Genomics: Leapfrogging into
the Indonesian healthcare future
White paper 2023
Unravelling Indonesia’s genomics opportunity to upgrade the nation’s healthcare infrastructure. While a lot is yet to achieve, Indonesia is on the right track to unlocking the massive potential of economic benefits.
Genomics is the study of the genome, which is the complete set of genetic information present in an organism. This includes the sequencing and analysis of the DNA, as well as the study of genetic variation and inheritance.
“The state of healthcare in Indonesia today still lags behind its peers in terms of healthcare expenditure and life expectancy. This is where the field of genomics and precision medicine comes into play, offering a transformative approach to diagnosing and treating patients that takes into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual. This white paper represents a major step forward in our quest to revolutionize the healthcare industry in Indonesia and beyond.”
Budi Gunadi Sadikin
Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia
“We believe this technology will be instrumental in improving Indonesia’s diagnosis, treatment, and medication of significant diseases. East Ventures will double down on our investment in this sector, as we believe that genomics is leading us to a previously unimaginable frontier – an adaptive and proactive healthcare system.”
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at East Ventures
Genomics applications in the healthcare system
Diagnostics Genomics testing can identify genetic markers associated with certain diseases, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnoses.
Predictive Medicine Identifying genetic markers associated with disease risk can help predict which individuals may be more likely to develop certain diseases, allowing for earlier intervention and prevention.
Gene Therapy Genomics enables the identification of specific errors encoded in our DNA which enables us to design strategies to correct them.
Cancer Treatment By studying the genetic makeup of cancer cells, researchers can identify specific mutations and targeted therapies that can more effectively treat cancer
Drug Development By studying the genetic makeup of diseases, researchers can identify new targets for drug development, which can lead to the creation of more effective and specific treatments.
Personalized Medicine Doctors can tailor treatments and therapies to their specific needs by studying an individual’s genetic makeup, leading to effective and efficient care.
“Genomics can assist in multiple ways by identifying how local populations are best served by different types of medications and nutrition, down to the individual level. At the population level, genomics research can be used as a resource for government policy when it comes to implementing safe and effective medication guidelines.”
Levana Sani Co-Founder of Nalagenetics
Why genomics – and why now?
Indonesia’s population is expected to age rapidly and potentially create a burden on the healthcare infrastructure
The country needs meaningful infrastructure upgrades
80% of deaths from noncommunicable diseases are due to five major diseases which can be prevented by precision medicine
Genomics can be an alternative to help tackle the existing healthcare problems faced by Indonesia
The government’s policy on genomics would be key to its success
Four key pillars for the Indonesia government to focus on genomics
“The government efforts on the genomics roadmap would enable greater clarity on policy, faster ethical approvals, and an overall robust regulatory framework making clinical application and research work on genomics efficient in Indonesia. This would enable the private and public healthcare players to unlock the enormous benefits that genomics can provide to the country and its citizens.”
Sharlini Eriza Putri
Co-Founder and CEO, Nusantics
East Ventures believes in the importance of channeling support for the healthcare sector. Along our journey, we have invested in these portfolio companies focusing on biotechnology innovations.
Founded in 2016, Nalagenetics provides genetic testing services. The company partners with healthcare providers, laboratories, and patients to provide personalized medications, diet, and screening solutions
Founded in 2019, Nusantics is a company that provides genomics technology solutions to analyze microbiome profiles. The company undertakes genomics and molecular diagnostics to understand the impact of microbes on human health.
Support towards the Indonesian healthcare future
Biomedical & Genome Science Initiative (BGSi)
BGSi is the first national initiative program created by the Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, to develop a more accurate treatment for society through the use of technology to collect genetic information (genome) from humans and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria or can be called the whole genome sequencing (WGS).
Health Innovation Sprint Accelerator 2023 in collaboration with East Ventures
This incubation program for healthcare startups and innovators is aimed to advance healthcare quality through innovation in healthtech and biotech in Indonesia. Interested applicants can apply to get opportunities to pitch ideas and innovative products to the Government, Healthcare Industry Players, and Academics Community.