How Singapore's medical device startup AWAK is disrupting kidney dialysis

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The mood was grim, on a recent weekday morning at a haemodialysis (HD) centre in the Bukit Merah neighbourhood. The facility, bathed in yellow lighting, at the foot of a block of public housing flats is operated by Singapore’s National Kidney Foundation and provides subsidised treatment for people suffering from kidney failure.

Several patients were hooked up to the dialysis machines. There appeared to be no TVs, and little distraction from the doldrum of the dialysis process, which takes up to 10 hours a day, sometimes several days a week.

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