What Matters To Me: Adrian Ang, CEO of AEvice Health
In the What Matters To Me series, a Generation T honouree describes what they do, why they do it, and why it matters
As a former sufferer, Adrian Ang knows the misery of childhood asthma. In response AEvice Health, the company he founded with associate professor Ser Wee, his mentor from Nanyang Technological University School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has developed AirSone, a wearable device that uses algorithms to record and analyse asthma symptoms in real time, allowing parents to track their children’s symptoms while they sleep and doctors to improve diagnosis and treatment plans. Here, he describes his work in his own words.
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.
In the near future, we want to see our product become the new standard of asthma control, in the same way the thermometer is used to measure one’s temperature
Professor Ser and I saw great potential in how our technology could add tremendous value to the current cycle of asthma control. We want to help improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital admissions. In the near future, we want to see our product become the new standard of asthma control, in the same way the thermometer is used to measure one’s temperature.
To bring our invention to fruition, we have worked with many dedicated parents and clinicians. From time to time, we would receive encouraging messages from the community expressing their excitement about our technology, which gives our team a great sense of purpose and motivates us to keep going. By this year, we aim to complete our clinical study on AirSone with a local hospital and acquire clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration, before we start piloting the technology with our partners.
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The pace of running a startup can be extremely intense. Our prototypes may fail multiple times before we get it right; we may receive multiple rejections before striking gold; and working an average of 12 hours every day is a norm. To be an entrepreneur, one needs to be mentally strong in order to cope with the constant pressure to deliver.
See other honourees from the Healthcare & Wellness category of the Gen.T List 2019.