Philippines: Ascendant wins Takeda healthtech startup challenge

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Philippine-based Ascendant Technologies Inc won on Saturday the Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge (DHIC) sponsored by Japan’s top pharmaceutical firm Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

The contest, held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, was a search for digital solutions in the area of Oncology that may include mobile apps, websites, and other software or hardware solutions.

The goal is to help Takeda discover and provide better service and medical information to cancer patients and medical providers.

Founded in 1781 in Osaka, Takeda is reportedly among today’s top 15 pharmaceutical companies in the world.

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Tins Amper, founder of TechTalks.PH, a non-profit, independent community of tech business and startups in the Philippines and Takeda’s partner in the DHIC event, said Ascendant bested nine other finalists who were selected among 20 startups in several countries that sent their applications.

Ascendant was awarded with $10,000 cash (P470,000) and an opportunity to work with Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

An IT software development company in the Philippines, Ascendant started in 2003 that focuses on delivering comprehensive IT solutions to its clients in the medium sized industry scale, primarily in the medical industry.

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“Ascendant’s main electronic medical records (EMR) solution has been in use by some healthcare professionals so there was some confidence in the company’s abilities for their new product ‘The Finder’ geared for cancer segment,” Amper told DEALSTREETASIA.

 

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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