Healthcare Connection Night in Singapore, hosted by KPMG and co-organized by Biotech Connection Singapore (BCS) and Singapore Healthcare Drinks (HCD), was an astounding success. The KPMG Clubhouse was packed to the brim with 120+ attendees, ranging from professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech industry, to care providers and payers, to entrepreneurs, consultants and investors in the healthcare sector.
To kickstart the event, Ajay Sanganeria and Shankar Sathyanath from KPMG Life Sciences welcomed everyone to the Clubhouse and shared their perspectives on the healthcare ecosystem in Singapore and APAC region,in particular around the topic of partnerships and fund raising-related issues that are especially relevant to the bioentrepreneurs in the crowd. This was a timely topic coming during the same week as the Phar-East Biotech Festival, in which KPMG ran the market access, talent management, and blockchain tracks.
Next up, BCS President, Dr. Chin Sau Yin, spoke about how BCS promotes life science entrepreneurship and supports the local ecosystem by connecting industry professionals with current and aspiring entrepreneurs, academic researchers, investors and government representatives through networking and educational events, original articles and consulting projects. BCS’ latest initiative, BCS Jobs, is a targeted mailing list that aims to marry our talent network with employers seeking candidates with the right scientific expertise and industry experience.
Healthcare Drinks, a series of after work networking events for professionals in the field of health care which started in Shanghai, has an active presence in Singapore. Active members of Singapore Healthcare Drinks, the Singapore chapter founded by Yvonne Geng (New Product Planning Lead, Sanofi Genzyme), were also in attendance at the event, including the final speaker of the night, Jaideep Bajaj.
As a consultant at Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, Jaideep shared with the audience about the importance of hiring for cultural fit to ensure higher rates of employee retention.
With that, the networking portion of the event commenced. Drinks and conversations flowed and the atmosphere was bustling with the excitement of meeting new people from diverse backgrounds and expertise. Many attendees stayed well beyond the close of the event, a testament to an overall enjoyable experience. BCS is heartened by the turnout and we look forward to seeing more of you at our next event!