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Outstanding Healthcare Companies in Asia Pacific Honored

SINGAPORE, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan presented 20 awards to the best companies in Asia Pacific's Healthcare sector at the 2009 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Excellence in Healthcare Awards held today at the InterContinental hotel in Singapore.


Held for the fourth consecutive year, the awards banquet recognised companies across pharmaceuticals, clinical diagnostics, imaging, generics, biotech, clinical research organisations and medical devices sectors. The evening of achievement and celebration saw regional and local representation from the healthcare industry.

Of those in attendance to receive their coveted titles were the who's who of the industry like Ahmet Genel, Managing Director, Pfizer; Mark Engel, Chairman, Excel Pharmastudies; Elmo de Alwis, CEO and Managing Director, Sigma Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Wim M. M. Botermans, Regional Managing Director, Asia, IBA Health; Grace Park, Singapore Country Director, Medtronic; Tony Wilkey, CEO, Prudential Corporation Asia; amongst several others.

Speaking at the banquet, Reenita Das, senior vice president for Healthcare practice at Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, commented that the healthcare sector in Asia is expected to perform better than its counterparts in the US and Europe in the coming years. She added that Frost & Sullivan predicts that Asia will take up about 25 percent of revenues in the next 3 years, from its current level of approximately 18 percent.

Elaborating on the likely cause for this shift, Reenita said, "Asia has evolved to become the new frontier for pharmaceutical firms in search of their next blockbuster drug while keeping research costs low. Companies need to set their strategic sights on a future global environment where Asia will not only be a product market, an outsourcing center or a manufacturing powerhouse but also a key component of drug discoveries and high end innovation."

Frost & Sullivan ascertains the growth in Asia Pacific healthcare through the annual excellence awards where best-practices, high-end innovation and drug discoveries in Asia are recognised and applauded.

The Awards seek to showcase best practices in the industry segments which are synonymous with Frost & Sullivan in-depth analysis and coverage of the Healthcare industry. In keeping with our time-honored commitment in pursuit of excellence and innovation, the awards offered are carefully reviewed and evaluated to reflect the current market landscape and include new emerging sectors.

Frost & Sullivan analyst team short-lists companies for each award category, based on detailed research on market performance. Additionally, interviews are conducted with key personnel of short-listed companies to substantiate, validate and update information collected about each company. The information is then consolidated and a competitive matrix is prepared for internal panel of judges to deliberate before the final list of recipients is derived.

The companies commended as award recipients are those that have displayed exemplary achievements in areas such as market leadership, marketing strategy, business development strategy, innovation, breadth of services and solutions, growth strategy and customer acquisition strategy, geographical presence, amongst others.

Two special awards have been added into the honour-roll this year in a bid to recognise the services of companies not operating within the healthcare space but serving the healthcare community at large. They are the 2009 Healthcare Insurance Company of the Year and the 2009 Singapore Entrepreneurial Company of the Year.

Speaking about the inclusion of these awards Sohini Mitra, Research Manager for Healthcare practice at Frost & Sullivan says "As consumers' purchasing power grows, along with a growing awareness of therapeutic options, healthcare insurance has begun to assume greater significance than ever before. Keeping the enhanced significance of healthcare insurance in view, we took our first step this year, towards recognizing best practices in this industry and plan to continue doing so in the coming years"

~ Frost & Sullivan congratulates all the outstanding recipients of the 2009 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Excellence in Healthcare Awards ~

                                   Healthcare IT
    Healthcare IT Company of the Year                InterSystems Corporation
    Healthcare IT Competitive Strategy
     Leadership of the Year                          IBA Health Group Limited

    Multinational Pharmaceuticals
     Company of the Year                             Pfizer Inc.

                                Generics and Biotech
    Generics Company of the Year                     Sigma Pharmaceuticals
    Biotech Company of the Year                      CSL Limited

                           Clinical Research Organisation
    Clinical Research Organization of the Year       Excel PharmaStudies Inc
    Clinical Research Organization Competitive
     Strategy Leadership of the Year                 Excel PharmaStudies Inc
    Clinical Research Organization Growth Strategy
     Leadership of the Year                          Excel PharmaStudies Inc

                                  Medical Devices
    Self-Monitoring Product of the Year              i-SENS Inc.
    Minimally Invasive Devices Company of the Year   Medtronic International
    Medical Devices Distributor of the Year          Berli Jucker Public
    Medical Devices Emerging Company of the Year     Uscom Limited

                                Clinical Diagnostics
    Clinical Diagnostics Company of the Year         Roche Diagnostics Limited

    Ultrasound Company of the Year                   Siemens Healthcare
    Digital Radiology Company of the Year            Philips Healthcare
    Medical Imaging Competitive Strategy
     Leadership of the Year                          Carestream Health Inc.
    Medical Imaging Market Leadership of the Year    Philips Healthcare
    Medical Imaging Product Innovation of the Year   ACIST Medical Systems

                                 Healthcare Insurance
    Healthcare Insurance Company of the Year         Prudential Corporation

                                Entrepreneurial Company
    Singapore Entrepreneurial Company of the Year    Moleac Pte. Ltd.

The Awards banquet is supported by IBM. Media partners include Asia Pacific Biotech News, BioSpectrum Asia, Business Today,, Medical News, Medical Supplies Annual Directory, Pharma in Focus, and Pharma Asia. Supporting organisation for the awards is Infinity21 and the official newswire is PR Newswire.

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