The Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2018, hosted by the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), from 9-11 October at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, was the most successful to date!

With a record attendance of over 750 delegates from over 25 countries, this year’s event was also momentous in that we successfully engaged both healthcare providers and startups from across the region.

Under the theme “Technology in Healthcare: Empowering Patients; Driving Outcomes”, the event brought together stakeholders from across the healthcare and technology spectrums, to address how emerging technologies, innovations in digital and data management, and advancements in medical technologies are impacting healthcare delivery in the region, and more importantly what this means for patients and providers of the future.


The global healthcare landscape has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years, and the convergence of artificial intelligence, computer aided surgery, wireless communication, mobile health apps and wearables is already profoundly impacting all actors across the ecosystem. Applications are enabling doctors make better informed clinical decisions, whilst monitoring systems are empowering patients to effectively monitor and manage their health.

Technology convergence is set to be a key engine of growth for the medical technology industry, as it promises to deliver enhanced products and more effective, patient-centered, technology-enabled care.


This year’s programme explored the multi-faceted impact of technology in healthcare, from day-to-day innovations such as patient wearables to whole system change approaches to introducing data and artificial intelligence in healthcare systems. The programme will be divided into five tailored tracks to address the key issues and challenges faced by different stakeholders.

  1. The Connected Future of Patient Care – discussing how embracing connected technologies can help providers achieve the goals of value-based and consumer-driven care
  2. Strategies for Success for MedTechs – seeking to address the multiple aspects of technology and their role in driving better patient outcomes across Asia Pacific
  3. Building the MedTech Ecosystem – showcasing how technology can advance the health care space
  4. Digital Health – examining how digital technologies could transform key areas of health care
  5. Market Access – considering the current landscape and providing perspectives on what lies ahead in these key markets: China, India, and ASEAN

Find out more about the 2018 Programme here.

2018 Speakers

  • Ashley McEvoy, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson
  • Kevin A. Lobo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stryker
  • James Lim, Executive Vice President and President, Greater Asia Becton Dickinson
  • Vladimir Makatsaria, Chairman, Asia Pacific Medical Techology Association; Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Asia Pacific; Chairman, Johnson & Johnson China
  • Sanjay Prabhakaran, President Asia Pacific, Hologic
  • Rajkumar Narayanan, Region President, Alcon, Asia
  • Dr Zoran Bolevich, Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer, eHealth NSW
  • Neo Kah Yean, Senior Vice President, Commercialisation (Biomedical Sciences) Division, Exploit Technologies (ETPL)
  • Dr John Richard Thornback, Chief Operating Officer, Diagnostics Development Hub; Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL); Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  • Paul Grand, Chief Executive Officer, MedTech Innovator
  • Dr Anurag Mairal, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Outreach Programs, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Stanford University
  • Annette Hicks, Senior Health Advisor, IBM Watson Health
  • Dr Mark McClellan, Former FDA Commissioner, Director and Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy
  • Dr Steven Tucker, Chief Medical Officer, CXA Group
  • Steve Leonard, Founding Chief Executive Officer, SGInnovate
  • Caroline Riady, Chief Executive Officer, Siloam Hospitals (Indonesia)
  • Chew Kwee Tiang, Chief Executive Officer, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital & Yishun Health
  • Gautam Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC, Mumbai, India
  • Associate Professor Keith Lim Hsiu Chin, Group Chief Value Officer, National University Health System
  • Dr Iain Tan, Senior Consultant GI Medical Oncologist, Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre, Singapore
  • Dr Natasha Reyes, Head of Operational Support Unit, Interim Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

2018 Programme Highlights

  • How can MedTechs help hospitals drive better outcomes?
  • Predicting and Inventing a new Era of Health with AI
  • How Disruptive Forces Are Reshaping MedTechs
  • Precision Medicine: Will it Deliver on its Promises?
  • The Future of Healthcare is Digital
    • Artificial Intelligence: The Emergence of Intelligence Care
    • Gamification and Virtual Reality: Enablers of Care for the Healthcare Industry
    • Blockchain in Value Based Health Care
    • Healthcare Systems in Transition and Market Access
  • Is there “Value” in Value Based Health Care?

Key Statistics

758  attendees
84 speakers
Participants from 25 countries
53 sponsors and exhibitors