Leaders’ Dialogue: Transforming Healthcare with Deep Tech Innovations | SGInnovate
April 22 2021


Online Event

Leaders’ Dialogue: Transforming Healthcare with Deep Tech Innovations

Presented by SGInnovate and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

In response to the COVID-19 as the most pressing healthcare challenge of our time, the global science and technology innovation ecosystem has been collaborating and accelerating radical solutions to the pandemic and better meet the future's healthcare needs.
In Singapore, Deep Tech innovations have played a critical role to help manage the pandemic, such as Biofourmis’ AI-powered remote monitoring platform to detect early deterioration in COVID-19 patients, and also the Digital Health Passport, the first blockchain-powered solution to issue secure, tamper-proof digital COVID-19 medical records at scale with 100,000+ records issued and 4,000,000+ verifications performed. Similarly, health innovations across India have been growing fast in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the “India’s Healthtech Landscape In A Post-Covid-19 World Report 2020” by DataLabs, the size of the HealthTech market in India is likely to increase to US$21 billion by 2025 from US$5.2 billion in 2019.
In this Leaders’ Dialogue, our industry leaders from Singapore and India will be discussing the impact of Deep Tech innovations on the future of healthcare and how startups, hospitals and other stakeholders may collaborate to accelerate the process.

Date: 22 April 2021, Thursday
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm (Singapore Time / UTC +8)

11:30am - 11:35am: Opening Remarks
11:3 am - 12:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A on ​Leaders’ Dialogue: Transforming Healthcare with Deep Tech Innovations with:

  • Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Global Healthcare Leader, Indian Entrepreneur and Humanitarian
  • Prof Kenneth Kwek, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore General Hospital and Deputy Group Executive Officer (Organisational Transformation & Informatics), Singapore Health Services
  • Moderator: Dr Lim Jui, CEO, SGInnovate
Speakers' Profiles:

Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, Global Healthcare Leader, Indian Entrepreneur and Humanitarian

Dr Sangita Reddy is a Global Healthcare Leader, Indian Entrepreneur and Humanitarian. 
She is the Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited - Asia's largest and most trusted healthcare group. Dr Sangita Reddy is also the immediate Past President of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).  

Passionately committed to transforming the healthcare system through technological advancements, she accelerates positive transformation for effective healthcare service delivery. She has been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by Macquarie University Australia, in recognition of her untiring efforts and resolute commitment to bringing transformative changes in healthcare, development of Health IT and championing manifold initiatives both in India and abroad. She is the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Hyderabad, appointed by the Govt. of India and an erstwhile member of the World Economic Forum.

Influencing Global Healthcare - As an influential policymaker and reformist, she actively engages with governments and industry bodies on aspects of public health and policy development. The Government of India has nominated Dr Sangita Reddy as a Member of the Technology Development Board, Department of Science and Technology. She is an Executive Member at the National Association of Software & Services Cos (NASSCOM) and was on the Board for Development Institute, USA and GAVI.Org. She was an elected Member of the Steering Committee on Health for the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) by the Planning Commission, Government of India. She has advocated and influenced policy reforms and is an acclaimed speaker on global healthcare forums worldwide, including the World Health Congress. As a member of the Rockefeller Working Group, she contributed to the development of the private sector's role in the global healthcare industry.

Driving Healthcare Technology & Innovation - A firm believer in the potential of leveraging technology in a holistic manner, Dr Sangita Reddy is focused on setting benchmarks in futuristic health care projects enabling IoT, AI, Data Analytics, drone tech and BlockChain. A driving force for the eHealth initiatives, it is under her leadership that Apollo Hospitals has received three consecutive HiMSS-Elsevier ICT achievement awards and four hospitals have achieved the HiMSS Level-6 certification. Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad has emerged as Asia's first Health City. In an initiative to build a healthier India, Dr Sangita Reddy launched Mobile Clinics equipped with high-end technology for the advanced screening of NCDs for reaching the masses who do not have easy access to affordable and quality healthcare. 

An Entrepreneur Promoting Affordable and Sustainable Social Initiatives - Committed to building a more inclusive public and private sector healthcare ecosystem in the nation, one of her initiatives has been Apollo Clinics which aims to create a string of tech-enabled primary care clinics across urban and rural India. Under her leadership, the world's 1st Telemedicine Centre, at an altitude of 14,000 feet, has been successfully established by Apollo Telehealth.  Dr Sangita Reddy is also Chairman at Apollo Knowledge, an education initiative focused on shaping human healthcare capital for tomorrow. Apollo Knowledge initiatives such as the setting up of Medical Colleges, the online learning platform Medvarsity and Apollo MedSkills, go a long way towards achieving this objective. Today, Apollo MedSkills is the largest and most preferred healthcare skilling institution in India. 

Driving Humanitarian Initiatives - Dr Sangita Reddy heads Apollo Philanthropy, an umbrella entity encompassing 'Save a Child's Heart Initiative', SAHI, CURE and the Billion Hearts Beating Foundation. She was also at the forefront of the formation of the Total Health Foundation unique integrated rural health model with a focus on public and private sectors, which aims to improve the 'total health' of people by acting on the wider 
determinants of health as well as providing access to healthcare.Steering the awareness and cause of Organ Donation, Dr Sangita Reddy has implemented initiatives to bring together volunteer groups, healthcare organizations, civil society organizations, governments, NGO's and public sector institutions on a common platform to create an Organ Donation Bank. 

Educational Qualifications - A graduate in Science from the Women's Christian College 
in Chennai, India, Dr Sangita Reddy has pursued post-graduation courses in Hospital 
Administration from Rutgers University, Harvard University and the National University of Singapore. 

Directorships - Dr Sangita Reddy is director of 16 companies in India dealing in Healthcare, Alternate Energy, Real Estate and Software Development 

Awards and Recognitions - Dr Sangita Reddy has received numerous prestigious awards for business and leadership. She ranks 32 on the INDIA TODAY group Top 50 Annual Power List for 2020. In 2019, she was presented with the "Best Female Healthcare Leader" Mediko award from the prestigious Indian Medical Association. "International Women Entrepreneur 2019" award from the IWEC Foundation &" The Healthcare Transformation Leader's Award" for her exemplary role in India's healthcare sector at India's Biggest Event on Innovation in Healthcare – 'Healthcare in today's Digital India. LinkedIn has also featured Dr Sangita Reddy in the "Top Voices 2019 India List".

Prof Kenneth Kwek, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore General Hospital and Deputy Group Executive Officer (Organisational Transformation & Informatics), Singapore Health Services

Professor Kenneth Kwek is the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore General Hospital (SGH). SGH was established in 1821, and celebrates her bicentennial in 2021. The committed team in SGH delivers advanced clinical care to over 1 million patients every year. The team also works with other institutions in the SingHealth cluster, and around the world to advance clinical excellence, research and education.

Prof Kwek is passionate about improving the quality of patient care and harnessing process re-engineering, innovation and technology to enhance the safety and reliability of clinical care and patient outcomes. In July 2017, Prof Kwek was concurrently appointed Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Organisational Transformation & Informatics), SingHealth.

Leveraging on his experience in hospital management, Prof Kwek attempts to advance value-based care incorporating research and innovation, process redesign and deep collaboration.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, SGH, Prof Kwek was CEO of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is an obstetrician specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine, with a clinical interest centered around care for high risk pregnancies, particularly preterm labour, cervical incompetence, pre-eclampsia as well as post partum hemorrhage.

Moderator's Profile:
Dr Lim Jui, CEO, SGInnovate


As CEO of SGInnovate, Dr Lim Jui has overall leadership of the organisation that is committed to helping entrepreneurial scientists build and scale Deep Tech startups. At SGInnovate, Jui and his team work closely with a wide range of partners and co-investors to back this unique group of founders, who are looking to solve global challenges with their research-based solutions. This is done through equity-based investments, access to the Deep Tech ecosystem and talent network, as well as by providing business-building support.   

While he trained in medicine, Jui had spent most of his professional life in the business of science and innovation. He was Director of Investments, Bio*One Capital; CEO of Merlin MD, a medical device company; Executive Director of the Medical Engineering Research and Commercialisation Initiative (MERCI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS); and Programme Director of the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Programme (SSB), a joint venture between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Stanford University. Before joining SGInnovate, Jui was CEO of NTUitive, the innovation and enterprise company of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  

He currently serves on the advisory boards of IPOS International, the business arm of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), and several start-up companies. He was previously a board member of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.

Jui received his Bachelor of Arts (BA, Biological Sciences and East Asian Studies) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Columbia University. He then obtained his Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology and Surgical Intensive Care) from NUS. He remains a registered medical practitioner today.

A firm believer in National Service (NS), Jui served 22 years as an operationally ready national serviceman (NSMan). In his final appointment as an NSMan, he was the Commanding Officer of an infantry battalion in the Singapore Army. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends over food, drinks and music. He then burns it off by running, most frequently in the trails around MacRitchie Reservoir.

Topics: Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning / Machine Learning / Robotics, MedTech / HealthTech / BioTech