Pharma

By Laura Lovett 02:54 pm September 19, 2019
Sanofi has been active in the digital space this week inking two big deals: one with tech company Abbott, and another with digital platform Happify.  The first partnership with Abbott will be aimed at combining the medtech company’s FreeStyle Libre, a continuous glucose monitoring system, and the pharma giant’s insulin dosing information in order to create smart pens and insulin titration apps. ...
By Laura Lovett 11:12 am September 11, 2019
When it comes to clinical trials, oftentimes the majority of a patient’s experience happens “off stage” in their home or community. For example, medication adherence, or nonadherence, has been a major pitfall in medicine. Studies have found that roughly one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and of those filled up to 50% are taken incorrectly.  Startups have taken notice and the digital...
By Dave Muoio 03:05 pm September 5, 2019
OptimizeRx, a software company that enables digital health messaging between pharmas and providers, has announced plans to acquire RMDY Health, a SaaS platform designed for digital therapeutics, within the next 30 days. According to the notice, RMDY shareholders will be receiving $8 million in cash and another $8 million in equity upon the deal’s closure. OptimizeRx said that additional details...
By Laura Lovett 03:08 pm August 6, 2019
Increasingly, Amazon Alexa and Siri are no longer just a tool for ordering pizza. Voice technology has found its way into healthcare, and now one of the most established industries in the medical world is starting to explore the possibilities of voice: pharma.  “I think voice should be part of a robust ecosystem in which pharma provides treatment information … and things like that,” Kay Bayne,...
By Dave Muoio 10:47 am July 31, 2019
Litmus Health announced yesterday the release of a new version of its device-friendly clinical research platform for the collection and analysis of real-world data. Built with new features to help pharmaceutical companies from the beginning to the end of their drug trials, the platform now adds Actigraph’s medical-grade wearables to its repertoire of supported devices, which previously included...
By Dave Muoio 11:47 am July 29, 2019
Last week, Eko Devices announced a new service that matches ECG and heart sound recordings with clinical data to help pinpoint novel drug-data combinations. The Silicon Valley startup is pitching the platform, called Eko Home, as a resource for clinical trials targeting new therapies. The new platform is already seeing some action. According to the company, an ongoing Mayo Clinic study exploring...
By Laura Lovett 02:53 pm July 26, 2019
Digital health is still somewhat of an enigma to many in the traditional world of pharma, but that is rapidly changing. As the use cases for digital tools continues to evolve, the life science world is starting to make a concerted effort to engage the new technologies.  This growing digital health ecosystem is now a major conversation point at MassBio, an organization dedicated to advancing the...
By Dave Muoio 02:32 pm July 26, 2019
In many respects, the pharma industry’s operations are still in the early stages of technological  revolution, and there’s no better example of this than its gradual adoption of digital health and digital therapeutics. On one hand, more and more groups are regularly striking new partnerships that supplement existing drug treatments with digital tools, while Novartis continues its work with Pear...
By Dave Muoio 01:38 pm July 23, 2019
Roughly a year after its launch, Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that its Find Care platform — a mobile and web tool guiding consumers toward curated health services — has added eight new partners including Propeller Health, Dexcom and a handful of regional health systems. The two digital companies’ connected inhaler sensors and CGM devices add new chronic care management options to the retail...