Pharma

By Heather Mack October 6, 2016
Watching a weather app to see if a cold front is coming in has taken on a new meaning: The Cold and Flu Tracker app, where people can get updates on cold and flu activity at a hyperlocal level, is now available to users thanks to a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare’s Theraflu and the Weather Company. Beyond mixing sickness with weather, the app is also part of GSK’s overall...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2016
Following prompting from security and IT firm Rapid7, Johnson & Johnson, through its subsidiary Animas, has reached out to users of the Animas OneTouch Ping Insulin Infusion Pump to inform them about security vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them. According to Rapid7, because the communication with the insulin pump is not encrypted, an attacker could theoretically trigger unauthorized...
By Jonah Comstock September 27, 2016
The future of pharma is going to involve some major culture shifts for a business that has long been focused on slow development cycles, proprietary molecules, and close-held secrets. That’s the word from representatives from Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Healthware International and BTG, a group that ran the gamut from small to big pharma at yesterday’s Pharma Roundtable onsite at Health 2.0 in...
By Jonah Comstock September 23, 2016
When Apple announced ResearchKit in March 2015, and unveiled the first five apps to test-drive the company’s new approach to clinical research, the announcement made a big splash. And indeed, in the weeks following, those apps posted incredible recruitment figures: for instance, Parkinson’s emPower study saw 5,500 sign-ups by day two and ended up with more than 18,000 participants.  But there...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
According to a new survey by Validic of 166 executives at pharma and biotech companies, contract research organizations, and others in the clinical trial space, 64 percent have used digital technologies in clinical trials, and 97 percent plan to in the next five years. The survey was presented at DPharm Disruptive Innovations US in Boston. "The use of digital health technologies and patient-...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2016
These days, it seems like the digital health world runs increasingly on partnerships. Last week, representatives from three tech companies famous for their partnerships — IBM Watson Health, Qualcomm Life, and Verily Life Sciences (formerly Google X Life Sciences — shared the stage at the Digital Medicine Connect conference in Boston to talk about what makes a good collaboration work. “I think at...
By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2016
Can the success of digital health coaching apps like Twine Health and WellDoc be ported over to the clinical trial space? According to Joris Van Dam, a strategic projects leader in pharmaceutical development at Novartis, it can and it should. Van Dam spoke at the Mobile in Clinical Trials event today, put on by The Conference Forum.  "The use [of coaching in clinical trials] is a natural fit," he...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
As we noted in our in-depth last week, the digital health space is still holding its breath for big pharma and big payers to dive in with serious M&A. At the opening session for Digital Medicine Connect in Boston, a part of EBD Group’s BioPharm America conference, speakers from around the digital health world weighed in on how that landscape is changing. “When I think about M&A in the...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
Austria and San Diego-based mySugr has added coaching to the premium version of its mySugr Logbook app, the company announced this week.  "What we want to do is create a digital diabetes clinic," North American Managing Director Kyle J. Rose said today at the Digital Medicine Connect event in Boston. "What we’ve decided to do is actually work with diabetes educators as coaches. Because, as...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2016
Global pharmaceutical company Pfizer has launched a new consumer-facing app aimed at helping to motivate adults with depression. The app, called Moodivator, will be available for free on the iOS app store.  “As awareness of the magnitude and severity of depression continues to mount, technology like the Moodivator app represents a new and exciting frontier for helping people with depression," Dr...