Pharma

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...
By Aditi Pai April 30, 2015
A majority of consumers are willing to take greater ownership of their health, according to a survey of 2,024 US adults and 516 primary care physicians. The survey was conducted by Ipsos in collaboration with the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) and Pfizer. The survey found that 64 percent of respondents said they could be making more decisions about their health and...
By Aditi Pai April 16, 2015
New Jersey's Division of Consumer Affairs has launched a new app for iPhones that will allow authorized users of the state’s prescription monitoring program, prescribers and pharmacists licensed in New Jersey, access to the database via their smartphone. The database is managed by the New Jersey Prescription Management Program (NJPMP), a program under the Division of Consumer Affairs. The NJPMP...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2015
Boston-based patient network PatientsLikeMe announced two pieces of pharma news this week: a five-year research collaboration deal with AstraZeneca and the results of a multiple sclerosis wearable study conducted in collaboration with Biogen. The PatientsLikeMe-AstraZeneca deal is similar to one the company struck with Genentech last Spring. AstraZeneca will have full access to PatientsLikeMe's...
By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2015
IBM Watson has taken a giant step deeper into the healthcare industry with the formation of a new business unit called Watson Health and a new cloud offering called the Watson Health Cloud. The move also includes some big name partners -- Apple, Johnson and Johnson, and Medtronic -- and two acquisitions: Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel. Watson has been involved in healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2015
Since Walgreens merged with UK drugstore chain Boots last year, the company has been ramping up its digital strategy and has announced a slew of strategic partnerships with companies like Qualcomm Life, WebMD, MDLive, and PatientsLikeMe. Walgreens President and Walgreens Boots Alliance EVP Alex Gourlay, who transitioned over from Boots in the merger, spoke at HIMSS this week in Chicago about each...
By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2015
In March, Roche received FDA clearance for its Accu-Chek Connect companion app, and, less than a month later, issued a recall of that app. App recalls, which are becoming more common as more and more apps receive FDA clearance, are less severe than device recalls because they can often be ameliorated with a quick software patch. The app, available only on Android at present, helps patients track...
By Aditi Pai April 8, 2015
Vancouver-based Ayogo has raised $2.5 million from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund (GHI), Excel Venture Management, and 7Wire Ventures for it's patient engagement offering, an app called Empower. The app, designed for providers and pharma companies, helps patients with chronic conditions stick to their care plans. Patients can use the app to set their own goals, track their health and...
By Aditi Pai April 6, 2015
When pharma-focused mobile clinical trial data collection company Clinical Ink and CentrosHealth, formerly MyHealthBook, which makes configurable mobile apps for clinical trial patient engagement,merged last month, at least $9.8 million in equity and stock was exchanged as part of the merger, according to an SEC filing. According to the filing, some of that money went to the acquired company's...

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