Pharma

By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that makes over the counter medications like Tylenol and Zyrtec, has released a new mobile app, called Healthyday, that uses crowdsourced data to inform users about location-based allergy, cold, and flu trends. Update: The app is the first to make use of an API from Sickweather, a company that has offered its own version of a health...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2015
While Teladoc has been pulling in a lot of press lately with its IPO news, competitor American Well has been busy too, securing an eight-figure investment from Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, according to a recent report in Israeli publication Globes. According to Globes, the investment of "tens of millions of dollars" is part of a new push into digital health by Teva, which has also included...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2015
San Diego, California-based Companion Medical, a stealthy medical device startup developing a Bluetooth-connected insulin pen and connected app, has closed its second round of funding, led by Eli Lilly and Company. The funding amount was not disclosed. Companion Medical previously raised $400,000 last year from Diamyd Medical, according to an SEC filing and a statement from the company. A...
By Jonah Comstock May 20, 2015
Swedish clinical trial recruitment company Trialbee has raised $5 million in first-round funding from existing investors Industrifonden and Briban Invest. The company previously raised about $3.2 million in seed funding. The money will be used, among other things, to support Trialbee's entrance into the US market. Trialbee provides mobile and web-based tools for clinical trial recruitment, online...
By Brian Dolan May 14, 2015
During Everyday Health's first quarter earnings call this week, CEO and Co-founder Ben Wolin pointed to strong growth in mobile marketing revenues for the health media company. Everyday posted a $8.1 million loss on total Q1 revenue of $41.2 million, which is up 10 percent over Q1 2014. Mobile revenues grew 35 percent year-over-year, according to the company, and accounted for 38 percent of...
By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2015
Iodine, the crowdsourced medication review company run by former Wired editor Thomas Goetz and former Google engineer Matt Mohebbi, is launching a new study this month to look specifically at the effects of antidepressants. The study, called Iodine Timeline, will guide anti-depressant users to give feedback for one month about their treatment by opting into short, regular survey questions by...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2015
Pharma-related digital health news picked up this week. Boehringer Ingelheim has teamed up with Sutter Health to research COPD interventions; BioDelivery Science created an app to help users deal with prediction opioid addictions; and Canaan Partners' Julie Papanek talked to the Wall Street Journal about pharma's emerging role in digital health. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the...
By Aditi Pai May 11, 2015
A recent study published in the BMC Medicine medical journal concluded that smartphone apps that offer an insulin dose calculator may actively contribute to incorrect dose recommendations, according to the systematic assessment of 46 insulin dose calculator apps available on iOS and Android in the UK App Store. Apps data was collected in August 2013. Researchers explained in the abstract that...
By Jonah Comstock May 6, 2015
Indianapolis-based pharma giant Eli Lilly is opening a new drug delivery and innovation center in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Construction will begin immediately, with the center opening by the end of the year for a planned staff of 30 scientists and engineers. Eli Lilly Senior Director of Global Corporate Communications Edward Sagebiel said one Eli Lilly executive will move to...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2015
Johnson & Johnson company LifeScan is launching a clinical trial to determine whether its OneTouch Verio blood glucose meter (or a not-yet-launched version of it) creates a greater reduction in A1C levels when used in conjunction with its companion app. According to a post on ClinicalTrials.gov, the company is recruiting 148 patients for a randomized control trial that will compare patients...

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