Pharma

By Aditi Pai April 19, 2016
About a year after pharmaceutical company Roche announced an investment in diabetes app company mySugr, the companies announced an integration partnership. MySugr offers a handful of apps, but its flagship is called Diabetes Logbook, which is designed for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and includes logging, graphing, analysis, and Apple Health integration. If users sign up for a month-to-...
By MHN Staff April 14, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q1 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is on pharma. Skip ahead using these links to read Q1 digital health news roundups about providers, payers, M&A and funding. Novartis Novartis announced a partnership with Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, to develop a connected version of its inhaler, Breezhaler...
By MHN Staff April 8, 2016
More and more, pharma companies are making real bets in digital health, and reorganizing their businesses to put some power behind those efforts. The space is, in some ways, quieter than it was this time last year, but there’s reason to believe that quiet is a calm before a storm of activity, driven more by pharma’s tendency to keep early-stage projects close to the chest than by a lack of...
By Aditi Pai April 7, 2016
Pfizer has partnered with IBM to develop a system that clinicians can use to treat patients who have Parkinson’s disease. The system will make use of sensors, mobile devices, and machine learning to provide clinicians and researchers with symptom information, which they will then use to better understand patient disease progression and medication response. It will also help inform treatment...
By Brian Dolan April 4, 2016
Proteus Digital Health announced interim study results from a randomized control study of its Proteus Discover timed with the American College of Cardiology event, ACC.16, in Chicago this week. The study included 96 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and type 2 diabetes and showed that a majority of the patients using the digital offering achieved the blood pressure target at week four. The...
As the first installment of the two-part series on digital health's impact on pharma, CEO Ryan Beckland addresses subject recruitment and patient data. The recruitment and enrollment process for clinical trials for drug development is a major challenge for pharmaceutical companies. In fact, this phase alone consumes about one-third of the time allocated to the average clinical trial, and most...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2016
Propeller Health and Boehringer Ingelheim announced a new commercial partnership. Under the partnership, COPD and asthma patients using Boehringer's Respimat inhaler will have the opportunity to enroll in a program at select health systems that will monitor their adherence via a Propeller sensor and improve their engagement in their health.  "So far we have developed a popular Bluetooth-enabled...
By Aditi Pai March 23, 2016
PatientsLikeMe has hired Joy Morel as the company’s SVP of Marketing, Patient Engagement and Business Intelligence. Morel previously worked for Verisign, where she was the senior director of global branding, advertising and creative services. She has also worked for TomTom/Tele Atlas and AOL. Morel will report to Michael Evers, who was recently promoted to EVP of marketing, technology, and...
By Aditi Pai March 10, 2016
Nestle is conducting a two-year clinical study with data company Medidata in China to assess the impact of physical activity and nutrition on adults with joint discomfort. The study will use Garmin fitness trackers and a mobile app. “The research program, developed in collaboration with dedicated experts from Nestle research centers in Lausanne and Beijing, is extending Medidata and Nestle...
By Aditi Pai March 9, 2016
Digital smoking cessation company 2Morrow has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Nicoderm patches, to offer the company’s Nicoderm CQ Patch to smokers who complete 2morrow’s cessation program. 2Morrow’s smoking cessation app, called SmartQuit, is based on acceptance and commitment therapy, or an ACT-based program, that "focuses on increasing one’s willingness to accept the physical, mental...