clinical trials

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 20, 2016
If you were to make a list of companies you'd expect to see at a clinical trial-focused health technology conference like DPharm Disruptive Innovation US, you probably wouldn't include ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. But they were both in attendance in Boston today, presenting remarkably similar visions for using their software platforms to solve transportation problems in healthcare. "Why...
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 Heather Mack August 1, 2016
Pennsylvania-based CRF Health, provider of electronic clinical outcome assessment solutions (eCOA) for clinical trials, has acquired pioneering digital health company Entra Health for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will expand CRF’s offerings into the mobile and wireless medical device sector, helping to establish the global company’s network of solutions to collect, manage and analyze...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2016
Waltham, Massachusetts-based emotions analytics company Affectiva has raised $14 million in a round led by Fenox Venture Capital. The company intends to use the funding to continue to develop their Emotion AI platform and expand their operations globally. In addition to the funding, the company announced a leadership change, with former CEO and president Nicholas Langeveld becoming chairman of...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2016
NeuroCog Trials has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Aging, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop its iPad-based screening tool for clinical trials.  Durham, North Carolina-based NeuroCog Trials has created an iPad app version of the Brief Assessment of Cognition (BAC), a standardized test for cognitive impairment. Doing the BAC on a tablet rather...
By MHN Staff April 8, 2016
More and more, pharma companies are making real bets in digital health, and reorganizing their businesses to put some power behind those efforts. The space is, in some ways, quieter than it was this time last year, but there’s reason to believe that quiet is a calm before a storm of activity, driven more by pharma’s tendency to keep early-stage projects close to the chest than by a lack of...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2016
There are many approaches to using digital technology to promote medication adherence, from tiny sensors embedded in pills to Bluetooth-connected pill boxes, to simple reminder apps. There’s something of a trade-off between hardware offerings, which provide real validation and accountability but can be expensive to deploy and scale, and software offerings, which are very easy to scale, but have a...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2015
Apple announced that ResearchKit, its open source platform that helps researchers build medical apps and recruit patients for smartphone-based clinical studies, is now open researchers and developers. After going live in early March, the first five ResearchKit-enabled apps have recruited over 60,000 participants collectively, Apple said. One of the first five apps offered, called Share the...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2015
Apple's ResearchKit has only just been announced, and most agree that the project has tremendous potential to improve medical research. Being able to tap anyone with a smartphone as a potential low-time-commitment research participant could make research trial recruiting cheaper, easier, and lead to larger, more representative samples. But will ResearchKit be able to tap anyone with a smartphone...