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10 Smart Health: Official Launch of Website and Platform 12 Innovating for the patient 14 Diving Deeper into Diagnostics 15 Consultations Just an App Away 16 Nutrition Solutions for Health in Early Life 18 The Future of Healthy Ageing 19 Matters of the Heart 20 Anatomy of Collaboration in Pharma and R&D 22 Fighting Dengue 23 Heal the World 24 APPropriate Insurance

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26 Business Support 34 HR Services 36 French Chamber Events 56 French Chamber PĂŠtanque Tournament 2017 57 New Members 60 Lifestyle News 64 Privilege Card

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t has been said that our world has entered the fourth industrial revolution, spurred on by a disruptive fusion of digital technologies with physical and biological domains. The health vertical is not excluded from these forces as we observe a revolution as dramatic as the discovery of

penicillin and X-rays. Today,

artificial

immunotherapy,

intelligence, biosensors

3D-printed and

medical

telehealth

are

devices, becoming

breakthrough research fields aimed at reducing costs, empowering patients and increasing years of quality life. This leads to the emergence of new paradigms in the way we interact with healthcare. For example, wearing digital devices will lead us to be constantly connected to healthcare practitioners, who will contact us even before we seek their medical attention or even notice any symptoms. The health challenges faced are indeed huge – pandemic threats, ageing populations, environmental pollution, data privacy – and these call for immediate attention before they grow unmanageable. Not to mention, there are still large populations without access to basic healthcare, vulnerable to emerging diseases such as Ebola and MERS. This healthcare revolution is much needed as some of us live in harmful environments, as citizens of polluted cities, sedentary “couch potatoes”, stressed employees or fast-food addicts, and we are all at risk of illnesses from cancer to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases that, incidentally, as the world’s leading cause of mortality, can kill, though they are mostly preventable. However, behind these buzzwords, as digital as it becomes, healthcare must remain patient-centric and compassionate without compromising on the dignity, privacy and integrity of individuals. This is why the UN Sustainable Development Goals have to be kept in mind as a compass to develop innovative diagnostic, treatment solutions, kits or education tools. With its vibrant healthcare R&D network and unique Medtech community, Singapore is the perfect place to nurture opportunities, facilitate partnerships and foster innovation in healthcare. As a dynamic ecosystem, French healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical players are uniquely placed to support Singapore’s Healthcare 2020 Master Plan, which focuses on accessibility, affordability and quality. This issue features some of these innovative healthcare solutions that can transform Singapore and our world into a place where people will enjoy healthy, long and fulfilled lives.

Dr Philippe GUIBERT

Regional Medical Director, Consulting Services, Asia International SOS

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Wavecell Raises USD 8.15M in Oversubscribed Series B Funding Round Wavecell announced that it has secured USD 8.15M (SGD 11.3M) in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by Qualgro and MDI Ventures. The funding comes as the company is experiencing hyper-growth since its Series A funding earlier in December 2015. In the past year, Wavecell has significantly increased its enterprise customer base, by 300%. “This is a very exciting time for all of us at Wavecell. As we continue to serve our customers, along with product excellence, delivered with constant innovation and passion, we are now ready to continue scaling up our sales and marketing activities as well as growing our engineering team,” shared Olivier Gerhardt, CEO and Co-Founding of Wavecell. “Recognising Indonesia as one of our key markets, Wavecell will also work together with the Telkom Group of companies to develop synergies and collaborations with various business units,” he added. F

Thales’ Largest Hub for Repair Activities Now in Singapore Thales’ newly expanded facility in Changi consolidates all avionics production and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities under one roof for better synergies and process optimisation. The firm has also invested in equipment and human capital, as it builds for future growth. The expanded facility underscores the importance of Singapore as a regional hub for the Group, as it aims to grow local capabilities and establish a strong regional base to serve customers in the Asia-Pacific region. “The expanded Thales facility is a testament to Singapore’s continued strength as an aerospace hub for Asia-Pacific,” said Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board. “Companies can tap on Singapore’s connectivity, pro-business environment and pool of skilled talent, to be closer to their customers and harness the growth of the regional aviation market,” he added. F

Bolloré Logistics Singapore Unveils Plan for SGD10M State-of-the-Art Logistics Automation Facility with LVMH Bolloré Logistics Singapore has unveiled plans for its first automation facility with the leading luxury products group LVMH. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, the new 20,000m2 automation facility will be built with an investment of SGD10M between the two companies, as part of a long-term partnership to signifi-

cantly drive productivity and increase space efficiency. “Automation is the key for Singapore’s logistics sector to cope with emerging patterns globally. Bolloré Logistics strives to be at the forefront of innovation and prides itself in developing advanced supply chains for its customers,” explained Cyril Dumon, CEO of Bolloré Logistics Asia Pacific.

The project sets as a flagship and creates a model for Bolloré Logistics globally as the future of warehousing in landscarce countries once it is slated to complete in January 2018. F


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Lesaffre Opens New Asia Pacific Regional hub in Singapore Lesaffre, a global key player in yeasts and fermentation products, has set up a new expertise hub in Singapore. The 1,000m2 Singapore regional hub houses several of its teams in baking, food taste, human health and nutrition, animal care and biotechnology, and will consolidate Lesaffre’s various business streams at the forefront of advanced yeast applications and improve collaborative engineering of tailored business solutions in the region. The new space also houses a Lesaffre Baking Center™ and a culinary centre, serving as collaborative spaces for innovation as Asian consumers’ palates evolve. F

Novabay Opens Sodium Bicarbonate Plant in Singapore Novacap Group is accelerating its global expansion in sodium bicarbonate with commercial-scale production in a new stand-alone production unit in Jurong Island, Singapore. Operated by Novabay, the state-of-the-art facility offers a strong alternative supply solution to serve fast-growing demand in Asia. The fully automatised production unit runs on a continuous process, and is able to immediately bring 70,000 metric tonnes to the market, and rapidly expand its production capacity to 120,000 metric tonnes. F

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Indosuez Wealth Management Acquires Crédit Industriel et Commercial’s Private Banking Operations in Singapore and Hong Kong Indosuez Wealth Management has reached an agreement with Crédit Industriel et Commercial to acquire the latter’s private banking operations in Singapore and Hong Kong after the parties entered exclusive negotiations. As part of the transaction, Indosuez Wealth Management in Asia, chaired by Pierre Masclet, will welcome CIC’s private banking teams in Singapore and Hong Kong, adding to the staff the group currently employs in Asia.

The transaction is in line with Crédit Agricole’s Medium Term Plan “Strategic Ambitions 2020”, which includes targeted add-on acquisitions in wealth management. The acquisition marks an important step for Indosuez Wealth Management and its “Shaping Indosuez 2020” corporate project as it enhances the firm’s global footprint by adding a well-respected business in a strategically important market. F

Activeo Singapore Announces Capital Raise Led by Activeo Activeo, a leading company in collaboration, contact centre and customer experience services and solutions, has announced a capital increase from SGD80,000 to SGD900,000 for its subsidiary Activeo Singapore. The move is a prominent indication of the company’s international strategy where in 2015 Singapore was set up formally to address the needs in the Southeast Asia market. “The capital raise is a significant step forward to execute our growth strategy in the ASEAN area. We are more than ready to develop longterm relationships with our customers driving business results,” says Joseph Kort, Activeo President and CEO. “Growing from 1 to 25 people in two years was a great milestone and this enables us to address the need of large organisations in our market,” adds Jonathan Mondon, Regional Director, Activeo Singapore. With the joining of Jusfeedback and Kasturi (both acquired in 2016), the three-pillared operating business has positioned the Activeo group with attractive growth opportunities towards building a collaborative architecture. F

Arkadin Named Collaboration Service Provider of the Year Arkadin, an NTT Communications company and market leader in cloud Unified Communications and Collaborations services, has been recognised as the 2017 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Collaboration Service Provider of the Year. Frost & Sullivan analysts cite Arkadin’s customeroriented strategy and continued profitable revenue growth in 2016 amid a highly competitive and commercialised market as factors in its selection. “To strengthen the interoperability between collaboration technologies, the company elevated the strategic partnerships with Microsoft (Skype for Business) and Cisco, notably with the launch of Arkadin Total Connect, providing a fully integrated UC ecosystem with voice-enabled Office 365, Cisco CCA-SP and Cisco Spark solutions,” further explained Zi Ning Chong, Research Analyst ICT Practice – Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan. F


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Pascal Lambert Newly Elected President of the French Chamber in Singapore The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore is pleased to announce the election of Pascal Lambert, Group Country Head for Singapore; Head of South East Asia and India, Société Générale, as its new President. Pascal succeeds Mrs Doina Palici-Chehab, who is relocating to Hong Kong as Interim Regional CEO of AXA Asia. The French Chamber warmly thanks Doina for her involvement at the Chamber and wishes her the best for her career. A graduate of Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) with a specialisation in Finance, Pascal started his career at Banque Indosuez, in Djibouti, Mumbai and Tokyo, before joining Bear Stearns and rising through the ranks. In 2009, he joined Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in Hong Kong as COO for Global Markets, Asia Pacific, and in 2010 took on the role of Regional COO for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking in the Asia Pacific region, where he led the Global Business Services Group. F

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In The Pink of Health on the Little Red Dot With strong fundamentals in healthcare excellence, underpinned by quality infrastructure, a pro-innovation environment and proximity to Asia, Singapore has made itself a location of choice for the healthcare and life sciences industry.

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hile it is recognised as having a good healthcare system that has achieved good public health outcomes for its citizens, Singapore sees new challenges abound, demographic changes – notably a growing and rapidly ageing population – as well as a threat of chronic diseases; thus it seeks to transform its industry to stay ahead of the curve.

healthcare to promoting health, secondly, expanding and building up primary and community care, and thirdly, pivoting towards value-based care, looking at clinical effectiveness, productivity, and the use of technologies.

In the delivery of care, Accessible, Quality, Affordable and Sustainable Healthcare have been identified by the Singapore Ministry of Health as four objectives that will guide its transformation. The 2020 Healthcare Manpower Plan highlights three prongs in this transformation: firstly, moving beyond

Asia continues to provide exciting growth opportunities for the sector, as it continues to urbanise and develop, and Singapore remains poised to tap into these opportunities, as it seeks to develop solutions to meet demands at home, and abroad, and nurture a future-ready healthcare system of tomorrow. F

At the same time, as it pursues transformation into a knowledge-based economy, Singapore continues to put focus on R&D, and fields from medtech and life sciences instrumentation to pharmaceuticals and biotech remain important verticals, prioritised in the RIE2020 Plan, the country’s five-year Research, Innovation and Entreprise Plan.

Sources: Ministry of Health, Singapore | National Research Foundation, Singapore

Ageing Population 2015

460,000

Singapore residents aged over 65

Growth in Healthcare Facilities Primary Care

+6 polyclinics

Acute Care

+2,100 beds in public hospitals

Community Care

+9,100 beds in community hospitals and nursing homes

+7,600 places in day care,

2020

(projected)

home care and palliative care

610,000

Singapore residents aged over 65

2030

(projected)

960,000

Singapore residents aged over 65

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Official Launch of Website and Platform As Singapore seeks to build a future-ready healthcare system, French actors across a diverse range of activities are ready to build and offer a comprehensive set of solutions adapted to its needs. Bringing together French start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, and academic and research institutes, the Smart Health platform builds on a French collective approach to address Singapore’s healthcare challenges. From pharmaceutical and medical innovation to productivity care solutions, digital health applications, nutrition and wellness services, infrastructure provision and management, research, education and venture financing, the Smart Health platform brings together 35 companies and institutions and 150 products and services. Each of the platform’s four thematic clusters seeks to bring a holistic solution to Singapore’s healthcare ambitions and challenges: »» »» »» »»

Healthcare Accessibility & Affordability; Preventive Care; Value-Based Care & Innovation; Silver Economy & Seamless Care.

Presented on the website are nine citizen journeys, to better understand how different patients, citizens, and providers interact within healthcare environments. These journeys include profiles that find increasing pertinence in the Singapore landscape, including a healthy citizen, a senior citizen, a diabetic patient, a cancer patient, an R&D lab manager, a nursing home director, a hospital director, a general practitioner, and a corporate HR director.

The launch event of the website took place at the French Residence, hosted by Ambassador of France to Singapore H.E. Marc Abensour, and saw over 100 in attendance, including healthcare professionals and government officials. “Our goal is to align our solutions with the healthcare ambitions and challenges of Singapore, and adopt an open and collaborative approach to facilitate discussion and development of value-added innovative solutions,” said Mr Emmanuel Montet, Co-President of the Chamber’s Healthcare committee and General Manager of Ipsen Singapore. “Taking a journey-based approach enables us to understand each step along the process of interacting with the healthcare industry in Singapore and appreciate the broader and interconnected context in which our solutions can fit,” added Dr Philippe Guibert, Co-President of the Healthcare committee and Medical Director of International SOS. Browse the stories and innovative solutions at smart-health.sg! F


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Innovating for the patient Innovation beyond the product or the pill is more important than ever to address Singapore’s emerging healthcare needs. Carole Real, Business Development Manager, and Yann Ferrisse , Managing Director, Alcimed, share their views.

Can you tell us about Alcimed and how it started in the healthcare industry? Alcimed is a French consulting firm specialised in innovation and development of new markets, with 200 people across nine offices in seven countries, and 20 years of experience in life sciences. Our purpose is to explore and develop uncharted territories around new technologies and market innovations. The healthcare industry is a fascinating field that requires continuous innovation. Since 1993, Alcimed accompanies its clients to define how to move forward in this fast-changing environment, and accompanies them in deciphering new technologies that will be key to the future, defining the right strategy around digitalisation of patient pathways (connected care, smart health, etc) or reinventing business models to reach more patients. How would you describe the innovation environment in healthcare in Singapore? Singapore is known worldwide as a very innovative place, attracting many international companies’ R&D centres, building infrastructure at the cutting edge of technology, and participating in the education of future engineers. Singapore has to address the challenges of its future healthcare situation such as an ageing population, an in-

creased chronic disease burden, a need to manage future growth in healthcare manpower, an increase in healthcare costs and spending, etc. Digital heath and smart technologies are solutions to address such challenges and existing constraints. These solutions would lead to better diagnostic tools, enhanced treatments for patients, devices that improve quality of life of the patients and connect them better to their doctors and diseases. Singapore is becoming a pioneer in this area, and is fast moving towards becoming the world’s first smart nation, by proposing the right technologies and facilitating the connection between healthcare stakeholders. In this environment, how would you suggest companies approach innovation in healthcare? Innovation in healthcare is key for the pharmaceutical industry, with every company looking into where and how they can innovate in order to increase their reach as well as their image of a contributor to overall healthcare issues. The challenge therefore lies in the how? Proposing services beyond the product or the pill to enhance patients’ knowledge in their diseases, increase patients’ adherence to their treatments, improve the communication between healthcare professionals and their patients, implementing disease management programmes through innovative technologies, and digitalising their offers and business models are some of the expectations one can have from the pharmaceutical industry to approach innovation in healthcare. The Smart Health initiative launched by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore is another response to this trend around bringing innovation to healthcare. The French community of players is willing to work hand in hand with Singapore’s authorities to demonstrate its added value in bringing innovative solutions to the healthcare environment, aligned with Singapore’s main goals targeting the ageing population and chronic diseases in oncology and diabetes. F


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in vitro diagnostics play a pivotal role: between 60% and 70% of healthcare decisions are based on diagnostic test results. Florent MULATERO, General Manager, bioMérieux ASEAN, details the high medical value of diagnostics and his vision of recent developments in South East Asia’s medical landscape.

Diving Deeper into

Diagnostics

Could you introduce us to bioMérieux and your activities? As a major player of in vitro diagnostics, bioMérieux develops high-medical-value diagnostic applications that address public health challenges and laboratory needs, focusing on the fight against infectious diseases. For instance, we are strongly committed to combatting sepsis, a complex inflammatory process that causes 1 death every 3 to 4 seconds each year, worldwide. Our expertise and commitment to expanding the frontiers of knowledge in biology are grounded in an entrepreneurial adventure that has been ongoing for more than a century. Today, we are 10,000 people around the world.

As highlighted by the World Health Organisation, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has become one of the biggest threats to global health. In South East Asia, the overuse of antibiotics and inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions have contributed to the increase in antibiotic resistance. This makes treating infectious diseases complicated for hospitals, particularly for critical illnesses such as sepsis. For that reason, healthcare companies should work with local public and private institutions in combating AMR to keep antibiotic treatments efficient when required for the patients.

How has the medical landscape been evolving in this region?

Medicine has been undergoing massive changes which are impacting healthcare in many aspects. The concept of “P4 medicine” – medicine that is predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory – is a good illustration of the revolution that is taking place in the practice of medicine.

The medical landscape in South East Asia has evolved dramatically in the past five years. Many governments have reinforced support for their populations with universal health coverage and by introducing new diagnostic recommendations. A growing middle class seeking improved care coupled with a rapidly developing medical tourism scene in the region are accelerating the emergence of private institutions in Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore, the rising demand for elderly care is shaping government policies and infrastructure decisions. The threat of massive outbreaks, like the H5N1 flu in 2008, as well as increasing food safety concerns in the region are bringing a greater focus on national-level strategies, geared towards ensuring the safety of populations. A global approach to both human and animal health is a fundamental component in securing a sustainable ecosystem.

What is your vision for the medicine of tomorrow?

Medicine is in the dark without diagnostics and big data will play a key role here. Capturing health data of populations on a large scale will help healthcare professionals make faster and more accurate diagnostics, ultimately leading to better patient care. Medicine is also shifting towards a personalised approach, taking into consideration each individual’s genetics. The rise of connected devices and other technological innovations have empowered patients, who are better informed and taking active participation in their health. As for bioMérieux, our goal remains to be faithful to a strong family commitment: serving public health worldwide through the development of diagnostics solutions. F


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medical advice is now within reach for populations that were once overlooked. Emmanuel PRADO, CEO of Health2i, tells us about the mobile app that is making it all possible.

Every industry is experiencing a wave of digitisation, including healthcare, which has seen the emergence of mHealth. What’s the landscape like in this region?

Lastly, mobile health was very new when we started. We had to figure out the right processes and methodologies in order to grow with solid foundations. We gained much expertise in a relatively short period of time.

Indeed, this is a transformation that we championed when we started to operate back in 2010. Since then, the market has changed a lot. We have seen the emergence of several new players in four key areas:

What are the next steps for Health2i?

»» Teleconsultation; »» E-commerce and delivery of medicine mainly in Indonesia; »» Facilitation of medical tourism, which is by definition a more regional business; »» Booking platforms and directories of GPs, specialists and laboratories. What is the story behind the Doctor Gratis mobile application? The concept of Doctor Gratis was devised by a group of general practitioners in Indonesia. They wanted to serve a noble cause: providing access to basic medical advice to populations located in remote areas or facing challenges to connect and receive consultations from physicians. At that time, these GPs were already receiving requests from acquaintances by SMS. When the technology and the telecoms infrastructure were mature enough to offer a more comprehensive service, we decided to launch Doctor Gratis in order to offer our service to more people. What were the key issues when designing and launching Doctor Gratis and how did you deal with those? We faced several challenges. The first one was to clearly define and prioritise the problem we wanted to address in order to develop an experience in line with the expectations of our targeted users. We solved this challenge by carefully listening to our users and by onboarding the team who made it happen. The next one was to quickly be able to operate on a large scale, serve hundreds of thousands of patients and be equipped to deliver more than one million medical consultations online.

First thing first, we are committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our users. Our priority is to listen to them very carefully because we care and want to constantly improve our product. We’re also discussing with ambitious partners, corporations and government bodies, and we may collaborate with them to tackle strategic issues related to public health. F

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Nutrition Solutions for Health in Early Life Rocio MARTIN, R&D Director at Danone Nutricia Research Singapore, talks allergy biomarkers detection early in life, enhanced microbial start for C-section babies and future endeavours for research and innovations. How is Nutricia Research exploring the science behind nutrition and health? At Nutricia Research, we have a global network of multidisciplinary teams, including the team in Singapore, that work together on cuttingedge science, taking nutritional concepts and translating them into physical products. By bringing together our extensive nutritional knowledge with input from healthcare professionals and academic institutions, as well as the latest scientific and technological thinking, we are able to develop nutritional innovations that answer real health needs. Established in 2011, our satellite centre in Singapore comprises a unique group of about 50 scientists and experts from Asia and Europe who work across a range of different scientific disciplines, including microbiology, immunology, data science and digital innovation. Our presence in Singapore has enabled us to connect closely to world-class scientific partners, research institutes and universities in Asia Pacific. Are there any projects and collaborations in Singapore that you can share with us? Nutricia Research is involved in a cohort from the GUSTO study (Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes, Singapore’s largest and most comprehensive birth cohort

study). This collaboration with A*STAR, the National University of Singapore and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has provided new insights into potential microbial signatures associated with the development of early childhood allergies. This may offer further perspective on nutritional intervention strategies to manage the rising disease burden. Infants delivered by caesarean section have delayed colonisation of beneficial bacteria (i.e. Bifidobacterium), and are more susceptible to developing allergies and obesity later on. In a clinical study done together with Singapore’s KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and partnering with A*STAR, we found that our unique synbiotics compensated the delayed colonisation of Bifidobacterium in C-section-delivered infants and emulated the gut’s physiological conditions observed in healthy vaginallyborn infants. The safety and efficacy data obtained in this study facilitated the registration of Nutricia’s novel synbiotics in Singapore. Looking forward, what’s on the horizon for nutritional science and innovation? Delivering high-quality, effective nutritional solutions is clearly our main goal. Still, we need to ensure we offer a superior consumer and patient experience while improving the way how we collect data and obtain scientific insights. Digital innovation offers great, new ways of engaging healthcare professionals and consumers/patients and increasing the level of effectiveness and satisfaction. We aim to provide comprehensive scientifically substantiated nutrition care by integrating digital tools, devices and tailored nutritional solutions. We are currently looking into: »»Digital-enabled data collection tools; »»Clinical study efficiency and real-life follow-up study; »»Big data analysis to get new insights and maximise output. The future is to provide integrated nutritional and digital solutions that connect consumers, patients and healthcare professionals through the whole continuum of care, empowering all of us to further transform and improve health and well-being. F


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The Future of Healthy Ageing An ageing population presents both challenges and opportunities. Fabien CLAVIER, Lead Project Manager, and Angela SAENZ, Project Manager, IPAL CNRS (Singapore), tell us more about IPAL and its projects in Singapore, notably its work on ageing.

What are IPAL main fields of research around the world and in Singapore? IPAL (Image and Pervasive Access Laboratory) is a joint international research laboratory representing French and Singaporean academic partners. Created in 1998 as an overseas laboratory for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), it obtained in 2007 the highest scientific ranking among CNRS labs outside of France. IPAL research activities benefit from a close collaboration between its French academic partners (CNRS, Institute Mines-Télécom, Pierre et Marie Curie-Sorbonne University, and University of Grenoble-Alpes) and Singaporean partner institutions (Institute for Infocomm Research/A*STAR and National University of Singapore). With a focus on ‘Inclusive Smart Cities and Digital Health’, we develop AI solutions aimed at improving quality of life of frail people (mainly ageing but also people with chronic conditions such as asthma or type II Diabetes) and engaging them in pursuing healthy and active lifestyles. Our research is in line with the Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and supported by the Horizon 2020 European Research Program. How are the field and needs of preventive healthcare evolving? The number of ageing initiatives in Singapore has increased, notably with the launch of the S$3 billion “Successful Ageing” Action Plan unveiled in 2015. This plan has more than 70 initiatives covering different areas – health and wellness, learning, employment, housing, transport, public spaces, respect and social inclusion, retirement adequacy, etc – to prepare Singapore for rapid population ageing in the next decades. Government agencies are keen on encouraging ICT and AI investments in the field of ageing and well-being. Many testbeds are being run in different neighbourhoods to push forward the research on healthcare sensors, activity recognition, fall detection, mobile coaching, and qualityof-life tracking, turning the city-state into a living lab for smart technologies.

In this context, IPAL is working on an innovative solution called UbiSmart, a B2B or B2C digital platform that provides visualisation, understanding and assessment of an individual’s behaviour in a specific environment. UbiSmart works handin-hand with a specific set of sensors capable of collecting data from an individual or a segment of population in any given environment. That data is then treated to reveal different activity patterns and behavioural changes, and sends alerts when intervention is needed. UbiSmart sets solid ground in the field of preventive healthcare by empowering individuals and cities in early detection of risks associated with frailty and ageing. How is the role of social and health services evolving in the care of an increasingly ageing world population? In the health sector, data is often collected with the purpose of detecting “markers” for possible diseases. In an increasingly ageing population, we believe that we need to aggregate data from additional sources in order to identify “behaviours” that are relevant to the prevention of cognitive impairment and frailty. Behaviours are inherently more fluid and ambiguous than standard markers used for health prevention, since they require a sophisticated level of “interpretation” and the comparison of various sources. Recognising and analysing behaviours also necessitate partnering with social services players, such as senior activity centres, which are the main hubs for the elderly community living alone in Singapore. IPAL is working on the City4Age project, a EU Horizon 2020 research project, dedicated to supporting smart cities in empowering social/health services (and families) facing cognitive impairment and frailty of the elderly population. The challenge is to demonstrate that smart cities can play a pivotal role in prevention of ageing-related risks. We have six pilot sites to test different parts of the City4Age solution in different contexts: five in Europe and one in Singapore. It is very interesting to be in Singapore because the city-state is quite ahead in the integration of new technologies within the urban environment. This implementation allows us to visualise how a European solution can be developed in Asia, and, why not, elsewhere. F


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Alexandre Civière, Project Manager at CellProthera, talks about research and breakthroughs in the REGENERATION OF HEART MUSCLE AFTER A SEVERE HEART ATTACK AND THE PREVENTION OF CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.

Can you tell us about CellProthera and its therapeutic approach? CellProthera was founded in 2008 in Mulhouse, France, to research, develop and commercialise innovative therapeutic solutions for the regeneration of organs damaged by disease or trauma, but also to develop the means to industrialise cell manufacturing in a cost-effective manner. CellProthera therapy focuses on the development of an approach allowing the regeneration of myocardial tissue after severe heart attack and prevent secondary congestive heart failure. CellProthera’s innovative solution was successfully tested in a proof-of-concept clinical study started in 2002 using stem cells directly injected into the cardiac lesion of patients after heart attack. The clinical outcomes have shown an excellent safety profile associated with long-term outstanding recovery of their cardiac function, which allowed the study patients to return to a normal life. This unique therapeutic approach requires a simple blood sampling performed a few weeks after a severe heart attack. The sampling occurs after a treatment period, using a cell-stimulating factor in order to mobilise the patient’s own stem cells from the bone marrow to the blood flow. The patient’s blood sample is then forwarded to a local certified cell therapy centre and processed in our proprietary automated device StemXpand® in order to expand the number of CD34+ stem cells. The final graft product obtained is called ProtheraCytes®. When injected into scar tissue within the heart wall, CD34+ stem cells have experimentally shown in nude mice the capability to engraft in the damaged tissue and to differentiate into mature cardiac and vessel cells. Preclinical tests carried out on grafts collected from peripheral blood of healthy donors have shown excellent results.

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Heart By using adult stem cells obtained from a patient’s own body, this therapeutic approach avoids all challenges currently faced by other types of cell therapies using foreign tissues such as tissue rejection and immunosuppressive treatments.

What is the long-term vision of this approach? In the long run, CellProthera’s therapeutic goal is to extend this cell therapy to regenerate other organs based on the same technology platform: as blood vessel diseases or cartilage. Cellprothera’s devices and prototypes, have successfully passed biological validation and been approved by regulatory bodies. A commercial version is under development, which would allow the production of five grafts simultaneously instead of one at present. Furthermore, clinical trials Phase II started in 2016 in Europe with 44 patients, with a subsequent phase III planned in both Europe and North America. Immediate commercialisation will then follow market authorisations in these two regions. What are the next steps for the company in Singapore? In Singapore, CellProthera is currently validating its industrial process to start a trial in 2018 on 10 patients to develop a clinical platform in Asia. This trial is carried out in partnership with the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) and the HSA Cell Therapy Centre both located at Outram campus. The NHCS, referral regional centre for cardiovascular diseases, is in charge of stem cell injections within the heart muscle whereas the HSA Cell Therapy Centre, equipped with a clean room, is in charge of stem cells processing. F

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Anatomy of Collaboration in Pharma and R&D Singapore has positioned itself well as a leading medtech and biotech hub. In this interview, Emmanuel Montet, General Manager Singapore and Asean Director – IPSEN Specialty Care, shares with us about the company and its projects in Singapore.

What are IPSEN’s fields of expertise and activities in Singapore? Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical group that sells more than 20 drugs in over 115 countries, with a direct commercial presence in more than 30 countries. Our ambition is to become a leader in specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Ipsen’s fields of expertise cover oncology, neurosciences and endocrinology. Our commitment to oncology is exemplified through a growing portfolio of key therapies that improve the care of patients suffering from prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumours, renal cell carcinoma and pancreatic cancer. We also have a significant presence in primary care. We have been present in Singapore for two years and we are now a mid-sized enterprise here. We are consistently developing partnerships with local and international institutions, seeking to strengthen development of our products and advance scientific knowledge in various fields. Why have you chosen to set up in Singapore? There are many factors that make Singapore a very favourable location, from the presence of a talent pool that is diversified, international and skilled in medical and technical aspects, to

a working environment that is well-structured and pro-business. In addition, it is easy to get around the region through Singapore’s airport, and we are only a few hours away from the other countries in the region. This in fact is a great advantage for business developpers and business development. Could you tell us about some of IPSEN’s projects in Singapore? Partnerships are a key part of our R&D strategy, and we seek to strengthen our innovation capacity, notably by giving access to new and promising technologies and supporting the exploration of new research fields. For example, we partnered in 2016 with the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB), a research institute under the aegis of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, to advance understanding and research of botulinum neurotoxin biology (BoNT). By combining our expertise in BoNT recombinant engineering and biology with IMCB’s extensive knowledge and expertise in the fields of membrane and toxin trafficking, and RNA interference screening, the collaboration aims to work on the key components of intracellular trafficking involved in the biological action of BoNTs. This work could potentially facilitate the design of new therapeutic toxins for addressing neurological disorders. Another upcoming activity is a conference organised by the IPSEN Foundation that will take place in Singapore in February 2018. Dedicated to genome editing, it will be an exciting day to explore with very prestigious scientists how we can advance research in this field. F


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In late 2016, Singapore approved a dengue vaccine developed by Sanofi. Cyril Grandchamp-Desraux, Singapore Country Chair and Asia Head, General Medicines & Emerging Markets, tells us more about Sanofi’s commitment to improving health in Singapore and across Asia.

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What are Sanofi’s main activities around the world? Sanofi is a global, diversified life sciences company whose everyday focus is to protect and improve health. From prevention with vaccines, to self-medication products available at pharmacies, specialty care treatments, or integrated innovative solutions for wide-spread, chronic diseases like diabetes: we support patients every step of their health journey by providing innovation that empowers everyone to lead a healthier life. What specific fields does Sanofi focus on in Asia? Our focus is needs-driven: we adapt to each country to ensure we are where the diseases are.

What led Sanofi to work on the development of this dengue vaccine? With increased urbanisation, population mobility, and climate change, Asia has never been more vulnerable to the spread of fast-growing diseases, including dengue. In the past five decades, we have seen a 30-fold increase in the spread of dengue, with outbreaks reaching over 128 countries. Asia alone bears 70% of the disease burden.

Diabetes is one of the most pressing needs in the region, with Asia accounting for approximately half of the cases in the world. In this field, we work on integrated solutions – combining device, software, medicine and professional care – to support patients and help them simply and effectively manage their diabetes.

As a consequence, Sanofi Pasteur, our vaccines division, spent 20 years researching and developing the world’s first dengue vaccine, with – for the first time – proven efficacy against all four serotypes of dengue. Moreover, in a recommendation published in July 2016, the World Health Organization endorsed Lauren Iledo, nine the vaccine as a significant contribution to years old, was integrated dengue prevention efforts in highly infected with dengue endemic countries, and to public health at large. in the Philippines

Specialty care is another major area, with complex conditions – like rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, immune diseases – that are challenging to treat and sometimes to identify, making patients’ journey to diagnosis often long, difficult and lonely. As a response, we provide specialised transformative treatments along with diagnosis, medical education and support programmes for patients and their families, in close collaboration with health authorities, physicians, caregivers and patient communities. Another major public health threat in the region is dengue, which is now a vaccine-preventable disease, thanks to the relentless efforts of our teams.

In Asia, our vaccine was approved for prevention in Singapore in October 2016, as well as in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. As one of the world’s largest and long-standing vaccine producers, we aim to contribute to a world where no one suffers or dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. This vaccine testifies to our long-standing commitment to improving health and to being where patients need us. F

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Acute and chronic wounds affect an increasing fraction of the world population. In this interview, Paul Basson, Regional Director Asia, URGO, shares with us about the Group’s activities in wound care and innovation.

Heal The World Can you introduce us to URGO? URGO Group has been a major historic player in improving quality of care and in helping relieve the burden of wounds. Our mission is wound healing, personal wellbeing, and health, and in 22 countries, 3,100 collaborators participate in this mission and 10 industrial production sites serve these needs. With its two divisions, URGO Medical and URGO Consumer Healthcare, the Group is engaged with patients, healthcare professionals and the general public on a day-to-day basis. We develop innovative wound dressings to address the increased worldwide need for care for chronic wounds, and give access to responsible healthcare solutions in the areas of first aid, nutritional supplements, sexual hygiene, common cold and allergies. How does URGO assist in wound care? Urgo Medical, the medical division of the Group, is one of the worldwide experts on the healing and treatment of acute and chronic wounds (venous leg ulcer, bedsore, diabetic foot ulcer, etc.). We develop a range of advanced wound care dressings for healing acute and chronic wounds, with clinical evidence and a specific treatment protocol for each type of wound. In addition, we are heavily involved on a global level in R&D for innovative technologies to the best global standards. We see our solutions recommended and used by hospital staff (doctors and nurses) all over Asia, including Singapore.

As one of the pioneers in wound care management support, we have been looking at how the care and treatment pathway can be organised to impact wound-healing time, nursing time and cost of consumables. Beyond that, we provide regular medical education sessions, workshops and in-service talks to healthcare professionals and are part of wounds events all over Asia, working to offer healthcare professionals and patients innovative solutions to relieve their burdens. How does URGO approach innovation and what are some of your current projects? Innovation is in our DNA and we invest €20 million in R&D each year. The mission of the Urgo Research, Innovation & Development (Urgo RID) teams is to devise, develop and transform ideas into concrete healthcare solutions in order to meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. Our approach to innovation is based on ongoing dialogue with endusers, both caregivers and patients. It is this desire to meet their expectations that has enabled us to devise high-technology dressings and protocols responding to every type of wound. We have made clinical research a fundamental point of our innovation to demonstrate the effectiveness of our products. Since 1997, we have conducted almost 55 clinical and observational studies covering almost 60,000 patients, and have obtained over 40 scientific publications in indexed reviews. Within Urgo, we are also convinced that innovation is first and foremost collaborative. This is why we are developing a global approach to open innovation. We are currently part of Medilight, a European collaborative consortium that aims to develop a medical device that will provide personalised light therapy to patients with chronic wounds to enhance the self-healing process. F

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gapore. Using our knowledge in insurance and technology, we created this fully online health insurance app for both individual customers and SMEs, with the objective to raise awareness around health consumption in Singapore and how to afford it. How does the app work? How is the health insurance experience different for end users?

Appropriate Insurance With his app tailored to the singapore market, UEX CEO Grégoire Rastoul looks to enable a more holistic approach to health insurance.

How was the idea for this app born? What in health insurance piqued your interest? I studied at the Lycée Français de Singapour with my current UEX partner Clément Bouthelier and we wanted to come back to Singapore after a few years working in France. At the time, we were managing large insurance programmes in Asia and figured that there was an opportunity to make a difference in the local health insurance area. Today, only 20% of foreigners benefit from health-inclusive expatriation contracts while the rest work on local contracts – we now refer to this market segment as “international mobile” rather than “expat”. With this change of status, access to healthcare has become more complicated for non-Singaporeans and non-PRs. Health remains one of the key priorities for foreigners in Singapore so they need to become more familiar with local health costs to ensure they have sufficient coverage through their employee benefit programmes. That is why we aimed to reconcile corporate health insurance programmes and individual health insurance needs by setting up Insurtech UEX in Sin-

With our online UEX hub, we enable customers to share and get access to informative content on health, which is the first step of the UEX journey. Indeed, before we even talk about insurance, the UEX team wants to understand users’ healthcare habits: their preferred health institution, their health condition, and their professional and personal situation. So our first goal is a social one, as we seek to raise awareness of the healthcare system in Singapore, costs and how it all works. Technology then comes into play. Using the UEX app, individuals or SMEs can create their own profile and customise each family member’s health coverage. They can do that since they now know the cost and understand the value of each insurance coverage option. Because UEX technology is dynamic, the user also sees the price changing in real time! The programme developed by UEX with AXA Singapore teams allows users to choose different levels of coverage according to the different products, all with only one simplified, complete online subscription and payment process. The app is available on desktop, tablet and mobile. How do you work with insurance companies? As of today, AXA is our main partner. As UEX is an online platform, we have what we call “generic and documented API” through which we can connect to any web interface – we are a sort of PayPal of insurance. Thanks to this technology, we can very quickly test many different user experience journeys or connect to any other websites. That is the reason why insurance companies are interested in partnering with us. It can help them quickly deploy their online multichannel strategy. For instance, we are currently working on Integrated Shield Plans for Singaporean millennials to test new interactions with them. That is an exciting development! F


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Newly Set-Up Companies Over the last few months, various French companies have benefited from the French Chamber’s Business Support services for their setup process in Singapore. Here, they introduce their products and services:

Interscience is a French designer and manufacturer of laboratory equipment for microbiological analyses, providing quick and safe processes in quality control for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical industries and medical research. It has its headquarters and factory in France and subsidiaries in Boston (USA), Shanghai (China) and more recently, in Singapore. Companies from Danone to L’Oréal, Pfizer and Sanofi Aventis integrate Interscience’s products in their laboratory practices. Interscience set up its Singapore office in February 2015.

control laboratories in improving their practices along with actual standards. This significantly reduces the risk of produc recalls and helps speed up quality control analyses.” F

“Asia is an important area for Interscience, as we need to be closer to our customers, to understand their issues and see what solutions we can bring in. Our products assist quality

Contact: Mrs Irina VANNEREUX, Sales Director South East Asia Email: sales.asia@interscience.com Website: www.interscience.com

KYC Consulting is a boutique management consulting company specialised in financial services. The Group is based in Paris, with branches in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our clients (international banks, asset managers, insurance companies) trust us for their projects in transformation (offshoring, outsourcing, TOM), in optimisation (processes re-engineering, LEAN 6 Sigma), and in risk & regulatory and innovation (digital, RPA, new activity/products). F Contact: Mr Julien VARETTO, CEO, KYC Consulting Asia Email: julien.varetto@kyc-c.com Website: kyc-consulting.fr/en

IRIS PARTNERS delivers consultancy and project management services to support companies through their digital transformation. From implementing leaner process or deploying digital solutions to setting up more efficient organization, we are here to deliver personalized and sounding results. Certified on the leading project management methodologies we designed an adaptive approach which considers your ecosystem and your company DNA to deliver long lasting results. Our consultants have strong experiences with worldwide retailers and manufacturers about digital transformation. If you are interested in how to design a digital storeconcept, define a new loyalty program, managing customer satisfaction or improve your supply-chain processes, we are ready to share our thoughts and some of the key success factors of our projects. F Contact: Mr Nicolas GRILL, Managing Partner Email: ngrill@irispartners.asia Website: www.irispartners.asia


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Developing in Asia Pacific in the Healthcare Sector: VYGON Expands into Asia When looking to grow a business and achieve scale, going international is an option that many explore. Expanding overseas necessitates a clear business strategy, a structured approach, and access to resources. For these reasons, international expansion is often thought to be attainable only by large groups and big players when many small and medium companies have also successfully expanded into international markets. In order to succeed in Asia Pacific, VYGON, an innovative and adaptable midmarket company, took the necessary steps to launch in Singapore and in Asia. With 2,150 employees worldwide and a global turnover of €316 million in 2016, VYGON designs, manufactures and markets high-quality single-use medical devices for hospitals and home care. Its products are sold in more than 100 countries around the world through a network of over 30 subsidiaries in Europe, the United States, Colombia, India and Japan. The company decided to invest in Asia Pacific with the intention of multiplying its regional turnover by six from 2012 to 2022, to eventually representing 20% of the company’s sales. VYGON counts on the demographic and economic dynamism of Asia combined with a growing demand for quality and quantity.

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“It is true that the healthcare market in Singapore is of a relatively modest size, but the advantage in Singapore is that it is a regional hub that offers access to many promising markets such as that of the larger South East Asia zone, China, Japan, India and Australia, all of which would account for nearly two thirds of the world’s population,” explains Christophe Deffontaines, Vice President Asia Pacific of VYGON. “All of VYGON’s clients are less than 7 hours away by plane from Singapore,” he adds. “In addition, Singapore is businessfriendly; English is the official language, the administrative procedures are clear, simple and efficient, the obtaining of visas for the expatriation of our specialists were easy. It was very easy to find a recruitment firm that understands us and has a good grasp of the local market.” “We guided VYGON through all stages in the creation of its subsidiary in Singapore – their private limited structure – and provided the necessary support and advice to ensure a smooth set-up. We accompanied them in the various stages of applying for work visas for their employees,” testifies Dr Martine Lesponne, Head of Business Support of the French Chamber in Singapore. F To find out how the French Chamber can support you in developing your business and approaching the market, contact bizsupport@fccsingapore.com Read more case studies on the French Chamber website: www.fccsingapore.com

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The French Chamber Organises a Business Mission for Euris The French Chamber Singapore organised a business mission for Euris, which involved searching for and connecting the company with pharmaceutical companies, insurers and software editors who would be interested in deploying their connected health solutions.

Our approach in South East Asia builds upon the investments we have made in the Chinese market in recent years (servers in mainland China, creation of a subsidiary, dedicated teams, software localisation, etc.). We wish to replicate these investments starting with Singapore.

Why did Euris decide to approach the South East Asian market?

How was the preparation of the prospection mission?

Euris is a CRM and CLM software publisher specialised in pharmaceutical sales and promotion, and an accredited web host for health data hosting.

We set up a first appointment with the French Chamber to set out our mission objectives, introduce our company, products, and needs. We discussed ways to approach this market and put together a list of desired targets. A dedicated Business Development Manager from the Chamber was in regular contact with us before our mission, and she accompanied us to appointments that she had succeeded in securing. Finally, postmission, she prepared a document summarising key information that we had obtained (companies, contacts, addresses, etc.).

The pharmaceutical industry is experiencing strong growth in emerging markets, particularly in South East Asia. Asia sees a particularly rapid rate of adoption of technology and is also very mobile-driven. The fragmented nature of the South East Asian markets necessitates laboratories to adopt tools that are mobile and flexible in order to be effective.

Was the mission fruitful? At the same time, the evolution of regulations on personal data in the region pushes pharmaceutical labs, insurers and software publishers collecting data to host this data locally.

We have identified potential partners and clients. If you have not had the opportunity to meet us, do not hesitate to contact us! F

The French Chamber at Medicen, June 2017, Paris, France As part of a business trip with the purpose of facilitating business relations between Singapore and France, the French Chamber led a presentation with Dr Benjamin Seet , Executive Director of Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), about current opportunities in Singapore and the local landscape in medical devices and research. Highlights included two trade shows where the French Chamber coordinates the French pavilions: IDEM from 13 to 15 April 2018 (with a focus on dental equipment, instruments, tools, hygiene products...) and Medical Fair from 26 to 28 August 2018 (with a focus on hospital equipment and supplies, and diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical and rehabilitation sectors). We also presented the new smart-health.sg, which showcases French healthcare solutions in Singapore. This business trip also featured Speed Meeting Asia, organised in collaboration with the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company, or EPV): a certification label from the Economic French Ministry, EPV is managed by the Institut Superieur des mĂŠtiers (ISM). F


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Spotlight on the Business Centre Knowing when and how to expand your business in Asia can be challenging. To grow your business in the right direction, you need information, knowledge, and advice. And finding the right information takes time.

How do I start my business in Singapore?

How do I do business in different Asian countries?

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How do I scale up in Asia?

The French Chamber’s Business Centre is well placed to accompany you on your business development journey.

How big a team do I need? Should I hire more staff?

Who can I contact on the ground in these countries?

ore than an office space, the French Chamber Business Centre is a space to work and to network and is built around accelerating your business development in Singapore and in Asia.

Tap on the expertise of our network in Singapore and also from our French Chamber counterparts in the region. Participate in our Business Development workshops specially conceived to meet your needs and benefit from dedicated programmes. Develop in Asia and grow your business from the Business Centre.


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Business Development at its core Workshops and meetings on business development are organised, on questions and subjects that interest you and fellow companies in the Business Centre. We call on experts and professionals in our network so that you can ask the questions that you need the answers to.

Leverage on our network in Asia You need to rent a desk or a meeting room in another city in Asia? You’re seeking prospection services or to be connected with players in other markets in the region? The French Chamber’s extensive network across the region offers coordinated support, privileged access and preferential rates on various services.

Receive advice from the experienced From a one-on-one Mentoring Programme that offers guided accompaniment to our Business Accelerator Lab, tap on the network of the French Chamber to access first-hand expertise and advice. Gain contacts and recommendations and refine and strengthen your business approach, business plan, and business strategy. A one-stop solution in a convivial workspace in the heart of Orchard From incorporation of your company to application of visas, find a one-stop plug-and-play solution that assists you in gaining a good footing and integrating into the work environment.

From September to December 2017, take your first step on your business development journey in Asia and enjoy Business Centre services at special rates. To book a tour of the Business Centre, contact bizsupport@fccsingapore.com or +65 6933 1357

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15th French Pavilion @ CommunicAsia & BroadcastAsia 2017 Once again, the French Chamber had the privilege of organising the French pavilions at both BroadcastAsia and CommunicAsia 2017. The active involvement of the 25 French companies under our pavilions this year demonstrates the innovating abilities of French technology companies as well as the importance and influence of these two international tradeshows in the region. The tradeshow delivered great value to the French exhibitors who benefited fully from their presence on the French Pavilions. F

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France Singapore ICT Awards 2017 Co-organised by the French Chamber Singapore and Business France, the 9th edition of the ICT Awards was a great success. This exceptional event, held at The Arts House, aimed at developing the economic relations between France and Singapore, and giving extra visibility to the French companies exhibiting within the French Pavilion. A total of 21 candidates took part in the ICT Awards. French and Singaporean companies competed in front of a jury comprising prominent chief executives from A*Star, Google, ieSingapore, MediaCorp, Microsoft, Next, OVH, SITF and Singtel. F The France Singapore ICT Awards were kindly sponsored by:

FRANCE SINGAPORE ICT AWARDS 2017 winners Most Disruptive & Innovative Solution Dathena

Newcomer Award Try & Review

Best Deployment & Customer Success Wavecell

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Palo IT

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Doing Business in the Philippines The Philippines currently are one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia region. Growth has been robust in the past five years, registering an average 6.2% from 2010-2015, significantly higher than average 4.5% annual growth in 20002009. Presented by three eminent speakers, experts of the Filipino market, this breakfast talk gave a practical overview on how to do business in the Philippines through business tips, experience sharing, legal and tax considerations and key elements investors should address to mitigate their exposure to risks. F SPEAKERS • Jim Tobojka, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain East Asia Japan Pacific, Schneider Electric Philippines; • Jude Ocampo, Partner, Ocampo & Suralvo Law Offices affiliated with DFDL; • Alecia Quah, Senior Analyst, Control Risks. #asia #banking #finance #fintech #tax #legal

Malaysia’s Imminent E-tail Boom: Impact and Opportunity for Singaporean Companies The e-commerce retail (e-tail) industry is the growth motor in Asia’s internet economy. In Malaysia, e-tail is about to become a part of people’s daily lives and grow rapidly with the increased online spending per consumer, and this growth will go mostly into categories which are still small in terms of absolute revenues today but will expand rapidly. This committee meeting covered the impact and opportunity of this trend on Singaporean companies doing business in Malaysia and ways to engage digital customers. F SPEAKER • Fabian Boegershausen, Country Manager, Solidiance Malaysia #asia #luxury #premiumretail

The 2017 NPC and CPPCC Congress Annual Session: Outcomes, Implications and Opportunities This meeting discussed opportunities, and the approach to and ways of navigating the Chinese business landscape, with a focus on dealing with Chinese state-owned enterprises, which are undergoing massive reforms. F SPEAKER • Tham Kok Wing, Senior Vice President, Engagement and Integration, Asia Pacific, Ruder Finn #asia


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Business Delegation to Myanmar After decades of isolation, the Myanmar’s economic activity is expected to benefit from the democratic transition with the newly established civilian government and the approving of a new law on investments liberalising and opening the market. As in 2016, the rate of growth should remain strong in 2017. Myanmar represents a potential sizable market, with wideranging investment opportunities in key sectors such as construction, energy, transport and telecommunications. In partnership with CCI France Myanmar, the French Chamber in Singapore, under the umbrella of its Energy & Infrastructure committee organised the 3rd edition of a business delegation to Myanmar on the 1st and 2nd of June 2017. It was a great opportunity to assess the situation and business climate, to understand the needs and opportunities in the Energy & Infrastructure areas in Myanmar as well as to meet and learn from prominent actors in these sectors who are successfully expanding their footprint in Myanmar. F #asia #energy #infrastructure

Hiring in Indonesia: HR and Legal Aspects This committee meeting covered the practical considerations of hiring employees in Indonesia from a HR and legal perspective by presenting an overview on the Indonesian job market, its key figures, challenges and potential, elaborating on how the combination of the proper market knowledge and the appropriate strategy allow corporate to recruit and retain the best of breeds individual, who are in Indonesia, more than anywhere else, their true asset. The participants also discovered the main regulations’ content pursuant to employment relationship in Indonesia, emphasising on key impacts of such policies and practical aspects and providing information relating to the drafting of an employment agreement; employer’s obligations; recruitment of foreign employees; termination of employment and compliance strategies in view of a litigation in Indonesia. F SPEAKERS • Emmanuel Costenoble, Associate Director, ProCapita Indonesia; • Lucas Mascarade, LL.M – Attorney at Law registered to the Paris Bar, Associate at DS Avocats. #asia #HR #legal

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Visit: NTU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ranked no. 1 in Singapore and no. 11 in the world, in the latest QS University Subject Ranking. It is also the only school in Singapore that offers a full-fledged Aerospace Engineering undergraduate education, in support of the country’s aim of becoming a strategic aerospace hub. This visit introduced French aerospace engineering industrial partners to the numerous research initiatives pursued by and research facilities housed within the School. In particular, visitors were showcased key research thrusts undertaken by the Aerospace Engineering faculties of the School, before being invited to a lab tour of the Composites Centre, Air Traffic Management Research Institute and Aerodynamics Lab. F SPEAKERS • Prof Louis Phee, Chair of School; • Prof Daniel New, Associate Chair (Students); • Prof Sunil Joshi, Assistant Chair, Graduate Studies; • Prof Lye Sun Woh, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering; • Mr Simon Graber, South East Asia Network Coordination at GIFAS, French Aerospace Industries Association. #aerospace #defence

Technical Snapshot: IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers IFRS 15 specifies how and when an IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standard) reporter will recognise revenue as well as the need for them to provide more informative, relevant disclosures. The standard provides a single, principles based five-step model to be applied to all contracts with customers. This meeting presented the new standard, which will apply to almost all companies reporting under IFRS and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to annual reporting period beginning on or after 1 January 2018. F SPEAKER • Narissa Chen, Partner, Mazars #banking #finance #fintech

Implementing Sustainable Sourcing and Financing Strategies for Higher Supply Chain Performance Sustainability policies, ethical and compliance standards are crucial components of stakeholders’ decision making – from top managers, to investors or end-customers. As such, there is a growing need for corporates to seek and integrate more advanced sustainable sourcing and financing solutions. This meeting shed some light on why and how high-performing corporates implement sustainable sourcing strategies, and how suppliers can be incentivised to embrace such strategies. F SPEAKERS • Cynthia Tchikoltsoff, Head of Supply Chain Management Group, BNP Paribas Asia-Pacific; • Wim Peeters, VP Business Development, Ecovadis. #banking #finance #fintech #sourcing #supplychain


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Singapore’s Logistics Industry Transformation Map The transportation and logistics sector is a key pillar of Singapore’s economy. The increased supply chain complexity in Asia, technology advancements and changing business models are bringing about new growth opportunities in the sector. This talked looked at how EDB (Economic Development Board) seeks to work with a range of partners to transform the industry, focusing on innovation, productivity, and manpower skills and capabilities, all in order to tap into these opportunities. F SPEAKER • Lee Eng Keat, Executive Director, EDB (overseeing industry clusters including Logistics, Natural Resources and the International Organisations Programme Office) #sourcing #supplychain

From Internal Planning to Collaborative Supply Chain: Unlocking Financial and Supply Planning to Grow In a world where disruption is a new norm, looking internally is far from enough and the development of “collaborative planning forecast and replenishment” is at a very best too slow. Why has this happened? Building bridges between companies and customers/ consumers enables us to adapt to our ever-changing world and anticipate new trends. The presentation focused on concrete examples demonstrating how supply chain can further help the companies to grow thanks to a customer driven mindset. F

Digital Procurement Transformation in Asia Organisations are increasingly under pressure to cut costs while increasing their business efficiency and effectiveness. To meet those needs, the procurement function has evolved from a passive service provider to play the role of an active business advisor with a good understanding of the organization’s business strategy and key supply market performance and trends. This presentation looked at how leading procurement organisations in Asia are providing business value through digital procurement, process efficiency and organisation structures, and featured also a demonstration of selected digital procurement technologies. F SPEAKER • Craig Rawlings, Partner, KPMG #sourcing #supplychain

SPEAKER • Christophe Rossignol, Regional Supply Chain Head for China & SEA, Nestle Nutrition #sourcing #supplychain

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DCNS: The French Know-How with Strong International Growth This committee meeting outlined the DCNS group’s activities. DCNS is the European leader in naval defence and a major player in marine renewable energies. The Group designs, produces and supports submarines and surface ships, provides services for naval shipyards and bases, and also offers a wide range of marine renewable energy solutions. It reports revenues of €3.04 billion and has a workforce of 12,953 employees. Aware of its corporate social responsibilities, DCNS is a member of the United Nations Global Compact. DCNS Far East extends to the South East Asian markets the DCNS Group’s four centuries of technological know-how in shipbuilding, system integration, program management and customer support, acting as “Front Base” for proximity technical service of DCNS engineering programs. F SPEAKER • Patrick Pennamen, Managing Director, DCNS Far East Asia #aerospace #defence #maritime

Relation de defense France - Singapour This committee meeting presented participants with an update on the France-Singapore defence relationship, covering political, operational and defense equipment aspects, as well as the relationship between the defense mission and companies in the private sector. F SPEAKER • Captain of Vaisseau Philippe Bauzon, Defense Attaché #aerospace #defence #maritime

The French Chamber of Commerce was a partner for the fourth edition of the casual “Get Together Networking” at The Terminal Café at Seletar, which invited aerospace professionals from French and non-French companies in Seletar for a networking session. The evening also saw one lucky guest winning a complete flight simulator experience, an opportunity to be a pilot in command of an A380! Special thanks go to Giovanni Mannino and his team for the warm and professional welcome, and also to Audrey Cochet, Customer Care at Airbus AATC and Yann Lardet, General Manager of Airbus AATC for having organised and coordinated this great networking event, and for the opportunity of visiting the plane simulators in small groups. F #aerospace


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Joint Networking Event In the convivial atmosphere of the rooftop bar of Mercure Singapore Bugis, members of the French Chamber’s Aeronautics, Space, Defence & Security, Energy/Infrastructure, French Maritime Cluster and Sustainability & Responsibility committees met fellow peers in the industry and exchanged experiences over drinks. F #aerospace #defence #energy #infrastructure #maritime #sustainability

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Women in Industrial Sectors: How do they succeed? According to the World Economic Forum in 2016, only 11% of senior leadership positions in industries are filled by women. Women are still under-represented and are particularly vulnerable to masculine stereotypes that make it even more difficult for women to excel. How do women in predominantly male industries find their path? What are the approaches to closing the gender gap? At this Breakfast Talk, we heard from a panel of inspiring business women, who elaborated on the barriers they overcame, the opportunities they had and the advice they have for other women. F

Networking event sponsored by

SPEAKERS • Estelle Marais, MD and CFO, TECHNIP Singapore; • Julie Steff, Retail Marketing General Manager Asia Pacific, Total Oil Asia Pacific; • Eve Bonnardel, Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager for Defense & Security Market, CNIM. #businesswomen #energy #infrastructure #HR

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La Revolution Blockchain Algorithmes ou Institutions? “The Future of the Cloud Industry” with Mr Laurent Allard, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, OVH This Breakfast Talk presented insights on the fastest technology transformations of all times plus OVH’s journey in becoming a global provider of hyper-scale cloud solutions, and presented on how the company sought to democratise the cloud. F SPEAKERS • Laurent Allard, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, OVH; • Benjamin Detroye, CEO APAC, Linkbynet; • Fred Giron, VP, Research Director, Forrester .

This committee meeting focused on the blockchain revolution, examining its emergence, mechanics and transformational potential. Innovation is the key to success in new entrepreneurial strategies, and blockchain is an important technology that can enable rethinking and construction of a better world. The meeting also covered the role of institutions in this process, comparing its role to algorithms. F SPEAKER • Philippe Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Avolta Partners #ICT

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CIO Lunch The CIOs met for a networking lunch during which they discussed best practices and current challenges in Singapore and the region. F #ICT


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Marketing + Premium Retail Networking Event The French Chamber organised a joint networking event for our Digital Innovations & Marketing and Luxury & Premium Retail committees. In the vibrant atmosphere of Yellow Korner, an innovative photography gallery, participants discussed experiences and made new connections over evening drinks and delicious cold cuts and cheese. F #digitalinnovations #marketing #luxury #premiumretail

The Robotic Process Automation Revolution Robotic Process Automation is revolutionising the way leading companies operate their businesses. Specialists refer to it as the fourth industrial revolution. It is impacting all functions and all industries. This breakfast talk explored insights into how leading companies realise the benefits associated with RPA, a typical journey to digital operations, the pace at which to expect this market to evolve, the impact of RPA on our society, and how to fully take advantage of the RPA revolution. F SPEAKERS • Pascal Bornet, Executive Director, Ernst & Young; • Jayanth Jagadeesan, Partner and Senior Project Executive, IBM. #banking #finance #fintech #ICT #sourcing #supplychain

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Demystifying Digital Marketing Measurement and Analytics for Senior Leaders Digital analytics can give companies the power to unlock new value by reducing costs, boosting revenues and capturing growth from competitors. Even in the digital age though, too many senior leaders make decisions based on intuition. This committee meeting discussed how senior leaders can dramatically improve their decision-making with digital analytics. It also looked at how Mastercard has used robust digital marketing measurement metrics and analytics to drive its business forward. F SPEAKER • Taru Jain, CEO, FutureMarketer; • Dominic Koh, Vice President, Head of Priceless Marketing, Asia/Pacific Region, Mastercard. #digitalinnovations #marketing

Google Digital Day - Workshop How has the adoption of the internet and mobile devices changed the life of the average Singaporean? How has Singapore’s digital landscape changed your consumer’s behaviour? How has mobile become the new life assistant? How can you best leverage Google’s solutions to reach and speak to your target audience? What are some best-in-class digital engagement practices that you can apply? It was very exciting to collaborate with Google Singapore to invite our members to a special Google Digital Day event, where we learned about the latest insights and tips to better prepare for a digitally optimised 2017 marketing plan. Members across different sectors were present to discover more about the path to digital success on the various Google platforms – Search Console, Display Network, YouTube, etc. Our speakers presented their insights into digital inspiration, strategy and execution, and conducted a tour of the office. F SPEAKERS from GOOGLE • Celine Collette; • Emily Nguyen; • Natalie de Boursac; • Samuel Jeanblanc. #digitalinnovations #marketing

A Simple Framework to Overcome Digital Overwhelm and Shine Online Consumers’ expectations are rising and luxury brands must rethink their customer experience and marketing strategy. This meeting delved into what luxury brands need to do to thrive in today’s digital era, to move from an OOPS (Overwhelming Online Presence and Stress) situation to a WOW (Wonderful Online Wonderland) state. F SPEAKER • Florine Eppe Beauloye, Co-Founder and CEO of mOOnshot digital, and author of Shine – Digital Craftsmanship for Modern Luxury Brands (2017) #digitalinnovations #marketing #luxury #premiumretail


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Breakfast Talk with Mr Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med At this breakfast talk, Henri Giscard d’Estaing, President of Club Med and Xavier Desaulles, CEO of Club Med East and South Asia & Pacific shared with us insights about Club Med’s journey in becoming the worldwide leader in Premium All-Inclusive holidays, its brand transformation, mountain leadership ambitions and future growth plans. F #digitalinnovations #marketing #luxury #premiumretail

Rebranding Best Practices: the Experiences of Brands that Have Evolved and Stepped Up to the Times with Strategic Rebranding Brand custodians will in time pass by a red flag that clearly states “Rebrand!”. History has shown that some act fast; and others after customers have outgrown their brand. This committee meeting unveiled through case examples valuable tips and considerations for effective rebranding, including: »» Rebranding Best Practices: Packaged brands, Telco, Retail, Healthcare Supplements, Education, Finance, Services; »» Managing the timely journey – from Insights to Immersion to Delivery; »» Key lessons for Brand Builders moving forward. F SPEAKER • Zayn Khan, CEO, Dragon Rouge Southeast Asia #digitalinnovations #marketing

How to Develop a Corporate Giving Culture and How Does it Benefit your Company This networking lunch included a presentation on the Giving Status in Singapore and experience sharing in tracking the positive impacts on Standard Chartered employees and the company’s strategy. F SPEAKER • Melissa Kwee, CEO, NVPC; • Quek Shiyun, Deputy Director, NVPC; • Winnie Tan, Head, Community Engagement & Sustainability, Standard Chartered Bank. #sustainability

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Women Entrepreneurs Mastermind Sessions The French Chamber, together with Ms ValĂŠrie Marin, MD, Distribution Asiatique, and Co-President of the Start-Ups & Entrepreneurs committee, organises regular mastermind sessions for women entrepreneurs who wish to present their business and the challenges they face to get feedback and insights from other entrepreneurs. This accountability structure helps each entrepreneur keep focused and on track. F #entrepreneurs #businesswomen

Business Accelerator Lab Each month, the Accelerator Lab meets an entrepreneur looking to present their business. Advisors, comprising successful entrepreneurs and professionals from various sectors and functions, offer advice and recommendations on business plans, giving relevant direction and contacts whenever possible. These past months saw sessions with Blacaz, Dathena, Health2i, and Privachef. F #entrepreneurs #startups

Business Accelerator Lab

If you are a French entrepreneur whose company was created in Singapore and has seen a minimum of six months of activity, we encourage you to make use of this opportunity of free feedback on your business model and development.

Mentoring Programme

Women Entrepreneurs

If you are a woman entrepreneur member of the French Chamber, join our upcoming luncheons, mastermind sessions, and other dedicated committee events.

Visit www.fccsingapore.com for more details!

A co-initiative with Business France and the French Trade Advisors, the French Chamber’s Mentoring Programme provides an opportunity for French entrepreneurs and SME subsidiary representatives to exchange on business issues, with high-profile business people who volunteer to provide feedback and advice for up to 12 months. F #entrepreneurs #startups

Mentoring Programme

If you are a French entrepreneur with a minimum of one year of activity, or a representative of a subsidiary of a French SME seeking to develop activities in Singapore and South East Asia, apply online to join this free programme.


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CEO Tech Club Events Following the launch of the French Chamber CEO Tech Club in 2016, Eric Barbier, CEO, TransferTo, and Denis Branthonne, CEO, Novade, together with the Chamber organised several meetings, bringing together CEOs of French tech start-ups.This club provides a platform for exchange among peers. The last meetings focused on strategic partnerships with large corporations and digital marketing solutions. F SPEAKERS • Christopher Muffat, CEO and Founder, and Antoine Matthey-Doret, COO DATHENA; • Laurent Verrier, CEO, ONE9NINETY; • Thomas Jestin, CEO, KRDS. #entrepreneurs #startups #ICT

Transpose the Winning Mindset of Sport Serial Winners into Business Champions are rarely the very best for purely technical reasons, it is all in their mind. Why should it be otherwise in the corporate world? This was the subject of this conference: transposing the winning mindset of sport winners into the field of business. On the occasion of Roland Garros, Antoni Girod, worldwide expert of mental training for top athletes, author and international speaker conducted a session that covered winning mindset principles, the boosters of motivation, and mental, tactical, emotional and physical preparation. F SPEAKER • Antoni Girod, Director, Halifax Consulting Asia #entrepreneurs #startups #ICT

L’apero des Entrepreneurs et Start-Ups The French Chamber organised an informal networking evening at Ô Comptoir, an event open to all French entrepreneurs in Singapore. This networking was a chance for entrepreneurs and start-ups to meet each other, exchange insights and forge potential synergies. F #entrepreneurs #startups

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Experience Sharing with Jean-Luc Bernard, Successful French Serial Entrepreneur A prolific yet discreet French entrepreneur and angel investor who has been involved in the founding of more than 40 companies during his career, Jean-Luc Bernard joined us for this breakfast talk to share his insights into business, entrepreneurship and IoT trends. This was a great opportunity for our members to ask a range of different questions on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. This event took place at LEVEL3 at The Unilever Foundry. F SPEAKER • Jean-Luc Bernard, CEO and Owner of Robinson Technologies, CEO; Owner of Astek, CEO of Eridanis; President at Axible Technologies. MODERATOR • Carrie Nooten, Founder, TOPOTOGO. #entrepreneurs #startups #ICT #smartcities

Fundraising Process at Each Stage: from Start-Up to Mid-Cap This meeting presented insights into the funding landscape in Singapore, with Christian Bonte’s first-hand account on how companies can raise money from start-up on seed and growthstage to mid-cap for capital growth. Christian shared with us more about the different fundraising stages from Seeds to Series, including Bridge, as well as the different capital funding options to boost the development of companies, especially in expanding Asian markets. F SPEAKER • Christian Bonte, Director, Gereje Corporate Finance #entrepreneurs #startups #banking #finance #fintech

Training: Finance for Non-Financial Professionals This training session was designed to help non-financial professionals, mostly entrepreneurs, to raise their level of financial and accounting awareness and allow them to better understand their business’ financial issues. It aimed to enable them to use the financial information to make short-term or long-term decisions in managing their business, covering financial statements, business analysis, cash flow reporting and costing, through practical exercises and case studies. F SPEAKER • Michel Noel, Founder and MD, B P Solutions #entrepreneurs #startups #banking #finance #fintech


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Tips for Transforming Your Networking Skills Growing strong relationships is key to the success of any business. You will be going to networking events, conferences and other forums. These first meetings are key moments, where making a strong connection is an important step in building trust for future collaboration. In this practical and interactive session, we looked at the dynamics of these first meetings and unpacked some tools to help entrepreneurs prepare, engage and connect with partners. The session included several rounds of focused practice with different partners, including two-way feedback on how participants came across, with suggestions on how to improve approaches for the next round. After sharing about networking best practices in small groups, we moved into lighter networking to finish off the evening. F SPEAKER • Don Rapley, MD, Issential Training & Coaching; Co-Founder, Transforming Conversations. #entrepreneurs #startups

Workshop: How to Build your Business Plan In this interactive workshop, participants were coached on how to build tools to communicate and monitor the progress of their businesses. Putting a business plan in words will allow business-owners to review everything at once: from the value proposition to marketing assumptions, operations plan, financial plan and staffing plan. It will enable business-owners to have a clear vision of how to develop realistic future targets for their businesses. F SPEAKER • Stéphane-Laure Caubet, Founder and Director, 8S2BUSINESS #entrepreneurs #startups

UP C OMIN G ! The French Chamber is organising another training session on budget on Tuesday 3 October 2017

A Journey into the Singapore Start-Up Ecosystem and an Opportunity to Meet Inspiring Start-Ups Singapore’s effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship is highly listed on the national agenda and leading companies are encouraged to grab the opportunity of investing in innovative ideas, technologies and business concepts. The French Chamber, together with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Belgium, Luxembourg Business Group, invited entrepreneur members to meet inspiring finalist start-ups of ‘Get in the Ring’ to learn about the worldclass Singaporean start-up ecosystem and the Startup SG initiative, a launch pad for start-ups and their developments serving their connectivity to the global stage. “Get in the Ring“ is an association that organises a yearly competition and invites winners from 80+ countries to a global three-day conference. This year, the GITR finals were organised in Singapore and featured more than 200 startups from around the world and various regional partners. F #entrepreneurs #startups #banking #finance #fintech

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Climate Change: Review of the Natural Carbon Sequestration At this committee meeting, attendants gained in-depth understanding of the following notions and questions:

Possibilities of Retirement in Europe or Elsewhere This meeting presented issues to think about before considering a relocation, with case studies in Switzerland, England, Portugal and Belgium. It also touched on the possibilities of retirement in Italy, Dubai, Mauritius and the United States. F SPEAKER • André Reboh, CEO, JadeStonePartners Group. #banking #finance #fintech #tax #legal

1. Climate change from a scientific perspective »» Is the climate changing? »» Can we correlate atmospheric carbon increase and temperature increase? »» Are human activities responsible for it? »» Beyond climate change: threats from land use change, air and water pollution 2. Carbon and society: the Paris agreement (COP21) and its implications »» What’s included in this agreement? »» (How) can we fulfill the agreement? 3. Towards the future: natural carbon sinks and/or sources »» Deforestation, carbon emissions, and the haze: the case of tropical peatlands in Indonesia; »» Natural carbon sinks: the case of mangroves and their potential carbon mitigation role. F SPEAKER • Dr Massimo Lupascu, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore; • Pierre Taillardat, PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore. #energy

Stratégies de Développement du Patrimoine Financier et Immobilier lors de l’Expatriation sur un Plan Juridique, Fiscal et Financier This committee meeting detailed strategies in the development of real estate and financial assets during one’s expatriation. It addressed issues from investment in real estate in France, to financial investments, sharing case studies and examples. F SPEAKER • Dominique Marchand, Founder, CMC International. #banking

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2017 French Chamber Annual General Meeting The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore held its Annual General Meeting in June 2017 at Singapore Business Federation. The President Doina Palici-Chehab and the Executive Director, Carine Lespayandel, addressed the assembly and presented the Chamber’s Annual report, which was approved unanimously. Mrs Palici-Chehab started with an overview of the Chambers’ achievements in 2016-2017. Highlights of the year included some large-scale events such as a “Bonjour Talents”, the Fintech Forum, the Wise Innovation Symposium and the ICT awards among others. The President presented the French Chamber membership evolution, representing a 6% growth versus last year. She thanked all the Board members, Committees Members, members and team for their active contribution and the 37 Patron members for their great support. The President and the Director carried on by describing briefly for each department, the main results and performance achieved. The Treasurer Emmy Tellier commented the 2016 accounts, audited by Wellton & Trent Pac, and on the budget for 2017. The financial report was approved unanimously. There were 29 candidates to the Board. They all introduced themselves – through a video for those not physically present. After this introduction, the Executive Director invited the attendees to proceed to the vote. F The following 25 candidates were elected to the board for the 2017-2019 mandate: Barry Delongchamps Grégoire STMicroelectronics Asia Pacifc Broussy Jean-Yves Danone Asia Broustau Mathilde TLB Law Cheyron Pierre Engie Services Chow Kevin Thales Solutions Asia Dallée Philippe Crédit Industriel et Commercial Dhellemmes Damien Schneider Electric Singapore Duthel Jérémie Control Risks Esch Julien Dragages Singapore Giordano Fabien Bolloré Logistics Singapore Grometto Olivier ODG Guibert Philippe International SOS Lambert Pascal Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking Larche Isabelle Timeo-Performance Le Bail Yves Total E&P Asia-Pacific Mignot Marin Capgemini APAC-Singapore de Montal Jean Suez Palici-Chehab Doina AXA Insurance Ricard Nicolas Air France KLM de Rotalier Aude FTL Sonet Aurélien Sodexo Services Asia Tellier Emmy Christofle (SEA) Thierry Stéphane Décathlon (Desipro) Thune Romain BNPParibas Wind Philippe Actis

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Recruitment: How to Make your Intuition Count! What role does your instinct play in your hiring decisions? Is it always right? Identifying and grooming top leaders is tricky and selecting top talents from the crowd is unpredictable. This committee meeting addressed the subject of selecting the right business leaders and people that make up the life blood of any organisation. It explored the psychology behind it, the scientific method, and the strong business case for adopting sound and proven leadership selection and talent assessment frameworks. F SPEAKER • Dr Albert Nussbaum, MD, Mercuri Urval Germany / Professor of Psychology, RWTH Aachen, Germany. #HR

Diversity in the Workplace According to McKinsey, the most ethnically and gender-diverse companies outperform the least diverse. Diverse and inclusive teams are smarter, more creative, and make better decisions. Fostering an inclusive culture will boost your bottom line. Businesses with high inclusive engagement have an operating profit almost three times higher (27%) than those that don’t. At this Breakfast Talk, members had the opportunity to learn more about the best practices of three major French MNCs that have adopted diversity policies in their companies. F SPEAKERS • Rae Amarullah, Director in Global Supply Chain Planning, Schneider Electric; • Aurélien Sonet, Region Chairman for Asia Pacific, Sodexo; • Christine Rumble, Chief Talent and Culture Officer Asia Pacific, AccorHotels. MODERATOR • Joanna Tan, Regional Training Leader, Scor Asia Pacific #HR

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HR Club Lunch The HR Directors met over lunch to discuss the latest happenings and current trends in their industry. F #HR

Experience sharing by an Ironman Triathlon Athlete and a Business Woman At this committee meeting, Nathalie Leger discussed the challenges of combining family and professional lives while embracing a highly demanding sport at a competitive level. Nathalie also discussed the role of sport, especially triathlon, in her life, and shared concrete experiences and learning points on topics such as work-life balance, daily routine, tips on how to begin, training, and nutrition. Her husband Christophe, also a seasoned triathlete, provided the partner’s perspective. F SPEAKER • Nathalie Leger, Head of LVMH Hub, Bollore Logistics #businesswomen


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Innovative Sustainability This conference centred around the subject of innovative sustainability, notably around the question: how can companies can find innovative ways to be sustainable and responsible? It tackled the concept of “Sustainability: Turbulence and Transformation”, highlighted a corporate example of innovations in sustainability with Danone’s “Toward an Alimentation Revolution: Social and Environmental Value Creation” and offered new perspectives with the question “Aligning Business Strategy and Sustainability?” The three speakers then gathered for a Q&A session.

Legal Counsel Club Lunch The French Chamber’s Legal & Tax committee launched its first Legal Counsel Club Lunch which allowed the Heads of Legal from MNCs to share with peers their experiences, challenges and issues, and best practices in the region. F #legal #tax

The conference also saw the successful conclusion of the Sustainable Investment and Best Practices Project. Bringing together 12 companies committed to CSR and sustainability, the project facilitated sharing of best practices among companies and with Singapore governmental agencies. You can find it on the French Chamber Sustainability and Responsibility committee webpage. F SPEAKERS • Peter White, COO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); • Jean-Yves Broussy, VP Strategic Resource Cycles, Danone; • Jasjit Singh, Academic Director, INSEAD Social Impact Initiative Moderator • Luke Disney, Executive Director, INSEAD Centre for Social Innovation. #sustainability

First Reflexes in Intellectual Property in South East Asia Understanding intellectual property (IP) may prove to be decisive in some markets. Have French companies well anticipated the problems of intellectual property in South East Asia where they plan to develop partnerships? This committee meeting aimed to raise shed light on some strategic issues in IP. The speaker shared an overview of the legal tools at the disposal for companies, and how best to approach foreign markets in this domain of IP. F SPEAKER • Stéphanie Leparmentier, INPI Representative in Singapore / Regional Advisor for Intellectual Property for Southeast Asia #legal #tax

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Business + Gastronomy = French Chamber Monthly Luncheons On every first Friday of each month, the French Chamber organises a business luncheon at a different French restaurant. The constant change in venue and menu creates a refreshing ambience for conversations to flow between our members. These informal networking sessions are always excellent opportunities to develop new contacts and exchange opinions on business issues while enjoying some great French food. Our last luncheons took place at (from top to bottom) Royale (Mercure Singapore Bugis), Ginett, and L’Entrecote. These events are open to everyone, so feel free to invite your friends or colleagues to join us! Visit our website www. fccsingapore.com to see our next business luncheons and broaden your network! F #frenchgourmet

F&B Networking Event The French Chamber French Gourmet committee organised a networking event in the trendy atmosphere of Club Meatballs, which provided the perfect opportunity for F&B professionals in the industry (restaurant, bar, hotel management, wine vendors and food providers) to meet peers and share their experiences over drinks. F #frenchgourmet

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French Chamber Petanque Tournament 2017 Pétanque, which attracts both young and old, is a game where metallic balls must be thrown as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet, and the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore once again organised the Pétanque Tournament! Our 132 players enjoyed a day-long tournament of this typically French game in a fun atmosphere – in the sunny outdoors with the beautiful seaview of East Coast Park. We thank the 44 teams for their sporting attitude, team spirit and fair play. Players enjoyed a few glasses of Ricard and snacks all day long to gain forces for the tournament. The BBQ, along with some glasses of rosé wines sponsored by FDH, allowed our players a well-deserved lunch break. And of course, there was lots of Evian, Badoit and Sirops Teisseire to stay hydrated! We thank AGS Four Winds and Bolloré Logistics, our main sponsors for their support and for helping make this annual event a huge success. We also thank our in-kind sponsors for the prizes that went to the top teams. F

Winners Winners of the Main Tournament Les Golfeurs Tampines 1 Bolloré 1

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Winners of the Plate Tournament Bouboules Les Dumelute The Three musketeers

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New Members Corporate MEMBERS AXON

Contact: Mr Stéphane WATIER, Int’l Project Manager - Axon’ Singapore Unit Manager Website: axon-cable.com Sector: Cables for Aeronautics

BLACAZ.

Contact: Mr Frederic GAUTHIER, Managing Partner Website: blacaz.com Sector: Insurance Consulting

BRIDOR

Contact: Mr Franck BROSSETTE, Marketing Manager APAC Website: groupeleduff.com Sector: Bakery

CELLPROTHERA

Contact: Mr Alexandre CIVIERE, Project Manager Website: cellprothera.com Sector: Therapeutic Solutions

COPTIS

Contact: Mr Jonathan COEUR, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific Branch Website: coptis.com Sector: Software for Cosmetics

CORIAL

Contact: Mr Michael NG, Asia Sales Director Website: corial.com/en Sector: Nanotechnology for Space, IoT, IT

HALIFAX CONSULTING

Contact: Mr Antoni GIROD, Managing Partner, Asia Pacific Website: halifax.fr Sector: Sales Performance Coaching

IDSUD ENERGIES

Contact: Mr Stéphane PIERI, CEO Website: idsud-energies.com Sector: Energy

IWD Contact: Ms Julie HO, New Business Executive Website: iwd.io Sector: Retail JW MARRIOTT HOTEL SINGAPORE SOUTH BEACH

Contact: Mr Derek FLINT, GM Website: jwmarriottsingapore.com Sector: Hotel, F&B

LUMINOUS MSLGROUP SINGAPORE

Contact: Ms Fabienne BALLEUX, GM Website: luminous-asia.com Sector: Event Agency

POINT S DEVELOPMENT

Contact: Mr Jean-Philippe GRANGEON, Corporate Secretary Website: points-development.com Sector: Automotive Retail

RHODIA ACETOW ASIA PACIFIC

DERICHEBOURG ATIS AERONAUTIQUE

Contact: Mr Nicolas CASTET, Global Key Account Director Website: rhodia-acetow.com Sector: Filters for cigarettes

EXCLUSIVE NETWORKS ASIA

Mr Filip POLUS, CEO Website: shahcapitalglobal.com Sector: Management Consulting

Contact: Mr Pascal LANNETTE, President Website: derichebourg-atis.com Sector: Aeronautics

Contact: Mrs Stéphanie RIERA, Head Of Financial Control APAC Website: exclusive-networks.com Sector: IT Security Solutions

GFI_ADDSTONES

Contact: Mr Cédric POLLIN, Singapore Business Manager Website: gfi.world/en Sector: IT banking services

SHAHCAPITAL

UNABIZ Contact: Mr Alain DUPUIS, VP Industrial Development Website: unabiz.com Sector: IoT

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Entrepreneur MEMBERS AD Concept Interior Design

Contacts: Mrs Anne-Laure BARTHOLIN and Mrs Diane MEYER, Interior Designers Website: adconcept.com.sg Sector: Interior Design

ASIA DEAL GROUP

PARIS & ME

Contact: Mrs Christelle DHELLEMMES and Mrs Barbara DELHAYE, Directors Website: facebook.com/JUSTPARISANDME Sector: Retail

RELIABILITY CONSULTING

Contact: Mr Gregory COSTAMAGNA, Founder and CEO Website: asiadealgroup.com Sector: Consulting

Contact: Dr Nadege CLAUDEL, MD Website: reliability.sg Sector: CSR Consulting

Bunker GROUP

Contact: Mr Thomas GUILLET, MD Website: remedialperformance.com Sector: IoT

COSMO SOFTWARE CONSULTING

Contact: Mr Warren TERIGI, CEO Sector: Exotic Leathers for Luxury

Contact: Mr Christophe NUMA, MD Website: bunker-group.com Sector: Banking Services

Contact: Dr Alexandre GOUAILLARD, CEO Website: bunker-group.com Sector: Software consulting

GREYYS PTE LTD

Contact: Mathieu CHAILLOUX, Business Development Manager Website: greyys.com.sg Sector: Import distribution

HEALTH2I

Contact: Mr Emmanuel PRADO, CEO Website: health2i.com Sector: Health online

INCOMLEND

Contact: Mr Dimitri KOUCHNIRENKO, CoFounder Website: incomlend.com Sector: Fintech

Iris Partners

Contact: Mr Nicolas GRILL and Baptiste MACHAT, MDs Sector: Consulting

REMEDIAL PERFORMANCE

TANEXO SINGAPORE

THE CONSULTING BOUTIQUE

Contact: Ms Sarah NEGRERY, Founder / Director Website: theconsultingboutique.com Sector: Marketing Consulting

THE FRENCH CELLAR

Contact: Mr Vincent MORELLO, CEO - CoFounder Website: thefrenchcellar.sg Sector: Wine importer

THE New Luncher

Contact: Mrs Catherine LESSELIN, Founder Website: thenewluncher.com/sg-en Sector: F&B

WE ARE CARING

Contact: Mr David BENSADON, Director Website: wearecaring.com Sector: Human Resources for Domestic Workers

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS Mr Fabrice ANCEY, Country Account Manager Head of Solutions and Partners APAC, NATS (Asia Pacific) Sector: Aeronautics

Mr Jean HERBIERE, CTO, Gift Management Asia

Mrs Jeanne BELLEC, Marketing And Development

Koch Industries Sector: Consulting

Specialist, AIDHA Sector: Education, Training

Mr Laurent Charbit, VP Procurement Excellence, Unilever Sector: Retail

Sector: IT, Banking, Services

Mr Guillaume JEST, Director Europe Asia, Advisory Audit,

Mr Christophe Rossignol, Regional Supply Chain Head Nestlé Nutrition, Asia Pacific, Nestle Singapore Sector: Nutrition, Well-Being


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Associate MEMBERS A + INTERNATIONAL HEALTHCARE

Gautier Singapore

Contact: Mr Jean-Marc HERBET, Sales Director Website: aplusii.com Sector: Health Insurance

Contact: Mr CK LOW, MD Website: gautier.sg Sector: Furniture Retail

AVISO INTERNATIONAL

Contact: Mr Loïc AMIOT, Group F&B Marketing Director Website: hotelgsingapore.com Sector: Hotel, Restaurant

GCH PTE. LTD. (Hotel G)

Contact: Mr Alexandre DESSEILLES, CEO Website: aviso-international.fr Sector: Consulting, Aero and Defence

BANK OF SINGAPORE

HORIZON FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Contact: Mr Alexandre LOTFI, Global Risk Chief Officer Website: bankofsingapore.com Sector: Bank

Contact: Mr Maxime LEMAITRE, MD Website: wwfdis.com Sector: Food importation and distribution

Bluebell Singapore

Contact: Ms Maryline MARQUET, Managing Director APAC - Senior VP Website: humancaresystems.com Sector: Healthcare

HUMAN CARE SYSTEMS

Contact: Mrs Alexia OLSON, Senior Brand Executive Food & Beverages Website: bluebellgroup.com Sector: Luxury, Premium Retail

INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY AND PROPERTY COUNCIL

CABINET CMC INTERNATIONAL

Contact: Mr Dominique MARCHAND, Managing Director Website: cmc-expatries.fr Sector: Investment, Insurance

Contact: Mr Tolga COSKUN, IBPC Singapore Representative Website: ibpc-biodivercity.com Urban Biodiversity

CONTRAST DESIGN

LA COMEDY LIVE

Contact: Mr Thomas CHOULOT, Director Of Business Strategy Website: contrast.global Sector: Interior Architecture

Contact: Ms Lauretta ALABONS, Director Website: la-comedylive.com Sector: Comedy and Music Production

EPICOR SOFTWARE (SEA)

Contact: Mr Steven COHEN, APAC Regional Manager Website: oodrive.com Sector: Data Management

FIDINAM SINGAPORE

Contact: Mrs Alexandra DOMART, Skill Angel Website: spheranova.com Sector: Consulting and Training

OODRIVE HONG KONG

Contact: Ms Clara TAY, Senior Marketing Specialist Website: epicor.com/asia Sector: Software

SPHERANOVA

Contact: Mrs Raffaela PICCOLI, MD Website: fidinamgroup.com/ww-singaporeing.html Sector: Accounting and Tax

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Introducing

SOCHIC.SG So Chic combines lifestyle stories, an events calendar and a directory of French luxury, beauty, fashion, interior and gastronomy brands in Singapore.

So Chic goes digital! The first of its kind, So Chic was started by the French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore as a comprehensive print guide of French stores and restaurants in Singapore. Today transformed into a fully digital platform, it aims to keep readers in the know of all things French in Singapore. With a directory of over 100 French brands, stores and restaurants, find the best addresses to a variety of retail, dining and lifestyle experiences and learn about French savoir-faire and savoir-vivre. Find out more about the French brands you know and love, and discover new names and trendy hangouts on this map of French destinations in Singapore. Editorial content is added weekly, and is curated, edited and served by the French Chamber team. Our goal is to provide fresh and immersive content – exclusive interviews with chefs and designers, easy recipes for classic French meals, style tips and beauty secrets, guides to decoding French expressions and mannerisms, etc. Also consult our agenda: a curated selection of events that include private sales, brand launches, concerts and gallery vernissages, so that you do not miss out on cool French happenings in Singapore. Sign up to our So Chic newsletter to stay informed and get a chance to win VIP invitations and prizes! From luxury to beauty, fashion, interior, gastronomy, discover French art de vivre and bring that touch of chic to your way of life! F

Find stories on a plethora of topics from gastronomy to fashion, beauty, home decor, the arts, travel, sightseeing, the idiosyncracies of French living and more.


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Take a dive into the world of luxury and discover French luxury brands: the heritage, savoir-faire and styles of couture houses, jewellers and glassmakers – renowned, obscure, esteemed.

Christofle

ceLINE

cHANEL

Look your radiant best with head-to-toe beauty tips and secrets from French beauty experts. Discover the latest beauty trends and watch make-up and beauty regimen tutorials.

Fragrance du Bois

cELINE

Lancome

Dreaming of Parisian chic or nautical Riviera? Update your wardrobe with these French fashion designs and discover up-and-coming fashion brands. Don’t miss out on new collections and brand promotions.

Petit Bateau

Repetto

Rosalie Pompon

Take living to another level and find yourself in the home you want. Get tips and advice from French interior designers and art experts. Don’t miss out on art fairs and exhibitions in Singapore.

Ask A French Flowers

Bernardaud

Devialet

A craving for French food? Us too, all the time! Discover the French restaurants and bars in Singapore, and don’t miss out on seasonal chef specials and promotions.

Odette

Quartier

The Auld Alliance

Follow our calendar to stay tuned to all things French in Singapore. We have curated a selection of events to allow you to experience the latest French brands, food and cultural events in Singapore. From new stores to private sales, French concerts, visiting celebrity Chefs and exhbitions, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on cool French happenings!

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Kusmi Tea Launches in Singapore in New Pop-Up Store Tea connoisseurs rejoice! Kusmi Tea has arrived in Singapore. Founded 150 years ago, Kusmi Tea is a French tea house that cultivates both modernism and tradition, through its staple creations around wellness, its unavoidable classics and its legendary recipes which have today become iconic.

Find varieties of black, green, red teas and infusions, blended, flavoured and packaged in its own workshops in Normandy, in a new pop-up store located at Basement 1 Takashimaya. F

André and Minelli Arrive in Singapore You will very soon be able to break into a new pair of ANDRÉ and Minelli shoes in Singapore! With its Parisian inspirations, season after season Minelli decodes trends seen on runways and looks identified in the streets to offer collections in step with current fashion trends. ANDRÉ, the go-to French shoes company, offers style must-haves, signature stilettos for the modern woman, transitional ankle boots and low-cut ballerinas combining comfort and modernity.

Longchamp Celebrates Grand Opening of Ion Orchard Boutique

Consult the So Chic directory for locations of shops and retailers carrying ANDRÉ and Minelli. F

French luxury house Longchamp has opened a newly revamped ION Orchard boutique, the brand’s largest store in South East Asia. The new Read-to-Wear and VIP rooms host artistic collaborations true to the eclectic spirit of the brand, while the Made-toMeasure Atelier presents the brand’s first personalised service in Singapore. Tucked in a cosy corner of the store, the dedicated men’s area features bold new collections of bags, shoes and luggages.

Head to the ION Orchard boutique at #0315A/B. F

Paris & Me Opens New Concept Store Bringing together small collections, French designers, personal advice and affordable prices, founders Barbara and Christelle seek to create a private space where women can shop and get dressed, for work, for parties, for weekends. The duo bring together their passion for jewellery, accessories, boutique business and social life, in a concept store, Paris & Me, offering a great variety of Parisian chic styles.

Discover the collections at #02-24, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road. F


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Fragrance du Bois Unveils Flagship Boutique After three successful pop-ups, Fragrance du Bois has unveiled its new flagshop boutique in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district at Scotts Square. The boutique boasts a 807ft² retail space, with a new layout, but with the familiar and signature black and gold interior design that characterises the brand’s ethos of recreating the grandeur and ambience of a classic Parisian salon.

Fragrance Du Bois is situated at Scotts Square, #01-11, 6 Scotts Road. F

Bar-Roque Grill Makes Michelin Bib Gourmand List Showcasing Singapore’s gastronomic diversity, the 2017 edition of the Michellin Guide features nine new Bib Gourmand entrants, and of the list of 38 eateries named, French rôtisserie and bar Bar-Roque Grill stands out as the only European establishment. “Bar-Roque is all about serving comfortable food at affordable prices, having the feeling of getting home, that’s what I always want to achieve at Bar-Roque,” explains Chef-Partner Stephane Istel, who hails from Alsace. “I feel very proud for my team and its achievements and the Bib Gourmand is very important for us as this is the type of food we want to do: to use amazing products and be affordable for everyone.”

New Restaurant Audace Serves Up Modern French Bistro Fare Audace, short for Audacity, invites diners to discover new taste experiences that push boundaries. It is the brainchild of Michelin-Star Chef Jérémy Gillon from Le Montana in the French Alps. Open throughout the day, the restaurant and bar serves up sensational French Bistro fare with a contemporary touch, providing guests with a different dining experience from breakfast to dinner. “Dining is like driving on a highway with various entrances and exits that make an experience exciting and nuanced. At Audace, I hope to appeal to our guests’ sense of adventure and eagerness to discover new tastes and sensations,” says Chef Jérémy.

Audace is located at Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road. F

Discover Bar-Roque Grill at 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. F

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