Pharma

By Heather Mack November 7, 2016
Pharmaceutical company Takeda is looking to up its digital strategy game, pairing with a few companies to advance clinical trials, analyze data and develop biosensor and wearable technology. Takeda has adopted the platform of Koneska Health, an early stage technology company that works with data gathered through mobile, wearable and other digital technologies to measure health indicators, to...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2016
Litmus Health, a company helping pharma companies use wearable devices to improve the efficiency of Phase I and II drug trials, is coming out of public beta and announcing a trial with the University of Chicago testing the effects of activity, sleep, and diet on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients. The trial is funded via a grant from Takeda Pharmaeuticals. "I see so many patients filling...
By Heather Mack October 26, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company Teva has joined forces with IBM in a three-year research collaboration that integrates with the Watson Health Cloud. The project builds on an existing alliance between the two companies and will focus on two key areas in healthcare: developing a systematic approach to discovering new uses for existing drugs and improving chronic disease management. The joint work in...
By Jonah Comstock October 24, 2016
Sweden's largest private pharmacy, Apotek Hjärtat, has launched a virtual reality app on the Oculus Rift store. The app, called "Happy Place", is designed to use an immersive virtual world to distract patients from pain. "Apotek Hjärtat want to be at the forefront when it comes to offering products and services that can help people feel better," Annika Svedberg, head pharmacist at Apotek...
By Jonah Comstock October 21, 2016
Medtronic. Dexcom. Abbott. Sanofi. Google. A lot of very large, well-known companies are investing heavily into innovating the diabetes space, and that innovation is exciting. But a disproportionate amount of the innovation around insulin delivery focuses on the insulin pump, a delivery device that’s only used by a small percentage of insulin users. Most insulin users — between 70 and 93 percent...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
As the connected medication adherence space matures, companies that have led the space for the past few years are fine-tuning their technology platforms, business models, and approaches to efficacy.  At the Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston today, representatives from Abiogenix, AdhereTech, AiCure, and Medisafe shared updates on their shared mission to combat the $290 billion...
By Heather Mack October 18, 2016
Mobile clinical trials company Science 37, which connects willing individuals to researchers so they can participate in trials from their homes, has raised $31 million in Series B funding. Previously, the company raised $6.5 million. The round was led by Redmile Group, with participation from Lux Capital and Sanofi Genzyme BioVentures, the latter of which will also provide Science 37 with...
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2016
Common Sensing, a Cambridge-based company developing a smart connected insulin pen cap, announced that it will test its device in a clinical trial in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center, Sanofi, and Dexcom. The study of 125 subjects will be conducted by Joslin and funded by Sanofi. Patients will be given a Gocap from Common Sensing, a cap that fits on to a disposable insulin pen and can...
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By Validic October 10, 2016
By: Jennifer Plumer, Director of Marketing at Validic Advances in the sensing technologies that are embedded in wearables have enabled a growing array of available data endpoints, making wearables an increasingly valuable tool in drug development. Many of the early examples of wearables in clinical trials analyzed the exact output: number of steps taken or number of hours slept. However,...
By MobiHealthNews October 7, 2016
We've come to the end of the third quarter, so we at MobiHealthNews have looked into our archives and rounded up the major stories of the quarter for the hospital, pharma, and insurance sectors. Read on for provider, pharma, and payer news. Provider The third quarter of 2016 has provided a steady stream of provider news. From partnerships that blend traditional healthcare systems with digital...