Pharma

By Jonah Comstock January 13, 2015
Norwalk, Connecticut-based medication adherence platform company HealthPrize says it has succeeded in raising medication adherence an average of 54 percent across a series of pharma-sponsored pilot programs for various medical conditions, with sample sizes ranging from 250 to more than 7,000. That's a 54 percent increase in the mean total number of prescription fills per patient. HealthPrize,...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2015
Qualcomm is already one of the biggest investors in digital health, according to Rock Health. Qualcomm and Novartis, which announced a partnership just last week for mobile-enabled clinical trials, will also be banding together to start an investment firm, the companies announced ahead of the JP Morgan Healthcare event this week. Qualcomm Ventures and Novartis will leverage up to $100 million...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2015
Ingestible sensor company Proteus Digital Health and computer giant Oracle have integrated Proteus's digital health feedback system, which includes an ingestible pill sensor, a wearable patch, and a software system, with Oracle's InForm software for data collection. Clinical trial researchers using Oracle's software will now be able to track patients' medication adherence with Proteus's...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2015
Qualcomm's 2net Hub Qualcomm Life announced two major partnerships at CES15 this year: one with pharmaceutical company Novartis and the other with pharmacy chain Walgreens. Novartis selected Qualcomm Life as a partner for its global Trials of the Future program, in which Novartis is endeavoring to use more mobile technology in its clinical trials and to provide connectivity for future Novartis...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2014
Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is using mobile health tools in a small study -- just six subjects -- that could lead to there more widespread use in clinical trials. The company is working with data startup Medidata and sensor makers Vital Connect and ActiGraph to evaluate the impact of wearable sensors in clinical trial settings. “Working with GSK on this initiative has provided us with...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2014
Pharmaceutical companies have a lot of apps in the market, and have been making apps for a long time, but their apps aren't seeing downloads and usage on par with the apps from other industries. That's the conclusion of a new report from Research2Guidance (R2G), which analyzed more than 725 apps from 11 pharma companies. According to R2G, the top pharma companies have 65 apps in the Apple and...
By Jonah Comstock October 9, 2014
PillPack, a direct-to-consumer mail order pharmacy that launched in February, has raised $8.75 million in funding. The round was led by Accel Partners, with additional participation from existing investor Atlas Venture, as well as High Line Venture Partners, QueensBridge Venture Partners, and individual investors Andy Palmer and David Tisch. “PillPack is a seamless service for medications,...
By Jonah Comstock October 7, 2014
Urine analysis app uChek is about to launch a six-month, 375-patient trial with Merck for Mothers, a Merck-sponsored initiative to reduce global maternal mortality, according to ClinicalTrials[dot]gov. Researchers will test the feasability of providers using uChek to detect preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnant women in Bangladesh, with usability of the app for healthcare professionals as a...
By Jonah Comstock September 30, 2014
Boehringer Ingelheim is a pretty familiar name to people who follow mobile health moves from pharma companies. The large, privately-owned German firm has been involved in pilots with game developer Ayogo, smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech, and now-defunct behavior change platform Healthrageous. While its partners have talked up these pilots, up until now the company itself has been pretty quiet...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Former Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz and Matt Mohebbi, a former Google engineer, have teamed up to launch the drug-focused digital health startup Iodine, which Goetz unveiled this week at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. "There’s a massive amount of search traffic on medications," Goetz told MobiHealthNews. "People use the internet for health decisions as much as they use it...