Pharma

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...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2014
Roche subsidiary Genentech is no stranger to online patient communities -- the pharma company signed a five-year data access deal with online patient community company PatientsLikeMe in April. At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara this week, Genentech product development leader Joling Mew spoke about the ways that Genentech has worked with PatientsLikeMe, and other online patient...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2014
Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a Johnson and Johnson company, is introducing a provider-facing component to its Care4Today mobile health manager application, the company announced from the stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California today. "It’s called the patient dashboard, and it allows provider to manage patient adherence in real time," Janssen marketing director Fran Devlin told...
By Jonah Comstock September 3, 2014
Sanofi Diabetes, a division of Sanofi-Aventis, has launched a new mobile game for iOS and Android phones in the United Kingdom. The game, called Mission T1D, is meant to be educational, to teach children as well as their parents, caregivers, and friends about Type 1 diabetes. "Children with diabetes and their families face many challenges in their daily lives as they care for a very complex life-...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2014
Bayer HealthCare, a German pharmaceutical company, has underscored pharma's growing interest in mobile health by starting a new health accelerator. Grants4Apps, which started last year as a crowdsourcing initiative, was releaunched as an accelerator at an event earlier this week. The commitment on Bayer's part is pretty significant: they'll be offering 50,000 euro (about $65,000) to each of the...