Pharma

By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. “Under a collaborative agreement with...
By Jeff Lagasse September 1, 2017
One of the biggest hurdles to addressing the opioid crisis in the US is knowing what alternative, non-opioid medications to prescribe for the treatment of chronic pain. Physicians struggle with a complex, patchwork system of state guidelines and regulations that vary with each particular state.   Enter Avella, a Phoenix-based specialty pharmacy that has just launched a new mobile app aimed at...
By Jeff Lagasse September 1, 2017
Melbourne, Australia-based Adherium, a digital health company that focuses in improving medication adherence and patient outcomes, has just received FDA clearance for a new inhaler monitoring device for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol inhaler, dubbed the SmartTouch for Symbicort.   The SmartTouch is a device that grafts onto a patient’s inhaler to monitor and encourage medication adherence as...
By Dan Gebremedhin and Kara Werner August 28, 2017
About the Authors: @DanGebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners, an early stage Health Technology and Services focused VC Firm. He is a practicing physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, previously served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and spent five years as an entrepreneur in the Health IT Industry.  @KaraLWerner is a current member of the 2017 ...
By Dan Gebremedhin and Kara Werner August 25, 2017
About the Authors: @DanGebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners, an early stage Health Technology and Services focused VC Firm. He is a practicing physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, previously served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and spent five years as an entrepreneur in the Health IT Industry.  @KaraLWerner is a current member of the 2017...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2017
UCB, a global pharmaceutical company, is partnering with Belgian American health startup Byteflies to use the startup's wearable sensors to monitor seizures. Byteflies makes a customizable wearable device for the pharma and healthcare industries called Sensor Dot. It's a quarter-sized sensor that can be worn around the wrist or attached anywhere on the body as a patch. It's capable of measuring ...
By Jeff Lagasse August 2, 2017
Personal genetics company 23andMe will be teaming up with the Milken Institute, a think tank, and pharmaceutical company Lundbeck to drive enrollment for a genetic study designed to grasp the underlying biology of major depressive and bipolar disorders.   The study will combine cognitive assessments with genetic data and survey responses to assess how genes influence brain processes -- such as...
By Jeff Lagasse August 1, 2017
Medicines aren’t the only tools that biopharma companies like Sanofi are using to help patients. Information technology has become a key tool in every part of Sanofi’s business, and among the most important digital tools are data and analytics; they enable the company to apply insights gained from real world evidence to the discovery, development and delivery of new medicines.   To advance that...
By Jonah Comstock July 25, 2017
Senseonics and TypeZero's R&D partnership around the artificial pancreas is leveling up. The two organizations announced today that they would team up with pharmaceutical and medical device company Roche to launch three European clinical trials of their combined closed-loop system. The research is backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through its International Diabetes Closed Loop...
By Jeff Lagasse July 17, 2017
Abbott and Bigfoot Biomedical have entered into an agreement to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions.    Under the agreement, Abbott will supply glucose measurement sensors for all of Bigfoot's insulin delivery systems in the U.S. as the exclusive sensors for those systems...