Pharma

By Heather Mack August 2, 2016
UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has partnered with South San Francisco-based Verily to create Galvani Bioelectronics – a joint venture to develop implantable bioelectric medicines, a branch of medicine that works to fight diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body. Galvani, owned 55 percent by GSK and 45 percent by Verily (formerly known as Google Life Sciences) will have...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2016
Companion Medical, a stealthy San Diego-based company that received funding last year from Eli Lilly and Company, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Bluetooth-connected smart insulin pen and associated mobile app, called InPen. "FDA clearance of the InPen and mobile app represents a significant advancement in diabetes care," CEO Sean Saint, a veteran engineer of Dexcom, Medtronic, and...
By Jonah Comstock July 27, 2016
The market for digital dose inhalers for asthma and COPD will be worth $3.56 billion in 2024, according to a new prediction from Grand View Research.  Though connected inhalers are a new market, they've seen rapid growth in the last few years with interest from big pharma companies like AstraZeneca and Novartis, major device companies like Philips Respironics, as well as the newer, smaller...
By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline has launched the ResearchKit app that it told Buzzfeed it was working on more than a year ago, making it the first pharma company to get a ResearchKit study off the ground. The study is called PARADE, which the company says stands for Patient Rheumatoid Arthritis Data in the Real World. "We are the first in our industry to use Apple’s ResearchKit as part of our research, this time...
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...