the Nikkei and the SGX were both last seen down 0.65%, and the Hang Seng and the Shanghai Composite were nursing losses of 0.79% and 0.31% respectively. Australia and New Zealand are out for Anzac Day.


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