Pharma

By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
Last month, Roche quietly launched its Accu-Chek Connect app, a diabetes management app which contains, among other things, an unprecented feature: a prescription insulin bolus calculator called Bolus Advisor. Roche has been selling the app in other countries for a little while, even issuing a brief recall in April in some of those countries. It received FDA clearance for the Android version of...
By Jonah Comstock July 6, 2015
According to an SEC filing, mail-order personal genome service and research company 23andMe has raised $79 million, in a round the company hopes will top out at $150 million. The investors are undisclosed and 23andMe declined to comment while the round was ongoing. This is the company's largest single funding raise to date. It brings its total funding to $190 million plus a $1.4 million research...
By Jonah Comstock July 1, 2015
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation. “Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions...
By Jonah Comstock June 24, 2015
A small study of veterans with epilepsy, conducted by PatientsLikeMe and sponsored by pharmaceutical company UCB, shows that an online patient community can increase self-efficacy and self-management of patients. The study was published in the journal Neurology. A total of 92 patients enrolled in the study and completed a six-month follow up survey, while an additional 157 consented to...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2015
Pfizer Head of Clinical Innovation Craig Lipset In 2011, Pfizer announced a novel clinical trial that would be fully remote, with every aspect of the trial being handled either online, over the phone, or by mail. But that trial was cancelled due to a failure to recruit enough participants, and a promised mulligan never emerged. Craig Lipset, Pfizer's Head of Clinical Innovation, said at the...
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2015
Innovation in digital health won’t come in a gradual, incremental way, but rather through dramatic re-imaginings of care. That was the theme that ran through the morning conversation in the digital health track at the 2015 BIO International Convention, a pharma and life sciences-focused conference held in Philadelphia this week. “We’re in a disruptive time. We’re in a time of moonshots, when...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that makes over the counter medications like Tylenol and Zyrtec, has released a new mobile app, called Healthyday, that uses crowdsourced data to inform users about location-based allergy, cold, and flu trends. Update: The app is the first to make use of an API from Sickweather, a company that has offered its own version of a health...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2015
While Teladoc has been pulling in a lot of press lately with its IPO news, competitor American Well has been busy too, securing an eight-figure investment from Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, according to a recent report in Israeli publication Globes. According to Globes, the investment of "tens of millions of dollars" is part of a new push into digital health by Teva, which has also included...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2015
San Diego, California-based Companion Medical, a stealthy medical device startup developing a Bluetooth-connected insulin pen and connected app, has closed its second round of funding, led by Eli Lilly and Company. The funding amount was not disclosed. Companion Medical previously raised $400,000 last year from Diamyd Medical, according to an SEC filing and a statement from the company. A...
By Jonah Comstock May 20, 2015
Swedish clinical trial recruitment company Trialbee has raised $5 million in first-round funding from existing investors Industrifonden and Briban Invest. The company previously raised about $3.2 million in seed funding. The money will be used, among other things, to support Trialbee's entrance into the US market. Trialbee provides mobile and web-based tools for clinical trial recruitment, online...