1/23/2019, 9:27 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Merck, Tencent announce China healthcare partnership

Pharmaceutical giant Merck KgaA and Chinese technology company Tencent Holdings Limited announced on Wednesday they signed a deal to collaborate on digital healthcare services in China. The two firms will primarily focus on working towards "providing more accessible healthcare services via digital platforms" and raising awareness on certain diseases and conditions in the Asian country. The collaboration will cover all areas of Merck's healthcare business in China, including allergies, infertility, diabetes, oncology and thyroid and cardiovascular diseases

"In this collaboration with Tencent, we will jointly explore the innovative combination of patient-centric healthcare management and digital platforms, which brings us one step closer to reaching our mission of transforming the lives of 40 million patients in China by 2025," Rogier Janssens, the managing director and general manager of Merck's biopharma business in China, stated.

Tencent Medical's vice president, Zhang Meng, noted that the company's goal is to "make healthcare in China more convenient and efficient for all patients" through the use of "advanced internet platforms and artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing capabilities" and in collaboration with its partners.

Breaking the News / NP