The World Health Organisation reports that around 235 million people are living with asthma globally, while the respiratory condition affects 5 per cent of adults and 20 per cent of children in Singapore, according to current figures from the Ministry of Health. Having suffered from asthma as a child, Adrian Ang understands the effects of the disease and hopes to improve the way care and treatments are dispensed to patients.
After reconnecting with associate professor Ser Wee, his mentor from the Nanyang Technological University School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the duo founded AEvice Health in 2016 to “develop technologies that can help patients with chronic respiratory diseases”. Adrian is the start-up’s CEO, while Ser is its chief scientist.
Four years on, the firm has invented a smart wearable device, AirSone, for children. To be launched later this year, it uses a series of algorithms to record and analyse asthma symptoms. With the data recorded and interpreted in an app in real-time, parents can track their children’s vitals during their sleep, while doctors can refer to the information when the patient visits the clinic to better diagnose and come up with a treatment plan.
Here, Adrian shares his journey as an entrepreneur thus far.
Fulfilling a childhood dream
"I’ve always dreamed of building something to benefit people one day. Having suffered from childhood asthma myself, I can immediately relate to the anxiety that parents go through to keep their child’s condition under control. Perhaps this was what led me to my calling as a health-tech entrepreneur."