South-East Asia offers similar characteristics and investment opportunities to private healthcare investors as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, co-founder and chief executive officer of TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, Helmut Schuehsler, told Private Healthcare Investor.
The group’s first two funds focused primarily on the MENA region, but the newest vehicle, which is targeting $300 million, has a remit to also invest in South-East Asia, where the firm already has a longstanding investor base through its life sciences division.
He said: “We have been looking at South-East Asia for a while. We have had substantial relationships in the life science industry in Singapore specifically, and more widely in South-East Asia for many years. We also had investors from Asia in our life science funds that are managed out of Munich and Montreal.”
“We think the opportunity presenting itself in the region now is very similar in many ways to the opportunities we find in the MENA region. There are small city states like Singapore, which are highly developed and have a relatively mature healthcare system that works very well. That is very similar to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”
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