Carl Firth, CEO & Founder, ASLAN pharma, Singapore

Interviewing ASLAN, a leading Singapore biotech

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If you have been keeping a lookout for promising biotech companies in Asia to invest in, then you have probably heard about ASLAN, a Singapore based biotech company founded in 2010.  Dr Carl Firth, the CEO and founder and his team has worked tirelessly to build innovative therapeutic products focusing on treating patients in Asia, as well as several rare …

Left: Founder Dr Jane Cardosa
Center: Dr Uwe Schlokat
Right: Michelle Gan

Interview with Dr Uwe Schlokat, CEO of Sentinext Therapeutics

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Founded in 2008, Sentinext is a Malaysian biotech company which focuses on building innovative vaccines to protect Asia populations against infectious viral diseases. Using its proprietary Virus-like particle (VLP technology), Sentinext’s trademark project is to build vaccines for Hand foot mouth disease (HFMD), a highly prevalence infection among children in Asia. We have had the opportunity to interact with its CEO …

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Sustaining innovation-based biotech in the home of generics

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India is probably one of the world’s most successful generics markets. Despite all the scandals related to quality of the generics drugs supplied to developed market, the country still remains the home of low cost, high quality generics production. We interviewed Dr C.N. Ramchand, founder of several innovative companies including Saksin Lifesciences and MagGenome to seek his rationale of going …

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Imugene’s therapeutic vaccines in treating gastric cancer

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Gastric cancer is one of the top causes of death in Asia. More than 50% of gastric cancer cases happen in East Asia, and as the 3rd most common cancer after breast and lung cancer, it is important to develop prevention method to prevent and cure this disease. Imugene (ASX: IMU) is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. …

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Finding global GMP-certified CMOs in China

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In-house biomanufacturing is costly. Besides the heavy infrastructure investment required, the need to efficiently manage talent, capacity, financial resources and quality often encourages pharma companies to consider outsourcing as an alternative. However,  despite the growing number of CMO and CDMO within China,  the availability of CMO providing high quality yet affordable services is lagging way behind the amount of demand within …

Dr Chang (fourth from right) and his team at Immunwork

Five Questions with Immunwork

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The biopharma industry in Asia is an exciting one. Despite uncertainty caused by a fragmented marketplace and different regulatory systems, innovators constantly overcome market challenges and produce useful inventions which brings the development of the industry to the next greater level. Among these is Immunwork, a Taiwanese biotech company which created an invention, T-E™ , a molecule containing both targeting (T) …

In photo: CTO of Biovalence Biotech, Mr EngHuan Ung

5 questions with Biovalence, a Malaysian biotech

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At BioPharma Asia 2017, we invite 40 Asia biotech companies to present their innovative offerings in our new Biotech Innovation track. Among the participating companies is BioValence, Malaysia. Prior to the event, we asked EngHung Ung, CTO of BioValence to give you a preview on what you will expect to hear from them at the event. Q: Who is Biovalence and how is it disrupting the …

Supreet Deshpande, Founder and Chairman of Novalead

NovaLead Pharma’s Supreet Deshpande on the art of repositioning drugs

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Inventing a new drug requires huge financial commitment and it’s a lengthy process until it reaches patients in need. However, discovering a new application of an already clinically-approved drug saves you both time and allows you to fully utilise the power of your existing arsenal. Since the original drug application has a known function and toxicity, drug repurposing saves time and …

Subhadra Dravida, Founder & CEO of Tran-Scell, an innovative biotech company in Hyderabad, India

5 minutes with Dr Subhadra Dravida, Founder and CEO of Transcell

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Transcell Biologics is an innovative biotech company focuses in anti-cancer treatment, neurological ailments and autoimmune disorder. The innovative, stem cell based biotech company is based in Hyderabad, India. Ahead of this year’s BioPharma India 2016, we had the pleasure of grabbing a few minutes with its founder and CEO, Dr Subhadra Dravida. What sparked the establishment of Transcell? We hope to translate stem …