Wei Shian founded Advanx Health in early 2018, together with his co-founder Yen Ping who was a lead mentor for programming bootcamp in Next Academy. Advanx Health is a healthtech startup that strives to help Malaysian to understand and benefit from human DNA with just 2ml of saliva sample. Wei Shian and Ping were chosen to represent Malaysia in the Accenture Healthtech Innovation Challenge 2018 and appeared as the Top 10 in the regional challenge which held in Tokyo, Japan.
“We hope to empower people to use the advantage of this information to take charge of their health,” he said. “So if we know our risks for certain diseases, we’ll know exactly what to look out for when we go for blood tests or screenings, and we can monitor our health through that.”
This is all part of Advanx Health’s strategy to provide more value and make sure that the full benefit of their service is realised by their users.
“Just having the report isn’t enough—we always look at what more we can do more for the customer once they get their reports,” Wei Shian said.
He went on to explain that the bigger picture for Advanx Health was to create a highly specialised database of SEA profiles with 5,000 as the targeted number. This would be so that they could be better positioned to become leaders in an industry that he thinks is set to become more widely accepted in years to come.
Right now, one of the strategies Advanx Health is using to spread the word is via engaging corporations to provide talks to working professionals, and by working with companies such as Health Metrics to discover which companies they can target next.
All this is in addition to their ongoing online campaigning and their already strong network of 60 Malaysian pharmacies through which they can promote their products.
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Co-Founder & CEO
Wei Shian is a pharmacist by profession, but he develops a strong interest in technology and data science. He started his first business at the age of 21. The business was a social enterprise called FoodNinja, which aim to tackle surplus food by channeling surplus from businesses to organizations that feed the poor.
FoodNinja Innovation is his first venture, a social enterprise that aims to solve food waste by connecting businesses that have too much to charities that have too little. They were selected to participate the MaGIC Accelerator Program Social Enterprise Track and awarded the Good Impact Award by Digi Telecommunication.
In December 2014, he represented Malaysia to participate the Telenor Youth Summit 2014, organized by Telenor Group, sponsored by Digi Telecommunication. One of the most notable highlights of the summit was attending the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2014 which Malala and Kailash Satyarthi were the Nobel Peace Laureate. In December 2016, he returned to Telenor Youth Forum 2016 as a mentor and presented a keynote presentation.
Despite being a pharmacy undergraduate, he is amazed by how technology and data could change the world. Hence, he attended Ruby on Rails programming bootcamp organized by NEXT Academy, sponsored by Malaysia Global Innovation and Creativity Center (MaGIC). During my 8 months internship in KFit/Fave, he also pick up SQL and Python, develop a strong interest in business intelligence.
He is young energetic changemaker that passionate about leveraging technology and data to influence decision-making process, especially in healthcare sectors.