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Asia Pacific


Hong Kong: Land of the Biotech Unicorns

In 2017, Hong Kong fended off perennial competitors, life sciences hubs and innovation powerhouses, Switzerland and Singapore, to rank first in the International Institute for Management Development (IMD)’s World Competitiveness Rankings, clear evidence that conditions are ripe in Hong Kong …


Interview: Johnny Tse – General Manager, Roche Diagnostics Hong Kong

Johnny Tse, general manager of Roche Diagnostics Hong Kong, talks about the past seven years managing the affiliate, how the company became a market leader, and his aim to position Roche Diagnostic as a solutions provider. Having managed Roche Diagnostics …


Interview: Claus Zieler – Senior Vice President and Head of Commercial Operations Asia Pacific, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Division, Singapore

Claus Zieler discusses the Asia Pacific region’s importance to Bayer’s global operations, the company’s commitment to increasing its portfolio of innovative medicines, and the potential for innovation coming from Asian markets. Having spent four years in Japan previously, how have …


Interview: Y.M. Dennis Lo – Co-Founder, Cirina; Professor of Chemical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong

Described as the first unicorn [a startup company valued at over USD 1 billion] of Hong Kong, Cirina has recently merged with Grail to further improve detection of cancer at its early stage. Pharmaboardroom sat down with Professor Denis Lo, …


Interview: Charles Ng – Associate Director-General; Simon Tsang – Head of Innovation and Technology, InvestHK, Hong Kong

Charles Ng and Simon Tsang of InvestHK, Hong Kong’s investment promotion agency, discuss the territory’s strengths in the life sciences sector, the potential of the HK industry to grow further, and its regional significance. The Swiss-based International Institute for Management …


Interview: Scott Curley – General Manager, Astra Zeneca Hong Kong

Scott Curley, general manager of Astra Zeneca Hong Kong, discusses how his affiliate managed to achieve its successful product launch track record; shares his insights on the key specificities of Hong Kong and further explains why it is an important …


Interview: Marlia Hayati Goestam – President Director & Joey Romana – Vice President Director, PT Darya-Varia Laboratoria, Indonesia

Marlia Hayati and Joey Romana, President Director and Vice President Director at PT Darya-Varia Laboratoria, share insights about the company’s strong brand equity and pioneering manufacturing strategy. In 2016, the sales growth rate achieved by Darya-Varia Laboratoria was 11 percent, …


Interview: Dr. Christopher Cheng – Managing Director, Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology (HKIB)

Professor Cheng, managing director of the Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology, introduces the organization’s mission to improve development of biotechnology and traditional Chinese medicine sectors as well as the main challenges ahead. What is the mandate of the Hong Kong …


Interview: Haris Izmee – Director, GE Healthcare Indonesia

Haris Izmee, director at GE Healthcare Indonesia, explains the strong commitment of the company towards improving access, affordability and quality and highlights the company’s significant investments in internal capabilities and education. The former global President & CEO of GE Healthcare, …


Interview: Alexandre de Muralt – Managing Director, Merck Healthcare, Hong Kong; General Manager, Merck Biopharma, Taiwan

Alexandre de Muralt, the man behind Merck’s operations in Hong Kong and Taiwan discusses the nuances of these two local markets. In addition, he shares his insights on how Merck’s transformation has impacted local affiliates. Can you begin by telling …


Interview: Maura Linda Sitanggang – Director General, Ministry of Health, Indonesia

Maura Linda Sitanggang, director general at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, discusses the plans being rolled out to ensure that all Indonesians have access to medicines and how the Indonesian pharmaceutical industry has developed its self-reliance and innovativeness. How does …


The Indonesian Halal Law: A Headache for Pharma

The Halal Product Assurance Law, enacted in 2014 and due to be implemented across Indonesia in 2019, will mandate that all food and drink that that enters, is distributed, and is traded in Indonesia must be halal certified. However, the …




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