clinical trials

By Jonah Comstock October 11, 2017
Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, will launch the first clinical trial to use its iSTEP technology toolset, which employs smart blisterpacks and a patient-facing smartphone app, by the end of the year. iSTEP, which stands for Integrated Smart Trial and Engagement Platform, has been under development at Janssen for five years. “The mission of Janssen as an...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. “Under a collaborative agreement with...
By Bill Siwicki September 7, 2017
VitalTrax has launched Wing, its clinical trials electronic network that gives patients, caregivers and physicians a streamlined experience for finding and enrolling in clinical trials. Wing, which can be accessed at PatientWing.com, also offers clinical trials sponsors and provider research sites the ability to publish and promote their trials for increased visibility. Research sites are...
By Heather Mack July 6, 2017
San Francisco-based Mendel.ai, a startup that is developing an artificial intelligence-powered platform to match people with cancer to clinical trials, has raised $2 million in seed funding from DCM Ventures, BootstrapLabs, Indie Bio, LaunchCapital and SOSV. Medel.ai will use the capital to forge partnerships with hospitals and cancer genomics companies to bring the system into use. For $99,...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2017
The Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), a public-private partnership of pharma companies, academics, and regulators, including FDA, looking to create a new “gold standard” of clinical trial design using digital technology, released new endpoint recommendations today focused on the use of mobile technology in clinical trials.  “By engaging with experts who have been early champions...
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 Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
Remote clinical trial company Science 37 has raised $29 million in a round led by Glynn Capital Management with participation from Google's investment arm GV. One more new investor -- AmGen ventures -- contributed, as did existing investors Lux Capital, Redmile Group, dRx Capital, and Sanofi Ventures. It's a large round with impressive investors, but it is technically a down round from last fall'...
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 March 22, 2017
VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. It is the first investment from a new $6 million digital health fund, launched this past December, led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and Independence Health Group.  "With its strong leadership and dedication to consumerizing the...
By Heather Mack December 16, 2016
Patients and their caregivers are playing increasingly prominent roles in research and healthcare technology innovation. As with any emerging shift in healthcare, creating the right foundation to facilitate more robust, inclusive and insightful research comes with challenges, which is where the National Patient Powered Research Network (PPRN) comes in.  “Recruitment into registries and clinical...