Malaysian Health-Tech Startup, Naluri, Secures $5 Million In New Funding Round
KUALA LUMPUR, JUNE 9 2021 – Naluri Hidup Sdn Bhd (‘Naluri’), the Malaysia-headquartered digital health service provider, today announced the closing of its new, US$ 5 million funding round.
The Series A round is cornerstoned by Singapore’s Integra Partners, who joins returning strategic investors, Duopharma Biotech Berhad and Pathology Asia (via Biomark), and venture capital firm, M Venture Partners, who were part of the preceding round.
Naluri also welcomes new strategic investors, Sumitomo Corporation Equity Asia, as well as Palm Drive Capital from New York and INP Capital from Vancouver, to its share register, and gains support from the Hibiscus Fund, a venture capital fund managed by Malaysia’s RHL Ventures and Korea’s KB Investment that forms part of the Dana Penjana National Program, marking the first time the Malaysian Government will match a private capital contribution, dollar-for-dollar, to spur the local startup ecosystem. Naluri is the first company to benefit from this new scheme, intended to enable high-growth firms to innovate and scale quickly.
Naluri is the leading digital health service provider in Southeast Asia, offering human-led and AI-augmented digital health coaching that transforms the lives of people who are at risk of, or managing, chronic and mental health conditions. Premised on the fundamental understanding that physical and mental health are inextricably interconnected, the Company provides structured multi-disciplinary support to those affected by diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, anxiety and depression, as well as advanced chronic conditions such as renal disease and cancer.
The Company’s structured programme and proprietary app-based tools deliver clinically significant health outcomes that empower individuals to get healthier. Working with leading corporates in the region, including Reckitt, AXA Affin Berhad, Maxis, and SP Setia, Naluri helps contain rising healthcare expenditure and improves employee productivity and engagement.
The successful funding round empowers Naluri to aggressively pursue growth strategies that include:
Expanding operations in Singapore and Indonesia, as well as launching its service in Thailand and the Philippines;
deepening the Company’s tech and data science capabilities to enhance Naluri’s product and predictive algorithms including natural language processing and depression detection, as well as device connectivity and patient monitoring; and
continuing the Company’s investment in clinical research to strengthen the evidence base in diabetes, renal, cardiovascular, cancer and mental health therapeutic areas - including launching clinical research in Europe.
Naluri Co-Founder and CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, said, We are incredibly proud to have closed this oversubscribed round with the support of our lead investor, Integra Partners, and new strategic investors Sumitomo, who through PMCare, will continue to work with us to find ways to help their clients reduce medical claims.
With mental health at the fore in light of the pandemic, we are delighted that companies are now taking bolder steps to tackle physical and mental health holistically, and these investments are an affirmation of Naluri’s business model and growth prospects in this field.
Our work shows that Naluri is taking a differentiated and practical approach to healthcare that really gets at the root of the problems facing healthcare provisioning in Southeast Asia today, with the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases driving unsustainably high medical inflation, and the rise of mental health issues exacerbated by the pressures of Covid-19, said Jennifer Ho, principal at Integra Partners. It has been a joy getting to know the company, and we are very excited to be part of Naluri’s journey in the years to come.
Now available in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, Naluri will continue its rollout in key Southeast Asian markets in the coming months.