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Malaysia announces 2017 plans to ratify the ASEAN Medical Device Directive

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17-Mar-17 The Malaysian Medical Device Agency has made public its plans to ratify the ASEAN Medical Device Directive, a framework intended to harmonize medical device regulations across 10 ASEAN member nations, in mid-2017. The agency has also announced its plans to undertake revisions of the country’s current medical device regulatory system in 2017. [image: Pacific Bridge Medical]

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Korean and Danish companies work together to create innovative sound therapy solution

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17-Mar-17 The Korean company GEOMC and Danish sound specialist company AUDIOWISE have jointly developed a sound therapy solution aimed at reducing symptoms of depression, sleep disturbance, pain, anger, and other similar side effects of prolonged stress. The technology is being tested at Seoul National University’s research centers to provide empirical proof of effectiveness. [image: Business Korea]

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TPG sees Asia health, finance opportunities

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17-Mar-17 TPG, the US alternative-investment firm, sees opportunities in healthcare in Asia to meet untapped demand in some of the fastest-growing economies. The region is short of quality healthcare infrastructure, said Jim Coulter, co-CEO. TPG’s Asian investment arm manages USD6 bn in assets, including a stake in the United Family Healthcare chain of high-end Chinese hospitals. [image: Bloomberg]

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Japan medical equipment makers look to Middle East

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17-Mar-17 Japan's medical equipment makers are stepping up efforts in the Middle East, where their presence has been small but where they see significant growth potential. Fujifilm will deliver over 200 units of its X-ray system to public hospitals in Saudi Arabia by the end of Mar-17, while Olympus is planning to begin sales at its new headquarters in Dubai. [image: Nikkei Asian Review]

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Thai hospital Siriraj set to introduce eight robots

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16-Mar-17 Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand plans to introduce robots into the dispensing process at its pharmacies to improve accuracy in preparing patients' prescriptions, increasing patient safety, and speeding up the hospital's pharmacy services. Currently the hospital handles more than 2 mn lists of medicine per year for patients and is targeting zero errors after the robots are introduced. [image: Bangkok Post]

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