Pharma

By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2016
There was a time when a quarter's worth of pharma news in digital health would have meant news from a small handful of players. But this quarter, news has come from lots of different companies, demonstrating that adoption of digital health in the pharma world has breadth, even if we're still looking for depth. Read on for the quarter's biggest pharma partnerships, app launches, connected device...
By Heather Mack June 28, 2016
HealthPrize Technologies closed a series B round of financing, which included new and existing investors. The medication adherence company intends to use the funds to expand the team both internally and internationally. While the amount of this round remains undisclosed, the company had previously raised about $7 million from investors including Mansa Capital, dLife Founder Howard Steinberg and...
By Jonah Comstock June 23, 2016
Larry Brooks, director of business innovation at Boehringer Ingelheim, took the stage in a fireside chat with Medullan EVP and Managing Director Jonathan Chen at MobiHealthNews 2016 in San Francisco last week. Brooks has been leading Boehringer's digital health group for the past five years, and he shed some light on how the pharma company's approach to the space has changed during that time. "...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2016
Exco InTouch has launched a new app that creates a disease-specific social network for people with chronic urticaria, or hives. The app, called Target My Hives, was developed with funding and support from Novartis. The app, available on Android and Apple devices, was just formally announced by the companies, but it currently has 2,000 patients registered from 61 countries. It launched in May....
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has launched a new patient-facing mobile app that includes a virtual savings card, a prescription tracker, and educational materials. The app, available in the US on the iOS App Store and Google Play store, is called AZhelps. “AstraZeneca is committed to providing affordable medicines and programs that help patients get the support they need," Lori...
By Jonah Comstock June 1, 2016
Roche Diagnostics has launched a Bluetooth-connected device for testing blood coagulation in Europe. The CoaguChek INRange system has received a CE Mark, and an older version of the device without the Bluetooth connectivity is already available in the US and in Europe. The Bluetooth connectivity allows patients undergoing Vitamin K antagonist therapy to self-monitor their blood coagulation with a...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2016
Propeller Health has announced yet another collaboration with a pharmaceutical company. The Madison, Wisconsin-based company will parter with the Chippenham, UK-based Vectura Group, an independent pharma company focused exclusively on inhaler drugs for respiratory conditions. “Digital health has the potential to make respiratory therapies more personal, powerful and convenient for every patient...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2016
Through its enterprise partnership with Apple, IBM will create a clinical calculation app for cataract surgeons for eye care company Bausch + Lomb, a subsidiary of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, the companies announced this morning. “If you think about all the mobile solutions throughout the industry and what we do as consumers, we needed to carry that forward and make it easier for our surgeons, and...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2016
The FDA declined to approve what would have been the first mass market drug to incorporate Proteus Digital Health's ingestible sensor. The drug, a collaboration between Proteus and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, combines the Proteus system with the antipsychotic pharmaceutical Abilify. “While we are disappointed in the FDA’s decision not to approve this digital medicine at this time, both Otsuka and...
By Jonah Comstock April 21, 2016
HealthPrize, a Norwalk, Connecticut-based medication adherence platform company, released data this week demonstrating a 99 percent reduction in “gap days” — days between running out of a medication and filling that medication — in patients using its program.  The data comes from a cohort of 1,085 patients taking a branded cholesterol-lowering medication (HealthPrize wasn’t able to disclose which...