Pharma

By Aditi Pai 09:32 am October 15, 2015
Mail-order personal genetics service and research company 23andMe has completed a $115 million in a round led by Fidelity Management and Research Company with participation from  Casdin Capital, WuXi Healthcare Ventures, and Xfund, as well as existing investors Illumina, New Enterprise Associates, MPM Capital, and Google Ventures. Part of this funding round was disclosed earlier this year when...
By Jonah Comstock 12:49 pm October 8, 2015
Propeller Health is working with Boehringer Ingelheim. Pharma's investment in the digital health space is getting more and more real and substantive as companies move beyond the pilot stage and start to launch real digital health interventions, from Teva buying up smart inhaler company Gecko to Otsuka gearing up to launch a commercial drug integrated with a Proteus sensor. But digital...
By Jonah Comstock 12:48 pm October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
By Jonah Comstock 10:30 am September 30, 2015
Adherium, the Australian connected inhaler company that partnered with AstraZeneca earlier this summer, has released data from three small studies of the company's Smartinhaler system. Data from the studies, all of which involved children and adolescents, indicate a 144 percent increase in adherence for patients using the connected devices, a 14.9 percent increase in lung function and a 37...
By Jonah Comstock 10:28 am September 30, 2015
Voluntis's Diabeo app, not available in the United States French medical app company Voluntis is partnering with Roche Pharma France, a subsidiary of Roche, to develop a mobile-based therapy for breast cancer. Voluntis makes companion apps as medical devices. It has so far focused on the areas of diabetes, hemophilia, and coagulation. Voluntis actually worked with Roche Diagnostics in the past...
By Jonah Comstock 03:22 am September 27, 2015
Teva Pharmaceuticals will acquire Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Gecko Health Innovations (previously known as GeckoCap), a smart inhaler company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gecko's main product is CareTRx a platform for chronic respiratory disease management that combines a sensor device that connects to most inhalers, a data analytics platform, an accessible user interface, and...
By Jonah Comstock 10:52 am September 24, 2015
Iodine, the crowdsourced drug review startup that launched last year, is continuing to focus on antidepressants. Three weeks ago, the company launched an iOS app called Start to help users document their experience with antidepressants, and today the company announced a partnership with Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit that supports women with postpartum depression. "Start is our mobile health...
By Jonah Comstock 09:46 am September 24, 2015
Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD), the UK subsidiary of US pharma company Merck and Co., has partnered with Wayan Open Future, a digital startup accelerator run by Spanish telecom company Telefonica to create a new digital health accelerator focused on preventative health. Called Velocity Health, the new accelerator will offer a group of startups $48,800 (32,000 pounds) in funding plus an additional $...
By Aditi Pai 02:53 am September 23, 2015
Pharma company AstraZeneca has publicly released preclinical data from more than 50 of its medicines in order to find new drug combinations for cancer treatments. The data AstraZeneca released will be used in a competition it created in partnership with the DREAM Challenge, a non-profit, collaborative community that runs crowdsourcing efforts for biology. People who participate in the challenge...
By Brian Dolan 11:09 am September 22, 2015
Mobile health company WellDoc's former chief strategy and commercial officer Chris Bergstrom has joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as an associate director in the company's healthcare practice. Bergstrom left WellDoc, where he remains an investor, at the beginning of 2015 but served as an advisor for some months afterward. As a member of WellDoc's founding team, Bergstrom was instrumental...