Pharma

By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2017
Japanese health app maker Welby announced three new apps last month developed in partnership with pharma companies. Welby will add to its lineup three apps available only in Japan: an app for irritable bowel disease patients with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen; an app for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients with Japanese pharma company Nippon Shinyaku, and an app for...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2017
Crystal Lake, Illinois-based Aptar Pharma is teaming up with digital health startup Kali Care to develop a new way of measuring adherence to eye drops in clinical trials.  Because they are somewhat onerous to use, eye drops have even lower rates of adherence than other medications. Kali Care, based in Silicon Valley, makes a small sensor that can be installed in a container for eye drop...
By Heather Mack May 2, 2017
Seattle, Washington-based Pillsy has officially launched its digital medication adherence and tracking tool, which consists of a smart pill bottle and companion app. PillsyCap, as the product is known, uses Bluetooth to sense when the bottle is opened and closed, and syncs with the app to automatically tracks when a user takes their pills, reminds them when they forget a dose or warns if multiple...
By Jonah Comstock April 24, 2017
Medidata, a New York City-based company that offers cloud storage and data analytics services for clinical trials, announced last week its plans to acquire Mytrus, a clinical trial technology company focused on patient-focused electronic informed consent and remote trials. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “The informed consent process is one of the most important parts of running...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2017
The first quarter of 2017 saw pharma’s visible participation in digital health steadily ramping up. From partnerships that augment digital diabetes care to infant sleep coaching collaborations, we've covered quite a range of pharma-focused news in Q1. Read on for our list of the digital undertakings of Roche, Takeda, UCB, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.  Boehringer Ingelheim partnered with...
By Heather Mack April 12, 2017
New York City-based startup Blink Health, which makes an app and online tool to help consumers find low prices on medications, has raised $90 million in Series B funding in a round led by 8VC. Previously, the company raised $75 million – also led by 8VC – bringing the company’s total funding to date at $165 million. With the latest funding, Blink Health is focusing its efforts on scaling up its...
By Tom Sullivan April 11, 2017
Amazon Web Services and Merck announced a developer competition on Monday to that plans to harness artificial intelligence for diabetics. Dubbed the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, and powered by Luminary Labs, the contest aims to incent upstarts and individual developers to create apps that harness Amazon’s Alexa voice-enabled technologies particularly for patients recently diagnosed with Type 2...
By Heather Mack April 10, 2017
Online health network PatientsLikeMe is teaming up with rare disease-focused Shire Pharmaceuticals to develop digital communities and create research opportunities for people with highly specialized, often underserved conditions. Treatment and study of rare diseases is challenging for many reasons. For one, patient populations are small and spread out around the world, and many may not have...
By Jonah Comstock April 7, 2017
A forthcoming 28-patient study in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke shows that AiCure's artificial intelligence platform led to a 50 percent improvement in adherence to oral anticoagulants. In the study, a cohort of 28 ischemic stroke survivors was followed for 12 weeks. Fifteen were assigned to the intervention group that used AiCure's software to monitor their adherence daily, and...
By Jonah Comstock April 6, 2017
Two Minneapolis-based companies – digital health care management program maker HealthFactors and medical-focused R&D firm Koronis BioMedical Technologies (KBT) – are working together to create new smart inhaler products for some undisclosed pharmaceutical partners, the company announced earlier this week. “Connected health technology, including smart inhalers, has the ability to improve...